Monday, April 24, 2017

R E F L E C T I N G

"A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions." -- William Kingdon Clifford


Last week we celebrated the true meaning of Easter; the time of year when we remember and reflect on the sacrifice that was made for us even though we don't deserve it.

Would you be willing to make a similar sacrifice for others, or for those you love?
Mary River, Maryborough, QLD 




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Eurasian or Australian Coot

The Eurasian Coot, with its sooty-black plumage and gleaming white bill and frontal shield covering its forehead, is a familiar bird across Europe and Asia as well as Australia. The Australian subspecies is known as the Australian Coot. It is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae.






The Australian Coot is often seen running across the water’s surface or swimming in huge flocks on large wetlands, but they equally often occur on small ponds. They require submerged aquatic vegetation or mats of floating waterweed, among which they forage, diving below the surface for up to 20 seconds, or plucking the stems of emergent shoots.



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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday was Good!

Good Friday was particularly good this year... Reflection on the true meaning of Good Friday, with the blessing of time with family, and a great deal of rest and relaxation.

His body was broken for us so that we may live.
Good Friday is a reminder to reflect on Jesus' sacrifice for mankind, His great love for us and how He extends grace to us every day, not just at Easter.
How much more should we extend grace and love to others?

The message is simple...
-- Love as we have been loved.
-- Show kindness.
-- Extend grace.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Australian Pelican

The Australian Pelican is found throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and western Indonesia, with occasional reports in New Zealand and various western Pacific islands.

Males are larger than females. The most characteristic feature of pelicans is the elongated bill with its massive throat pouch. The Australian Pelican's bill is 40 cm - 50 cm long and is larger in males than females. Pelicans have large wings and a wingspan of 2.3 m - 2.5 m





Pelicans are widespread on freshwater, estuarine and marine wetlands and waterways including lakes, swamps, rivers, coastal islands and shores.






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Friday, April 7, 2017

Finding Gratitude

I have posted many times on Gratitude, and the importance of finding thankfulness in every aspect of your life. The benefits of living with an "attitude of gratitude" are many and profound. Being grateful is shown to improve both physical and mental health, psychological well-being and attitude, and our relationships with others. Practicing gratitude has even been shown to rewire our brains for the better—it is a truly powerful life-changing tool.

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”  Randy Pausch


"To live with Gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch Heaven."  Thomas S Monson


"The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see."  Mary Davis


“God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you? ” ― William Arthur Ward



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Eastern Yellow Robin

The Eastern Yellow Robin is a medium sized robin. It has a grey back and head, and yellow underparts. Southern birds have an olive-yellow rump, while in northern birds it is brighter yellow. The throat is off-white and, in flight, there is a pale off-white wing bar. The bill is black. Both sexes are similar in plumage colour and pattern, but the female is slightly smaller. Young Eastern Yellow Robins are rufous-brown. The plumage has some paler streaks, which are confined to the wings when the birds are a little older.

The Eastern Yellow Robin is confined to the east and south-east of the Australian mainland. The range is mostly along the coastal and adjacent areas, but does extend quite large distances inland in some areas. Eastern Yellow Robins are found in a wide range of habitats, from dry woodlands to rainforests. They are also common in parks and gardens, and are usually first seen perched on the side of a tree trunk or other low perch.


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