‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO!


Being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’m very proud to announce I’ve organised the ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! This will be an Exciting day of stalls, demos & performances to raise awareness and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!
An Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun at Scarness park with maximum audience participation, so wear something comfy and save the date, Sunday 16th of August!
There will be performances, talks and demos including / on –  Bio-aging , Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Crossfit, Burlesque & Fitness Demos.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and selling their artwork.
– 6:30am 10km CHALLENGE! Free Run or Walk. Scarness Park to the Pier return!
– 10am – 2pm FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! Scarness Park / Stage.
I may have a couple of stall spaces left and three 15min performance spaces in the afternoon if anyone would like to join the team! If you would like to register interest in future events please inbox or email me at info@designhouse.com.au

Kind regards
Jeanette Maynes
Personal Trainer / Life Coach
Author of the 4 Week Program – Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan – www.4weekprogram.com.au
Artwork donated by Design House – www.designhouse.com.au

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90km Fraser Island Great Walk in 2.5days!



What an awesome five day Adventure on Fraser Island!!!
We walked the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk in just 2.5 days!
(Myself, Carol, Susie & Tash – the Awesome Foursome!)

Starting at Dilli Village 6:30am on Friday morning, we trail walked through the amazing surrounds to Happy Valley by Sunday lunch 12noon! Staying at Lake Wabby via Central Station the first night on the track and Valley of the Giants the second night.

1795218_10152800835797277_9031225481823971146_oA big thank you to RANGO our support crew for looking after us and bringing the supplies into remote areas each day to ‘Rango’s Angels!’  (bedding, tents, food, clothes & BEER!)
We couldn’t have done this sensational achievement without you and your awesome jokes! (I don’t get it?)

A big thanks also to Carol for her excellent organisation skills with the trip / accommodation plus her vehicle got smashed and another vehicle pulling out the week prior, so with some quick genius work from her we still pulled the trip off! Really appreciated by all involved with the epic recovery and two new support 4WD’s!

Best Adventure to date I think, just absolutely breath takingly beautiful and challenging the whole way with nonstop hills, soft sand, and magical nature to immerse yourself in – eucalyptus woodland, rainforests, sand blows /dunes and pristine lakes!

1st day was 42km a trail marathon, day two 26.5km – 29km, day three 16.5km straight to the bar at Happy Valley for a burger and beers!

We saw a few animals – three dingos, a few goanna’s, lots of butterflies, I nearly ran over a small black snake, and an owl followed us for about 5km plus a dingo even tried to eat my dencorub!

Carol & I also took a power pack so we could charge up the iphones to use runkeeper over the few days.

I burnt 9,445 calories during the week!

Fraser Island –  is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi). It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

The Maheno – is the most famous of Fraser Island’s wrecks and has become a landmark attraction. Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She also served in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap.
The rudders of the boats were removed and they were being towed to Japan. When they reached Queensland Waters, a cyclonic storm snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto Fraser Island’s ocean beach.

Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.

Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.

Lake Boomanjin – Another perched lake on the island is  which at 200 hectares in size, is the largest perched lake in the world. In total there are 40 perched lakes on the island, half of all known lakes of this kind on the planet. Lake Boomanjin is fed by two creeks that pass through a wallum swamp where it collects tannins which tint the water red.

Lake Wabby – is the deepest lake on the island, at 12 metres (39 ft) in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes….. More info here.

Wanggoolba Creek is a fresh water creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley and mouth on the Western shores of the island. Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station is a popular tourist destination due to the crystal clear waters flowing over white sand through a rainforest valley.

The Flora of Fraser Island is unique and diverse. More than 865 species of plants thrive on the island. It is the only place on Earth where tall rainforest grows in sand. The island contains the largest extent of wallum heath remnants in Queensland. In Pile Valley, 1,000 year old rough-barked satinays are found. Despite being logged the kauri pines dominate in some areas. Scribbly gums, red gums, piccabeen palms, Blue Quandong, brush box and pandanus all grow on Fraser Island.
[Info via – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island]

WOW AGAIN!! I’ve already planned the next few hikes over there in my head, just can’t get enough of the place!!

