Jenolan State Forest

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Hello loves, ❤

I hope you’re all well 🙂 It’s Wednesday here in Sydney, Australia & its a sunny day but VERY cold. Haha, us Australians think 15 degrees is cold, whereby some countries think 15 degrees is HOT. (I am talking celsius)

How was every ones weekend? I went about 3 hours away to Jenolan State Forest, this area is known for caving etc but we went into the forest section & was driving through there. We also went to for a lovely long hike to a suspension bridge & faced a few fears 🙂

I got a lot of steps on my Fitbit that day (Speaking of Fitbit, thank you to those that have added me on Fitbit & have been doing challenges with me, I am having so much fun doing this, it is also very motivating)

We then came back to the campaign ground & had some lunch (We brought some food from home to make our own sandwiches, which was yummy)

On the way out of the forest, we took another exit, as the mountain got higher, the temperature was dropping which meant… IT SNOWED! Now, I have never seen snow fall from the sky, only ever seen it already fallen onto the ground, so it was an AMAZING experience to see it fall from the sky.

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^ This is the amazing clan I went with 🙂 From left to right is, me (hi), Jamie (Sister fiances brother), Archel (Sister fiances brothers wife), Tiarna (sister) & Dean (Sister’s fiance)

^ This is a video of the snow falling from the sky 🙂 I absolutely loved it.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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Beach, Waves + Sun

Hello loves ❤

And, its MONDAY! Just like that, I blink & the weekend is over BUT… the weekdays go so slow.

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BUT… This week is going to be a 4 day working week for me bc Australia Day falls on the Friday so that is a public holiday for us ❤ WOOHOO! No work but still getting paid for it ❤

How was everyones weekend? Just a quick little blog post to share my weekend with you all.

Thursday night, I went to the hill near my house & did a few hill sprints, this hill is SOOOOOO steep, my calves BURN.

 

But the view from the TOP is AMAZING!

 

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Friday, I went to see the new Maze Runner movie in the movies (I get 50 cent movie tickets bc I work in the head office of cinema, which is a PLUS), that was super fun.

Saturday, I went to the beach about an hour away from my house, it was new beach that my dad introduced us to, such a cute little spot with a rock pool which I loved ❤

It was so lovely to just sit & relax with my family, I rarely spend time with my parents bc I am working all week that on the weekends I am out so it was lovely to sit with them & relax together.

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Walk to the top of the hill area was so nice, the view was to die for – I couldn’t believe how relaxed locations can make you feel.

My heads been filled with a lot of chaos lately (my mind tends to think silly things) so it was good to just switch off for the weekend.

Saturday night, we had a games night at my house – board games are SO fun, I had so much fun playing them.

On Sunday, I was back at the beach again but this time I went to another beach, this beach is called Cronulla – this is quite a popular beach in Sydney, I didn’t even expect to get parking but I sat at the top of the hill which was real nice & I got to just reflect ton my thoughts.

Last night, I went to the movies & watched Liam Neeson’s new movie called The Commuter. IT. WAS. AMAZING! All Liam Neeson movies are GREAT! I can’t fault him. He is honestly my favourite actor. If you haven’t watched it, its a MUST-WATCH!

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I would love to hear what you all got up to on the weekend, share it with me ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Hunter Valley Gardens Annual Christmas Lights

Hello my loves, ❤

Short & sweet post – I went to Hunter Valley Gardens on the weekend (about 3 hours north of where I live)

It was a great road trip as well as smelling some fresh air compared to what I smell in the busy city 24/7. (Does anyone else agree the air in different places actually smell different?)

Hunter Valley Gardens hold an annual light show whereby over 3 million lights throughout their garden that relate to Christmas, Disney characters & even winter animals too.

Below are some photos of my experience there ❤  What a beautiful experience.

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Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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Walking The Walk

Hello loves ❤

 

Walking is such a great thing for the mind but I also think walking for a purpose is a good idea also ❤

Below are 50 different types of walks you can go on ❤

 

  1. Colour walk – Bring a camera/phone look for the brightest colors, make a photo collage of your collection.

 

  1. Texture walk- Bring a camera/phone and take pics of various textures.

 

  1. Smell Walk – Pay close attention to your nose. Note any distance smells. If you can’t identity them, try to describe them. If you have a phone you could dictate this or take notes when you get home.

 

  1. Delight walk- Look out for things that delight or tickle you. You may use these as destination points for future walks. You might share these with others to enjoy, via social media

 

  1. Slow walk – Go as slowly as you can manage. Pay attention to your five senses as you walk to the end of of the block and back. Note what you’ve noticed for the first time.

 

  1. Destination walk – Pick a spot you want to spend some time at. Go there. Spend some times there regularly. Try to notice every detail and see what changes the next time you are there.

 

  1. Walking at different times of day – Notice the lighting changes, the different people out, the amount of traffic at various times.

 

  1. Back alleys- Walk the alleys of your neighbourhood. In my neighbourhood this is a great place to shop as people leave things they no longer want in the alley to be ‘recycled.’

 

 

  1. Architecture walk- Note any buildings that don’t match the others. Pay a visit to your city archives and see what you can find out about them. Take a picture and then try to draw them when you get home.

 

  1. DIY Art Walk- Bring a phone/camera and note creative endeavours by your neighbours. Share them if you like, but be kind about it.

 

11.Mark a trail- Bring along natural coloured yarn and scissors. Mark a favourite route.

 

12.Designated stop points- Pick several spots along a regular route to stop and check more closely whenever you go by. Notice changes in those spots.

