25 January 2012

Australia Day 26th January, 2012

Australia Day 2012

Time to appreciate all the great and beautiful places we love  

Pick your favourite place, relax and enjoy!

Be proud to have been lucky enough to be born and to grow
up in such a wonderful place surrounded by family. 

Celebrate family times with great company.
Learn more about your family history and be proud
to be just a small part of it! 

Beauty is all around and sometimes just at fleeting times.
Be sure to look up and take it all in!

Appreciate what makes us Aussies and what is
truly unique.

The colours, sights and sounds of the day to day.

Our dearest furry friends who great us each day.

Hi, everyone.
Today is a bit windy and rainy here in Darwin.
It is our Wet Season but not so Wet or rainy lately.
So today is my RDO from working and I am loving the
cooler conditions and the quiet time of having a day
to myself. For Australia Day I have sorted some of my
happy snaps to share with you. What it means to be Australian
on Australia Day? That is a good question.
I know we all love to have as much fun times in the
great outdoors. Most of us love our sports and traveling
to discover what Australia has to offer.
I am in my 50's now and still have a fair bit of exploring
to do here. Not only new places to see but very special
favourite spots to come back to and feel a part of.
As the years pass by I continue to wonder how we all
arrived here in South Australia and now in Northern Territory.
I do know that your home is where your heart is
so I must have an enormous home!
Everyone has a story and they are fascinating.
It is great to have so much to look forward to.
Plans to make and people to see.
Friends to make from all over. 
With computers we can travel each day without leaving
our homes. The world feels  much smaller than it did when
I was a child. Each day I meet people at work who
are having holidays in Australia and enjoying just what makes
it special with their families. It is great to be able to
share what we hold so dear to us and welcome them as
guests here. Some will come to live here and it adds
to our culture and opens new ideas and ways of life.
We will all come together to celebrate this great place
Above are just a few things I enjoy about home.
Belonging and being a part of it daily.
This little blog has visitors from Australia, United States,
Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France,
Russia, Latvia and South America.
Plus the odd little places inbetween!
I hope you enjoy the visit and join me here often.
Let me know what you think is so special about
Australia. Thanks to all the Aussies who make it
the place to call home.


05 January 2012

2012 Everything Coming Together...Bright Shiny New Year

Welcome to our New garden.
New friends living in the back garden.

Enjoying the tropical rain by the pond

We have loads of happy, hungry fish in the pond

This Bird Bath holds a family of tab poles

The colourful Mushrooms look happy here

New blossoming flowers on this pretty bush
peak at the top of the photo to see it shades the pond.

Happy to enjoy more tropical delight plants that shade
our Jungle like Rain forest Garden!

Well here we are on the 5th day of 2012!
December rushed by as did the rest of 2011.
Busy and mostly happy times kept us occupied. 
I wonder how much you can fit into one year and
last year for us as a family was a big year?!
Travel, Moving Interstate, Settling into Darwin life,
Starting new Careers, Making new Friends, Loving old
faithful Friends and Family, Running a small business,
Celebrating our daughters Wedding Day, Welcoming
new family pets and finally making our new house
our Family Home.
Time for a break, yes I think so!
For the time being I am happy to come home and
relax in our new surroundings. Just for a while it is time
to settle down and enjoy!
Just make it our own special place.
We are looking forward to having our loved ones
come to visit us this year and catching up with local
friends new and not so new. Now we have the room!
This morning is the first time this year I have been
alone at home to enjoy the beautiful peace and quiet.
It started to rain and the tropical garden just comes to
life with all the greenery and water.
While I was doing a quick lap of the backyard to capture
the rain in action I am sure that birds and lizards who
were being camera shy were wondering about my activity.
So my dear friends who are interested in what our
home is like, this is the pride and joy part.
Nature at is simple best!
In our pond we have loads of fish.
In the Lion Heads bird bath we have a family
of tadpoles waiting to become frogs.
We have the odd beautiful big green frog that
love it here in Darwin.
From our Lounge Room and Office we can see
out to the green garden.
Our house was built in 1978 in tropical style with
louvered windows all around to catch the odd breeze.
Ceiling fans in each room and these days Air Cons
help with the humid weather.
The rain helps to cool things down a lot.
So for 2012 now we have found our way back.
I think that everything is coming together for us
and we should find time to just do some nesting and
settle in. It feels like we have come home.
No big plans for this year but to TRY to stress a
little less. Celebrate with friends and family.
With large amounts of fun and laughter shared!
I wish you all who visit my little blog happiness too.


Christmas 2011 tree all decorated for the season.

Our Missy Christmas Day with new toy 

Ardee our favourite pup all Christmased out

Love to all of you at this festive time of the year.
Enjoy your Summer or Winter wherever you are
in the world. Sometimes it feel much smaller because
we can all communicate so easily and fast.
Thank you for all the friendships the past year has
given me and the joy that we share together.
It is very much appreciated!
Happy New Year!