[Images via Jeanette, Susie & Carol – Digital cameras, iPhones & GoPros!]
Fraser Island Great Walk map here Fraser Island Great Walk topographic map (PDF, 2.3M)*.
Click on thumbnail to enlarge images.

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Card Making, so much FUN!

Yesterday I had a little craft session with my mum, making some groovy cards!

It was so much fun!

Cutting, pasting, double sided sticky taping, decorations, ribbons, colours, glitter, stars, shapes, so much to do and choose from ….. Now this is something I will get right into!

How nice to make personalised greeting and birthday cards for friends and family …. certainly would  make me feel appreciated receiving a handmade card, made with LOVE!

Simply Google card making, then go to images for some great ideas!



How cool is this website, especially if you are creative, check it out! …thanks heaps Jackie xx

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

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Melbourne Body Art Competition 2011

Yesterday myself, Jeanette Maynes | Model (first time ever) from (Design House – graphic and website designer) and Lolita Valerga | Artist from (Shades of Inspiration – henna and face painting artist) came together as Model (canvas) and Artist to create an Organic interpretation of the theme “Wired for Sound” based on elements and forces of nature for the Melbourne Body Art Competition 2011.

Lolita and I have been friends for 15 years since we did a ‘Certificate in Arts’ together.

We were in the BRUSH & SPONGE category and started painting at 11am, with brushes down at 5pm, then made our way to the judge’s room for judging at 5.30pm and hit the catwalk at 7pm.

Unfortunately we did not come a place as the competition was fierce but we had an absolute ball taking on such a fun adventure that took a couple of months preparation. We were certainly a crowd favourite and as they say “Art is in the eye of the beholder”!

We were also quite the crowd pleaser at Crown Casino having a couple of wind down drinks after the event!

Please read our concept and development for the ‘Wired for Sound!’ theme here!

Melbourne Body Art Competition at Carlton Brew House, Abbotsford Saturday 20th August 2011, The Melbourne Age Newspaper Image Gallery here.

Fraser Coast Chronicle News here.

iDarkroom … I’m Hooked!

How cool is this iDarkroom app for your iPhone!
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iDarkroom can add amazing effects to your photos. It support six types of effects: color filter, paper, light leak & bokeh, vignette, noise, frame. You can shuffle these effects by just one tap, or choose each type of effect manually.

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Another $70,000 GONE from the area!!!!

Recently I was reading an article in our Fraser Coast Chronicle by Peter Chapman | 29th January 2011 titled ‘Local firms lose tourism tender’, where (after some investigation) apparently only one local marketing firm actually got to tender!)

Fraser Coast Tourism chair Anne Nioa said, “that while the local companies’ tenders were given extra weight the tender accepted was considerably cheaper.”  …  But no local PRINTERS were given the opportunity to tender? 

After news of this got out there was a Tourism Fraser Coast MEDIA RELEASE on Tuesday 1st February 2011 Statement by Tourism Fraser Coast CEO Damien Massingham quoting , Tourism Fraser Coast confirms today that McTaggarts The Printers, our only local Printer member has been invited to quote on this aspect of the project.” … hmmm pardon me but has local print company Inkworks not been a member since Tourism Fraser Coast first started 9 years ago plus successfully operated a printing business in Hervey Bay for 20 years?
(Not sure what value for money you are getting for your fees there Anton?)

(Download Media Statement Here)

When asked from several sources around town both the Council and Tourism Fraser Coast are refusing to say who won the tender, even to their members and the media.
What is the big secret?
Is there some corruption involved?
What’s wrong with being open and transparent?

Tibetan Earthquake Benefit Concert

Saturday night I attended the Tibetan Earthquake Benefit concert organised by my friend Kirsty Chenery at the Z Pac Theatre, Zepher St. Hervey Bay.

