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August 8th 2011

Monday, August 08, 2011

Well the sun shone on the city and the day was wonderful. A good brisbane reception for our Spark visitors from near and far.

I had the pleasure of spending some time with some wonderful Sparks ladies ( a husband and son too)
EMMABE1 (Ann)
LOOSEIT57 (Anne)
Maz_of _oz (Marilyn)

Ann thank you for all the information you prepared for us. I will just put up a pic or two and let Ann tell the days events in her own words.



Georgia Anne and Ann with the lovely Brisbane River in the background.



Anne, Ann Georgia and Marilyn in the lovely Melange cafe at the Roma Street Parklands.

Ladies I look forward to the next Spark Rally.

Hugs to all

  
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MISSMITSY 8/15/2011 7:36AM

    Aw how fun! I wish I could have come along, next time I'll definitely have to try and make it out there!

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DOODERQUEEN 8/10/2011 11:29AM

    What a fun time. I still say some of us from the States need to come visit you and get the tour. I see all of your lovely pictures of your adventures close to home and so would enjoy sharing that.

One can always hope!

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MAKEEFFORT 8/9/2011 8:33PM

    Looks as though you all had one terrific time Georgia. How I wish I had been with you and not mucked up the date and day! My fingers are crossed the next meeting wont be too far away!

Hugs
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MUMSKI 8/8/2011 8:14PM

    Glad you had a good time with all you Spark friends. The pictures look lovely, what a neat thing to do.

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EMMABE1 8/8/2011 4:09PM

    Thanks for that Georgia - and thank you for the wonderful tour of Brissy!! It was a great day - and well worth the trip and effort!! Shame some people missed it!!
I am doing a blog but in a few days - I got home - eventually!! The train got "the staggers"" we were about 90min late!!
I have photos too - but they aren't downloaded yet - yours are beautiful!!

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GEORGIAK25 8/8/2011 3:53PM

    Thanks evryone. It was a great day.

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GOANNA2 8/8/2011 1:15PM

    I am so sorry I missed the visit with you all.
Sounds like a great time. Maybe I can be there
for the next one.

Hope you are getting to the end of the winter now.
See you in about 5 weeks.
Lots of love
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DEE797 8/8/2011 9:48AM

    What beautiful pics of you all. That is so great that you got to meet other Sparkers. Sounds like you all had fun.

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MKPRINCESS007 8/8/2011 8:52AM

    Fantastic! I love hearing about Spark friends that are close together getting together! Nothing makes this journey more tangible!

Looks like you had a great day!

Karen

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SUSIEPH1 8/8/2011 6:54AM

    How delightful!.
What a lovely photo of you all
I am so glad you guys had such a lovely time and the weather was good for you!
Love and Hugs Susie
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August 7th 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Three months ago I gave up my early morning walks for 2 reasons. First it was cold, dark and not a good idea to be walking alone in the dark. Secondly my husband is fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needed me to be here in the mornings when he woke up. It was the right thing to do to help him. Now of course I am so unift and quite stiff.

To help him improve his health I finally convinced him that walking was the best thing to help him get on the road to recovery.

So after 3 months of non activity other than working I went for a walk with my husband yesterday afternoon. It took alot out of me. I was huffing and puffing and struggling for breath.
I thought my heart would jump out of the chest wall. But after 10 mins I was back to enjoying the walking. Looking at the gardens, breathing in the fresh air and sunshine. Yes it nearly killed me but it felt great.

The days are getting longer again and I hope to get back into my early morning routine of walking. It has been hard with working full time and looking after him during this very stressful time. We are a long way from his recovery but hopefully if I can get back into my walking regime I shall have the energy to deal with whatever is thrown in my path.

I have put off for long enough and now the time has come (again and again) to try and get back on track.

I love the support I get here on Sparks. I know I am not alone in this journey.

  
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DOODERQUEEN 8/10/2011 11:26AM

    I so agree with you Georgia! Here is has been the heat and the lack of energy to put one foot in front of the other. But I hope we both get back into a routine that works for us and helps us stifle that huffing and puffing! Good luck dear!

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TURTLE24 8/8/2011 4:29PM

    That's great!

