Saturday, October 8, 2016

Be Present in the Moment

Last month, Michael, myself and 3 of our adult daughters (still living at home), went on a week long holiday to Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast. We had planned this "family" holiday over a year ago; everyone would contribute an equal share of the accommodation costs, food, etc. It was a much awaited and anticipated holiday; we were all looking forward to walks along the beach and headland, coffee dates, lunches of Acai bowls, Fathers Day celebrations on the Sunday with as many of our combined 9 children as possible, Michael's birthday celebrations, reading books, board games, and a well earned week-long rest and recharge for all who live at number 11!
The view from our 6th floor apartment.

Quite accidentally, we came up with a catch phrase for our time away:
"Be Present in the Moment".
This became a daily reminder that it was important as a family to 'be present' when we spend time together; Michael & I gave the girls the challenge to avoid using their mobile phones unless they were taking photos. This allowed us all to focus on the beauty of our surroundings, enjoy one another's company, engage fully in conversations and use our time at night to read books and play word games, rather than scroll through social media.

Headland walks around sunset provided the opportunity to soak in the beauty of God's creation while exercising together as a family.



The Burleigh Headland walk takes you all the way around to Tallebudgera Creek, with views out west to the mountains of the Tweed Range, part of the Great Dividing Range.


 A fun day out whale watching with a photographer friend, in not-so-perfect conditions.







I'm not a morning person at all but I did manage a couple of sunrises.



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17 comments:

DUTA said...

The pictures are breathtaking! I particularly liked the sunrises and the whale pictures.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - spectacular shots.

arv jpr said...

these are stunning captures! I have heard so much about Gold Coast. Looking at your pictures, it looks like a place that I want to visit NOW!!

Lovely captures...

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Lisa Gordon said...

This sure sounds like a wonderful idea to me, Liz!
And what a magnificent place to be.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. xo.

Graham Edwards said...

What a lovely opportunity to be together en famille.

Jutta.K said...

These are very ingenious recordings of a strange world for me.
The night-reflection looks so fantastic!
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Brian King said...

How gorgeous! I'm glad you had family time! What a beautiful place! Love the whale tail!

Christian Perrin said...

Amazing whale photos, Liz! The scenery in the background is stunning by itself, but throw a whale into the mix? Wow!

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Lovely set of photos.

Jim said...

It's beautiful

marshaleith said...

spectacular photos!

TexWisGirl said...

truly beautiful. so glad you managed this getaway.

Felicia said...

what a beautiful place to have a family vacation. You all must have had a wonderful time.

diane b said...

The whale shots are amazing. Sounds like a perfect family holiday.

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Jim said...

Beautiful shots.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful scenes and gorgeous photos of them.

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