The evening started with a viewing of: ‘The Sun Behind the Clouds …..Tibet’s struggle for freedom’ Movie. This movie was excellent, clearly portraying the current and ongoing dilemma Tibetans and His Holiness the Dalai Lama face in trying to see a middle path so that Tibetans can live in their own country (currently overtaken by the Chinese), keeping their customs alive and the practice of Buddhism.
This was a special preview as the movie is not officially released till October so we very blessed to be given this viewing.

We then enjoyed some food as many brought along a plate to share.

Following our break we had a great live performance from Alena of some of her original songs. Alena is a student at our local Buddhist Sanctuary and this was her first ever live performance – The Oddiyana Dharma Sanctuary.
The theatre was also decorated beautifully with pray flags by Alena earlier in the day.

This was followed by an exciting performance by the very talented special guests Tenzin Choegyal and Tibet2Timbuk2.

Their music ranged from relaxing, to mesmerising, to captivating to upbeat I want to dance songs!  
Most of their songs are either written about birds, lakes or mountains!
They were very amusing making us laugh.

Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire including group arrangements of Tenzin’s Tibetan songs, Marcello’s English songs, collaborative songs and instrumentals and even classical tabla solo.  The overall sound is full and organic, with all three musicians sharing bass, percussion, harmony and melody roles to create a solid yet easy groove.

All up over $3,000 was raised on this very successful and enlightening night!
Awesome job, Kirst xox and all who participated, helped and attended!
There was alot of love in the room!

Eumundi Markets

On Saturday it was off to Noosa for the Noosa Half Marathon. As it has been awhile since I visited we decided to pull in and check out the Eumundi Markets.

The markets have grown considerably since my last visit a few years ago and the quality of the food, stalls and entertainment is still the best I’ve ever come across.

I met a lovely bloke from ERD (Educational Reptile Displays) who was not quite able to fully help me develop a liking for snakes on this particular visit anyway! Next trip I might have the courage to hold it on my own!

A visit to the markets is definitely a pleasant way to spend a few hours on a Saturday!!!

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)

Yesterday I went to the Art Gallery NSW to see the Monet and the Impressionistsexhibition.
It would have been Monet’s 168th birthday yesterday if he was still alive.

“The method of Impressionist painting, where a picture is assembled in a riot of flecks of colour, reflects the kind of experience to which the eye of a big city dweller has become accustomed.”

The paintings were beautiful with an array of mostly pastel shades; I particularly liked the Water lilies and The Seine at Chatou.
There were so many flecks of colours that some of them reminded me of the magic eye images from the 1990’s. I felt if I stared long enough something 3d might pop out at me!



Claude Monet Water lilies 1905          Claude Monet The Seine at Chatou 1881
Museum of Fine Arts Boston               Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Full Moon Fire Twirling in Hervey Bay

Last night I went with my friends Naomi and Eric to check out the Fire Twirling at the Full Moon Party on the beach at 475 The Esplanade in Hervey Bay. Eric took the most amazing photo’s I’ve come across in a long time!


I had my first ever try at fire twirling and managed to get a double ring in my photo, not due to my sensational fire twirling skills but more Eric’s delayed camera shutter speed. I was more concentrating on the strong breeze and not setting my hair alight!


The beach looked amazing under the moonlight with the sound of the waves as the tide came in and the cool breeze it was a fantastic opportunity to get a take-away dinner and the blanket out, very relaxing.


Three Police Officers even stopped by to pay us a visit to make sure we were having FUN!


Jamie Young and his team who practice on most Fridays and demonstrate their skills are sensational and very captivating to watch. It really is a fun night out. Just sitting on the beach at night really makes you appreciated what a beautiful area we live in!


To be notified of upcoming Friday Fire Twirling and Drumming please contact Jamie on 0407 280 754 to receive a text message confirming dates.



Sidney Nolan

“We live on a thin crust over a bubbling mass of molten lava and the fuel of hell. What’s marvellous is that, in spite of everything, we’re alive. Do you understand? To make up for the suffering of the living, there’s the joy of life.”
Sidney Nolan 1967

This morning I went to the Queensland Art Gallery to view the Sidney Nolan exhibition. The exhibition is the first major Nolan retrospective since the artist’s death in London in 1992.