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DEE797 8/8/2011 9:50AM

    That is so great that you both got in a walk. I do hope dh will continue to join you. Getting out and about and seeing everything goes a long way in helping you reach your goals.

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MUMSKI 8/6/2011 9:21PM

    Lovely to hear that you and Barry managed to fit in an afternoon walk. It is never easy trying to convince someone who has PSTD that getting out of the house will make them feel better, but well done you for always being there with your love and support. I'm sure at times it seems a long road Georgia, but you will get there.

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Hugs Lynn

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WISEDIETER 8/6/2011 5:20PM

    Hi Georgia
Life can throw some very difficult situations at us and you are to be admired for the loving support to your husband and involving him in your journey as well. PSTD is often so misunderstood by those who have never been affected personally themselves or by anyone close to them as it can be some time before it manifests and is diagnosed. Working together will in time bring about healing so I wish you both good health and each day be a brighter one than the previous.
Hugs Sue

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Carnarvon Gorge 22nd June 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Good morning everyone and we are back home after a wonderful mini holiday.
Carnarvon Gorge is 720 klm north west of Brisbane. The drive up was slow due to the continuing road works repairing the flood damaged roads. Thw weather was freezing and the gloves, scarves and beanies were in full use.



Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. To walk the park you cross the main creek many many times. Walking over rounded smooth rocks.

Walking through the forest and then all of a sudden you are at a creek crossing and listening to the fast running waters fighting their way around the rocks and boulders. Looking left and right you are awed by the sheer sides of the gorges and the colours are to be seen to be believed. Across the sands, the mud, through the ferns, trees and up and down rocky stairs I plodded along. Not a very fit person but I persevered until I got to the point where I had to return. I walked into the gorge for 2 1/2 hours and 2 hours on the return leg. The walk goes for 15 klms plus but I only managed 5.5 in. Not bad at all for me. I went to what is called the Amphitheatre and WOW!!!mis all I can say.
I had to climb up stairs that resemble those on boats and in through a narrow cave, over the pebbles in the creek and into a wonderful cave that had no roof. The sky was up above all blue and the trees growing around the edge of this opening. Moss growing on the rocks in the little creek and I just sat on the small benches and admired this glorious sight.

My Dh took one look at me on the return and laughed and laughed. He said my look was priceless. I hobbled back to the car so totally exhuasted. He did't join me as he was feeling unwell so he relaxed in the park and had a snooze in the car.

I have tried to put in pictures but am having trouble. I shall put them on my page for everyone to see.

  
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MAKEEFFORT 8/9/2011 8:40PM

    Hi Georgia,

Thank you so much for your detailed account of C/gorge. It sounds a fabulous place....a definite "must do".


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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:20PM

    What do you mean you "only" walked 5.5 km! I wish I was nearer as I would kick you in your bum! Here is one emoticon!!!! One of my dearest SparkFriends got mad at me for always minimalizing my efforts and she has taught me to appreciate every positive choice I make. You could have sat in the car with our sick husband but you didn't, you got out and walked!!! Don't make me have to fly down to Australia to give you this lecture in person!!!!! Ha!

Susan

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TURTLE24 6/28/2011 8:37AM

    Wow! That trip sounds like it was very challenging and I can sense that you felt such an accomplishment. You certainly have reason to be proud!

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GOANNA2 6/27/2011 1:29PM

    Hi Cuz. What a wonderful trip you had.
I'll have to go there someday too. Say hi to everyone.
Tell mum her cousin Vaggelia died today. RIP.
Enjoy your winter.ots of love
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MISSMITSY 6/27/2011 6:13AM

    Sounds like it was absolutely beautiful, I'll have to take the family up there one of these days!

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June 5th 2011

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Took a lovely drive into the country on Sunday.
Beautiful sunrise (no I did not get up specifically for it) Just saw the sun finally creeping over the hills.



Slightly enhanced with photoshop.
We visited a train museum - quite small. They have train rides once a month - not this time.
Flowers, very old trains and lots of things to see and touch.








