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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Life can be sad sometimes

Life is harsh sometimes isn't it?  We found out yesterday that a beautiful soul left this life on Monday night at such a tender age.

Mark Hamblin was such a gentle caring young man who we got to know while our daughter and he were dating.  Although they did not stay together they formed a beautiful friendship which has left her devastated. She has now lost two people whom she loved dearly.

Mark died from stage IV Melanoma.  He was diagnosed less than 5 weeks ago and never stood a chance.  I just cannot understand how life is supposed to work.  If there is a GOD then why does he take these gorgeous people?  Why doesn't he take the murderers, the rapists or the drug dealers.  I just don't get it and I guess I never will unless there is a heaven and then I will only know that once I too am gone. Life is so fragile and you just never know when your time is up, all you can do is be thankful for every day that you are given and suck every bit out of it as you can.

Mark, thank you for being such a wonderful partner and friend to  Mishae.  We will never forget you - until we see you again xox
R.I.P Mark Hamblin


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Laidley Ride

All I can say about this ride is BRRRRRRRRR

Middle of winter and the club ride is out to Laidley, (short stop at Jimboomba for those with small fuel tanks) into Boonah for lunch and then back home via Beaudesert.  
waiting at Jimboomba - so so so cold
To say is was freezing would be the understatement of the year.  I had numerous layers on and still froze my butt off.  I felt like the michelin man with the amount of layers I had on. Thermal underwear top and bottom.....Kevlar jeans and then leather chaps (yeehaw)  
t shirt, long sleeved tshirt, jumper and then my leather jacket, scarf and thermal gloves - still froze.......... my fingers were numb by the time we arrived at Laidley.  I needed a coffee just to warm my hands alone.....and don't ask how hard it was to go to the ladies - I think most of my time at Laidley was spent in the loo getting undressed then dressed again.   The joys of riding your bike in cold weather.  Stuart however didn't seem to mind it (he believes that I may be some sort of reptile and that I should just sleep all winter to save him having to listen to me moan about the weather hehehehe)

Map of our ride
riding into Laidley
Stuart and I out on the open road hehehehe
John, Stuart & Snap enjoying a beverage at the pub in Boonah
Leaving Boonah
great little pub - pity they couldn't cater for us all
We all got to Boonah where we were supposed to be getting lunch but it was that busy they told us it would be over an hour before we got our food so we didn't even bother ordering anything instead we had a couple of drinks a bit of  a chit chat and just waited until we got to Beaudesert where we ended up grabbing a pie. 

I can tell you I was so exhausted when we got home - my hands were stiff and sore, my butt was killing me and my neck was sore from holding that dam helmet up all day hehehehe but other than those few complaints it was awesome :-)

Ok thats it for me today - stay safe and fill your days with as much happiness as you can squeeze in ...........

Leanne xox

"Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lots of riding

Wowsers, i have soooo much to catch you up on.  I am really trying to get back into this whole blog thing as Stuart and I are now doing so much with the bike club (HOGs)  I cannot believe i didn't buy bike sooner although i did enjoy riding on the back with Stuart.  Speaking of Stuart, he has purchased himself a new beautiful bike.  Harley Davidson Street Glide in the most gorgeous red colour.  This bike is pretty awesome - comes with sat nav......... loud stereo - yep it comes with a stereo and yep you can hear it when you are riding hehehehehe Even I can hear it if I have my visor up and i am directly behind Stuart.  I must say though that he gets some funny looks when we are sitting at the lights and he has his music blaring
"The Beast"
As I mentioned before we have been doing lots of rides with the club and with individuals from the club when there is no official ride on.  

My first big ride/overnighter
21st May - Pottsville

My first big ride and it was with the club.  I told Stuart that I did not think I was ready for it but he told me to just get on with it so I did. What a scary / fun time.
 We all rode from the Harley store in Nerang out the back through Murwillumbah and then into Suffolk Park where we stopped for lunch.  I loved riding through the twisty mountain roads but was terrified riding back to Pottsville on the highway.  I felt so vulnerable and almost pooped my pants when a big truck went flying past.  I felt sorry for Rennie the poor tail end Charlie as I am sure that i never reached the speed limit once on that part of the journey.  

Me hehehehehe
They say that there is never any pressure and I am sure there isn't from them.  I do however sometimes feel that I pressure myself.  In the end it didn't matter as I made it in one piece ready for a fun night with the guys.  This was our first experience with the club and boy was it an experience.  These guys sure know how to party........

We went to a little Mexican restaurant in Pottsville and I don't think they knew what hit them.  We had dancing on the tables, a little bit of air guitar and plenty of beverages flowing.  We even had a conga line go right through the restaurant out the back door and in the front.  A few of the younger guests joined in with us.  I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much 

Our first ever HOG overnighter was a HUGE success.  Everyone is incredibly welcoming and we can see that we are going to have many years of fun times with this crazy bunch of people.

Well I had planned to tell you about some of our other recent rides and antics however I think I will leave that for another post.