Sidney Nolan was born in 1917 and grey up in St Kilda, Melbourne. By the time he left Australia in 1953 at the age of 36 to permanently life in England he was already celebrated as this country’s most exciting contemporary painter.

He was very well known for his Ned Kelly series with ‘the black shape of Ned Kelly cutting violently into the landscapes of great delicacy’.

In July 1947 Nolan left Melbourne for Queensland. He was intrigued by a lady Eliza Fraser who was shipwrecked on Fraser Island in 1936 after whom it was renamed. Nolan spent time on the island which resulted in an exhibition of Fraser Island paintings at the Moreton Galleries in Brisbane in February 1948.

In 1957 after migrating to Britain Nolan began a Mrs Fraser series (almost 20 years after he first explored it) suggesting that the episode had a strong impact on his work and was instrumental in his development as an artist.

Convict and Mrs Fraser,1957 Print & Canvas.
During this period Nolan experimented with the effects of layering. He worked in a dark key, using wiped back paint to allow white grounds to gleam through. Towards the later stages of his career the artist made large scale spray painted abstractions.

[Information via QAG.]


Today I caught up with my lovely Aunty Cheryl to view the Picasso exhibition in Brisbane and for lunch. This is the first time the exhibition has been held outside of Europe. We arrived at 10am when the gallery opened and were surprised at how quickly the exhibition filled up and was extremely busy the whole time we were there.

‘I am interested in expressing the metamorphoses of forms into new bodies, from the furtherest origins of the world up until my time.’
Aunty Cheryl instantly spotted a painting named ‘La petite Jeannette’ c.1848 by Jean-Baptiste Camille Carot that was present to Picasso in 1910 by German Art historian Wilhelm Unde in gratitude for Picasso’s portrait of him.
The framework on all the paintings was extremely elaborate but unfortunately and obviously we not able to take photographs.

I really liked Picasso’s ‘Paysage de Juan-les-Pins’ (Landscape at Juan-les-Pins)1920. Oil on Canvas. ‘…this scene seems infused with an impression of happiness.’
I find the bright colours and abstract effect visually pleasing and even inline with today’s current design trends.

The exhibition features over 100 works from Picasso’s extraordinary collection plus more than 80 important works by the artist himself. A range of documentary photographs also feature.

‘Picasso & his collection’ includes paintings, drawings and prints by artists such as Chardin, Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne, Rousseau, Miró, Modigliani and Braque, as well as an extraordinary selection of Oceanic and African works. …… Picasso’s collection was donated by his family to the French state after his death in 1973, and is now held by the musée national Picasso in Paris. An exhibition of Picasso’s collection has only ever previously been mounted in Paris, Munich and Barcelona.

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Culture Shock day II

Today started off with a trip on the mono rail to check out Paddy’s Market’s then a walk and lunch in the Chinese Garden of Friendship which is located in the heart of the city in Sydney.

The Gardens are so tranquil and relaxing, I enjoy a visit to them every time I come to Sydney with their beautiful sheltered pavillions, graceful bridges and enchanting landscapes. This trip I decided to get right in mood and was dressed up as a very sexy geisha!!! (pictured here practising my geisha lips) I even had a Japanese tourist take my photo thinking I was employed by the Chinese Gardens! How funny!

There was also a beautiful family of ducklings as I fed the carp some bread. They were not afraid to swim above the carp that were quite considerably larger!

Wish I had my fishing line!

After lunch it was off to check out the Powerhouse Museum and the Zero Gravity Space Lab. This is a fun interactive that created the illusion of being in a weightless environment, where I found out what it is like to live and work in space. You stood in a chamber while the outside moved creating a feeling of weightlessness (I got abit dizzy!).

I also found this beautiful image of Princess Diana at the museum.

Tonight it’s off for some Salsa dancing at Vivas on the Rocks! 
Oh My Gosh, I had the time of my life. 
We met up with some friends from a Sydney dance club called Salsa Live and the fun begun.

