Floating gracefully into 2015


Well folks Happy New Year!
Our much needed break has come to an end and I must say that Cairns and the surrounding areas have been a tonic for this tired and worn out land gal.
So many highlights and so many things to share.

When you have a long held dream and it finally becomes a reality it boosts your spirit..gives you that much needed lift and when I say lift I mean lift!

Many moons ago I was terrified of flying, quite literally would break out in sweats at the thought.
Gradually I became less scared as I realised the end of a plane trip meant a vacation!

I love flying now, the sensation of power and the feeling of looking down on the world from a different perspective.

So much of what I photograph is from lying on the ground of our property..maybe climbing trees to capture shots of roos or birds at eye height.

I still find myself staring skywards..looking for that Wedge-tail Eagle and soaring with him as he surveys us from above, the whole time I now find myself soaring with him as he catches the thermals and effortlessly covers the acreage in minutes…I have envied that power and grace.

When we arrived in Palm Cove I saw the brochures for http://www.hotair.com.au/cairns/
Now Hubby has never been afraid of flying but Hot Air Balloons …well that was a different thing!
Kudos to him he wanted to be with me when I took a flight.
So 3.30am we got up on the 30th of December and off we headed..
We were picked up by Merv the coach driver, a guy who despite the early hour was full of smiles and also a great guy to chat to, Merv was a great source of info and straight away I knew we had chosen an awesome company to fly with.
We arrived at the site and I was so excited..the sky was still hiding most of her glorious colours and balloons were in different stages of inflation ..awesome!

I was busting to get out and start snapping away and toting a vast array of lenses I was in danger of becoming a hunchback! my big boy lens Brutus was ready to roll!

Ground crew were just as great as Merv and sadly I cannot remember any names as I was in a Photographers Buzz…the sound of the gas jets blasting the smell of crisp air and the chance I had been waiting for for so long!

We were all briefed on the way to enter and exit the basket safely and it was clear concise and incredibly simple..it was wonderful to see grandparents with their grandchildren, young couples and families and even middle aged thrill seekers such as moi πŸ™‚

You know I have to say I was feeling more like a kid in a lolly shop.Hubby looked a bit apprehensive but luckily he chilled pretty quickly as I kept the poor guy busy passing me lenses for my camera.

All I can say is WOW…I cannot believe how graceful and calm the whole flight was. Being carried with the thermals like those Wedge-tail Eagles and feeling a freedom and tranquillity my soul badly needed after such a frantic few years on the rocky ground we call home.

I am a girl that loves the environment..you all know I love nature and the beauty I see around me. Anyone who follows my bloggies knows this is what makes me tick.
This has just opened a whole new love for me, to see the clouds gently touching the mountains and the sun waking up to throw her colours around the landscape ..breathtaking! and at the same time to be able to look below at the landscape in all it’s glory..patchwork farm lands of varying crops, and I know the work that has gone in to those farms…if only they could see what I saw maybe they would have a new perspective too.

The day ended as gently as it started..and an hour of my life had been lifted to a place I must go again..

I will leave you all with some pictures of our morning, we have arrived home exhausted and I hope after the next few extreme fire danger days to be back to some regular blogging and catching up……yep again I am behind…same old me πŸ˜‰ …

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79 thoughts on “Floating gracefully into 2015

    • Well sweet Bacon…I do believe I have some ‘Special ‘ posts to do about this …a certain little travellin man has a whole lot to show! juts need to get the pictures sorted..over 600 this day alone! for now this old gal needs a big sleepies πŸ˜‰ xxxx Fozziemum xxx

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      • aaww – I lived through the pictures that you did send to us here at the Hotel Thompson. Ya’ll had a blast! A trip of a lifetime. It looked like so much fun. Can’t wait to read all about it my sleep head friend πŸ™‚ XOXO – Bacon

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    • Sharon no need to be brave…I have never felt safer πŸ™‚ it was amazing and I will be doing this again first chance I get..the crew were amazing and I had a blast..even Phil enjoyed it πŸ˜‰ loves Bev xxx

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    • Oh Wally and Sammy thankyou! if Oumie gets chance do it! it is the most serene I have felt in a long time! start planning:) you will not regret it..oh and a certain little ‘rock’ even did it..so stay tuned for more posts..when I get my energy back bwahaahaah ..I have missed you all too and wish you all a Happy New Year..may it float like a feather for you all πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  1. Such beautiful photos form the air! I wish I had discovered cameras back when I was making a living as a pilot, so many things seen over the years. But I love my camera now. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

    Lin (LB Johnson) and Abby the Labrador Retriever at the book of barkley.blogspot.com

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    • Lin and Abby thankyou so much for the compliment ) I bet you saw some wonderous things…there are so many times I have felt the same way as I only really have been taking pictures for 3 years…but there will always be something that presents itself that I have not seen before πŸ™‚ I am happy to share my world with you too πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

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  2. Oh I’m SO happy that you did the hot air balloon! What glorious photos – I know that’s just one of the most exhilarating things to do EVER. David has been in one and as you know we go flying in his little airplane all the time, but a balloon ride is something I DEFINITELY want to do. I bet you’ll just never forget it – and the photo ops – WOW……I’m happy that you had a fun and restful time on your holiday break. I know you missed home and I know home missed you (!) but HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome back!

