Thursday, March 31, 2011

Queensland Wooo Hooo !!!

There is no place like home, we all love where we live.
Part of my heart is still in Rogersville, Tennessee, I love it there also.

But in Queensland I want to share our news.
We are (mostly) over the floods..

This is a sunburned country, and a land of diversity.
If its not floods then its bushfire's..
But life goes on and when everyone pulls together.
We share the load, and help carry each others burdens.

My beautiful friend Carol, from
has so kindly been making and sending cushions to everyone to cheer them up.
What a beautiful heart.
Carol is an encouragement to all.
And most often, to me!!!

Our motto in Queensland is:
Beautiful one day and  perfect the next.

We are now into autumn yet many people wear summer clothes almost all year around.
Not me, I feel the cold, and like my jumper and hot water bottle..
This gives Ray a good laugh.

Some of the highlights of this beautiful state are:

We have hundreds of kilometres of mainland beaches..
Ours is Rainbow, on the Sunshine Coast.
Ray loves to drive along close to the rising tide.

                        I used to live, at Dickie beach.
                        Every day I'd walk or jog along the sand.
                        I love the smell of ocean air, and the sound of the waves crashing.
                        This is one beach where dogs are permitted.
               They have a wonderful time, meeting and greeting each other.
                      The bird life is phenomenal.
                      Rainbow Lorakeets fly in the dozens.
                      Although..the cheeky things also eat our fruit.

This female King Parrot is spoilt.
Ray plants sunflowers especially for them to enjoy. 

My friend Sharon snapped these yellow Crested White Cockatoo,
on her fence eating a meal. 

Tropical fruit abounds.
We have mango, mandarin, and avocado trees.
This is our Paw Paw Tree...

Pineapple plantations grow close by.
I adore pineapple, and they help in weight loss.

Ray and I on a visit to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.
This was the truck he took on all of his outback treks.
(We all miss that good natured man) 

The famous crazy Ettamogah Pub.
Seeing is believing..
This is the maddest building.

A day out at the camel races is a great laugh.
You can never predict what they will do.

The Great Barrier Reef goes for hundreds of kilometres.
You can snorkel or sight the pretty coral and hundreds of fish varieties from glass bottomed boats.

Come and visit.

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they (people)are  without excuse."
Romans 1:20 (New King James Version)


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I can't travel places but hope in the beauty of heaven where I won't be limited in any way from seeing the beauty of God's creation.

    God bless you! :)

    Mrs. A

  2. G'day Crystal Mary, Where else but Queensland! How fortunate are we to live in the best place on earth! Glory to God!

    Gosh, I had some wonderful childhood memories come flooding back to me after reading this wonderful blog. The caravan park at Dicky Beach is where I spent many school holidays. With the Great Barrier Reef and Rainbow Beach right on our doorstep, we are truly blessed.

    I love all your photo's! And the beautiful Scripture "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen." Yes, indeed they are clearly seen - we need only look!!!

    Happy Thursday to you!


    With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

  3. Lovely scenery; glad you're happy there. You probably laughed when you saw our Appalachian paw-paws!

  4. Oops, I almost forgot to say "Bless Carol", the cushion she made is glorious! I'll pop over and visit her blogspot.

  5. Randy Alcorn's book, 'Heaven', says that earth is a reflection of Heaven. So with earth being as gorgeous as your country, Heaven is going to be unbelievable! GREAT GORGEOUS pictures of a GORGEOUS creation. Thank you!

  6. Wow, WoW, WOW!!! So, so beautiful and so pretty!! I really want to visit one day and if I do I am going make sure I let you know so we can worship God together, pray and have some coffee!! No future plans thou. :(

    I love the corral reef, although I think I would be very scared of sharks!!

    Thanks for sharing a piece of your paradise.

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. what a bright sight of your photos...from the beautiful cushion, lovely Parrots, pineapple that odd looking building... and the cool ocean with coral reflections... oh, i'm loving each one.... wish i could be in Queensland someday... it's a lovely paradise... Have a good day.(:



  8. Mrs Angulo, God bless you also..You are Heaven sent..

    Hiya Kerrie, I loved Dickie Beach and the old ship wreck, so beautiful to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I nursed the Emergency Dept at Caloundra mostly and moonlighted for Nambour and Caboolture E.D. also..Loved the place.Rainbow is wild! We are very blessed friend. x

    Hello Gorges, Nar, I didn't ever see them. But Ray didn't like Avocados either until he ate them here..

    Hi Lynda, I haven't seen that book..sounds a good one.. Heaven will be so wonderful..

    Hi Cof G, I hope you come. Love to meet up, and Carol and Kerrie also, we'd have a great time. People put it off because they think its too expensive, its not! On-line is the way to go with fares.

    Kelvin, Bello mio, we would welcome you..Hug.

  9. Beautiful photos of a beautiful country. Thank you, Crystal Mary!

  10. These are just stunningly beautiful photos! I truly wish I was there.

    I would adore having such colorful fabulous birds hanging out in my backyard on my fence!

    Please keep sharing the beauty!

  11. I love Australia! I've visited there three times but these days I go the other direction, to Kenya, East Africa. Loved all your photos ;-)

  12. Beautiful images!! I live in Canada and I've always dreamed of visiting I can visit through you!!
    Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun (with a bit of stress thrown in)and I can’t wait to get started!! I’m now following your blog on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog and maybe follow me back!!

  13. Crystal Mary you are always taking me on an adventure that is why I love your blog plus I'm always learning something each time I visit. The beach and the birds are gorgious there, well everthing is. I too love Tennessee I hope to be able to move there one day and also to visit in your neck of the woods. Thank you for sharing all that you do. Blessings my friend.

  14. What a thoughtful thing for your friend, Carol, to do ... make the beautiful cushions to help comfort people. Your photos are outstanding! I have never seen such a colorful bird before! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  15. Thank you all. I need prayers for strength and for justice to avail. Will be away for a short time. Thank you again for your love and support. CM

  16. Wow! absolutely beautiful pictures

    stopping by from the a to z and wanted to say hello

  17. What an amazing place to live, even Australian food looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  18. If I had the money I would be there in a second - it is gorgeous and so are you. Love the beaches and the red bird. Love you! sandie

  19. Very beautiful colors and original compositions. I love them. Greetings.

  20. Great pics! My brother and his wife live in Queensland.

  21. Queensland sure is a beautiful state disregarding disasters.

  22. Hi Crystal Mary -

    Great photo shots.

    The large bird one is spectacular! It is stunning to view!

  23. Lovely post and photos!

    I have close family friends who have migrated to Australia. Beautiful country indeed...



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