I’ve been offline for about a week for a very good reason. My daughter was married in Melbourne on Saturday and it was the wedding of the century (I’m not being bias! LOL). My daughter is one of the most organized people I know and the amount of planning and preparation that went into this wedding really showed on the day. Everything was absolutely perfect.
I haven’t received the ‘official’ photographs yet, but in the meantime check these out. We had an absolute ball!
The first few pics were taken in the photo booth that was set up during the reception.
I’m SO proud. My first experience as Mother of the Bride was one of the most amazing and loving experiences ever.
More pics to come when the ‘official’ photos come through!
I’m back on-line thanks to my darling children who chipped in and bought me a new laptop after my other one was broken. What sweethearts they are! I would also like to thank El Guapo who gave me brilliant advice on how to retrieve the information from my old hard drive without spending a fortune. He also took me step-by-step through the entire process. What an amazing and thoughtful man he is. The good news is I was able to retrieve all my photos stored on the Data side of my old hard drive.
All my stories on the OS side of the hard drive were corrupted but I have them backed-up on disk. The only back-ups I didn’t have were recent edits to my current stories. This has put me back a couple of months in my work, but I’m a true believer in everything happens for a reason and, who knows, reworking my current stories may be just what they need!
So at the moment I’m trying to fight my way through the most confusing maze of all time – Windows 8.1. Who developed this madness?
Have you seen the picture of the baby wombat who was saved after its mother was killed on the road? A ranger in Victoria, Australia (Kim Hunter) is nursing this cute little darling back to health. I’m sure this picture will put a smile on your face!
On Tuesday I had a visit from a baby kookaburra who scared the life out of me when it laughed loudly out of the blue while I was focusing on finding things on Windows 8.1. As soon as I picked up my video camera to film it laughing it stopped. Isn’t that always the way :D
I took a video the other day of the sugar cane harvesting. The scene was ideal. I captured the hauling tractor dumping sugar cane into the bins for the train to pick up, while another tractor in the distance was collecting the cane from the harvester. The white birds are egrets who love chasing the harvester around to catch insects thrown up by the activity. The large dark birds you may see in the sky are eagles looking for rats and mice. If you like watching big machinery in action take a look at the clip.
Have a great weekend!
My laptop was dropped and broken on Friday night and I’m looking for a hard drive guru (or suggestions) to get all my information back.
Until I can scrounge another laptop from somewhere I’m offline. I can read emails and posts on my phone, but it’s a little slow so bear with me.
Fingers crossed I’ll be up and running again soon.
As you know I am surrounded by a menagerie of wildlife on the farm in Tropical North Queensland. Some of it can be pretty scary, but most of it is magnificent.
I was on the porch the other day when blue flashes in the sky caught my eye (it was before wine o’clock so I knew it wasn’t my imagination).
In the mango tree out the front I saw some cute little birds paying me a visit. When they’re flying you can see the bright blue under their wings. Once they land on a branch they’re perfectly camouflaged.
They are Rainbow Bee-eaters.
You probably can’t see them in the picture below unless you look really closely.
I’ve saved you the trouble of zooming in with the picture below.
These two weren’t talking to each other, and then….
….a third one joined in to say hello, but they still didn’t want to talk
…and then I spotted this one sitting all by itself watching the three ignoring each other
I don’t know what was going on in the bird world that day, but it would make a pretty cool story!
Have a great week!
I’m trying to come up with a cover for my latest novel The Devil Seam (the final edit is taking me far longer than expected because I’ve been too
lazy busy lately).
So I thought (to stop my procrastination) I would play around with the picture I’m thinking of using for the book cover. I used Lunapic to add this very cool water theme. Naturally, this won’t come up when I publish the book – but how cool would it be if we could publish books with gif covers!
SO – then I decided to try it on my other books. Good grief – what FUN!
There’s a storm coming down that road!
Nothing is clear in this life and EVERYTHING we’ve been taught may just be a lie.
There’s a little bit of magic in those questions :D
Okay – I’ve got to stop mucking around now.
Have you ever used a picture editing site like this?
Must … get … back … to … editing!
I’ve been sawing a lot of wood this week and still have all my fingers (and one very muscly right arm – just call me Popeye). The only injury I sustained this week was cutting my finger while preparing Beef Stroganoff on Sunday night (it was yummy BTW).
I prepare meals for M-I-L and F-I-L (mother and father-in-law) several nights a week because it worries me that they’re not eating enough and I guess this has triggered the Mother Hen strand of my DNA.
A typical day for me is:
- Get up at 4 am and check out your blog posts, read the paper, answer emails
- Make brekkie and lunch for hubby and boot him out the door
- Clean the house and then start on the latest backbreaking project (this week it’s cutting the tongue and groove timber to line the interior walls of the bedroom)
- Make dinner for M-I-L and F-I-L
- Walk the dogs to the creek
- Fall into a screaming heap in front of the TV and turn on YouTube to see what’s new in the world (there’s a load of weird stuff out there).
Notice something missing?
Um – I need another 6 hours added to my day so I can write.
My latest novel The Devil Seam is due back from the reader this week, so I’ll need to cut something out of my days to do a final edit.
I vote to cut out #3 Clean the house and then start on the latest backbreaking project.
I can see you nodding your head and I’ll take that as an overwhelming YES result to my vote.
Anyhow – enough whinging about my poor time management skills.
I took some pictures during the puppy walk on Monday afternoon and it’s images like this that ignite the firecracker of my imagination.
A farmer was working his plot of land (you can just barely see the tractor in the distance) and I wondered what he was thinking as he drove up and down the field. I know him and there is an amazing story tumbling around in the background of his life. For those who have read Let Sleeping Gods Lie you may have an inkling of what I’m talking about, but it’s too complex (and would take several pages) to explain here.
When I took this picture I thought of his story and added a plot involving my little black Rottweiler, Kitty, (who refused to move out of the way for this picture). She already features in another one of my stories and I’m guessing she must be a muse (of sorts).
I love the sky in this picture. It gives me the impression of a stormy event on the horizon of life. I may be rushed for time during the day, but my imagination is always on the go.
It intrigues me that every plot of land on the earth holds a unique story. Some may be mind-blowing and some may be ordinary – but they are definitely there and ready to be told.
I feel the same way about blog posts. Each is a small plot of virtual land where you can go to read stories about lives and I guess this is why I wake up at 4 am to see what is going on in your world.
Are you intrigued by people’s stories and is that why you read blog posts?
(or am I just a crazy lady)
PS – this is my 150th post! YAY :D