“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Ashley Smith.

remember me....

Im on 5 whole days off right now! So awesome. Have a very busy fortnight coming up though full of long shifts, study & no time for sleep.
On Saturday we went for a drive up the coast & ended up in Underwater World. The seals are so cute! Had to take a cheesy tourist pic to make the day though!

On Sunday we got up super early (not-9am!) and ventured out to the Caboolture markets for the morning. I havent been to the markets since I was about 10 years old and I have very fond memories of fairy floss, pet rocks, pony rides, scones with jam & cream, running around with my cousins, all the homemade toys & snow cones full of blue & red sugar! My god how things have changed! The markets were full of absolute crap! The toys were the same you would get out of a standard toy shop, there was plastic crap everywhere & about 75% of the stalls were people selling their second hand crap. And it wasnt even good stuff, it literally was just crap! There was nothing handmade, no pony rides, no children having fun. Not to mention it was one of the hottest days in a few months with no breeze anywhere! Yes it sounds like im complaining but I was just so shocked to see the horrible sight. Were had the markets I remember gone?? Very disappointing.

Here is another pic of Leon the day we got him at 7 weeks old. He weighed a whole 2.5kg. What a handsome young man.

And here is Leon aged 12 weeks & weighing in at 8kg at his first visit to the vet to get his vaccines. He looks so cute here. He was a very good boy at the vet and got lots of yummy treats from the vet & the nurses.

My first-born Lucy (aged 2) passed out on a hot summer's day. Poor baby.

Yoda asleep on my laptop. This is why my laptop stops working all the time!

I found some old pictures of our 2 nights away at a place called 'Secrets on the Lake' in Montville. These are from about 6 months ago. This place is just heaven! Its very expensive at $350 a night but so worth it!

This is the treehouse looking back from the balcony, the front door is on the left, the kitchen on the right. Thats me asleep on the sofa and behind me is a raised area with the bed & on the right of that is the bathroom. Behind the camera is the balcony on the right and on the left is the giant sunken spa bath.

There is about 10 different treehouses in this place, all seperated by thick lush rainforest and the only way to get around is on this boardwalk surrounded by the forest. There are animals everywhere like birds, possums and friendly bush turkeys! Our treehouse was the second highest up and the second most expensive. The most expensive treehouse has its own waterfall! All the treehouses are so succluded from each other and there is no noise, all you can hear is the beautiful sound of nature & light rain.

This is the spa bath which is sunken into the floor and is massive. The view from the window is over Lake Baroon and its such a loverly place to sit in the bath full of bubbles with a glass of champagne & some choccies & a handsome husband and enjoy the view! Its particulary loverly first thing in the morning (its freezing in the morning!) having a nice warm bubble spa & watching the sun come up.

A kookaburra on our balcony. Every morning you get fresh hot muffins & croissants delivered to your door for breakfast along with the breakfast basket on arrival full of fresh local fruits, scones, eggs, bread, milk, tea, coffee & jams and these little devils just love to swoop down & grab them when you arent looking!

Afternoon tea of scones with jam & cream & some earl gray on the balcony. Please ignore the horridness that is me, I had just finished a run of 6 night duties before driving for 2 hours to get here so am pretty darn tired looking! Was so relaxing though! For dinner we went out to a local pizzeria which does the most amazing cajun cheese & mushroom pizza! I have tried to re-create this in my own kitchen with no luck, I dont know how they do it but its amazing! Montville is full of little cafe's & diners with a very small-town feel and is full of vintage shops & loverly homewares & clothes. There is also a candy shop which does hard boiled lollies were they do twice daily shows demonstarting how they make the candy. There is also a chocolate shop full of amazing handmade local chocolates & fudge! Another great shop is run by the local winery which sells the most amazing wines! And I have to mention a few others....the glassblowers shop, handmade timber & wood furnishings & an awesome toystore full of handmade toys & puzzles!

The view from our balcony & from the spa- Lake Baroon. This Lake is only open to 2 resorts in Montville, including the one we stayed at. You can grab a couple of kayaks & enjoy the lake for free or go swimming. (we didnt as we kayak all the time at home)

Me clutching the complimentary bottle of wine on arrival! On the far right is the balcony with the gorgous 'love seat' made out of wood and is soooo comfy to curl up on with a blanket & book & cup of tea and watching the kayakers go past on the lake. In the middle is the firplace which was constantly on is its freezing up there! The whole treehouse is carved out of wood & there are little wooden creatures scattered all over the place. This was the dragonfly house so there was little wooden dragonflies everywhere! Even the toilet roll holder was a wooden dragonfly!

Its my husband & I's dream to move to Montville one day. To buy a cute little cottage on a decent amount of land and raise a family. We already have 2 dogs but would probably get a few more to fill up the land. Id love to plant lots of fruit trees (although there is fruit trees everywhere already) and live off the fresh fruit & vegies grown in my own backyard. Montville is right next door to Maleny which is famous for its cheese's, wines & yogurts. Both towns are full of gorgous little vintage shops & handmade goodies. The weather is constantly changing from lightly sunny to a slight rain but its always beautiful. The countryside is constantly green and full of tree's. The air is fresher & the people are just loverly. The closest hospital is about 30mins drive and they have a fairly decent but small intensive care unit there so I will probably try to get a job there in an education or facilitation role. There are a few different ambulance stations my husband could transfer to. One day......
On another note, ive lost 3kg in 2 weeks on my new 'diet'. 37kg to go.....

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