Sunday, 7 June 2009

day-tripping and sacred life sunday

today, we went for a lovely drive up to mount tamborine. as with our trip to forest lake last week, we woke up to rain in the morning and debated whether or not to go at all. i'm glad we did because the rain moved on and we were blessed with a beautiful, clear winter's day.....albeit a little chilly up on the mountain. we also had a few dubious moments which i'll mention below.

as we started out on our journey, the ECM light lit up on the dashboard of beau's car...from what we understand, this usually means to get your engine checked...however, beau only recently paid out for a full service so he switched off and switched back on and all was well again so we continued on our merry way.

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the picture below was taken from the car on the way up the mountain....the dense rainforest is to the left in the pic. you can feel the cooler temperature change too.

below is a view from the top of the mountain

then we stopped to watch some paragliders taking off, however, when beau went to lock the car, he had trouble getting his car remote to work. the problem was that the immobiliser had armed itself and we needed the remote to disarm it. it couldn't have been the remote battery because a new battery was fitted only recently so, after some tapping and knocking the darned remote for what seemed like forever, it finally decided to start working..PHEW!

there were a couple of wind-socks which helped the paragliders determine wind conditions

we waited around for 20 minutes or so but the wind conditions weren't quite right for the paragliders to take flight so they started packing things up. time for us to move on too.

on the other side of the mountain, we found another lovely view pictured below. way in the distance, you can see our gold coast.

when we stopped to take the pic above, four inquisitive young llamas alpacas on the property beside where we stood came over to the fence....they were soooooooooo darned CUTE!!!

our winter started on june 1st but i also spotted some rich autumn colours which is quite rare in our sub-tropical climate
then it was back to the car to explore a little more but...

....more troubles!! firstly, aaron's seat belt jammed when he tried to put it on and it took quite some time for me to work it free. after that was done, beau tried to start the car but it didn't want to cooperate, it wasn't the battery as you could hear the rotations quite strongly...for some reason, it just didn't want to fire up. after several attempts, it finally started much to my relief BUT....when beau went to move off, the tyres started spinning traction due to the ground being waterlogged from all the rain over the past couple of weeks. we had been deceived by the dense grass. so, being on a hill, beau had to reverse the car backwards down the hill and onto the road.

at that point, we decided to pay heed to the signs and head straight home instead of exploring any further. even that didn't go well because, despite the amount of times we have gone to mount tamborine, we missed our turn off on the way home which added another 15 minutes onto our journey. beau and i are both baffled that we could possibly have missed seeing the huge service/gas station situated on the corner of the road we were supposed to turn into.

what an unusual day it was.....beautiful for sure....but we wondered if there was a message of some sort for us in all the little problems we faced throughout the day.


  • i am grateful that the rain cleared early today so we could go on our mountain drive

  • i am grateful to have spent such a nice day with three of my five children

  • i am grateful for the beauty that nature bestowed upon us at mount tamborine

  • i am grateful for the lovely hot chips/fries we ate at lunchtime.....YUM!

  • i am grateful that we were able to conquer the few problems we faced on our trip

  • i am grateful that we made it home safely

  • i am grateful for the ugg boots that are keeping my tootsies cosy and warm as i type this

  • i am grateful that we had leftover curry for dinner tonight so i didn't have to come home and cook a meal from scratch

  • i am grateful to all my blogger friends who take the time to visit my blog and read my dribble....thank you ~ (((hugs)))


i have two mantra cards at various stages of progress so, hopefully, i will have at least one of them finished to show you all tomorrow also.

for those who inquired after my last post, our low winter temperatures here in the logan area of brisbane are an average of 6°C/43°F....rarely below it. Our high winter temps average at around 22°C/72° nothing to really complain about except for the fact that, in a sub-tropical climate like this one, most homes don't have central heating which means lots of quilts and blankets to stay warm in winter.



  1. Wow! What a trip you guys had. I think you kept getting delayed for a reason. I am just glad you guys made it home safely.

    The lamas are so cute!

    Can't wait to see the mantra cards. I will hopefully get a sneak peak tomorrow when we visit.

    Luv Shell xx

  2. Sorry to hear of the troubles along the way but what a beautiful day to have them on. Those llamas were adorable! such personality behind those mops of hair and long lashes.
    Your winter's are the kind a person could dream about. Have a wonderful week, Serena!

  3. Wow the scenary is spectaclur. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love the little jumper your knitted for the doll.

  4. glad you all made it home! that view is wonderful :D

    awww Llamas :D they are so cute, love the small white one and his mop top :p

  5. So glad the troubles came and went and you made it home safe and sound. What beautiful scenery! And sweet that the alpacas came for a visit. I had to chuckle at 43 degrees F in your winter! Well, you know. You lived in Montana--hehe! We have had 43 degrees in the nights still here in June this year(our summer!). And it's been colder than that-- even had frost warnings last week and snow in North Dakota! Strange weather this year. anyways, can hardly wait to see your mantra cards. They are always just lovely! :)

  6. What a trip you had...what an adventure...Your temps sound so similar to ours... enjoyed reading about your day...glad everything turned out okay though.

  7. Thanks for you comments, everyone. When things start to crop up like that, I start to worry that it's leading up to something bigger. Thankfully we made it home safe and sound ~ :)

    Rita....yep, we lived in Wyoming so I sure do know how harsh a winter can really be. lol

  8. WOW...what an awesome trip!!! All of those things that happened to you just make for great stories and laughs LATER!!! LOLOL! You sure do have a lot to be thankful for!!! Beautiful views from the mountain!!! The Alpacas are so C-U-T-E!!!!!!
    Have a wonderful day!

  9. What an adventure filled with gorgeous vistas and cute alpacas! (They look coiffed!)

    I think the message is get another mechanic :) Oh and watch where you park... hehe :)

  10. Great pictures, Serena. Our Judi (the one in the Photo of the Week challenge) has llamas. I just love llamas and alpacas.

  11. Thanks for taking us all in your trips. :D Cyber cars are wonderfully spacious. ;)


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