Found this in amongst a pile of photographs today... it was used in a Scrapbooking Memories article that I wrote about 2 years ago. It was nice to come across the original image. I wrote on the photo with a white gel pen.
Aussie Scrap Source showcased one of my Hero Arts projects on their blog recently. Check out the full post here along with loads of other yummy Hero Arts projects!
Only 2 weeks until I head over to LA for the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA). I'm looking forward to catching up with a few buddies while I'm in LA too. I'll also be at Disneyland for a day, so if anyone has any 'must see or must do rides' for Disney, please let me know! I'll be cramming in as much as I can, so would love to hear any feedback on what you recommend I should do or see there.
Sarah asked about holiday photos for 2008 - no, we didn't don the red hats this year! Since we had our family shoot in September we just used one of those photos in our Christmas cards this year.
Ginny asked if we waded into the water that flooded the roads. Stewart walked in and when it got half way up his thighs he turned around and came back. Then another car came through and ploughed right through the water (it was a 4WD), and it went hlaf way up their door and the 4WD stalled on the other side of the river. That cemented our decision not to proceed!!
For Christmas 2008 we decided to head out to my Mum's farm at Nymagee. Most of my brothers were going to be either staying there or passing through, so it was a good time to catch up with them and it's always a treat when Santa has to get all dusty by visiting the farm too!
However, mother nature had other plans! We left our beachside home (not literally, but close enough) early in the morning for our 8 hour drive out to the farm. We had been driving for 7.5 hours along roads like those in the above photo. We were all getting hot, tired and eager to get out of the car at the farm. we were scooting along, then came across this:
WATER! Yes, rare as it is out there, the road was covered in water along Pangee Creek. A rare sight indeed, and one I've not seen often (except in the Nyngan floods of 1990, but that's a whole other story, and goes to show that it has been about 18 years since I've seen this creek actually running!) In this photo the water doesn't look very deep, but it was deep enough to go up to the windows of our car.
And we were only half an hour from the farm! With no phone coverage we couldn't even call Mum to tell her that we'd have to turn back. Luckily a Country Energy van came along and allowed us to use their satelite phone. When I called Mum, they couldn't believe the river was running (they'd not had much rain!) so my stepdad Terry and brother Tim drove out to see what all the fuss was about. This is them:
The river had risen by now too. We yelled out hello and Merry Christmas to each other, then we both had to turn back and go our separate ways! We went back to Tottenham and stayed at my Grandparents house in there until Christmas morning. By then the river had subsided and the rest of the family could get together for a wonderful lunch feast! I always say before Christmas that I'll try not to eat too much, but every time my will power just walks out the door and I'm found eating huge bowlfuls of desert. What can I say... sweet tooth! It was a great day and Santa did find us after all too.
We spent another week on the farm, catching up with family, playing board games, yabbying, painting, taking pictures, riding the four wheeler motorbike, changing flat tyres, taking long walks, teaching Banjo the dog to sit, playing Lego, watching movies and again... eating way too much food!
On New Years Eve we had a great farm celebration with the family. Lots of laughs, streamers, mayhem, food (see! again! It's insane!) and a great sunset to finish off the year...
I hope you all had a wonderful festive season with your loved ones, and wishing you all a wonderful, fun, happy, wild, crazy and adventurous 2009!!!