Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Random Photographs from Glass Half Full by Sarah Jane Butfield - location Alice Springs

A rare sight in Alice Springs, an outback town in the Northern Territory, Central Australia - water flows in the Todd River bed which is normally dry.

Sarah Jane and Nigel

On the Telegraph Station walking trail Alice Springs.

Gorge Day out

One of our family pastimes; leisurely picnic's, rock climbing and swimming with the wildlife - a refreshing way to cool off.

Anzac Hill - Alice Springs when Samantha visited from the UK for her twenty first birthday.

In the photograph left to right
Nigel, Sarah Jane, Samantha and Jaime

Nigel's passing out parade 2009 at 
Alice Springs Correctional Centre - very proud Sarah Jane with her handsome prison officer Nigel.

From front to back:
Sarah Jane, Sheila, (Nigel's Mum) Jaime - on a Camel riding tour following the river bed in Alice Springs.

Samantha walking amongst the kangaroos in Alice Springs

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Glass Half Full - behind the scenes

Welcome to the new blog page for Glass Half Full.

I will be posting photographs and background material related to the compilation of Glass Half Full for those of you that are interested.

So to get us started, and sorry kids I know you are all grown up and better looking now, this is one of the last family photographs taken before we left for Australia.( Holly is unfortunately not there due to the circumstances at that time which you can read about in the book)

Is your glass half full or half empty? Life is tough and when you feel like the glass is half empty it’s time for change.
After what felt like a lifetime of adversity including two failed marriages, losing custody of one of my daughters to a philandering freeloader and the death of my mother it was obvious something had to change. I resolved not to waste anymore of my life on people who did not share, respect or appreciate the value of life itself. My new positive approach would help me achieve a good life for myself and my children which we knew we deserved. In 1997 I met Nigel, and together we lived life to the full. Fast forward to 2008 with good times ahead of me my glass was half full, and we made one of the biggest and most difficult decisions of our lives, to immigrate to Australia. We lived the Australian dream and embraced the adventure. Adversity tested us along the way but we stood strong. However losing the roots to our Australian life during the Brisbane floods of January 2011 seemed like a test too far. ‘Glass half full’ tells our story of taking the chance of a new life down-under, achieving it, living it, losing it and finding our way back to what matters most – happiness.