#TuesdayTune -Summer Days in Wintry Australia.

Hello friends! Welcome to NatashaInOz.com, my little blog about life in my little corner of the world!

This week has been a busy one in our household. The kids are back at school and I am also working part-time this term. We have all been busy settling into new routines, doing homework and waking up early. These busy days have also meant that I have had less time to blog and I am really missing it! I did find some time over the weekend to download my holiday photos that I took when we were at the beach so I hope you don't mind if I share a few with you now?

We were only at the beach for a week but we had a lot of fun.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. Robert Henri.

Even though it is winter here in Australia it was still beautiful down at Mooloolaba beach.

Just looking at these pictures has put me in a very relaxed and summery mood.

Whenever I think of summer I think of Jack Johnson.

Jack Johnson is a singer-songwriter, surfer and musician. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released four more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, he took an interest in the sport from a young age - he began surfing at the age of 5. At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu's north shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer suddenly ended when he suffered a surfing accident that put over 150 stitches in his forehead and knocked some of his teeth out. Instead of becoming despondent, however, Johnson just concentrated more on his film and music career.

Jack Johnson’s music is inspired by the ocean, but more by his own experiences than artists like the Beach Boys! At 31, he is a millionaire many times over but he seems to be shyly embarassed by his fame. He spends as much time in Hawaii as possible, still sitting on his back porch, in tune with the ocean. In December of 2005, Brushfire Records donated $250,000 to the North Shore Land Trust in their effort to preserve the Pupukea/Paumalu plateau that overlooks the North Shore. In April of 2006, Johnson was a headliner along with Ben Harper and Willie Nelson at the Kokua Festival, raising money for a non-profit foundation that supports environemtnal programs in Hawaii. He is quoted as saying, The ocean has taught me to have respect for everything non- human, not man-made, and to be able to feel the power of it. It makes you feel how insignificant you really are. It’s not a negative thing. It's a very humbling thing, and it's a good thing to feel like that. Dec 19 2006. ESPN.com

I hope you enjoy listening to this week's #TuesdayTune, Jack Johnson's Upside Down from his album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George.

Have you ever posted songs on your blog? If so, then I would love it if you could link up with me each Tuesday for #TuesdayTune! You can link with an older post too! I love listening to all kinds of music and I love listening to the music that my blogging friends from all over the world share each Tuesday.

Thank you for linking up today-I can't wait to come and visit you during the week to hear your song! Thank you also to Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday and to Hey Harriet for hosting Shadow Shot Sunday.

I am also linking here

Finally, thank you for visiting me today. I love it when my sweet blogging friends come to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under.

Best wishes for a beautiful week,
Natasha In Oz 

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  1. Good morning from Italy Natasha. Once again I enjoyed your choice today which I am listening to with a cup of coffee. The song is familiar to me but I did not know anything about the artist till today, thankyou.

    Sorry but I seem to have messed up my linky photo this am.

    Take Care Linda x

  2. Hi natasha ....you have a wonderful blog...apart from visiting your blog.. i feel to drop a comment for you here at your blog...since you have a wonderful contents,,,really ..for a non native english speaking person like me...this blog helps to improve communication by reading the contents....

    I would like to keep in touch with u as a blogger and also as a friend...

    thank u...nice blog

  3. Your holiday photos are great. The beach looks deserted - that will certainly change when summer hits!

  4. Happy sunday darling.........love Ria.....

  5. Interesting man and his story. So glad even though one dream died another began for him. :O)

    Love the beach pictures.

  6. being barefoot is such a delightful moment. Let alone, walking on this kind a of beach. Great post.
    Thank you

    Happy SSS>

  7. I am visiting you via LinyLouMac's blog. I love the Sunday Song meme. I do a Tunes I Like Tuesday bit. I love music. Since I already have that established over at my blog, I don't want to change it, but I'd love to link it up with you on Sundays if that's okay?

    Jack Johnson has such an easy casual style. His first album, Brushfire Fairytales, is still my favorite. His songs make me want to hang out at the beach.

    Thanks for a great way to start my day.

  8. Your pictures are beautiful and I'm so glad you had a lovely, relaxing time with your family before returning to school and work. Thanks for the song too!

  9. Good Morning from Canada Natasha!

    I enjoyed reading your blog and your beautiful beach pictures over my morning coffee with my puppy on my lap. PERFECT way to start my day. Your beaches are sooo incredible there. I hope to see your area of the world in person some day...thanks for sharing...I'll be back soon!

    All the best with work and the new school year. We start back in September. Still time to enjoy summer. They are short, so we have to get the most we can out of them! haha!

    All the best,
    Stephanie- Life on the Bay- Georgian Bay- Ontario- Canada

  10. i am loving those pics. what an amazing vacation spot!

  11. Thank you for hosting, and for sharing about this great musician. He serves as an inspiration to me.

    I'll be right over for a slice of that delicious cake.

  12. Beautiful vacation photos! There is nothing more relaxing than being on a beach - summer, winter, it doesn't matter when. Thanks for the big smile this morning. Kat

  13. Natasha, love your pics. Sounds like you had a great time. But if it's winter, wasn't it cold to be out on the beach? Or what's the temp?

  14. I just love your beautiful beach photos! That is one amazing beach, so fun to see!
    Have a great week,

  15. What an interesting article and it really meshes for me as one of the Sandwich Generation. I enjoyed reading about it, I have a 20-something friend who knows and loves his music, and my grandkids will love the video with Curious George. Too fun!

    AND I loved your Zebra cake recipe. It would definitely be one of those fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren - especially if they have any of the Webkinz stuffed animals with stripes - from zebra to tiger! :) And by the way, they loved hearing about your Christmas in July! :)

    Thanks for the fun posts and a fun visit!

