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Your Love Song?

We all like a bit of romance right?

So, do you have a favourite love song?

One of my favourites is by John Denver. I was introduced to John Denver’s music at a young age as my parents played his record over and over and over again. Most of his lyrics are second nature to me, like riding a bike. His famous hit, “Annie’s Song” was written for his wife. Her name is Annie. I know! What a beautiful way to express how you feel about someone you love. My husband and I claimed it yonks ago (like a billion other people) as “our” song. Never really had an “our” song cause it seemed a little too romancy…but I like having a song ūüôā

I love the first verse how it describes all those moments that make you feel so alert and alive, e.g. РYou fill up my senses, like a night in the forest: everything is tuned in, we are not normally in the forest so everything looks, feels, sounds and smells different. Even more so at night. I know when I go camping out in the bush, my senses come alive. At night when it is pitch black around me, I hear every twig crack and every animal noise!

According to Wikipedia: Denver “wrote this song in about ten-and-a-half minutes one day on a¬†ski lift” to the top of Ajax Mountain in¬†Aspen, Colorado, as the physical exhilaration of having “just skied down a very difficult run” and the feeling of total immersion in the beauty of the colors and sounds that filled all senses inspired him to think about his wife.

Here are the lyrics to Annie’s Song:

You fill up my senses 
like a night in the forest 
like the mountains in springtime, 
like a walk in the rain 
like a storm in the desert, 
like a sleepy blue ocean 
you fill up my senses, 
come fill me again. 

Come let me love you, 
let me give my life to you 
let me drown in your laughter, 
let me die in your arms 
let me lay down beside you, 
let me always be with you 
come let me love you, 
come love me again. 

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My Hot Date

Hubby and I

The famous Spirit House was the setting for our date this weekend! What a special experience!

I received a voucher off a friend as a thank you gift a few weeks ago, and hubby and I decided to use it this weekend. I have always wanted to go to the Spirit House but never had the chance or money, so you can imagine I was pretty excited!

The Spirit House is nestled amongst beautiful Balinese gardens with¬†water dragons running about the place. It was funny hearing some of the ladies squeal whenever a lizard would run under the table ūüôā

Water Dragon

For a hot day, the place was cool and refreshing as we sat at our table overlooking the pond. The place was absolutely packed with people, although you still felt secluded as you can’t see everyone through all the bamboo and palms. We couldn’t believe the amount of people there for a Sunday lunch, especially at a¬†restaurant¬†just outside a quiet country town. Where did all these people come from?

The food is Asian and absolutely amazing! This was what we ordered:

My cocktail in a slanty glass

Entrees

Drinks: South Australian Beers, Coco Cocktail (coconut & lemongrass), Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Kabinett (riesling)

Entrees: Crispy Pork Belly with Citrus Caramel Sauce, Hot & Sour Lychee Scallop garnished with Pork Crackle

Mains: Whole Crispy Fish with Tamarind Chili Sauce, Yellow Curry of Duck with Pickled Pawpaw & crispy Lime Leaves

Desserts: Chocolate Brulee with Chili Raspberry Jam & Candied Chili, Tropical Trifle with Passionfruit Sponge with Coconut Tapioca, Lemon Mousse, Lychees & Macadamia

Desserts

The Crispy Fish - looks can be deceptive!

I highly recommend everything we ate. In particular the Pork Belly and Crispy Fish!

It was such a lovely date. Afterwards we went for a drive to explore some of the land we hadn’t seen before. It is so beautiful out there. Then we came home and crashed with full bellies! ūüôā

Cinderella’s Wedding vs. Catherine’s Wedding

It is starting to look like I am a Royal Wedding fanatic, but really I’m not. ¬†There just seems to be so much funny stuff popping up all around the place about the wedding, that I have to share.

This one first appeared on Facebook, and I had such a giggle:

The Royal Wedding and the movie Cinderella

This morning I decided to google it, cause it did seem almost too good to be true…and alas, I found the original ūüė¶

The original.

So there you have it: you can’t believe all you read (or see) on Facebook – shock horror!

Even though the first pic was a fake, it still made me and others have a good laugh. ¬†I think it did it’s purpose, so really who cares! Whoever thought of it is a genius.

I promise, no more Royal Wedding posts from me….unless something else funny crosses my path!

If you ever see something that seems a bit suss (like the Princes dark hair behind his ear when it should be blonde), check out Hoax-Slayer. This one hasn’t appeared on the site yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long until it goes ‘viral’.

Other posts on the Royal Wedding:

“The Hat – Just A Bit Funny”

“I Am A Total Princess.”

I Am A Total Princess.

Prince William and I

First thing is first. ¬†My husband is totally cool with this photo….he created it while we were watching the wedding together on the couch. ¬†It was for a bit of a laugh on facebook ūüôā

This wedding made a lot of girls think about life as a princess and what it would be like to one day be the Queen of a country. ¬†I had many conversations with friends leading up to the wedding about the pros and cons of being a princess, “I would hate it cause you have no privacy, poor girl”, “Imagine having her life and being in her shoes right now – how exciting!”.

