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Australia, Gardening

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

If you have stopped here for information on the Carnival, you may be disappointed. I missed the Carnival of Flowers itself, so there are no pictures of the annual parade, but what I did see is stunning floral displays that are the dominant feature of this event in Toowoomba, a large country town, about an… Continue reading Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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blogging

Lavender

Farming and rural communities are doing it tough in these times. Most of us recognize that. You will be be delighted and surprised at the hidden gems found in many country towns and rural areas that were formerly overlooked by the overseas obsessed traveling public. Amandine Lavender is one such gem near the central Queensland… Continue reading Lavender

flowers
blogging

Overcoming Frustration

"Patience is a Virtue and I need more of it - NOW!" Have you heard anyone say that recently? Did you ever feel frustrated when someone pushed ahead of you in a queue?How do you feel when someone takes longer than expected to do a simple task at work, or doesn't complete it in a… Continue reading Overcoming Frustration

sunrise photography
blogging, Mental Health, Philosophy

How to Please People

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn Do you like to Help Others? We are encouraged to help others according to the religious and social conventions of our world. Doing so, promotes joy in… Continue reading How to Please People

Hallingdal Golfjellet- sheep
blogging, Mental Health, Photography, Travel

Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places

The world can be a stressful place at times. Often there is a need to step back and re-energize our tolerance to stress, pressures and worries. Certain places in the world can be restorative to our spirit. These places may be somewhere in your own region, in your own street or even in one's own… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places

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An Invitation to an Old Friend

Since I moved to a Home by the sea, I have had a beautiful friendship with a young wild bird who lived in the area. Recently, you may have read how I had to end the friendship with this wild bird. You may also be wondering what happened since then. The fact that a wild… Continue reading An Invitation to an Old Friend

helnaes
blogging

Hometown Conversations

My 7th Great Grandfathers house Sønder Felding Hometown - Home - Hjem What does it mean? There is that trite saying - "Home is where the heart is," but that saying means little to me. My current hometown is a relatively new one, at the Home by the Sea. Origins Whilst my blogger colleague, Sandy… Continue reading Hometown Conversations

Girls happy dancing friends on traffic light control
Australia, blogging

Ending a Friendship

Recently at the Home by the Sea, I met a new friend. So that he can remain anonymous, I'll call him, 'Old Mate,' (as we sometimes do in Australia). Most people who met Old Mate, thought him brash and cocky, but I was utterly charmed by his youthful exuberance. He'd entered my world uninvited and… Continue reading Ending a Friendship

Coolangatta Australia
blogging

Friendly Friday – Anniversaries

September seems to be the month for it. Wedding anniversaries, Relationship anniversaries, work anniversaries and special occasions. I suppose I shouldn't be all that surprised. September is Spring in this part of the world and for those that dislike winter and cool mornings, it is cause for celebration when the earth turns towards the sun… Continue reading Friendly Friday – Anniversaries

teapot with teacups and candle
blogging, Cakes, Food

Dark Chocolate Brownie

I have been making a Dark Chocolate Brownie over at the Home by the Sea. It is a quick and easy recipe that has some health benefits owing to the use of dark chocolate. These are more cake recipes posted previously for #Onecakeaweek Are you tempted by any? Lemon Blueberry BreadSticky Date PuddingRaspberry Buttermilk CakeLemon… Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brownie

Queenstown
Travel

The Top Spots of Queenstown, New Zealand

Things to do in Queenstown Queenstown's idyllic waterside location means you are spoilt for choice of things to do and its compact size means you are never far from the spectacular lake, which is fringed by snow-capped peaks for much of the year. Take a wine tour, cruise the lake, stroll through beautiful gardens, visit… Continue reading The Top Spots of Queenstown, New Zealand

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Cakes, Food

Sticking with the Pudding – Sticky Date

Have you a particular dish that you know you don't like, but have never really ever tried it? Or perhaps you were once bitten, twice shy in regards to a particular food? For me, that was Sticky Date Pudding. I would swerve away from these dried out chewy concoctions at buffets and head straight for… Continue reading Sticking with the Pudding – Sticky Date

blogging, Community, Motivational

Blog Conversations

Are all Bloggers would-be storywriters, in disguise? Disguise I had to think a little more about why bloggers are attracted to write in the first place? Is it because we have a desire to express ourselves and communicate to others, using the written word? Blogging is like a Facebook post on caffeine! Writing Your Own… Continue reading Blog Conversations