"I'm a 'Sunshine Girl!'" lou31's Profile

Who I am.

'Gidday' and welcome to my homepage. I have been a member of VT for over eight years now. I stumbled across this site while doing some travel research and well....as they say "The rest is history"

Home Sweet Home!

I was born and bred in Mackay which has over the years changed quite a bit. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the not so good. However having something like 31 beaches on our doorstep and a nice climate to enjoy them with makes for a great lifestyle.

Lots of fishing, swimming, walks along the beach and barbeques.
The sun shines most days and when it rains we love it!

My travels.

In 2004 I went on a 10 day cruise to the South Pacific and enjoyed the delights of Vanuatu and Noumea.

In 2005 I went to the UK and Ireland for 4 weeks in May.
It was more than a holiday to me really, it seemed more like a 'Pilgrimage'. I went to places I have always wanted to visit but never thought I would. Friends and family were more than a little shocked that I would take off on my own to do such a thing!

I remember being on such a high at Brisbane airport. And this is someone terrified of flying!

My first sight of London was through the window of the plane. I'm sure the young lad beside me told some funny stories to his family that night about this strange Australian lady and her shrieks of delight!

It's difficult for us Aussies to get around. The distance for one is a major hurdle. Add to that the poor exchange rate it makes for a very expensive venture. However being an eternal optimist and suffering form an acute case of 'determination' I managed to achieve my lifelong dream. That is to see the 'Countryside of England and Scotland' and to see the 'Green of Ireland'.

I loved my time there so much I had to go back for a second helping! This return trip was in July/August last year. I spent three and a half weeks trekking all over England and Scotland and had a wonderful time. I met lots of lovely and interesting people and I think I must have caught at least 85 trains and not less than 126 buses!...just kidding! I was starting to feel like a born again Pommie!
I also did a whirlwind trip around Europe on a bus tour which was fantastic!...only problem now is that it has made me want to go back to see more!

Yes I must say..the UK really does it for me...

Maybe it has something to do with all those books I read as a child or maybe it has something to do with my Father being a Scotsman...I don't know...

Likes and Dislikes

My likes...

Horses
White swans
Waterfalls
Miniature anything
Green fields...especially ones with black and white cows in them!
Dancing...even on tables...and why not!
Dislikes...

Green Frogs...I have a real fear of them!
Soft eggs...yuck!
People who don't look at you during a conversation
Personal confrontations...I have better things to do
Bad grammar...and spelling

Favourite foods...
Steak...Medium to well done.
Seafood...especially prawns and scallops.
Mushrooms
Mangoes...we grow the best right here!
Chocolate...only Cadbury's
Pizza...there was this great little restaurant in Cortina!...yum!

Favourite singers and cd's...
Soundtrack to 'Dirty Dancing'
Tracey Chambers
Van Morrison
Cold Chisel
Alan Jackson
Pavarotti!!!!!...he makes my toes curl.
I will listen to almost anything except that 'doof, doof' stuff!

Favourite songs...
Brown Eyed Girl
Khe San
Chattahoochie
Give me one Reason
Mustang Sally
Unchained Melodies

More favourites

Favourite Comedy / Commediennes
Some Mothers 'do ave em'
Monty Python
Kath and Kim
Faulty Towers

Favourite Books...
James Herriot series
Thorn Birds
A Fortunate Life
Cold Sassy Tree
'Sara Henderson' Series
De Vinci Code
'Helen Forester' series
This list could go on and on...

Favourite movies...
Dirty Dancing
Legends of the Fall
Nine Months
Bridget Jones Diary
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Birdcage

I hope my pages are of some help to others. Isn't that what VT is all about?

I have travelled and seen places through the eyes of a lone traveller. My message to those who hesitant to go it alone or go it at all is...well read my quote...

Life is not a dress rehearsal...live it now!

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  • Suet's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Happy birthday! Sorry it's so late.

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Oh sorry we're late... We wish you a very happy birthday and all the best for the new year in your life! Have a Chardy for us! Russell and Kathrin

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Hey sweet!!! Happy birthday!! Here's wishing you all the best! Luv, Ann xx

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Isn't it good getting something you don't want....like another birthday at our age! Just checking your profile, really will have to educate you about chocolate.... Have you tried the Aldi's German ones? So much smoother than Cadbury. Cheers from further Down Under, Ian

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Happy Birthday

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Happy Birthday Lou

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Happy Birthday wishes to you...

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Happy Birthday Lou :)

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Hi Lou31 - love your photos of Mackay - I'm setting up an info site about Mackay and wondered if I could catch up with you to discuss maybe using some of them on my site. Cheers Jenni

    • lou31's Profile Photo
      Feb 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Hi Jenny. Thanks for contacting me. My Mackay page is out dated now and I have been meaning to work on it but never seem to get the time.
      What site are you referring to? Is is VT or something else?
      Cheers Louise

    • Feb 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Hi Louise - I do live in Mackay and I'm in real estate. The site is something I'm working on as a service to prospective buyers so when they have an interest in buying in a particular suburb it will provide info about nearby schools and other amenities - I just thought it would make it more interesting to have actual pics in there and you have a natural flair for making the photos look attractive. I did start setting one up on just North Mackay http://northmackay.com/ but I'm working with another real estate agency now and am not confined to the one suburb. Obviously it's time consuming to run around taking photos .... so thought I'd ask if you would allow me to use yours but understand if you don't think it's ok.

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    We are staying at the Mooloolaba Sorrocco Mantra on the Esplanade with a sea view..I will show you a good time.

    Cheers Dorrise xx

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