Perhaps it has something to do with the age of the prince and princess (being close to your age it makes you think…wow, it could have been me!!!….kind of….I guess….if I looked like her…and lived in England….and did all the things she did…and went to school with Prince William….okay, fine – it could never be me…..).

I love that we all are princesses of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords….our own heavenly Father! ¬†If you have no idea WHAT I am talking about, you absolutely need to read: Captivating. This book unveils the truth behind God’s creation of woman and her purpose. ¬†It explains why, as little girls, we loved to dress up and pretend to be princesses at some stage – it has been ingrained in us by our Creator! ¬†It details why we still love to be treated like princesses by the princes in our lives. ¬†I love that my husband (after 12 years together) still carries things for me, does things for me like vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms and fixes everything…even when he is exhausted, desires to spoil me and make me feel beautiful and special. ¬†And he calls me princess. I love that I married my very own prince…and God is my ultimate King.

Brisbane Day 4: Are Goodbyes Always This Hard?

Our final day in Brisbane.  My husband decided to break with tradition and get up before me to get our coffee and breakfast. We are going to miss this place.  The hotel we stayed at, iStay River City, is so perfect.  Very central, coffee shops and restaurants spotted all along the street.  Very close to the beautiful and relaxing Botanical Gardens, and then less than a minutes walk to the Queen Street Mall (which I mentioned here and here and here).  We originally planned to stay for just two nights thinking that would be enough, but we extended our stay an extra night.  So glad we did.

Here are some shots we took of our apartment before we took it over with all our stuff.

Our balcony looking towards Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens.

The Living Room and Kitchen Bench.

The bedroom

The kitchen

It’s a positive thing when you leave somewhere and wish you could stay longer.¬† Much better than getting sick of the place and hanging out to get home.¬† It really was a holiday and we will definitely be back for more.

Brisbane Day 3: Botanical Balls

Today we continued to slip into our gorgeous morning ritual. I would pop out of bed (I meant, stumble) and get presentable for society. Choof downstairs and across the street, which is already filled with ‘suits’, to grab our morning Zarraffa’s latte and then zip back upstairs to wake up properly and get more presentable..like brushing my hair. I like people-watching, it seems that I especially like it in the city, so this has all been loads of fun for me. I like imaging what kind of jobs people have and what their life is like, where they are going and where have they been. I also love seeing how different people are – the way they look, their mannerisms, facial expressions, etc.

The view of the Albert Street below our 32nd floor apartment.

We did some more people-watching at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens this afternoon. We wandered the magnificent layout of the place and it was so peaceful. A little oasis of calm in the middle of the city rush. It was really quite spectacular! Everyone seemed to be working out – running, cycling, playing footy, gyming it up with a group and personal trainers. I must admit there were a few ‘lazy’ people (including us) sprawled out on the green grass reading or eating lunch or being all romantic with their partner.

We saw a school excursion taking place in the park and it was quite humorous to watch the teacher lead a massive class of Year 6 kids (Kirk asked the teacher what grade) trailed by a heap of parents, frantically asking people where the toilets were. Holidays just seemed so much sweeter at that moment. Ahhhh…..

No, the title of my post is very innocent just in case you were being naughty, and is in reference to a style of photography that I am trying to get the hang of. I posted about it here and here last week. My hubby got me all set up (after we had to move out of the way of an impending footy match) and taught me how to take a 360 degree panorama shot and then hubby put it together very cleverly.

Here is the result:

One of our Botanical Balls shots.

We actually got set up in a space that had a mini garden in the center and it was completely surrounded by giant palm trees. If you look closely you can see people around and behind the palm trees…and the footy match going on who kicked us off their turf in the west.

Then we went shopping again.

More shopping in the Myer Centre

Brisbane Day 2: It’s All About Me…Because I’m Worth It!

Woke up to the sound of sirens and remembered we are in the city.¬† It is such a weird feeling being somewhere so busy when you are used to your much quieter country town on the Sunshine Coast.¬† It is quite exciting and I always love experiencing different things.¬† Change is as good as a holiday…really. We are so high up in our apartment – floor 32 and we have amazing views.¬† On one side we can see Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens, and on the other side we can see the Queen Street Mall and all the shops.¬† Both views make my heart sing.

A sunset photo taken by Kirk from our apartment balcony.

Today we hit the shops and I got some great bits and pieces for my 30th birthday party coming up in a little over a week.¬† I will blog about it for sure, so keep your eyes peeled. I also bought the book, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘ which one of my friends recommended and it is a really good read.¬† I was amazed to discover that the author died pretty young and they (whoever ‘they’ are) found this book and two others books he had finished, so they published them and they became best sellers all over the world!

Later that night we took to the streets…again…to get some night shots.¬† Now, the photos are mostly of me cause I’m worth it. Nah..Kirk is behind the lens teaching me the ropes and I’m still getting the hang of the night settings without making everything go all blurry.

We are angels! Lining up our heads with the golden bag holders in the Louis Vuitton shop front.

Still trying to get my head around the settings for night photography, so my husband took over from here.

Work it!

My turn: Kirk and a purple car.

Pretty building that I should know the name of but I don't.

Talking away while Kirk is testing the flash. Hmmm.

No words. Just that the elevator security camera guys would have been having a good laugh.