  16. Great blog..I laugh..out of all the beautiful pictures I have, I hit the squash leaves for me..
    Anyway..I enjoy the beach and finding shells..such a peaceful place..Great shadows..

  17. Enjoyed your pictures and story about Jack Johnson

    My kids like him and I have not heard his music before. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I am so impressed with your technical skill. I'm still learning the basics.

  18. Hi Natasha

    Thank you for sharing your holiday snaps, it looks a great beach! I am sure it was an excellent family break before you all returned to your busy work and school schedules.

    Jackie in UK.

  19. Thank you for the visit to the beach. I wish I was there! I had not heard of Jack Johnson before, but will look him up and see what he's about! He sounds like a wonderful soul.

  20. I love all of your beach photos! Beautiful! Hey I see that you're from Brisbane also. Yay! We are very lucky that visits to the beach are still enjoyable during winter. I'm quite sure that wouldn't be the case in many other parts of the world :)

  21. Thank you for sharing your beach vacation with us, the pictures are fabulous. Take care.

  22. Wonderful beach shots, sand between your toes is a great feeling!

  23. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Summer beach mosaic. Have a great week, Mary

  24. Thanks for sharing the sea with me...I never get to see it...just great..loved the music too! :D

  25. Loved your photos of the beach; hard to believe that is what winter looks like for you. I think you pretty much have perfect temperatures year round.
    Hope you enjoy your new part time job.

  26. I love the beach, so I reall enjoyed your pictures. I also like the music, I'm not familiar with him...but, I'm heading to iTunes now! Thanks!

  27. Beautiful beach photos Natasha. I liked the Jack Johnson song and video. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Hello hello my lovely! Im dropping by to show u some comment love and let u know i have started blogging again i have missed everyone so much i am still dealing with the loss but i am taking each day as they come and i am hoping that blogging helps me :) Love the pics of the beach! And oh my gosh i LOVE Jack Johnson his music is awesome love love love him! I have all his cds :)

  29. Hi Natasha,
    I feel your back to schoolishness. LOL Ours is just a few weeks away and we are all kinda wishing vacation was still just ahead of us instead of almost behind us. Lovely vacation photos! Thanks for stopping by.

  30. What a beautiful place for a holiday - and the photos will help you keep that holiday feeling long after the sand has all been washed out of clothes and beach toys.

  31. Gorgeous photos! I will definately be linking up a song.

  32. Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I'm so glad I found YOUR blog... I love your pictures and your outlook.

  33. Wish I were close enough to the beash to pop over when I wanted - love it so much.
    Glad your family could take a break and enjoy some relaxing moments.
    Enjoyed the easy going, happy song.
    I do not have a song this week, but the link connection is not showing up on my screen - could be my connection, I continue to have problems with blogger.

  34. Thank goodness for Mosaic Monday because it leads me to wonderful blogs like yours. I love your beach phototographs, they are lovely. This video is pure delight, thank you for introducing me to this song.
    Lovely to meet you. Karen

  35. Ahhh...I can feel the cool sand between my toes and the warm sun on my back...looks to be a fabulous spot...smile on Rosie

  36. Yay! Jack Johnson is my Summer soundtrack! The beach photos are beautiful, really great shots. Hope you're having a great week. Love from London x

  37. I LOVE Jack Johnson - and Australia in Winter is like NZ in Summer... er, well, in Autumn at least! Sorry no song this week, I promise to do better NEXT week, OK?

  38. What a neat vacation and it was wonderful seeing your photos!

  39. Natasha, It is so strange to think you are having winter! Your photos are just absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing them with us. :o)

    Donna @ Comin' Home

    PS. I wrote the most beautiful song but don't have time to do the video..sigh. I hope to soon but it's so busy with family moving, and my painting and Dad's carpet that needs to be pulled out. School is out for us so we have to work on these things while we can. :o)

  40. I love your photos.

    I'm a big fan of Jack Johnson. I have several of his songs on my iPod and I think I've quoted him once or twice on my blog.

    Good luck with your new routine.

  41. Awesome bech pictures Natasha. I love that song "Upside Down" from Jack Johnson. In fact, the whole movie has great songs. I don't mind it one bit when my kids watch it.

  42. i love jack johnson's music. it is so
    lyrical and happy like his ocean.

    your seashell photos are delightful.

    i will soon have some music videos
    for you, i hope.


  43. Hi Natasha! I'm stopping over here from Rosie's "Roses and Rutabagas" Blog.
    What beautiful photos fill your site! I also just love the zebra cake and your tutorial for making it!
    How fun is that cake!!!
    I'll have to try that sometime and will send this idea on to my sis. She has a little girl that loves to participate in the kitchen...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  44. Your photos are just beautiful! My hubby had some flying time with the Army there in Australia and loved it. and our son and his buddy want to take a semester at a college there through an exchange program with their colleges here...Kentucky and South Carolina. Hopefully it will work out.

    We love jack Johnson's music...my hubby's brother's wife's family in Hawaii know him...so when we were in Hawaii back in 2008 for our son's Make a Wish trip, the family was trying to see if our son could meet with him...it unfortunately was not good timing, since Jack was out of Hawaii at the time.

    I love your Sunday Song meme...I can only manage one post a week! And that is stretching it for me haha...but if you don't mind me linking up to an old post that has some of our son's songs on them...that might work great :o)

    Still learning about blogger related things every day!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you for stopping by!

  45. Thank you for sharing your beautiful beach pictures ! Love the feet ! LOL
    Thanks for the music, sooo relaxing!
    Have a beautiful sunday !

  46. Aaaaah what beautiful pictures, and it's funny that I linked a song from and Hawaian singer too.



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