Train Date

Today I took my little man for a train date and it was a lovely and enjoyable experience. Every holidays he asks about going on the train so this holiday I put it in my diary to make sure it happened.

I decided that Thirroul would be a nice place to venture.

When we arrived we walked to the beach and my son played at this super-duper park

And to my surprise, Thirroul has an Olympic sized salt water pool…..and what a lovely looking pool it is indeed.

Thirroul beach also has moments where one can practice their parkour if one so chooses to do so.

We then went for a walk to Austinmer beach, with some more parkour along the way.

The Austie beach rock pools were rocking today and I was impressed with the committed swimmers that I witnessed today bobbing about out there.

I love how the dressing room building reflected the ocean. It was all harmonious and music to my eyes.

After our walking excursion to Austinmer we headed back to Thirroul for some refreshments before the trip home. We entered one cafe and asked if they served ham sandwiches. No they didn’t, but they served toast. I was thinking, You could just serve the bread pre-toasted? I took a moment to ponder this question and thought, I don’t think that they deserve my intelligence nor money so we went somewhere else.

Yeah for people who serve sandwiches. Tin Shed Cafe

The food and service were great and I’ll be going back there again for sure. We had lunch, used the elevators at the station (a new obsession) and enjoyed the train ride back home. A lovely successful day if you ask me.

 

Free Speech

I’m not one who usually writes about Australian politics and get on the “I hate the Government” bandwagon, however there are times when one has to talk and highlight some things that ruffles ones feathers.

Oh dear!!…..What has Tamar all riled up and ready to talk about such matters???

It started when I read these two articles. Wow, if you have a government job you are urged to dob those in if you see them criticizing our current government on any social media. Um gosh, I read something like this in 1984 by George Orwell and oh, lets not forget what the go is in North Korea.

Now some could say that this is all a distraction from what the government is really up to which could be correct BUT, isn’t free speech an important part of being in a democratic county??? Could it be that freedom to express oneself is a foundation of a healthy government system???

Maybe I’m just naive and need some big important person to tell me how to think and all will be well with the world?

Sure, the previous government were a joke with their disunity and “who’s the Prime Minister this week”….It was a circus really, but how much media control was involved in that. Think about it people of Australia, we were constantly blasted with ridiculous attacks on Julia Gillard’s small breasts and other sexist remarks and we were shown what a control freak that Kevin Rudd was (which he probably was). It was all such a shamozzle.

With our current government, I’m not seeing that same type of circus. Okay, there probably is unity within the ranks and better management but my suspicious little brain is thinking that Tony could be a puppet and the media is playing us all.

Just a free thought. (I can have that can’t I?)

Of course I can, I’m living in Australia.

A land where one can express themselves freely without any nasty repercussions.

A culture where people are encouraged to empower freedom of speech from each other and where disagreeing is okay.

Lets keep it that way peeps

Sketching Excursion

Today I decided to take my sketch book to the lake to see if I can do some preliminary drawings. I firstly tea stained the pages of my sketch book to get a different effect.

As a painter I have been very frustrated with the works that I have been producing of late and it’s obvious that I need to take a different look or approach to art making.

I’ve been inspiring myself by looking at works of art that make my insides sing; such artist include

It has been such a feast to my eyes and soul to ponder upon such works and I want to go and produce something that equally satisfies my soul rather than paint a whole bunch of stuff that annoys me.

Of course, I’m sure most artists go through these frustrating times and that’s where one needs to just keep pressing on.

Here is some images through photography that I captured on my drawing excursion.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

When I step out of my house to walk down the street I look up and see this

evidence of suburban living are everywhere on the streets where I live

On my walk to the shops or garden, there is more evidence that a shopping centre is close by

I love where I live.

 

Hey Brother

I’m soooo loving this song right now. I can’t stop playing it and I’m driving both my husband and son crazy (mummy, that’s giving me a headache)

Besides being a really catchy tune I think that it’s a special song. Firstly this song was playing when I went on the cruise with my coffee group. How awesome it felt going under the harbour bridge with everyone in the party mood with this song playing.

 

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Secondly, I’m finding that the lyrics have a special meaning to me

Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

Hey brother! Do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you hang on!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you hang on!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

After much jiggy jigging when listening to this song I have really come to appreciate it with more depth as I finally listened to the words. It makes me think of the special people who surround me and who add value to my life. Family and friends who lift me up and make this journey a more joyful place.

I thank God for all of my groups that have filled in so much of the grief where my mum is missing. Thank you friends, you know who you are. Apologies if I haven’t included a picture of you, I have tried to represent you all xxx

Let’s Celebrate Life

I just stumbled upon this delightful video which celebrates Happy World Down Syndrome Day

I really don’t think that I could write too many words that express how awesome this is, except how good is it to see people happy and dancing. When you see a happy person having a good time you don’t really see the disability, you see joy and possibilities.

To all of my friends who are effected by disability, this is for you :)

Now lets dance!!!!

 

It’s Never Too Late To Celebrate

I’ve had a wonderful birthday weekend which has taught me that it’s never too late to celebrate a milestone. Two years ago when I turned 40 it was all pretty low-key and I was in no place to celebrate anything.

There had been a tinge of regret for not celebrating my 40th and for some reason I got the brain wave of having a belated 40th which turned into my double 21st!!

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I felt like a genius when it all fell into place…..My double 21st on the 21st of March!!! Now that’s much better then having a 40th.

I then got started my planing and started making awesome things like buntings and joined Pintrest…..lol

I went op shopping and found awesome things to style the venue

After collecting all of the wonderful things for styling the venue, I realised that I’d overlooked my outfit so off I went in search and the last op shop I came to I found the perfect dress…$3

I then had to consider my hair style and thought after much Printesting that the Farrah flicks are a must, so I bought curlers.

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It became much more exciting when it was time to style the venue. It felt like the place became my giant canvas. Oh how I love creativity.

and of course, the party itself which would have been nothing without all of my wonderful guests.

Thank you all my people, you mean so much to me. I look at this birthday with joy and I am glad that I had the opportunity to celebrate a belated mile stone.