FY 2014

I’m an accountant now and as people at work love to say, we get two times a year we can make new year resolutions.

Instagram has most certainly taken over as the place where I post the random photos that actually once formed what was \random life. My long defunct photo log. ร‚ย Still this little corner of the web means so much to me. ร‚ย It has been part of my life for over eight years. So, so, so, so much has changed in those eight plus years.





Friday night we had the EOFY party at Cloudland and it was actually the first time that I have ever been to Cloudland. Three has been many failed connections and aborted plans over the years but on Friday night it finally happened.

What am I planning for FY 2014?

  1. Biting the bullet and getting chooks for my backyard.
  2. Doing a big clean out of stuff that has accumulated round the house.
  3. Fix the record player.
  4. Create more.
  5. oh and eating a lot of pumpkins.


It is resolved that for the year ending 30 June 2014, Helen will not be concerned about trying to catch up with all those photos she has never posted or the drafts that never got finished. It was further resolved that Helen will blog the present.

the sound of rain

It’s 2120 currently and I’m kicking back with a cup of tea and listening to the rain. The rain sounds different at night to it does during the day, have you noticed that?

In tribute to the rain we have had on and off this weekend, today we have a video instead of a photo.
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Unless you are reading this via the RSS feed, you might (well should) have noticed that I’ve changed up the design a little bit. Swapped some new colours in, changed the photos in the header and made it a bit more 24 something me instead of 22 something me. Not 100% settled on the background colour yet but we will see. I’ve also been thinking of renaming the blog most probably just changing the words round a little but who knows.

Mum and I went to see Bright Star this afternoon, it was slightly sad as expected but gorgeous nonetheless. I have some questions regarding the historical accuracy of a few aspects of the costuming, mainly the earrings that Fanny wears and the machine knitted jackets/cardigans. I did adore however the ledge that ran at waist level round Fannys room in the house that the Brawnes shared with Mr Brown and Mr Keats. I loved the shots in the fields of wild flowers and in the orchard, all those flowers! Oh to be able to bask in a field of flowers like that.

day 18

A blog a day in November, what on earth was I thinking?

Today I got up had a shower/breakfast and rushed out the door to work, then it was home for a bite to eat and then over to Group for another night out with the SES. We spent the night travelling to various homes that placed calls since Sunday night to see if a) they still needed assistance or b) what assistance they would need. It’s raining a lot more tonight than it was last night. I have now been home long enough to grab a shower and start this post and all along all I can think is that man oh man I just want to go bed but I’m not about to pike on making a post a day when I have managed to stay on track for the last 17 days.

Today though apart from been work, rain and SES also marks the day in two weeks time that Karl will be walking off a plane at the Airport to spend Christmas with us. Excited? Very! Then the following day Toti and his crew arrive! Two weeks! and I will have my brother home (well one of them)

Coming up

I am so far behind in blog posts it is not funny! I have been quite busy with work and just living that this little space on the wide internet has been neglected.

The posts coming up which I hope to have done in the next week include;
The RAAF Base Amberley Air Show. sigh what a great day.
A trip to Gatton and beyond with Mum and Grandad
Supergrass and Cloud Control at the Tivoli
The Valley Fiesta
The QLD Multicultural Festival
and a few other posts that I want to get out.

I leave you with a picture of the glorious F-111 doing a dump and burn at the air show and I get back to typing, typing, typing and listening to ABC TV FORA.


about that

Well I think I have ironed out all the bugs of this new theme, what do you think?
I am still trying to decide what I want to put in the header so at the moment it is just a pretty simple graphic using a brush from Jason Gaylor’s Worn Hi-Res Brushes III.

I cracked down and bought a new camera bag yesterday, I got a Crumpler Seven Million Dollar Home in Blue. Buying a camera bag is one of the hardest things to do. I have been after a bag for a long time which would take some uni books, some other stuff and some camera gear, after playing with numerous different combos at the camera store and at the Crumpler store, I have had to decide that the product I want is just not on the market yet.

Mum is progressing along nicely, the other day she moved up from a 7/8 plaster cast to a fancy knee brace, which looks like the one on this page.

We have watched some more movies

  • I Heart Huckabees (This was cool)
  • Before Sunset (This was an amazing film, very different to what I am used to as it basically only has two characters and the movie consists of them walking round Paris talking)
  • Bride & Prejudice (This was super rad, I could watch it over and over, loved the musical parts and all the colour)
  • Ladder 49 (Parts of this make me teary :()
  • The Princess Diaries (A simple little movie to curl up on the couch watching on a Friday night)

Tonight however, I will not be watching a movie but will be sitting on the edge of the couch full of anticipation as Australia goes head to head against Italy to play for a quarter-final spot in the World Cup! Go the ‘roos!