And remember - happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions so with that in mind go out and enjoy :-)

Until next time


Sunday, July 24, 2016

She Scraps :-0

Wow - i scrapped

First big ride on my Harley......... love how casual this photo is.
Products used: Kaisercraft Happy Snaps Collection, Mini Bunting,
Metal Bookplates, Cardstock.
Other: twine, lettering & ink
It has been three years since our little princess died. I lost my passion for everything when she went and have been trying to get some joy back into my  life since then.  I often wonder what she would be like now as a 16 year old.  Emma was such a strong intelligent young lady and I am sure that she would be no different today.  

Stuart has had a Harley Davidson for ever and I always rode on the back with him which is so much fun.  After we lost Em I realised how short life was so decided to get my motorcycle licence as I had always wanted my own bike.  I had that licence for two years before I eventually purchased a bike, actually I had no intentions of buying a bike that day.  Stuart took me to the Harley store to buy new riding boots and while I was trying on my boots unbeknownst to me he was over with the salesman buying me my first Harley :-)

So now this journey begins.  I can see many weekends just riding through the mountains with my husband and our friends.  We joined the local Harley Owners Group (HOG) which has been fabulous as we have met a great bunch of like minded people.  Our first ride with the group was an overnighter in Pottsville.  Awesome day of riding and then a hilarious night at a local mexican restaurant.

I think it would be pretty cool to do a small scrapbook to document all the rides we do in the future.  

Anyway that is enough from me now.

Be back again with more biking stories I am sure

Leanne xox

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Not long now ..........

Cannot believe that there are only 30 days left until this awesome event.  If you have not purchased your tickets then do so quickly.  We have SO MANY prizes to give away and so much fun and entertainemnt planned for you.

.....There will be food and beverages a plenty.....

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Page for Charity Luncheon

Head on over to our new page to read all about our upcoming Charity Luncheon for Childhood Cancer

Monday, April 4, 2016

It's on Again

Well after a very successful Charity Luncheon last year we have decided to have another one.  We were so incredibly humbled by the support and generosity of the guests at last years event.  We raised in excess of $25,000 which went towards helping families of children with cancer and also to medical research.

This year we will be focusing on raising funds for CCS (Childhood Cancer Support) to enable them to support more families as they struggle with the demands and heartache of watching their child go through the cancer journey.

If you can help us in any way with this special event then please contact us.  We are looking for major sponsors or anyone that can assist us with donations etc.

I will keep you updated on our sponsors and supporters as they come through


Leanne Love

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Spread the news people.  

This event is being held in our beautiful girls memory to raise much needed funds for cancer research and family support services.  This event promises to be loads of fun and should hopefully take you back to your most favourite childhood party ever. 

If you can join us then please head on over HERE to get your tickets 

We have had some very generous prizes donated also but I will fill you in on all of these tomorrow 

Please share on your blogs if you can as we need to get the word out regarding this event 
Thank you xxxxx

Leanne :-)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3 more sleeps

Yah, only three more sleeps and Stuart and I are off to Auckland for 5 nights :-)
I have never been to New Zealand before so am quite looking forward to this trip.  Only 3 hours on the plane too which is pretty good.  It is our 20th Wedding Anniversary on the 25th of this month so we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity for us to disappear for a few days.  It is hard to believe that we have been married for that long, 20 years - sheesh that is like forever hehehe.  I even remember our first date on the 9th August 1993, we went to Seaworld.  It was certainly a fun day - I even went on all the rides back in those days.  I have matured (some may disagree) somewhat since then though and there is no way that you would get me on them these days
Stuart proposed just a bit over 4 months later on December 25th and we married just over a year later on the 25th March 1995.
Oh my how young we were
I need to find the rest of the wedding photos and scan them into the computer.  They must be in a box somewhere.

I have been slowly backing off at work now that we have the new accounts lady.  I don't like handing my job over to someone new but we will never be able to take any longer than a week off here and there if there is no one at the office to handle account enquiries.  I don't have much to do now though - oh well I am sure that is going to change once we start building the new house.  That is not going to happen until probably the end of the year but it is something worth looking forward to.  I will also have the Emma Love Children's Cancer Charity Luncheon to organise.  This is going to be the first charity event of many to raise much needed funds for support for families of children going through the cancer drill and also for research into childhood sarcomas.

I had to drive past the hospital where Emma passed away the other day.  They have built a big new hospital so are tearing down the old one.  I am happy to see it go in a way but also very sad that the last place that I got to see my darling daughter alive is being taken away from me.  Torn :-(
I still close my eyes every night seeing her take her last breath.  I don't know how long that image is going to stay with me but man it really sucks.

Gold Coast Hospital
My girlfriend sent me a text the other night with this picture attached.  Thought it pretty funny when I saw it as for those who don't know my husbands name is Stuart Love.  Just on the off chance that these signs ever go missing one day - it was not me :-)

My husband is famous :-)

Well time again for me to get off the computer.  I am cooking a beautiful red curry chicken tonight.  Then I need to get my act together and start packing.  I haven't even started yet Eek.  Also have to find time to get the house work done before we leave.  It will all come together, everything does in the end.
Hope you have a beautiful rest of the week.  Julie I hope you and your family are having a glorious holiday.  I have loved seeing all the happy snaps on facebook xxx


Todays thought of the day:   Don't be afraid to change, you may lose something, but you may gain something even better