June 1-30 Challenge

Day 24 Twenty-four Carat Gold

June 24, 1509.  Henry VIII was crowned King of England. 

Henry the eighth valued a male heir. He wanted one. He wanted a wife who could give him one. He left the Church and created his own church so he could get divorced and marry a new wife.

Twenty-four carat gold is valuable. Some value riches above all else.

Tell us what is valuable to you. What do you treasure? Write about your treasure.

My Family

We arrived in Australia exactly ten years ago on the 6 June 2006. We had two children and two suitcases in tow, and a bunch of qualifications tucked into our hand luggage.

We were full of hope and excited for the future. Australia was booming, and the job section of the newspapers was so thick, they had to split the papers up. I had a nursing job within weeks, then Jeff worked shifts in a furniture factory. The kids settled into a local school (and has firm friends from there to this day). We spent each weekend in our car, travelling up and down the coast, stopping at picturesque beaches, exploring lush green rain forests and  visiting such towns as the hippie Byron Bay in NSW and the Sunshine coastline north of Brisbane.

Then, after two years of exploring, we took off and traveled across this vast continent, not stopping until we’d reached Perth.We drove through two time zones, crossed the Nullabor Plain (so called because nothing and no one lives there, but I beg to differ), spotting emus, kangaroos, rabbits, then drove around pristine white beaches that bordered Western Australia from the azure blue of the Indian Sea.

Memorable moments that I will TREASURE, involve:

  • spotting a hump backed whale off the Australian Bight
  • finding the hugest spider that I have ever seen in a motel in Whyalla, South Australia (it was a Huntsman)
  • stopping at service stations and eating hot meat pies whilst watching kangaroos hop by
  • thrilled to see pods of dolphins off Scarborough Beach, WA
  • shaking as huge ‘Road trains’ swept past us on the Nullabor (the car nearly flipped over a few times as the huge juggernauts drove past)

These are memories that I will always TREASURE spent with the people that I TREASURE most in the world; my family.


humpback whale
Humpback whale, Australian Bight Photo credit