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August 23, 2012 / diannegray

It’s a long way to the top

Parasailing in Yeppoon

I’d like to brag and tell you that this is me parasailing (in a parallel universe where people don’t fall out of the sky and if they did they had a soft landing) it would be. I took this pic while enjoying a wine on the eighth floor balcony at Bayview Tower in Yeppoon. What a view – looking out over Great Keppel Island!

After six days of driving we’ve finally reached our destination – Cairns!

First stop (before going to the family farm) was dropping in to see one of my oldest and dearest friends who is recovering from a brain tumour operation. We’ve spent hundreds of hours on the phone in the past six months and I threw my arms around her and squeezed her so tight I thought I would bust!

I’m now sitting at the old farm catching up with the relatives and having a nice cup of tea:)

Sugar cane train at the front of the farm

Back of the farm looking towards Walsh’s Pyramid



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  1. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Aug 23 2012 4:56 pm

    It looks like you are having a splendid trip; so glad for you! It’s beautiful where you are. You sure you don’t want to try the parasail? Me neither! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2012 5:29 pm

      Hahaha – I’m terrified of heights. At least I had a wine with me on the eighth floor 🙂


  2. DarcKnyt / Aug 23 2012 10:22 pm

    Wow, that’s a GREAT farm! And I’m afraid I’m with you — I’m one of the world’s worst acrophobes. *Shudder!* Just thinking too hard about parasailing makes me pucker.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 6:18 am

      It is a great farm – really miss living here!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


  3. 4amWriter / Aug 23 2012 11:29 pm

    Nope. Couldn’t get me to parasail either, no matter how lovely the landscape. Glad you got to see your friend. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 6:19 am

      So glad – it’s been months and I felt so bad not being here with her 😦
      Good to be here though and we’ll be spending a lot of quality time together 😀


  4. AuthorWorld / Aug 24 2012 12:17 am

    Aww I bet it was lovely to see your friend again after everything she has gone through. Enjoy your trip 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 6:21 am

      Thanks, Georgie. It was wonderful to see her again 🙂


  5. Britt Skrabanek / Aug 24 2012 4:07 am

    Hey, Dianne. I’m such a goofball and nominated your wonderful blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award without realizing Gail at the Jotter’s Joint had already scooped you up. The hilarious part–I was part of that same group of noms from Gail…oops! Anywho, here’s another one for ya! : )

    Details here…


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 6:25 am

      Oh, Britt – that’s perfectly okay!!! 😀

      Thank you very much 🙂


      • Britt Skrabanek / Aug 24 2012 7:34 am

        LOL! You’re very welcome. You just got some extra lovin’…that’s all!


      • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 10:22 am

        We can never get enough of that extra lovin’ 😀


      • Britt Skrabanek / Aug 24 2012 12:55 pm

        Never. : )


  6. adinparadise / Aug 24 2012 6:37 am

    How wonderful to be able to visit your friend after all she’s been through. It must have been such a special moment when you arrived. I went parasailing for the first time a couple of months ago in Phuket. It was the most awesome experience for this granny. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 7:10 am

      Oh – I just checked out your pictures, they’re fantastic! I love the way you call yourself granny when you look so beautiful and young!!!

      It was lovely to see my friend again, thank you 🙂

      Congratulations on your granddaughter’s award – you must be so proud! 🙂


      • adinparadise / Aug 25 2012 12:31 am

        Thanks for the lovely compliment, dianne. 🙂


  7. Anna Scott Graham / Aug 24 2012 11:08 pm

    I’m with you on the parasailing. You had a wonderful view!

    We never know when beloved faces will pass our way, or ours to them. Sounds like you are making the most of this trip. Thank you for sharing the highlights! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2012 8:06 am

      Thanks Anna. It’s been wonderful and getting better all the time 🙂


  8. maggiemyklebust / Aug 25 2012 5:21 am

    Glad you made it safe and sound… enjoy!


  9. audiophileparadise / Aug 25 2012 12:06 pm

    Awesome! Makes me want to throw away all my engineering books and head for nirvana! By the way. this wouldn’t be the ‘road trip’ you mentioned in my post, right? (The one where you heard “Behind Blue Eyes” coincidentally?) :).. Really nice post Dianne! Looking forward for more!


  10. jannatwrites / Aug 25 2012 12:11 pm

    The sugar cane train and the scenery look so cool. I think parasailing is a sport best observed with both feet on the ground 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2012 4:26 pm

      So true, Janna. So true

      Th little train comes by every day 🙂


  11. withoutrancor / Aug 26 2012 3:45 am

    Thanks for following my blog, Dianne. Can’t tell you how surprised I was to find *anyone* following it after the first post, let alone someone I don’t know. I was just watching an episode of House Hunters International (it’s a show Yank show about finding houses–don’t judge) on Thursday: they were in Cairns. I’d never heard of Cairns before that. It’s a crazy old world.


    • diannegray / Aug 26 2012 5:46 am

      My pleasure!

      What a coincidence about the show 🙂

      I watch very little television but when I do I like those yank shows about storage wars (go figure). I think it’s the voyeur in me watching as they go through other people’s ‘stuff’.

      So glad you stopped by to say hello. I’m looking forward to your next post 😀


  12. Denise Hisey / Sep 1 2012 6:00 am

    Such a short post…and yet I feel like I was there, too, just for a few moments. I love the long hug for your friend. 🙂


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