Monday 12 October 2009


yesterday (sunday), i woke early to do my morning pages despite the fact that i wasn't feeling well due to the asthmatic cough getting a good grip on me. it had seemed to improve last week but now it has relapsed. anywhoo, i was tickled to see this shadow heart on the dining room floor. i have no idea how the play of shadows formed it but it made me smile.

later in the morning, beau suggested we go for a drive despite the look of rain setting in. i wasn't feeling great but i thought a nice country drive would get me out of the house and take my mind off my ailment. it was raining when we arrived in beaudesert and i suggested we turn back and head for home but beau was confident the rain would subside by the time we reached our favourite destination - burgess park, lamington - and sure enough, it did.

the pics are a little on the dull side due to the rainy, overcast day but you can click on any of them to enlarge for a closer look.

on the way, i spotted these xanthorrhoea - a native grass tree of australia. these grass trees are very slow growing and it can take 100 years for them to reach only one metre in height. that would mean that some of the ones in this photo would be around 150 years old. if left in their natural habitat, these trees can live up to 600 years old. you can read more about xanthorrhoea here.

growing some distance in front of the xanthorrhoea were clumps of scottish thistle. you can read about how the scottish thistle became the emblem for scotland here.

further along the route, we came across this lovely little catholic church at christmas creek. it was established back in 1902.

at burgess park, we had a great time exploring the creek bed and banks. aaron loved wading in the water and didn't want to leave. lol we noticed the water had gone down a lot since our last visit. i'm not sure if it has been due to farmers tapping into it to irrigate crops or if it's due to the fact we've had very little rain.

a large group of fungi was growing on one of the trees near the creek bed

we had a lovely day and it felt so good to be out in nature.


today (monday), i'm feeling absolutely miserable! my asthmatic cough is worse and my inhaler has not been helping. i had a terrible night.....couldn't sleep, tossed and turned, and ended up on the verge of a migraine from the constant dry coughing. can ya tell i'm feeling very sorry for myself right now? i've booked in to see my doctor first thing in the morning as i'm thinking i may need a different prescription for my inhaler. i just want to feel better!

love, light and peace


  1. I'm trying to catch up after being absent for awhile. I'm taking an art class that's keeping me busy!

    As always I love your photos. The fungi is beautiful! Almost looks like lace.

    I hope you feel better. Hopefully the visit to the doctor did the trick.

  2. It's funny to see that this is Monday's post for you and it's been up for 2 hours when it's still Sunday night here. It takes little to amuse me;-)

    Nice pictures! I also love the zebra art card you had advertising another post at the bottom of your post!!!

    Hope you're feeling better again soon!

  3. Wow. Was that the honest to goodness Outback? :)

    I hope you feel better soon!

    It's funny that you're already having your Monday but I'm still enjoying Sunday.

  4. What a lovely day! Wanted to tell you I am glad you are going to the could be bronchitis or get that cough checked!!! Let us know how you are doing!!!

  5. Serena I'm sorry you're feeling so rotten and I really hope the doctor is able to help you feel better quickly.

    Thanks for sharing yesterday's ramblings. I find the Australian plants so unique and interesting. Great day trip!

  6. Hi old friend! You have been busy :) Love the photos...especially that heart shadow. Your angels are letting you know how loved you are. Hope all is reading about your joy diet. Enjoy!

  7. Hi Serena!
    I sure hope you're feeling better soon! I love these photos! Those trees are so amazing and the heart shadow...too sweet! But the cute little church? OMG, I LOVE it!!
    Thanks for sharing your day,

  8. Hope you feel better real soon. {hug}

    You can find thistles down south here but they only have flowers in January.

    The chapel is lovely!

    Thanks for sharing your place with us. :)

  9. Love that heart shadow! Wonderful photos from your drive. those grass trees are so interesting looking. I've never seen anything like them.

    I hope your doctor can give you something to help you feel better. Mike and I spent the weekend laying around feeling crappy due to allergies- the pollen count is so high right now, all we did was cough and sniffle.

  10. Hi Serena,
    Oh dear, you do sound very miserable.
    Big healing hugs coming your way.
    Great photo's on this post.

  11. So sorry to hear you are feeling ill and your asthma is causing you such problems. Have you got a nebulizer?
    Get the doctor to prescribe some extra help for you. You are such a brave lady. Hope you get some better sleep. Bless you so much! My mum would say "you need shaking up in a bag so you can come back out all the right way" Use to make me laugh when I was young girl and poorly.
    We are always young, just our bodies that play up, poof! You need so tlc!
    A HUG HUGE but not to tight, don't want to make you worse, so a Huge virtual hug is just what the doctor ordered!

  12. What a lovely array of photos and views!
    I hope you will feel better! Sending healing thoughts to you!

  13. Oh, that heart shadow is wonderful. I'm so glad you noticed it and shared. Good luck at the doctor's tomorrow - you've been under the weather long enough I think and I hope you feel better soon.

  14. A beautiful day filled with serendipitous treasure...Love that shadow and the thistle!...Hope you are feeling better.

  15. Serena -- Feel better soon!!! I hate it when I feel badly. The only good thing is it's justification for curling up in bed and pulling the covers over your head:~)

    I love your pictures and the commentary that went with them.

    I send you some healing power fairies. You can't see them, but if you listen closely you can hear a slight buzz in your ears. I'm sure they'll help you feel better soon:~) Be good to yourself!

  16. I have never seen anything like those grass very strange and interesting....I can't imagine how I could have lived so long and missed a picture of them since I read everything...they don't grow here in Oregon. I hope you are feeling better.

  17. I have never seen anything like those grass very strange and interesting....I can't imagine how I could have lived so long and missed a picture of them since I read everything...they don't grow here in Oregon. I hope you are feeling better.

  18. really hope the dr figured out what is wrong, not good that its lasted this long.

    that little heart shadow is cute, and more lovely photos. glad you decided not to go back home :)

  19. Lovely photos, Serena.
    Hope the Dr. gives you something for your asthma.

    Sending a Big Hug your way!

  20. Wonderful photos Serena! Love the grass trees and thistle....and that shadow is intriguing, isn't it? I do hope you'll feel better soon. Keep after that doctor until he gives you something that will help.

  21. Poor Mum :( I hope you are feeling better today.

    I like the photos. I wish we made it that far on our attempt the weekend before.

    How cute is that little heart in the shadows.

  22. those grass trees are sure strange but, beautiful things aren't they?

    wow... you have not been well for so long.... Greg has been using a steroid inhaler for the past 3 months for Asthma type symptoms...and finally he seems pretty healthy. His doc says a month on that stuff is not long enough...and some folks use it almost all the time it seems. I know we all hate to use drugs...but, if it improves quality of time.... I guess.....

  23. Hi Mum,

    This is a great post! Despite the rain, I think it was a nice day out on Sunday! I just wish I wasn't so scared crossing the rocks near the creek. The photos are pretty good!

    Love Brad!

  24. Oh Serena! You have gotten worse while I have been away from your blog. I hope the doctor could help? Loved the shadow heart! You need a little good heart energy! :)

    I am continually amazed by the plants and things you present to us--wow! What a wonderful walk. Too bad you weren't feeling better at the time. :(

  25. I do hope you are feeling better by now,,, since it is almost Monday again.
    Love your photos, those one trees kind of look like ostrich to me, love the heart shadow that is cool how that formed for shadows

  26. I love these photos! Especially the last one. It's like a tree elephant! :)