Some of you may know Karyn but for those who don’t, she was the first non-Australian person from 2peas that I gotten to know, she is in the USA Navy and is married to an Icelander (which is how we connected), well after some time spent training in SC she is now smack bang in the biggest sandpit she has ever known in other words she is now in Iraq (or in her words Irock the Casbah). She has posted some photos that are well worth checking out and she is always up for well wishes.
That is about it.

slightly big, possibly exciting

www.helenthura.com is a year old today and to me at least that is big and exciting ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean the response when some asks for your email address and you say helenAThelenthuraDOTcom is classic.
Strictly speaking the birth date is March 21 but it didn’t resolve till March 24. Sort of like a three day labour you could say. As a handful of you know my blog is actually slightly older than the domain as I started over at Typepad on March 8 with the title Randomness in Brisvegas, which was also the name of this blog for a while before I changed it me, my camera and my life.

Typepad was nice and fills a demand in the market but I was not in that market, I wanted control! To have as much control as they will give you at Typepad it would be US$15 a month versus the US$5 or so this costs me each month and I have total control over everything ๐Ÿ™‚ I played with a few different blog applications before I settled on WordPress and in the early days had numerous times of frustration as I learnt how PHP and CSS worked, sure I still have them now but no where near as often. ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought it would be nice to have a year in review of the blogs that I feel best show to you and to me part of the journey I have taken in the last year. I want to thank you all for taking part in the ride that is the first year, whether you have been around since the early days or have only recently started reading me, you are all special ๐Ÿ™‚

March 29, 2005 – Helen leaves the banana yellow walls and pink ceiling behind and to embrace the serenity of white.

April 1, 2005 – My first recipe post ๐Ÿ™‚ The wonderful Skonsur, nothing in the world like ham and cheese on warm Skonsur.

April 18, 2005 – The reason why I do something that I hate 4 times a year (giving blood).

April 19, 2005 – My sweet thing arrived, my Canon 350D that is!

April 30, 2005 – The plans of the eternal traveler and the dreams I have of the world.

May 19, 2005 – Brisbane gets hit with a freak Hailstorm.

June 1, 2005 – The book arrived, that was a great project to work on.

June 16, 2005 – Time to feature my Mum with her divine chocolate cake recipe.

June 20, 2005 – Is scrapbooking all that it cracked up to be? One of the most important posts I think I have made not only to me in realigning myself creatively but also giving others some food for thought.

June 28, 2005 – The utter happiness of arriving back in Iceland.

July 22, 2005 – My account of what it was like to be in a town when a mini-terrorist attack happens.

August 3, 2005 – Helen gets magic worked on her hair.

August 18, 2005 – I revert back to a life of singledom.

September 11, 2005 – I rock out at the Moun tain Goats, turn 20 and then almost die by eating too much chocolate mousse.

September 26, 2005 – Mum and I spend a gorgeous weekend exploring northern NSW

October 10, 2005 – The music that people have shared with me and how it has influenced me.

October 26, 2005 – Helen gets a real fake tooth denture and is now well on her way to getting blue rinses in her hair and lining up at the bank to collect her pension.

November 7, 2005 – How fruity are your friends? Ali (& Liam) and I have a blast at the Whitlams.

November 28, 2005 – Bring on the Ben Lee! Two of my best friends, a cute guy and sweet music.

December 14, 2005 – I get the coolest shower cap, in turn making me the coolest kid on the block.

Decmeber 25, 2005 – Last night was Christmas and what a sweet night it was

December 29, 2005 – After 3 days on the road and high seas Mum and I arrive in Tasmania.

January 14, 2006 – Some of the sweet goodies I picked up on the road trip that Mum and I took to Tasmania.

January 29, 2006 – Tracy releases her Helen digital scrapbooking kit.

Febuary 2, 2006 – There is only two colours in the world – Pink and not pink.

Febuary 13, 2006 – Happy shoes, shoes that I can wear all day long with no pain.

Febuary 19, 2006 – Helen’s best ever biscuits, which I need to make again very soon.

Well that was the last year, what will this year bring? For starters more crafty and creative goodness, more concerts, more cooking, more fun at uni, the joy of trying to find a gradute job in a limited market place, adventures with family and friends and all round fun and goodness. I hope you continue to enjoy the driver’s seat view of the life of Helen Thura Palsson, a 20 year old uni student from Brisbane, Australia.

I leave you with many thanks for your comments and support over the last year.