 

  1. Sound walk – Pay close attention to the sounds around you. Name them to yourself, or take note of them or record them

 

  1. Upper View- Look up. Look, waaay up. Don’t trip. Notice the tops of trees, the rooftops and the sky.

 

 

  1. Lower View- Look mostly at the ground during this walk, what do you find there?

 

  1. Night walking – Go out after dark. Look in windows, but only from the sidewalk (don’t actually stop or go up to the window). In Amsterdam, people keep their curtains open at night because they say it looks more cozy for the people walking by and it does.

 

  1. Numbers – Do a counting walk. Count your steps, count the cracks in sidewalk, count houses, trees, cars, pets, ….you name it

 

  1. Story walk- Imagine you are going a tour of your neighbourhood to a person who landed here in a time machine from the early 1800’s or an alien, or a foreign dignitary. What would you say?

 

  1. Tree walk- Note how many different kinds of trees you see in your neighbourhood. Look them up, find out their names. Talk to them the next time you see them and call them by name. Check out “The Hidden Life of Trees”* to get to know them better.

 

  1. Complete a task- Walk to complete a task: get some groceries, mail a letter, go to the bank, go to the library, pick up a child from school, etc.

 

  1. Scavenger walk- Make a list of random objects and then see if you can find them on your walk. Better yet, get a child to make a list of things for you to find. Even better, bring the child along to help find the items on the list.

 

  1. Timed walk- See how far you can get in 15 minutes. See if you can beat it the next time. (NOTE: Running is not cheating)

 

  1. Walking as alternative transportation- Skip the bus or the car, see if you can walk it. OR, get off the bus early or park far away from your destination, on purpose.

 

  1. Walking in different neighbourhoods- Take a bus to another neighbourhood and walk home, or get dropped off a ways away from your destination and walk from there.

 

  1. Go for a Skip- Don’t walk, skip. It’s not as easy as it looks. See how far you can go.

 

  1. Walking backwards- Bring a friend. See how far you can get.

 

  1. Hopscotching it – Bring sidewalk chalk. Draw a hopscotch grid to the end of your block and see how many times you can jump it.

 

  1. Skip it – Bring a skipping rope, see how far you can go while you’re skipping.

 

  1. Rocky IV Walk- When the snow is deep, try to walk as quickly as you can, but only in the deepest parts of the snow.

 

  1. Dance walk – Listen to music and move to it, for your entire walk.

 

  1. The Marathon Walk – Perimeter to perimeter. Build up your ability to walk far. See if you can eventually walk from perimeter to perimeter. (This could also a great idea for a fundraiser/ walk-a-thon).

 

  1. Public park- Walk to a public park. Time yourself, it might not be as far as you think. You might want to go there more often.

 

  1. Walk with a dog- See where the dog wants to go. Whenever the dog stops, take note of everything around you, note your five senses. If you don’t have a dog, borrow a neighbours’ dog.

 

  1. Walk with a friend – Invite a friend to go for a walk.

 

  1. Walking Group – Put up posters that say “Walking group – Meets at Blair street every Tuesday at 7:30AM. Walk is for one hour. Meet us there!” Then show up on Tuesday mornings each week and walk for an hour, no matter if anyone else does.

 

  1. Walking tour- Develop a walking tour of your own neighbourhood, include gossip about the neighbours. Invite others on your tour or record it for YouTube (change the names of the neighbours to avoid being sued).

 

  1. Wheelchair – If you don’t normally use a wheelchair, try it out. Try to go around your block. See what that is like. Contact city hall about any problems you encounter. Join a group advocating for accessibility, listen and learn. You will see the world with new eyes.

 

  1. Walking with Children- Take small children for a walk (if they’re not yours, ask their guardian first). See where they go, stop when they stop. Look closely at the things that interest them.

 

  1. Wildlife Walk- Keep your eyes peeled. Do a wildlife count. You might bring binoculars. Go home and look up any creatures you don’t recognize and then talk to them next time you see them. Call them by name.

 

  1. Pet Census – Do a pet census of your neighbourhood. If you’re feeling bold, bring a clipboard, knock on doors to ask how many pets live there. Don’t forget to get the proper spelling of their names.

 

  1. Walk Blind- You will need a friend with you. Blindfold yourself, or close your eyes and see if you can walk to the end of the block and back. Note any major impediments. Learn more about how people with sight impairments navigate in the city.

 

  1. The Extrovert Walk- Go out with an intention to say hello to any other walkers you meet.

 

  1. Greeting yard dwellers – Go out with an intention to say hello to anyone working in their yard.

 

  1. Greeting city/construction/outdoor workers – Go out with an intention to greet any workers you come across. Bring cookies to share.

 

  1. Local Business walk – Go into every business in your neighbourhood and say hello to the owner. If possible, support them by buying from them.

 

  1. Local history walk- Attend a Jane’s walk or other local history walk in your neighbourhood. If you don’t have one, start your own. Here is Winnipeg’s Jane’s Walk website.

 

  1. Working Walk – Bring a shovel, rake or push a lawnmower. Offer services to whoever you see that looks like they need them.

 

  1. Stray Walk – Follow a stray (you might also call 311 to report a stray).

 

  1. Laundry walk – If you own a washer and dryer, try this walk out. Find a shopping cart or sled or stroller or wagon and load all your laundry into it. Walk to the nearest laundry matt and do your laundry there. See who you meet there, see how long the whole process takes and what it costs

 

  1. Own the road walk -Wear bright colors (reflectors if it’s dusk). Walk on the road like you own it. Don’t do this after dark. Make way for other traffic if they cannot get around you. See how it feels to occupy a different space in your neighbourhood.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)