    Love, Pam and Sammy

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    • Pam thankyou so much! yes it was amazing and the most wonderful and restful way to spend an hour..i bet you and David will have the chance to do it together and I am sure you would be just as thrilled as I was…flying together in his little airplane would be wonderful fun…I do hope you get a chance to float together one day! we enjoyed out break and missed the ‘kids’ terribly…but all are happy and home and back to our regular broadcasting hahahaha πŸ™‚ Much love Bev and gang xx

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  3. Pawsome photos, fozziemum! I don’t think I would like this but mom says she did it once and knows exactly how you feel. She says every time she sees a balloon she remembers her ride and longs to do it again. Happy New Year!

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  4. OMG, OMG, you are a really brave girl!!! πŸ™‚
    I’m used to seeing (and hearing) hot air balloons in the sky because my town organizes not only local competitions but also European and Worlds Champs, too in every August. But I wouldn’t dare to fly with them – they look so tiny and vulnerable. Now, I’m very jealous – but no, I’m actually not, because your pics and account are so vivid and charming!!! Wonderful, many thanks for sharing them with us!

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    • What a lovely compliment sweets! I bet you would love it! there was never any sense of fear at all..just calm and serenity..you never know..maybe one day you will just decide to go for it! loves Fozziemum xxx

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    • Hahahhaha Caren thankyou so much for the lovely compliment! it was less scary than driving on the roads:) and calm and quiet and just divine..beware you come down under may just take you up! love Bev xxxx

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    • Yay! Happy New Year sweeties! it was a lovely break..and a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone..indeed a renewed spirit..i feel very lucky to finally do something I dreamt of :0 huge loves Fozziemum xx

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    • Hahaah Easy I think he may have! it was amazing and the break was very much appreciated by this tired old girl! we hope to catch up soon and share even more of our fun! Happy new year my friend and hoping you have a 2015 of floating along calmly! loves Fozziemum xx

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  5. What an adventure Bev! Thank you for capturing it so beautifully for us. We most certainly hope you’ll share some more of that day once you’ve coped with current worries and the need to recover a little. Happy 2015 dear girl – here’s to sharing all that comes along…

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    • Annie thank you so much πŸ™‚ and a Happy New Year to you too! I look forward to sharing the bazillion pics and experiences we had..for now extreme fire weather sadly takes all our time….urghhhh πŸ™‚ loves to all Bev xxx

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    • Layla thankyou so much ..we were very lucky to have this opportunity..such a sweet and graceful experience:) I also hope your year sees you floating like a feather with love and health and happiness πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  6. What a fabulous opportunity to get some amazing photos Bev. You are very brave! I love flying in a plane but have a fear of heights and don’t think I could do ballooning…maybe. Glad you had a wonderful holiday. I have just got back from taking myself trekking staying at a wildlife eco accomodation and braving hairy back roads over mountain ranges and commuting daily to a large music festival. I saw lots of fab wildlife up close and personal. Loved it. Stay safe in the rotten weather you’ve got down south today.

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    • Sounds like you had an awesome time too sweets πŸ™‚ it was a great break and we saw some fantastic things..but yes bad days ahead here so trying to keep cool and aware ..urghhhh πŸ˜‰ loves Bev xx

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  7. Oh my gosh, Bev, that is so exciting, and the photos are amazing!! I’m so glad you got to do something fun that you’ve always wanted to do. I don’t think I could ever get up the nerve (I’m scared of heights). I’d love to come watch though! πŸ™‚
    xxoo

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    • Jan thankyou and Happy New Year! it was indeed the best holiday for a longtime and we are pooped now..returned to extreme fire danger days so trying to keep cool:) it was awesome to float up there and I must say safer than most times I have been on the road πŸ™‚ Loves Bev xxx

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  8. Bev…these photos are absolutely amazing and if you dont get an A +++++++++++++++++++++ in class, your teacher is teaching the wrong thing !!! I can’t even begin to say which is my favorite. I am happy you had an awesome day and a much needed holiday; tho I know the crew was happy to see mum & dad home. A happy, healthy and blessed new year to you, phil, the entire family and the roos too…thanx for sharing these…seriously…they rock…hugs N loves…laura

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    • Laura you are too kind sweetie πŸ™‚ I think anyone could capture the beauty..it was amazing! I took about 600 I think…and that big lens Brutus..well he was in his element πŸ™‚ we had an amazing time and need to return to see even more! missed the ‘kids’ but they are all back home and happy and healthy..Doc trimmed down a bit..which is great….missed all my bloggie but will be back in action as soon I get through the washing and emails bwahaaahaha yikes! we hope 2015 trats you all with a gentle breeze and a kiss πŸ™‚ Loves Bev xxx

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    • Guys hellooooo πŸ™‚ we got your cardie thankyou so much ❀ ❀ ..the postie did NOT hold our mail..so the box was crammed…urghhh….it was amazing and seriously..more scary in the roads up there..QLD folk can be quite random drivers hahaha πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxxx

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  9. Wow! Beautiful photos and what an experience. The power of blogging – I felt as though I was right there with you. So glad you’ve had a chance to recharge your batteries. I, too, am way behind with blogging and catching up with my favourite bloggers – as always – but so glad I got to catch this one. Just lovely! Happy New Year! xoxoxox

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    • Aww sweetie thankyou so much for the lovely compliment! I am glad you floated along with me πŸ™‚ it was great and the Daintree and Mossman Gorge amazing..i have a bazillion pics and hope to get back on track soon and catch up with my fave bloggies too πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you and the whole family πŸ™‚ loves Bev xxxxx

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  10. What an amazing experience! Is it true that if you light a match while flying in a hot air balloon, the flame stands straight up and doesn’t flicker because you’re “inside” the wind? I hope you know this answer, otherwise you need to go back and fly again immediately!

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    • Hahaahh I have a reason to go back then πŸ™‚ I have no idea..i do know that even with computer technology on board the pilot still spits over the side..i assume to check the wind ! indeed I am glad I have a great reason to return Genevieve..a wonderful surreal experience πŸ™‚ hugs and loves to you and sweet Cupcake xxx

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  11. Bravest. Woman. I. Know.
    I am so glad you had such a wonderful time & did so many things you wantd to do!!
    I am afraid of being in the air period….just a lumbering old Turtle here….so I just lived vicariously thru you Bev!!! HAHAHA!!
    Happy New Year from us to all of you.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha.
    P.S. You are positively poetic in this post….I can feel the peace & tranquility coming thru the laptop……lovely….. πŸ™‚

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    • Sherri-Ellen thankyou so much for your lovely compliment πŸ˜‰ there was nothing to fear..it was like I was an eagle for a littlewhile…bliss πŸ™‚ I am so glad you enjoyed vicariously that is hat blogging is for πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you my sweet friend and that precious little Siddhartha L) loves Bev xxx

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  12. OMD!!!! Those pics are sooooo amazin’!!! Ma is all green with the envy right nows!!! This is one thing she has always wanted to do (that and skydiving…yeah, a woman who doesn’t like flying! ) This is definitely on the Bucket List!!
    OMD, I heard abouts your poor toe!! Holy Cow Patties! I hopes it’s feeling betters…maybe some margaritas with help with the pain…☺
    Anyhu, BRAVO! on the wonderful shots, and BRAVO! to your hubby for taking the flight with you!!!
    What a way to start the New Year!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby β™₯

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    • Ruby thank you πŸ™‚ I bet mum and I would have a blast together…she has to go for it she will love it! and yes that toe looks more like an aubergine now bwahahaahaah I have it taped to the one next to it..fancy being so stupid haahha πŸ™‚ I agree drinkies are in order I think…nd hubby was indeed very brave…poor thing πŸ™‚ have a great New Year sweet one hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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  13. Floating indeed! Spectacular, just spectacular Bev, and well worth the early morning rise. May 2015 be all that you need and hope for–it’s definitely full of all kinds of pawsibilities for equally amazing adventures. ❀

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  14. Oh WOW knock my socks off!!! Incredibly beautiful pictures…I cannot imagine! That is so very cool that you got the chance to do this:):):) I love this post…the photos and how you shared with us:)

    I am going to show my hubby as he loves to fly…we have a grass/dirt strip here at the ranch. He is a pilot and had a small plane, tail dragger or bush plane with the tail-wheel type landing gear…anyway, it was a bit scary for me. I am working on being ok with heights…how did you get around that? When we went to Hawaii we did a helicopter tour that lasted a scared to death 45 minutes! I managed but jeesh! I did like flying with my hubby out here though on the dirt strip too….did not care at all to land in larger air ports with him…but he loves flying and I gotta get over being nervous! I loved the views from up high when I did open my eyes:) Like you I watch the hawks, owls, eagles out here and how they are so graceful in soaring…their beauty:)

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    • Thanks sweets πŸ™‚ I have no idea but I just stopped being scared πŸ™‚ I have felt more fear on the highway! oh I do hope you get the courage one day to go! the views are spectacular and it is like floating..no bumps no jerks..just smooth and tranquil..one of my best days for taking pics..even leant over the side to get some hahahha…become a daredevil I think! thnkyou for the lovely compliments on the pics..i am really pleased they convey the moment..i took abut 600 hahaha going cross eyed sorting them out! and yes those large birds are awesome! xx

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