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I’m ready to admit to having a little brain fog today. Well, if you insist, it’s a lot of brain fog today and I can’t really explain why today is any different from hundreds of others, except, I only had an hours sleep and since I had suggested an outing today I’ve been staggering around like a zombie most of the day. In fact Lucy (above) just about fits the right picture when I opened Word Press and got to my  ‘page’ and saw…..

Like the Three Bears in Goldilocks, “Whose been messing around with my page?”

Stunned surprise and bafflement. I haven’t seen anything to tell me any changes were coming. That’s not to say there hasn’t been a notification, I’ve been really lax with my emails today too. Bright lights hurt my eyes which in turn laser into my frontal lobe. Very unpleasant. Thinking is a painful suggestion. It’s a strange concept, but I need to think to put fingers to keyboard.

So, getting back to Lucy. I could never understand how she became so famous for making such exaggerated faces and having so many foul ups. I think I’m beginning to understand. It’s all a matter of experience. When she was a byword on National television I really wasn’t into slapstick comedy very much.  Very serious person indeed. It almost went with the career I think, or at least it did for me. Until today.

image from araneus1.wordpress.com Singing sweetly in the Jacaranda he looked so beautiful.

We went to visit one of my favourite haunts, the Crystal Castle. It is filled with hundreds upon hundreds of crystals, as you might expect, but in such a display that it takes your breath away. Just wandering through the rooms gives you a heady feeling. Of course it wouldn’t be quite the same if I didn’t pick up one or two little treasures, but that’s just an added perk. Yes, I could easily get carried away.

However, I wasn’t feeling too chipper so we decided to have a light snack and a nice latte at their organic cafe. All produce locally grown, much on the property itself, so I was sure it was going to be yummy. It was, a beautiful spinach and four cheese roll with salad. Delicious.  There are signs everywhere asking the patrons not to feed the birds since it isn’t any good for them. There is also a delicious carrot and walnut cake with cream cheese topping on offer, a favourite from the way it disappeared from the counter.

Yummy carrot and walnut cake, cream cheese topping

This was delivered to the next table to us, a delicious piece of carrot cake. The temptation to take photos is almost overwhelming since the views are incredible and that is what distracted this couple. They moved away from their table to take some photos. In a swoop reminiscent of a diving magpie after a cyclist, a magpie floated down from the Jacaranda tree and landed on the table and promptly set to with gusto.  Of course the first peck into the cake filled his beak with cream cheese! He couldn’t swallow it, he couldn’t open his beak and he couldn’t get rid of it.

He banged his beak left and right on the plate and then the table and all the while the couple were happily snapping away. I couldn’t stop laughing at the sight. It doesn’t sound that funny, but it looked hilarious, so much so I couldn’t hold the camera to get a photo. So the carrot cake will have to do.

So Lucy, I understand all those comic faces. I pulled one when I suddenly saw my page completely different and I pulled a dozen more watching this magpie, especially when the couple turned and saw what was happening. Then I had to pull more funny faces trying to hide that I was laughing so much.  Headache time here I came!

image from blogs.sacurrent.com     Yes, I LOVE LUCY now. 

So there we have it, one sober day (no alcohol included) shot to pieces by a magpie stuck on cream cheese. You simply had to be there.

Happy Sunday people.

Ciao, Susan x

© Susan Jamieson 2013

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DSCN3675 (Copy)                              This beautiful rose quartz carved with the Dalai Lama‘s quote at the Crystal Castle.

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Today was a special day, a birthday, another day to celebrate being alive, grateful for being together and enjoying each others company. We don’t count birthdays as such, after all, it’s just a number and the most important thing is how you feel. (Discounting my up and down days with Lyme) we are both happy as Larry and enjoy life to the fullest we can.

Today, that meant doing as much as we could in the time I can keep going. This week we’ve had two other outings to spread out the celebrating to cope with my limitations at present, but today was magnificent.  This morning we woke up to a southerly wind, which usually means the cold winter currents are still flowing up the coast, however, opening the windows wide we were blasted with hot and blustery winds. It was so hot we even checked the hot plates in the event we had left them on overnight. Nope, just an odd hot day. .

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Here you can see both the white caps rolling north and the wind blowing the palms near the house.

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This was odd to say the least, but a quick breakfast and we were off to the Crystal Castle. It’s a beautiful place situated just south-west of Mullumbimby and a short drive for us. Being avid crystal lovers it was a beautiful place to soak up the tranquility, play with the crystals and sit and relax over a beautiful coffee and cake. After all it was a birthday treat!

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Overlooking the gardens from the coffee shop, surrounded by rose quartz and a huge clear quartz ‘obelisk’. Right are two of the beautiful amethyst geodes we love. The energy from these is spectacular.

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Our favourite crystals the magnificent coloured labradorite  and the exquisite Lapis lazuli.

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The kids having fun.

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We found some unexpected guests. The possum wasn’t going to be disturbed on his comfy perch and slept through his photo shoot. The English tourists at the next table were quite taken with him.

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DSCN3644 (Copy)  Doesn’t he just look so cute?

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The cheeky Myna had just helped himself to a packet of sugar and was wondering if those shiny elestials were something to eat.

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On the way out we saw two beautiful flowers I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Above is the Blue Trumpet Vine or Sky Flower and below is the Lady Slipper Vine. Beautiful scents all round.

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Finally as we arrived home we caught a couple of keen kite surfers and couldn’t resist a final shot of the gorgeous King Orchid in the tree next to the house.

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It’s now time to count our Blessings and there many things today has brought for us to be grateful for. Spirit has been wonderful in showing us so many things in our lives that we have which we can be grateful for, in spite of the set backs.  Family phone calls and wishes and cards from people far away, all go to show that we are all connected.

I hope you enjoyed sharing Ray’s birthday (and Father’s Day here in Australia) with us. I know I had enjoyed sharing it with you.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed”    Pablo

Ciao, Susan x

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