Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Saying Goodbye

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Tuesday, 4 am, saw us at Brisbane airport check in with our son Stuart. He was about to make the 40 hour journey to Canada's Prince Edward Island to reunite with his fiancee, whom he had met in Banff 5 years ago. During the week he had realised it would be exactly 6 years to the day since his overseas adventures had begun. It has been wonderful to have had him with us the last 8 months. We just wished that things had worked out better for Kim, but they arrived to a very unstable work market and her visa was quite limiting.
On our 1st walk together, Stuart introduced me to the beauty of Springbrook National Park, so it was fitting that on our last walk we retraced our steps.

On completion of our walk we drove to Currumbin Creek and met up with family for a late picnic lunch in the warm winter sunshine. At about 4pm the men of the family allowed me a special hour on the Currumbin Beach just a short distance away.

Unfortunately the view to the east, of these clouds, told me what I didn't want to know - no 'super moon' viewing tonight. Oh well, the best laid plans......

I still spent a relaxed hour enjoying the beauty of the sunset colours, watching the avid surfers trying to catch the swells and listening to the gentle ebb and flow of the waves.

The previous evening we had also sat outside to watch moon rise. The sky was still so light that the moon was actually up for 10 mins before we spotted it.

On the morning of our walk, I was out and about at 6am with Laurel [dear friend and neighbour] to capture the moon set. Again we thought the clouds would win their game with us, but at the last moment, they relented and we oohed and aahed as our cameras snapped again and again.

So glad I had these special days, as Walking Wednesday had to be cancelled because I've been slowed down with a nasty stomach bug. Roll on next Wednesday!

Happiness is ............
                               a visiting butterfly.

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  1. Oh my gosh, what truly amazing photos Helen! Will your son be living in PEI? If so, would you visit him there? Is Kim born and raised in PEI? I love PEI?

  2. Thank you Alexandra. I love my last beach shot. I didn't think it was any more special at the time, so it was a great surprise when I uploaded it. I think Stuart and Kim will definitely settle in Canada over Oz, but where depends on work. Time will tell. Growing up, I read all the Anne of Green Gable books and a tear still trickles when I watch the movies of same. I'm really looking forward to our visit there late next year. I check this site daily [ Kim's end of the island] and delight in the variety of bird life.

  3. No Helen I hadn't caught up with this blog. Once again great photos and a very enjoyable read. Your photography is coming along in leaps and bounds.

  4. What beautiful sunset shots! Sorry to hear your son is leaving. I know it's hard to have your kids so far away. I guess that's a good excuse to go visit!