Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A reason, a season or a lifetime.

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a Reason ...It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. 

Sometimes they walk away. 

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. 

Sometimes they die. 

What we must realise is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

Your need has been answered, and now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a Season ... it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. 

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. 

They may teach you something you have never done. 

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. 

Believe it!   It is real!  But, only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. 

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Author - Unknown 

Sunday, 26 June 2011

ORRCA's Annual Whale Census Day - 26 June

We have been truly blessed with such wonderful weather this weekend.  Instead of heading out to Jervis Bay to help with the Census, I headed up to Port Kembla to look for a seal that had hauled out last night.  After an unsuccessful search I headed off to Hill 60 to make the most of my time and see if I was lucky enough to view some whales.

What an amazingly beautiful spot!  The weather was perfect - usually on Census Day I absolutely freeze!  Definitely must have had something to do with investing in all the cold weather gear that I absolutely did not need!

We had 33 Humpback whales and a seal!  The first two photos are taken from our vantage point.  Sorry for the quality of the whale pics, but considering they were beyond the large island in the rear of the photo, it was the best I could do!


Monday, 30 May 2011

Cat Beach

If you haven't heard of Cat, I'd suggest that you visit her site.

A big thank you to Bernie for introducing me to Cat's music, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Just click here to visit Cat's site and enjoy!

This is your life...

How fabulous is this!  This is the Holstee Manifesto - check out their site!

Winter is here

Winter is definitely with us and I just wanted to share the view from my office!  The colours are spectacular.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Today's Snapshots

Although we seem to be experiencing an early winter, the sun was out today and I took some time to walk around and take a few shots.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Beautiful Day

While our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are entering Spring and Summer, downunder we are quickly approaching winter.  Can you believe that we are already 1/3 of the way through the year!  Feels like Christmas was only a few weeks ago - it is also hard to believe that I have been home from my US holiday for 12 weeks!

Today was a glorious day and I spent most of it out in the garden taking in the Autumn sun and just enjoying the wonderful winter flowers that are blooming and the magnificent King Parrots that were visiting.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

A poem to read for ANZAC day!

The followingare appropriate poems for Anzac Day tomorrow.
Just a Common Soldier
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the RSL,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his mates listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days..

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank cheque made payable to ' Australia ', ' New Zealand ', or any other God fearing country for an amount "up to and including my life".

That is Honour, and there are way too many people in this WORLD who no longer understand it.

I Saw the Soldiers Marching

I saw the soldiers marching, one drear November day,
Those heroes bold, from wars of old, in countries far away.
I heard the drums like thunder, the sound of marching feet,
As men of ancient valor marched down our little street.

I heard the skirl of bagpipes, the blare of brasses bold,
As heroes from another time relived the days of old.
The old, the frail, the lame, the slow, they marched with solemn pace,
To honor comrades fallen at another time and place.

I felt the tightness in my throat, the tears that burned my eyes,
As I watched the quiet dignity of old men marching by.
The fine young men, and women too, in battles long ago,
Who gave their youth and some, their lives,to fight our country’s foe.

On this day will be remembered by comrades who remain,
And by the heavens, weeping, with softly falling rain.
The medals softly jingling on every passing chest,
In memory of companions who’ve long been laid to rest.

There are some unfit, and some who sit, in wheelchairs, row on row,
While they recall what price was paid to turn our country’s foe.
And some will stand with tear-dimmed eyes, and some with faces grim,
While all repeat the solemn vow,

 Pass on the Patriotism!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Catching up

Well, it is hard to believe that we are now halfway through April and nearly 1/3 of the way into 2011!  Where is time going?

The following four photos were taken in the grounds of the historic Berry Courthouse which was completed in 1891.  To view larger images, just click on the photo.

Luckily for me there was no spider to be seen, and I just couldn't resist trying to get a photo of its web.

Having spent nearly 2 months of our summer away, I thought I would come home to the typical summer results with the lawn and garden, however we have had and are still having so much rain that everything is so green and lush.

Baillie has discovered that his rightful place is sitting on top of one of the recliners!

The following pics were taken whilst we were sitting out on the patio having breakfast at friends in Old Erowal Bay.

This pair of King Parrots came for a visit, although the female decided she wasn't game enough to come down for some feed.