I’ve never been swung around like a rag doll by so many hot men in my entire life!

 What a treat to actually dance with professionally trained dancers, with excellent technique and for once I wasn’t trying to lead!

The live band had your hips swinging and the whole atmosphere was absolutely electric and extremely saucy!

It was nice to be in a licenced venue where the people were not rude and drunk but fun, friendly, could hold a conversation and move on the dance floor!

I didn’t know I was so flexible!



Culture Shock

Yesterday I flew into Sydney with a girlfriend for a working holiday.

Upon checking in to our 2 bedroom apartment we were advised we were on level P?
As there was no explanation as to what P meant on the lift buttons we decided to confer with others in the lift and came up with, pretty foxy level, princess’s level, but on a trip in a different lift it clearly stated Penthouse. I like this booking through wotif, I never know what sort of surprise accommodation I’ll be staying in! Very prestigious!

This morning we were up early to do a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The systems in place with the climb were meticulously thought out and made for a smooth climb and an extremely successful business due to this obviously in depth strategic planning. The view was sensational!!!! I was pleased to find out I’m not scared of heights.

I did find a few negatives on my experience:

1. I should have worn gloves as the air was cold and I know how cold my fingers get on my motorbike! But I was unassertive and didn’t ask for gloves though I felt the guides may have offered them as it was very cold and the hand rails were freezing.

2. The trip was way too long, 3hrs without a toilet break! OMG after two and a half hours, I spoke to the guide and my friend and I were unleashed from the group, shuffled into an emergency lift, escorted through walkways and chambers of a pylon to find a secret restroom. The strapping male tour guide was extremely professional and swift in undoing al our equipment and suits. We found this very amusing!

3. There was also alot of stopping for no reason and long delays without commentary which I found unnecessary. Without this the climb would have been at least half an hour shorter and maybe just doable without feeling like having an embarrassing accident.

4. I noticed our tour guide had a nice sun protective hat on. I wish I had this option! Even though I had applied suncream before the climb I still ended up with wind and sun burn to my face. I was surprised sun cream was not on the list of what to bring or supplied as we all know the high dangers of sun cancer in Australia.

I’m glad I did the climb but I would not do it again. I was alittle disappointed as I expected to feel some sort of exuberance / accomplishment and as if I’d faced a fear when at the top but all I felt was irritation with the delays and my face getting sunburnt!

After lunch we decided to check out the Museum of Contemporary  Art and view Sydney’s international festival of contemporary art the “2008 Biennale of Sydney” exhibition. This was very interesting though we were alittle worn out from the climb.

The high light of the exhibition was an exhibit by Helio Oiticica who was born in 1937 in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.  The room was full of coloured hammocks with pictures of Jimmy Hendrix projected on all the walls plus his music playing quite loudly. We relaxed in the hammocks for a few minutes and decided to get out before we dozed off!

Oiticica believed in liberating the viewer and saw his installations of sound, mattresses, live animals, rubber and sand as spaces of emancipation.

This evening we attended the Phantom at of the Opera at the Lyric Theatre at Star City Casino.
This was the high light of the day!!!
Ana Marina played Christine and Roy Weissensteiner was the Phantom. Their voices and performances were amazing, the orchestra was dramatic, the costumes were elaborate, the props beautiful and quite creative. The whole combination was magnificent and absolutely spectacular!! 

Now this experience I would definitely recommend!

Andy Warhol Official Opening

Last night I was fortunate to be able to attend the Official Opening of the Andy Warhol
andy-warhol-42 Exhibition in Brisbane. I ran into Chris Foley our State MP for Maryborough who is also in my Master of Professional Studies class. There was free food and drinks, plus books and merchandise to purchase and I must say what seemed to be at least 1,000 people dressed in their finest. I had a fantastic time studying all the pieces, films and activities even producing a Pop art portrait of myself!

“People are always calling me a mirror and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see.” – Andy Warhol

I was totally in my element, my mind won’t stop racing with ideas after viewing this exhibition! Thank you to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) you have taken my artistic thinking to a new level…..my clients will love you!