Everything is just wonderful.

Another weekend has passed and although there are no big trips, big adventures or fancy photos to report and I was missing my B (he is off saving lives in another location this week) but I still had a truly lovely weekend.

It was one of those very well balanced weekends, time for housework, time for a sleep-in, time for nice food, time for a glass of wine and a gossip, but most of all, good times with my loved ones.

Feeling especially grateful for my ‘old friends’ , their lovely kids (especially the free affection they hand out) and the little things. Sunshine, stunning sunsets, good wine, big smiles and goddaughters who just about squeal with delight when they realise you are still there the next morning. These things are some of life’s most wonderful thing that I’m very lucky to have.

We were treated with some moreton bay Sand Crabs caught by one of my non-crab loving friends (I cannot recommend more highly that you all get some of these kinds of friends). The best recipe I’ve had for sand crab is serve with fresh bread, lemon, good white wine and loved ones (it’s spoilt without the final ingredient).

I hope that you are all having a lovely time and stopping to enjoy the wonderful things in your world too.

The GREAT Great Barrier Reef

I Love Queensland. I’m proud to call it home.

B and I set off up to a lovely little nook called the Town of Seventeen Seventy (also in typical QLD fashion, shortened to just 1770). In all his adventures, he seems to have missed the vast and amazing coastline between Gympie and Cairns.

Because B is one of those odd morning people (the type I don’t understand and don’t always like before whatever time I determine as ‘reasonable’ on the day), we got up at 3am and were on the road by 4am. He loved the drive up – complete with a dodgy truck stop breakfast at the all famous Gold Nugget in Gympie.

We arrived to our lovely welcoming committee and got straight in the water (I don’t need much encouragement to get in the water but it helped that the entry was within meters of the end of our campsite).

The pictures really do the rest of the talking. If you go there definitely go out to the reef with Lady Musgrave Cruises, definitely be prepared if you get sea sick (like I unfortunately did – TOTALLY worth it) and definitely go to the pub.

The view from the campsite

The view from the campsite

Typical happenings

Typical happenings

My B on an afternoon stroll

My B on an afternoon stroll

Stunning in any weather

Stunning in any weather

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady musgrave Island Locals

Lady musgrave Island Locals

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island

Special Island Birds

Special Island Birds

Me! Pretty happy to be here...

Me! Pretty happy to be here…

Lady Musgrave Island

Coral Cay carpet

Coral Cay carpet

1770 Sunset

1770 Sunset

Family

Family

Green Queensland Countryside - almost unknown!

Green Queensland Countryside – almost unknown!

Motivation and broken legs

My motivation – it got a bit killed. I was all geared up and 100% focused at reaching a new, very achievable, very simple goal. All I had to do was put one put in front of the other, rinse and repeat.

Then, there was this little tiny pain in my leg which slowly but surely got worse and (unlike me I will cut a long story short) now I’m temporarily banned from running. My first treatment plan (head in the sand and just give it a couple of days – it will go away) strategy, was a fail. This is my usual go-to plan.

At this point, I should clarify, I haven’t quite broken my legs, but to me.. I might as well have!

The second treatment plan – go to the Physio, he gives me a few stretches and we get back to where we left off. Unfortunately Mr Physio didn’t seem to have the same plan. All I heard was ‘you can’t run’, ‘you can’t walk too far’, ‘you can’t use the cross trainer’, ‘you can’t do Body Attack’….I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. So, seeing as these were all the usual things I did, I was left feeling pretty demotivated and disheartened. My whole routine was out of whack. Even after a week of not exercising, I was tired, grumpy and getting headaches.

Instead of focusing on what I couldn’t do, I should have been focusing on what I still CAN do. It’s an opportunity to try something I have never tried before. So instead of posting about how disapointed I am, see a few good corny motivational quotes:

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Boonah Cries for Blood

It certainly was not your ordinary Saturday morning.

I don’t know if I told you all, but I (am proud to) work for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. My Job, is to use all the clever bits and bobs I learnt about marketing during my time at QUT to make sure that little Donormobile 1 has plenty of good healthy happy donors to collect blood from. It’s all about awareness and education

This year, I’m working on a little campaign in one of my favourite little QLD country Towns – Boonah! It’s a lovely old school little town around an hour and a half from the Gold Coast in an area known as the Scenic Rim. If you aren’t from around these parts, you can check it out here .

There are a few things I like about Boonah. Which firstly include the lovely views on the drive in – as you head into town, you are greeted by the stunning mountains that stand guard over the town. It has a little brook that surrounds the town and it’s very picturesque.

Secondly I love the creative little cafe’s that are opening up in the main street. I have to name them all – in no particular order – The Story Tree which has a lovely little cosy ‘nook’ out the back, Great Coffee at Harry’s cafe and finally creative little Urban Seed . Most of all though, I love the people. They are so super supportive and it’s a truly vibrant community which is all about it’s people.

But enough about that – it’s not every day you get to meet a town crier – but today I didn’t just get to meet him, he did a ‘Cry’ for us! John Deeks is a retired Police Officer who fits the bill perfectly! As soon as he arrived all dressed in his suit, with his bell and his scroll I thought – how great is this?!?

To make sure everybody knows it’s all about Saving lives we brought the Blood Service Mascot ‘Billy the Blood Drop’ along to help John out. As you can see from the pics below Billy had a great time hanging out with John. John did a few ‘Cries’ and being Saturday morning, he had a great audience. Lots of people were keen to hear what he had to say – not that you could miss it, he holds a record for the loudest Cry.

So OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ enjoy the pics:

Billy the Blood Drop Meets John Deeks

Billy The Blood Drop Meets John Deeks

Crying For BloodCrying to Save Lives

WHAT – only 1 in 30 Aussies Donate blood?What - only 1 in 30 Aussies Donate Blood?

A Champion Town Crier
'Here ye, here ye'

So, what are you up to for the rest of the weekend?So, what do you have on for the weekend?

Billy Might need to go on a diet!Billy Needs to go on a diet!