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Smiles after Lost Love

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That special day, 64 years ago.

One short month ago today, we lost the patriarch of our family. This meant I lost my grandfather; my Big Chicken Hawk. It meant my mother lost her Dad; I don’t know how any ‘little girl’ goes through that. But most heartbreaking of all, was what this meant to my grandmother; she lost her husband of 64 years.

64 years, 3 months and 26 days to be precise. I think a marriage that survived so much, and a love that endured that long, deserves to be remembered with such precision.

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Tasty Creations

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I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last post! In all fairness, I am managing two blogs now – this personal one and a professional one – so time just seems to slip on by. Anyway, lots of yummi-ness to this one. Enjoy.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a sweet tooth. A real love for sweets and sugary treats. As a result, although I’m not great at cooking, I do fancy myself as a bit of a baker. I can make cookies, cupcakes, mufffins and my specialty – chocolate hedgehog. And, even though I’ve tried my hand at a few cakesĀ  I’m not really that much of a cake maker. And even if I was, I’d be no match for these spectacular tasty creations.

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Feline Ferocity or Friendliness?

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Christian as a playful cub

I first saw the story of Christian the Lion a few years back through YouTube. Christian was a lion cub who had been bought at Harrods Department Store by two Australians (yes, bought, this was in the late 60s before animal laws changed). His owners, John Hendall and Ace Bourke, kept and cared for him just like you would any other pet. But of course, Christian was not like any other pet. He was growing up to become the King of the Jungle.

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Sun + Rain = Radiant Rainbow

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Being in a sub-tropical part of the country, (I live on the Gold Coast in Australia for those that don’t know) we can often have a lovely sunny day end with darkness, clouds and thunder. The juxtaposition of the two is nothing but beautiful. Mother Nature at her best and worst all in the one place, on the one day.

The image below shows this natural contrast. A sight that is not so often seen in many places, but quite readily where I live.

Storm rolling in over the Gold Coast

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Just an Ordinary Day

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Is this the world's best bus stop?

As you may remember from a previous post, I usually catch public transport to work. And you may also remember, from that same post, that I don’t mind it so much. Sure, I could complain about the bus that never comes, the man that stands near me at the stop that has a less-than-pleasant odour, or even the annoying walk I have to do when my shoe has broken and my feet hurt.

But really, I just enjoy the lovely sights I have along the way. Starting with this one to the right. Yep, that is the view I usually have whilst I wait for the bus… see my stop is in the bottom corner of the image.

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Fun with Fotos

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I’m not really a photographer of any kind. Sure, I can take the odd happy snap from time to time, but I wouldn’t really say photography is my forte. Anyway, somehow I recently stumbled across a photography competition online called Young Me, Now Me. The idea is to recapture a photo of yourself from when you were young… in the same style, pose and even clothing where possible. So, I thought I’d have a look at what other fun, and funny, ideas are out there in the world of photography.

Young Me, Now Me

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The Wheels on the Bus

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One of the 'cute' GC buses

When we used to holiday on the coast I always thought the little buses were so cute – like the old American style school buses – so when we recently became a one car family and I started catching the bus I was a little excited… but alas, I’ve only ever been on the big ones. No cute, nostalgic bus rides for me.

My route to work is a fairly simple one… just a short walk to the stop by the beach, jump on the bus and we’re off. Then at the other end, just a 15 minute walk or so and I’m there. Nice bit of exercise built into my day, not to mention the entertainment of my fellow transporters.

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