Tuesday 3 August 2010


Sunday was a beautiful day so we decided to drive out to one of our favourite spots - Burgess Park.  Michelle and Alex came too.  It was soooooooo relaxing and we enjoyed a yummy picnic lunch. 

Michelle and Alex

Aaron wading in the creek....the water was cold!
Beau practised cracking the whip but we only have video footage so no pic to post. I did get a pic of Michelle's growing baby bump. She is 19 weeks and 5days in the pic below.
Tomorrow, we find out what sex the baby is.....so excited!

I managed some sketching on location - YAY!

My sketch was going well of the Queensland Bottle Tree until more day-trippers turned up and parked their car right in front of my subject blocking my view of the tree base.  Ah well, luckily I had done the main outline.  I also got to use my compact travel watercolour set for the first time.....LOVED IT!

The end result below.  Bottle trees are my favourite tree.

Thanks to all my wonderful and caring blogger friends for your concern and well wishes for Brad.  The symptoms are still happening and we will be seeing the Neurologist this week.  I'll keep you posted.

~ Love, light and peace ~


  1. Fantastic-!! you are a phenomenal artist.
    Still holding Brad in my thoughts.

  2. What a nice day for a picnic!!! Michelle is so cute with her "bump"! Please do let us know what they say re: Brad...I am really wondering what is causing these symptoms! Take care, Serena!
    xoxo- Julie

  3. Looks like you all had a lovely time. Love the tree sketch.

  4. What a wonderful day trip! Love the tree. I had never seen one of these until your blog. They are a bit odd-looking, but charming. Cute paint palette for traveling. Looks like a great time was had by all.

    Yes--please keep us informed about Brad. He is in my prayers. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing your day out with us!

  6. Hi Serena,
    A lovely picnic in the park day!
    Sounds like Doctors orders.
    Great page in your journal.
    Happy creating,

  7. I love the real little details that sneak in when sketching outdoors. Your watercolor is lovely, but it's so fun to me that a car blocked your view. Something in there about life and art being fused so beautifully and even a bit comically. :)

    Looks like a refreshing outing for all of you. I bet you are so excited to find out if it's a boy or a girl, Serena. Still thinking of you and Brad...

  8. A family picnic....what a fun way to spend the day....and Michelle looks so cute. Your painting of the bottle tree is beautiful. Trees are one of my favorite things in this world.

  9. What a great picnic. The photo's were great. It's always nice to take a break. I hope your Brad is doing better. It's always hard when we have to worry about our loved ones. Sending good thoughts and prayers to Brad. Take care.

  10. Hi Serena.. wow a baby on the way!! how exciting.. what is the due date? [I have been without internet as you know] ~ what a beautiful keepsake you are creating with the crocheted baby shawl. I still have mine from my first born.. 35yrs old now!

    Hope all the tests go ok with Brad ~ will watch here to see how it all goes xo

  11. Hi Serena,

    Happy that you had such a lovely day with the family. Hope Bradley is doing better, :)
    I am going to say that the baby will be a Boy! Please let me know.


  12. Ohhh you are going to find out the sex!!! Can't wait to find out. Looks like you had a lovely day and i love your water color.

  13. Looks beautiful there. The tree (nice drawing) looks a little like a Baobob Tree. Wonder if they are related?
    Many blessings to you and your growing family.

  14. That's a beautiful rendition of one of my favourite aussie trees!

  15. Hi Serena
    What a lovely relaxing way to spend a day with the people you love.
    Love your sketch and journalling, the tree is fantastic. Don't you just love it when people stand in front of what you are trying to draw, photograph or study. I think you did a great job.

  16. Love this feel good post and beautiful sketch.