Posts Tagged ‘Sunshine Coast’

The Best Job on Earth!!

This is the amazing place that I get to work at. Seriously, how lucky am I!

Can you spot me and my hubby? 🙂

Caffine, Chatterboxes & Choc Churros

I have this really beautiful friend. We met many, many years ago through church. We became ‘sisters’. We did life together. Then she moved to Melbourne.  But like all special relationships, distance doesn’t matter and when you see one another face to face again it feels like no time has passed, but you have truck loads to catch up on!

This friend flew up from Melbourne to take me out to celebrate my impending 30th birthday.  It was so nice to get out of the house after this past week and half, and spend some quality time with her – doing whatever we felt like.

We started off our day with breakfast at Envy Cafe, located at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore.  I love their Eggs Benedict and the Tropical Crush smoothie (mango, banana, coconut, vanilla ice cream, pineapple, honey).  Going out for breakfast is my favourite going-out meal. We then took a drive to the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach Esplanade and enjoyed a Starbucks White Chocolate Latte at the beach with a long overdue chat.  On to the Sunshine Plaza we did a bit of shopping, of course a San Churros visit, dinner (I had lamb and haloumi skewers) and a movie, ‘The Adjustment Bureau‘, with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

I got to take my new birthday camera that my husband got me on our travels and experiment with the setting while capturing our wonderful day.

My hubby teaching me some settings on my new camera before my day out.

My gorgeous friend and I having breakky at Envy, Cotton Tree

Coffees at Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba Beach - perfect weather!

Friends

A visit to San Churros Chocolateria, Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine Coast Flood Video

We went for a drive yesterday to check out what the floods were up to (and to return a DVD).  Quite a few roads were still blocked off by water and quite damaged, and some homes are flooded.  Of course, this video was taken before the major downfall from last night and more rain and flooding today.

Here is some footage taken from a few different places on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  Thankfully things are not as bad here as the flooding north and west, and now south of us.  The images on the news are devastating.

The Floodshine Coast

Welcome to the Rainshine Coast…oh, I mean the Floodshine Coast.

The beauty about living in Queensland is that during summer it is hot one day and humid the next (as my Irish-born dad would happily say).

The weird thing is that since the beginning of December 2010 it has been raining continually with an odd sunny day scattered here and there to remind us what we are missing out on – our usual sunshiny way.

Honestly, I love rain.  I enjoy the cool, cosy, indoor, lazy, movie feel that rain gives off.  I prefer the dark sky instead of the bright one.  I go for the doona and all-day pyjama show rather than hitting the beach and sweating it up with the sand.  So why do I live on the Sunshine Coast I hear you ask?  I don’t know.  I just do, and I do love this beautiful part of the world.

Today was quite weird. We woke up to the sounds of morning thunder and lightning (in the morning, I had just gotten out of bed, the sun had hardly risen) and this was weird because it is not usually normal to have a thunder-storm in the a.m.  In Queensland you usually have a stinker of a hot day and spend most of the time trying to escape the humidity (ahhh…..freezing air-con and my doona ;)) to then be greeted by a lightning show as the sun sets.  Perfect. But because of today’s unusual behaviour, we are now successfully flooding.  My husband and I jumped in the car, during torrential rain as you do, and went for a bit of sight-seeing.  The Maroochy River was overflowing and water was spilling into people’s farms and homes and many roads are now closed.

We have had now had over 1 month of dodgy weather….but on the positive side, we are not in a drought and can have longer showers now that our tank is full 🙂  Thank you Lord!

‘Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.’ – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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And a bit of a glimpse for my next blog entry as I am pretty sure it will still be raining: ‘Can any of the foreign gods send us rain? Does it fall from the sky by itself? No, it comes from you, the Lord our God! Only you can do such things. So we will wait for you to help us.’ – Jeremiah 14:22

 

(Photography by my husband)

 

What do you like to do when it is raining?