So much has happened since my last post...... We have had new missionaries come into the mission, we have taken a trip up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands with Elder and Sister Mickelsen and I am currently in Alaska helping my daughter who had major back surgery for a herniated disk. I will be returning to Australia in another week or so.....
The last comment on the previous blog was about the trip to inspect a couple of flats the mission was closing. One was about an hour north of our residence. After we inspected it we drove over to Moolooaba on the coast. There we found a beautiful long beach. We took a long walk in and out of the water.
|Giant Sand Man|
|No Spring in My Legs|
|Lilly Tomlin Double|
|Elder & Sister Mickelsen|
|Smyngus Dingus - a bit of Poland in Australia|
My granddaughter, Kiera was coming home from BYU and we flew to Juneau on the same flight. It was great to catch up with her.
timber construction with corrugated-iron roof;
highset on timber stumps;
single-skin cladding for partitions and sometimes external walls;
verandahs front and/or back, and sometimes the sides;
decorative features to screen the sun or ventilate the interior; and
a garden setting with a picket fence, palm trees and tropical fruit trees.
There are many styles of the famous 'Queenslander', but they share a distinct construction style, internal spaces, furnishing, and gardens. They are now valued as a key element of Queensland heritage and conservation and renovation of Queenslanders is widespread. I understand they were originally built up off the ground to help keep them cool with the air circulation under the house. There are so many examples of the Queenslander in and around Brisbane as well as throughout Queensland. I love the looks of them and the iron work is beautiful around the windows and porches.
To close out this blog here are three pictures of Alaska: the Mendenhall Glacier with the Mendenhall Lake in the foreground, Mendenhall Lake with icebergs from the glacier, and a creek that runs into Mendenhall Lake. The beaver have damed the creek so it has backed up and killed the trees.
|Mendenhall Lake Icebergs|
I will be forever grateful to the Area Presidency, my Mission President and the Lord for the opportunity to come to Alaska and help my daughter. I know the Lord loves me, my family and all his children and he does bless us everyday.
PS: I am sitting in the Juneau Alaska airport awaiting my flight to Seattle. It is the beginning of the long trek back Down Under. Denise is doing very well and will recover fully. She just needs to take it easy for the next four to six weeks, no bending, twisting or picking up heavy items. How very grateful I am for a loving Heavenly Father who knows us and our needs....
May the Lord bless each of You........ Until the next Blog from sunny Brisbane......