Well, I say High Tea, but after doing research, I guess it was more like afternoon tea, but around lunch time.
On Mamma's last full day in Australia we decided to have a hen party and get some friends together for high tea. Now, you know me, I had to do this cheap. Thankfully Groupon had a deal for us.
Don't worry, we didn't embarrass the family. We dressed in our finest. Complete with fascinators and heels.
Bistro 41 really did it right.
We had so much fun, just sitting and talking, while playing dress up.
I guess you never are to old to play dress up now and again. Oh, but it didn't take us long to get back to the real us.
What are some times you have "played dress-up?"
One day while Mamma was here we decided to take a tour with Queensland Day Tours to see some rain-forests around Brisbane.
We got to see some really cool things
gets strong, and kills it's host tree. When the tree is hollow like this, you can tell the tree has been killed and is now just a fig strangler.
We got to see some waterfalls
He was very knowledgable and patient. We really enjoyed this day looking at God's work.
Here our guide was explaining about how some eucalyptus trees will shed their bark.
During the day we also got to go on a glow worm tour. They only shine in the dark, so we went to a made cave that a tourist trap made to trick the glow worms into shinning all the time.
We couldn't take pictures in the cave, so this quick video I found on you tube will have to do.
If you still want more, click on the link, to some images on the internet. Remember those Glow Worm dolls that were popular when I was a kid? It was kind of neat to see what those were patterned after. They are only found in Australia and New Zealand.
We really had a great time getting to see rain-forests all around the Brisbane area. We went to the Tamborine Mountain, Natural bridge, Springbrook National Park, Numinbah Valley, Cedar Creek Rockpools, Glow Worm Caves, and Curtis Falls. We truly saw a lot in one day.
Of course Mamma and I wore our Chacos, our guide warned us we needed to check in between our toes for leeches.
What are some of your favorite outdoor places to explore?
Mamma and I decided to go to Moreton Island for an Australian adventure day.
It is only a 1 hour and 15 minute boat ride from Brisbane. We took a taxi from our house, about 10 minutes away, and were on the boat.
The island was beautiful. We jumped off and headed to our first adventure.
We wanted to try stand up paddle boarding.
We look totally like professionals, HA!
We quickly realized that the water was to cold. It was going to take many falls to master the adventure.
So, we put them up, and went to next thing. We decided to try our hand at sailing a catamaran.
We sat through the briefing, which was suppose to teach us how to sail. It basically was a ten minute spill about, "when something goes wrong, and you flip over here is how you get our attention."
Good thing, I guess, because about that time Mamma's jet lag starting catching up with her.
After she woke up we went and rode Segways on the beach. It was fun. You really have to commit to which way you want to go and lean. If you hesitate, the Segway could not figure out which way to go and start bucking. We saw many people get bucked off.
Next, we decided to take a boat out. This was a boat tour to feed fish and look for sea turtles.
It was REALLY cold. We did succeed in feeding fish and spotting huge sea turtles though.
After all of that adventure we worked up an appetite. We wanted to try something that was Australian. They suggested Lamington. It was a white cake rolled in chocolate and coconut. We agreed it was pretty good. Of course I had to add a little American in with a Coke though.
After our nourishment we were ready for more adventure.
We loaded on a 4x4 bus and headed to the sand dunes.
For a nice relaxing day in the sand. HA!
We went sand boarding. We all lined up in a single file line and hiked up the hill. Then they would wax the high tech board, get us in the right position and let us fly.
The high tech board was the same material you make peg board out of, just without the peg holes. It was fun though, you literally fly down the hill. Once you started down the hill you could not see a thing, the sand was just pelting you. Mamma had a facial, she face planted at the bottom of the hill. Talk about having a "sandwich." Wow she had sand EVERYWHERE!
While we were waiting on all 80 people to fly down we decided to take fun pictures.
The resort on the island did not just want you to have an adventure day, and not learn anything. They had this handy dandy sign hanging in the bathroom. Just in case all the fun, sun, and adventure had made you forget a simple thing you learned as a toddler, going to the bathroom. Not many times you take a picture of a sign in the bathroom, but I couldn't let this pass.
Despite the cold and wind, it was a great day at Tangalooma Resort at Moreton Island. I would suggest this day trip to anyone in the area. Beautiful sand, wonderful beaches, and lovely people. Can't wait to go back one day soon.
When you think Australia, what is the first thing you think of?
And, you can't forget.
So of course, Mamma's first day in we had to fulfill all the Australia cliche'.
Lone Pine truly is a fun place to visit. It is the worlds first and largest Koala Sanctuary.
We got to see other things also.
Mamma made a new friend,
learned how to heard sheep,
and, even saw one being sheered.
We cuddled a Koala, hand fed kangaroos and wallabies, saw a sheep dog in action, and then a sheep sheered.
What's is left cliche' wise for the rest of her trip?
I recently read a book. I know, surprise surprise, I read a book.
The book gave the main character a chance of starting over. Leaving her current life completely and starting over.
She had the chance to have as much money as she wanted and any material wish she wanted.
Now, this book has been translated from French, and I think some of the craft was lost in translation, but the way this author had the ability to really make me think, I appreciated.
I post fun things on here, but that is not what we do everyday. So here is a glance at our "daily life."
Josh, goes to work around 6:00 am everyday, and most days works late. He rides the city cat (ferry) or bus to work.
