January – where’d it go?

Posted in: End of Month Recap on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Every new year I think to myself  This year is going to go slower, i’m going to live more in the moment and it’s going to feel longer.

But each new year seems to go just as quick as the last year, if not quicker! And as if to prove my point we’re at the end of January already.

Here are some things I did in January.

1. Stacked and re-stacked the fridge about 30 times.

Perfectly packed!


2. Completed the Wynnum 10,000 steps challenge with only two huge blisters, some sunburn and complete exhaustion to show for it.


10,000 steps = 1 bloody long walk!


3. Found some rather sad and neglected looking boats in Wynnum creek, a place we call ‘the boat graveyard’…for obvious reasons.


A sad sight to see


Creative seating solution


4. Went to Bundaberg to join Ben’s family as they returned Pop home to the sea at one of his favourite fishing spots, Coonarr beach.

Pop returning home


5. Sweltered in hot, windless conditions,  during which the ships cat found some adorable positions to try and cool down.


The ships cat trying to sleep and cool down


6. Had a movie day, thanks to a supply of girlie movies from my Mum and a large bottle of home brew scotch from my Dad.


A girlie movie day


7. Ate a whole tub of ice cream, with Ben’s help of  course, well if truth be told he ate most of it.  But he had to, Tygress has no freezer and you can’t waste ice cream!


Ice cream treat.


8. Discovered some interesting new ways to enjoy Bundaberg rum, gotta say I loved the sarsaparilla and Bundy Red combo. My only complaint…the bottles aren’t big enough!


Discovering new ways to enjoy rum


There were of course a few unpleasant events as well

1. Ex tropical Cyclone Oswald came, destroyed and left

2. Found what we think is some rot in the cockpit plywood

If (1) is considered a complete cluster-whoopsie of a month and (10) is considered a month full of happiness, sunshine and success then I would rate January as a 6/10.  How was your January?

Bring on February!


A soul set free

Posted in: Family on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Beautiful Coonarr Beach

We drove in silence for a few minutes taking in the scenery and no doubt thinking back on the mornings poignant events.

“How do you think that went?” I asked Bens’ Mum Marg.

“I thought it went well, I think now his soul has been set free…and it was a lovely day for it”

We were on our way back from Coonarr Beach, a beautiful undeveloped paradise not far from Bundaberg.  We had been there to scatter the ashes of Marg’s father Bert or Pop as he was known to most of us. In life Pop had loved to fish Coonarr beach and his family thought it fitting that he be returned to the waters of the fishing grounds he loved so well.

He was to be returned home to the sea.

And the sea was beautiful that day for Pop, clear, warm and sparkling in the morning sun, forever enriched by his return home.


The family gathered to return Pop home to the sea