Have tried to upload the pictures but am having trouble


  
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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:16PM

    The sunrise picture is beautiful! Did you know that Newfoundland (where I'm from) sees the sun first of all of North American? On Canada Day there usually is a big celebration of welcoming the sunrise off the cliffs of the east coast to mark the beginning of a special day country wide!

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MISSCAROL 6/18/2011 11:39AM

    I love the sunrise photo. Thank you for sharing.

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DOODERQUEEN 6/13/2011 11:18AM

    Just love your pictures Georgia!
You are so very talented.
Thank you for sharing!

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TURTLE24 6/11/2011 11:24AM

    Neat photos!


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DOWNPORT 6/9/2011 5:49AM

    More photo gems from you Georgia! You should turn professional!

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GEORGIAK25 6/6/2011 4:13PM

    Thank you everyone. I love to share my trips with you all.

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JSTBKOZ 6/6/2011 7:05AM

    Wow Georgia you are so talented. Love the pictures. Uploading is a challenge I have not mastered. Photo shop is just a dream.

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DEE797 6/5/2011 9:02PM

    Love your sunrise photo. What beautiful pics you take. I may have to steal it as well....LOL!

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TINA2016 6/5/2011 7:53PM

    Georgia your pictures are lovely. And so glad you had an awesome time. hugs

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GOANNA2 6/5/2011 5:54PM

    Wow, Georgia that photo of the sunrise is so amazing.
You are getting to be as good as Baz now so he will
have to watch out emoticonI hope I can catch up
before I leave.
Just over a week to go and I am running around like
a chook with her head cut off. So much to get
organized. Ah well, the reward will be worth it.
Keep on taking these beautiful photos. emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 6/5/2011 4:55PM

    Thanks everyone.

Yes Karen you can have this one too. Thank you for the compliment.

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MKPRINCESS007 6/5/2011 4:14PM

    Oh my gosh, Georgia........I am seriously going to steal another picture from you! It is gorgeous! I hope you don't mind if I use it on my desktop and/sparkpage! It seriously took my breath away!

Love your work!

Karen

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FANORONHA_14 6/5/2011 4:12PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
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Life is Good!
Good health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
Philippians 4:13
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The magic of flowers

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I came home from work yesterday and decided to take photos of my birthday flowers before they died. They made me feel so good and I hope they brighten your day too.
Gerberas

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So enjoy as I do looking at the photos - th flowers only last so long.

  
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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:14PM

    The flowers are beautiful. It appears I missed your birthday so please accept belated greetings. I've been away from Spark for a bit but I am trying to catch up.

Susan

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HAWAIITOES 5/12/2011 8:43PM

    Your photos always cheer me up.
Jan

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KRISANNEDRA 5/4/2011 9:42PM

    Georgia you are quite a photographer! Those pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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MUMSKI 5/3/2011 3:39PM

    I love flowers and these are so pretty.

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MISSMITSY 5/3/2011 9:39AM

    Pretty!!! I love gerberas! I bet you couldn't tell!

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HOCKEY47 5/3/2011 1:27AM

    nice floweres, love the color Georgia!!

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TURTLE24 5/2/2011 3:08PM

    You certanly captured their beauty! I love Gerbera daisies I put three potted plants in a basket and have them inside. They are such a breath spring.

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DEE797 5/2/2011 6:50AM

    What beautiful flowers, love the colors. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

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ALLISONMOM 5/1/2011 11:44PM

    Beautiful like you!
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GOANNA2 5/1/2011 6:44PM

    These are beautiful pictures and the
gerbera is one of my favourite flowers too.

Kalo Mina and keep enjoying them. emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 5/1/2011 6:02PM

    This is absolutely, without a doubt, my favorite flower! Love them! :) I might have to find a pic online and make it my background for my page now!

Thanks, Georgia! :)

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DUMBELLE 5/1/2011 5:44PM

    Those are beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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FLUTTERFLI 5/1/2011 5:42PM

    BEAUTIFUL !!!
THANKS FOR SHARING !!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

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MURFSMURF 5/1/2011 5:09PM

    I love flowers too. I have started buying fresh flowers at the grocery store to keep in my apartment. They make everything so much happier! And your flowers are beautiful.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/1/2011 5:08PM

  thanks for sharing

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