My life is a lot different in Brisbane, while I am waiting on my paperwork to be approved so I can teach in Queensland. Their website says it can take up to 12 weeks to get approved. We are currently on week 12. Hopefully I can change this routine soon, but until then, here is my typical week.
Next, I go and workout. This Anytime Fitness is like a mile from our house.
I do my free Nike Training Club App, in this area.
After I work out I usually go run, I mean who wouldn't want to run with this view? I just miss all my running buddies. I live on wrong side of river for every runner I have met so far.
Honestly, when it was "cold" I was not as good about running as I should. I would go workout, and then go get a Chai Latte from this local favorite.
After I workout, I do different things each day.
I usually catch the bus in to town and do what I need to get done for the week.
Lately, I have also used this time to go to Flight Center, to plan activities for Mamma when she comes in September, Dad when he comes in December, and deciding where Josh and I want to go on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? Josh is really leaning toward Cambodia.
They still use travel agents, it is really nice to actually talk to someone and not just type my information into kayak.com
Then I usually go to Starbucks, drink an orange drink, read my book, and wait on Josh to leave work. That way we can ride back to Hamilton together.
Tuesday is $2.00 day. I go to the next town over and workout on Tuesday at Lorna Jane. Lorna Jane is a lot like Lulu Lemon, and offers classes like they do. The classes are $2.00, I do two classes. Abs and butt and Strength and Stretch.
A group of American girls meet, go to the classes, then go across the shopping center, and enjoy $2.00 taco day.
After that, I go home and read.
I am really lucky to have a library literally a block from our house. I go to the book store, pick out the books I want to read, go online, put a hold on them, and they are delivered from the big library to our small library. I would love some book recommendations from you.
I wake up early on Wednesday. I go to boxing class at Anytime Fitness. Then ride the ferry across the river.
Where I meet Jodie. Josh and Jodie's husband Tim work together. Jodie has welcomed me into her running club. I run with the club every Wednesday. We go to Mt. Gravett and run trails for around an hour.
After we run, we have coffee together. I think everyone enjoys the run, but really looks forward to the coffee break at the top, and enjoys the amazing view.
Of course a day I missed, they saw a wild koala. Would you ever say wild koala? I guess a calm, but free koala.
Then, I go home and read. Have I mentioned I read and workout a lot?
I go to Lorna Jane again and do a circuit class.
After the class I go into central Brisbane and eat lunch with people from church.
Usually I go home after this, and go for a short run by the river, just to enjoy the view.
Oh, then I go home, and you guessed it. READ!
I have never not had a job, so this has really been an adjustment. I am really praying that my paperwork gets passed through the system soon.
I pick up Josh's clothes from the cleaners. I ruined one of his suits right after we got married. He hasn't trusted me since.
Then I just look for something else to get into.
A lot of days I have to go to the Post Office. You can not mail things from your personal mailbox in Australia. You have to take it to a red box, or to the Post Office. We still get a lot of mail that is not for us, so I have to take it to Post Office to Return to Sender.
At the end of everyday, Josh comes home and we cook dinner together.
We decided to go to the horse races. They do it a little different though.
Josh, Courtney, Travis and I all went to the races. Courtney and I met at Lorna Jane working out, and after talking a little bit realized we had a lot in common. She is from the south, taught school in the states, and her husband works for Halliburton.
After asking around, we quickly learned that the horse races in Australia are a total fashion affair. The day before we went to the races Courtney and I went shopping for a hat or fascinator. We worked to find a new mall not inside the city. We went to the Indooroopilly Mall. It was fun exploring a new place, while looking for something totally out of our American comfort zone.
All the women at the races wear hats and fascinators. All the men wear ties and slacks. Every horse race is how everyone dresses when they go to the Kentucky Derby or Steeplechase.
It was a lot of fun to dress up and step out of my comfort zone. I mean come on, dress, heels, doesn't get much more out of my zone. Don't worry my chaco's were in my bag.
The people watching was great, all day.
It was funny though, you never knew when the races were going on. The announcer, you couldn't even hear. They had other things going on during the race activities.
They had a grape stomping race during the day.
You do not have to be at the races to place bets. You can place all the bets you want online. Because of this, the numbers of spectators are not that great, but looking good is high on everyones list that actually comes to the races.
They had a hair straightener in the bathroom you could use for $2.00. They also had a vending machine for flat shoes.
It was fun, but don't worry in no time at all, I was back home, in my comfy clothes reading my book.
I feel like everyone is writing and talking about their weight and others perceptions lately. Honestly, I never have really paid much attention to them. I currently wear the same size jeans I wore in 2002, size 27. I have always been addicted to working out, and always just had my own style.
The way of life is different here, I will give them that. Eating healthy is cheaper than eating processed. Which is totally backwards than eating in the states.
At an early age we are taught to really care about people's perception. I am guilty of this also, how many times do we tell a little girl, "You look so pretty. I love your dress. You look beautiful in that bow." We need to change this to help kids learn to look inside for their beauty.
"Fashion does not love your body. It does not care about the jeans that cut into your soft flesh, you skirts that ride up, your trouser legs that are too short or long, your shoes that pinch and burn, shirts that gape and straps that slip off. The closest fashion comes to caring about clothing is like when a model falls over on the runway, or suffers a wardrobe malfunction. (p.49)"
One company in Australia actually did research a couple of years ago. They trashed what they were doing with fashion. They gave a survey and measured 5,000 women and 5,000 men to find out what they wanted, and their fits to help create their products. Their profits jumped 84% the next year.
I made her..she is different.