Posted in Family life, Happiness, Travel, Writing tips

Stop painting and PAINT!

Stop painting and paint, is what I told myself.

Which meant I was at the point where my creativity with painting furniture was probably leading me to an artier pursuit. It wasn’t like I hadn’t pondered giving painting on canvas a go, because I did (once) quickly paint an elephant in front of a sun to fill a space on my wall (very rushed and very – well not-so artistic). What lead to the moment I wanted to paint was a bit like writing, a need to express myself creatively.

I waited at the beach one afternoon, more waiting to watch the moon rise (full bulbous moon) than see the sun set. On the long wa

Full moon over Currumbin Beach July 2016
Full moon over Currumbin Beach July 2016

it for the moon to rise over a cloudy sea my eyes were drawn west to a brilliant sunset, that from my vantage point looked unlike most I see peering over rooftops to mountains from my house. To face west from the beach at Currumbin you look from the Alley up Currumbin Creek towards the mountains. This view gave me a perfect photo with the lifesaver tower silhouetted in the foreground and the sun sitting between it’s tower legs. The colours bubbled through streams of clouds across a still blue sky. I looked at the sky and thought, take the photo, then, wow wouldn’t that make a beautiful painting. If only I could paint.


The moon rise was a disappointment. I still got a few photos but not as spectacular as I’d hoped. The moon (I’m ruled by it because I’m the star sign Cancer, which also happens to be a water sign) was never exposed in full through the thick horizon clouds. I’ll have to get the camera out again on the next full moon which will occur 18th August (just in case you want to see it too).

I have to thank my

Sunset facing west up Currumbin Alley before the full moon rose. July 2016

mum (herself a fine artist) for further encouraging me to try my first (official) canvas painting. We were having a catch-up and walked through a framing gallery admiring the artwork. I mentioned, I thought I might take up painting one day. She then decided we would go to the dollar shop and look at the art supplies. Soon after I was heading home with Mum’s gift of large canvas, brushes, pallet and paints. Find out what I do with them next.


Motto: Don’t be afraid to try something new. You just might love it.

Full Moon with cloudy sky 2016 July.
Full Moon with cloudy sky 2016 July.


Posted in Animals and conservation, Charity, Elephants, Family life, Volunteering Overseas, Women's issues

5 Ways to help outside your own backyard

I know we’re all busy and we think times are tough but we’re doing a lot better than most – we live in Australia. What if we lived in Syria where 10 million people are in need of humanitarian aid (yes that’s 10 million!)? We wouldn’t be so lucky then so why not give to the wider world. Every tiny bit helps. In Africa $5 can go such a long way to end the cycle of poverty and teach self-sustainability. A child dies of hunger at least every 10 minutes. Can you imagine if that were happening here, we’d be doing something about it. Human rights are being violated with the human trafficking of 2.4 million people. This is going on in Thailand and many other countries. More African Elephants are being killed for their ivory than are being born. This tragedy means we may not see elephants in 50 years as they could be extinct. Just imagine that. I hate the thought. One and a half acres of forest are lost every second. Okay, I’m sure you get the point. So what are my five ways to help outside your own backyard?

Ride the wave of life by committing to give back to our world.
Ride the wave of life by committing to give back to our world.

Here are my 5 Ways to help:

  1. Donate to the wonderful Umoja Orphanage Kenya to help build an orphanage, school and self-sustainable village for the people of  Ukunda, Kenya. Just $5 goes such a long way. Go to:
  2. Adopt a baby elephant. Sorry, you can’t actually bring your elephant home to Australia. You can however help feed and care for the elephant you choose and you can watch its progress with its wonderful carers at The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Go to:
  3. To stop human trafficking our Salvos have some useful information and places you can help. Go to:
  4. To help the millions of displaced people of Syria Oxfam has a crisis appeal. Go to:
  5. If the environment and extinction of animals species worries you now, without your help it will only get worse. To find out everything about our natural world and what you can do to help World Wildlife Fund is the site to visit. Go to:

And if you’d really like to donate closer to home.

To help Draga’s fight against stomach cancer you can find more information at Get On Board. 30th August there is a fundraising luncheon at Burleigh Sports Club, so if you live in the area get involved (or get on board). Limited seats available. Go to: