After at least a month of beautiful sunny days, the tasmanian skies opened this morning, giving the dried out landscapes a good drenching, come this afternoon though and the sun has begun to poke through the clouds and the temperature is climbing as is the humidity.
I haven't been very well this last week but the smell of wet grass and the soft light encouraged me to go looking for rain drops on roses.
I seen a few photos recently of starry night skies with stars showing up that we never see with our naked eye, I though I'd give it a crack.
Though not overly impressive I'm reasonably with my first attempts.
Nathan and I headed up to the hills this week to do a bit of exploring, hopefully find some fishing spots and spend some time together - somehow we forgot how hard the tramping / bushwalking thing could be on the body. Mind you the bodies are a bit older than when we last did this. I was great to get out and experience some of Tasmania's back country spaces, they are just glorious and in spite of the sore muscles we'll be back out there again soon.
It's great to have a slow day, we spent a beautiful summer day wading in the Leven River above the Leven Canyon.
Nathan helped friend from New Zealand develope his fly fishing technique while took pictures of rocks of many and varied colours as well as stalking the fishermen in an effort to get a great fish catching action shot.
The water was amazingly warm and the day was very pleasant, unfortunaley the great action shot didn't arrive but the day was still lovely, it's nice to spend a slow day once in a while.
Happiness, satisfaction, confidence, success these are all things I want in my life, but they are somewhat dependent on each other , it's very hard to have happiness without some sort of satisfaction or success.
Confidence comes not from one success but from the accumulation of success and satisfaction outweighing failure and doubt.
I don't know whether satisfaction and success are the same thing, when I am satisfied with my day's work or achievement thats success to me, which gives me confidence and sometimes happiness.
Happiness is no anxiety, sometimes it's fleeting and sometimes I have it for weeks on end.
So does it go; satisfaction, success, confidence, happiness or is it Confidence, satisfaction, success, happiness?
I've had a few late shifts and I'm a bit weary, obviously I get a bit philosophical when I'm tired. I have plenty of happiness in my life, is it greedy to want more of it?
It's a beautiful summer morning here in the Northwest of Tasmania.
It feels like 2011 flew by, in spite of some trying times, my year wasn't too bad. Nothing to complain about compared to the struggles and loses of many others.
I have hopes for 2012, nothing grand and exciting but hopes that my family stays strong and healthy, that my children continue to communicate with us, and that Nathan and I get satisfaction from our work and happiness from each other.
May you all be blessed with a happy and prosperous New Year, full of love and big fish.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born