Monday, January 26, 2015

after the rain...

It's the wet season here in North Queensland, and though the rain brings thick humidity, it also brings beauty.
I love to take my camera outside just as dawn is breaking to capture the raindrops...

This little fellow had been taking cover under the large palm fronds out front...

...and you know what follows the rain, don't you?

It's a long weekend here in Australia because we're celebrating Australia Day!
I love the laziness of weekends like this. They come with relaxed breakfasts of oatcakes and fruit...

...and early morning walks with Mr E and Charlie by the marina park at The Strand.

Afternoons are spent watching the tennis and stitching a set of new designs...

...or reading and planning 'what next'?


I've also been taking time to appreciate friendship as I admire the gift that Wendy made me for Christmas. She gave it to me last week when she visited, and it's so beautiful!
(in case you want to know where you can find the pattern it comes as a kit from HERE)

To top off our weekend, sweet daughter Blossom came for dinner on Saturday evening, and whilst watching an old favourite movie her daddy had chosen for her (The Princess Bride), she began stitching a Sparrow block to send to Sparrow Ministries.

If you missed that blog post it is HERE, and to answer those who've asked, you can stitch the small block in any colour you like, or use any fabrics or threads in the larger version...

Well, I'm off to enjoy the last day of my long weekend with Mr E because tomorrow....drumroll.....he starts his new job! 
My sweet man will begin his new career as a car salesman, so if you're in Townsville or surrounds and are after a 'new' used car, let me know and I'll send you his info. 
This is way different to being a teacher, but he's excited and enthusiastic and hoping to follow this path with integrity giving all glory to God.
{{thank you for your prayers}}

hugs

21 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Good morning, Jenny, what gorgeous photos. Good luck to Mr. E, I am sure that he will do well. The Princess Bride is TraderVic's absolute favourite movie and for Christmas this year I gave him Cary Elwes's memoir "As you wish" which is all about the making of the movie - it is a very interesting insight into the movie business. We have both read it and I can recommend it. Have a great Australia Day, how great was Kyrgios's game last night? Aussie, Ausssie, Ausssie!

Christine M said...

Hello Jenny. Gorgeous photos. The pear Wendy stitched for you is just beautiful. I've finished my block to send to the Sparrow Ministries. Will pop it in the mail tomorrow. Wishing Mr E good luck in his new career. I was so happy when you told me he got the job. Hugs, Christine xx

Leeanne said...

Beautiful rain drop photo's, we sure could use some here too. Yummy breakfast! Is your dog a Rhodesian ridgeback??

Jacqueline said...

Yay..I hope he does wonderfully.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous photos. Felt like I was there enjoying your plants. I've never heard of oatcakes.....sounds good.

Deb said...

Jenny what absolutely fabulous news for you and Mark. He will be thrilled to bits having his job. I hope all goes well for him and he enjoys it.
Love your photos, everything is so beautiful, green and shiny.

Cass Cusack said...

Congratulations to MrE, this is such great news

Tammy said...

Happy Australia Day! I've enjoyed watching the Australian Open. Love tennis! Good to Mr. E!

Createology said...

Congratulations Mr. E on a new career. Lovely photos dear. I am glad to hear Little Sparrow can be any color...I will be doing one in blue variegated. I spy a beautiful butterfly in your new stitching. Sweet gifts from your friend. Blessings in your new week...

Allie said...

Such beauty in your surroundings - thanks for sharing them, it eases my grey days here! I love the pear Wendy stitched for you hon. Praying for hubby!!!

Miss Paula said...

My sparrow is traced and ready to stitch!!!

Wendy B said...

Perfect hon....just perfect! We are blessed aren't we? xox :o)

cucki said...

Super perfect xx

Vickie said...

beautiful photos Jen..that pear is stunning..lovely stitching from Miss Wendy....way to go Mr E ...all the best,cheers Vickie

Nancy Coburn said...
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Nancy Coburn said...

Oh...I forgot to tell your wonderful hubby congratulations andn I'm keeping him in prayer for a successful career in his new position. Also, your pear is absolutely breathtaking!!! Wendy's stitching is so incredibly beautiful! Hugzzzzzzz...

Jacquelynne Steves said...

It's lovely and green on your side of the world, but on my side of the world we are having a serious snow storm today! Don't you love the internet?! It's amazing how it brings us all together. (PS I voted for your for the Craftsy awards!)

TerriSue said...

Jenny,
A toe ring...? Actually your toes are beautiful. If I had feet like yours I might wear a ring also. lol. Mr. E has a new job? What an answer to prayer. Jim also had to completely change careers. The car business needs integrity, so he will do well!

desertskyquilts said...

Happy Australia Day! Beautiful photos and what a bright rainbow that is. I hope the day was as relaxed as you'd hoped, and the first day of the career training is very exciting and productive.

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful photos! Yippee for Mr E!

Carla said...

Good Luck to you and Mr. E
Great photos. and those pancakes look yummy