"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is my extraordinary Great Aunty Elsie, the last surviving sibling of seven in her family.
Aunty Elsie turns 96 soon. She lives alone in the home she has spent the largest part of her life in.
She is fiercely independent, keeps her home clean, tends her garden and has no time for gossip or unkindness.
She is grateful for visitors and loves to sit with them in her garden.
Aunty Elsie has always had a special affinity with bird life and while I was there, I looked up to see a most magnificent King Parrot above me. It was as if he had come to check the visitor was welcome. Once he knew everything was okay, off he flew, I imagined to check on his own family.
Aunty Elsie is a reminder for me, to cherish, love and respect our precious elderly.
Family holidays are such a special way to reconnect with the people we love.
Being away from home and trying new experiences, I think, brings us together in a more relaxed way than when we are dealing with the every day pressures of life.
Holidays allow us the opportunity to step off the wheel, if only for a short time.
We have just returned from a lovely few days at Port Douglas and I am loving the residual effect of our little break.
I think we are all feeling rested, more inspired and most importantly, more patient with one another.
I see that patience in our kids who are being particularly understanding and having fun together.
Even our 12 hour car trip home was fun and that is saying something!