JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

July Sketch Challenge at Scraptherapy

Over at the Scraptherapy blog is the July Sketch challenge.  I had the perfect photos to use for this scrapbook layout, so here is my take on the sketch titled "HUSSHH BABY"


HUSSHH BABY




Saturday, 14 July 2012

Isabella Falls, Hope Vale


On the road between Hope Vale and Cooktown is a little sign on the right hand side that says "Isabella Falls" - 6km.  You would miss this sign if you didn't know what you were looking for and more importantly you would miss the falls completely if you didn't know where they were! 




The falls are not substantial by any stretch of the imagination but having said that I really loved them.  You drive over a causeway and look to your left and you see what appears to be a waterhole or billabomg.  It's not until you leave your car and walk the short distance towards the billabong and look back to the causeway, that you see the falls!  They are remarkable!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

IT'S TWINS!

A kiss from Mum
My husband came bursting through the door this morning yelling "Come and have a look.  We've got twins!"  His excitement was contagious, but twin what?  DH had just come back from mustering the  cows into the yards for their annual Vibrio and Pesti shots.  I walked over to the cattle yards with DH and there they were. A boy (bull)  and a girl (heifer) and one very proud mother.
The bull calf








Mum, without a doubt, is the best cow in our mob to have given birth to twins.  She is so protective and has a huge udder of milk to feed her babies.  She is also very quiet and keeps a constant lookout for her babies.  The female calf is a bit of a scally-wag and very lively whereas the male calf is just content to feed and sleep.  
Sibling Love
What also makes these two calves so fantastic is that their Sire, Craiglea Admiral, had to be put down.  He was young and only running with cows for a short while.  We had those cows pregnancy tested and there were only six cows out of the mob that he mated with before his untimely death.  He was a junior champion bull on the show circuit and we always thought his progeny would be exceptional.  We were not wrong.
The Milk Bar!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Crocodile on the Daintree River

We came home from Cooktown via the Daintree National Park.  It is a truly magnificent drive if you don't mind the dirt road and a few quite steep mountains to climb.  It is most definitely four wheel drive only although we did pass a Wicked Van!  We think he probably only got as far as the first creek crossing.  As we were driving parallel to the Daintree River I glanced out the window to see this monster sunning himself on the river bank.  It was difficult to get a photo as he was on the other side of the river to where we were driving but you do get the idea of how incredibly aggressive these monsters are.  This one was about two metres long and a baby by Daintree standard, but it would still easily take a life.
Daintree River

Saturday, 7 July 2012

The coloured sands at Elim Beach

Sometimes you stumble upon something so beautiful that it takes your breath away.  The coloured sands at Elim Beach did that for me.


Last weekend the photography group visited Cooktown.  I've been there before and loved the place even though the wind almost blew us backwards on that particular visit.  This trip, someone in the group mentioned that there were coloured sands north of Cooktown near Hopevale that might be worth a visit.  What an understatement.  




It took us a couple of hours (after numerous photo stops!) to reach our destination but what a treat.  I had been to the coloured sands at forty mile beach on the Queensland sunshine coast, but believe me, these were one hundred times better....perhaps it's because the number of visitors is about one hundredth and you don't run the risk of being run over by
 a four wheel drive vehicle when you walk alone the beach.
Anyway as I mentioned, the coloured sands at Elim Beach east of Hopevale,  are spectacular and well worth a visit if you get the opportunity.


We only drove for a couple of kilometres along the beach but we could have travelled many more had we had the time.  The tide was out....something you have to be very aware of....and you must also have in the back of your mind that this is crocodile country!  We didn't spot any, but you never know where they might lurk.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The $22 shop in Port Douglas......

is fantastic!  After my big wardrobe de-clutter (see earlier post) and getting rid of three garbage bags of clothes I felt the need to SHOP!  After the clean out it was easier to see what I needed in the way of clothes.  I love the layered look and in the chilly weather I love to wear leggings and skinny jeans.  Unfortunately I haven't got the body of a twenty year old so I have to cover the bum area with longer tops.  This is where the $22 shop comes in handy.  I managed to pick up three tops for $66!  One of the tops can also be worn as a dress when summer comes around again (and when I have a bit of colour in the old legs) and the other two look great with the little orange crop jacket that I bought last week.  I was feeling pretty happy with my shopping and made my way to the grocery store.  I had to pass another little shop tucked behind Coles and out the front was a rack of gorgeous maxi dresses for $20!  Of course I couldn't pass up that bargain.  It is a summery dress but goes well with another little jacket that I bought from the $22 shop a few weeks ago.  So all up I spent $86 and have got myself about a dozen new outfits with a bit of mix and match from my existing wardrobe.  A great day even if I do say so!