A winter’s weekend in Gundaroo

A winter’s weekend in Gundaroo

Adam, Paul and myself are meant to be in England at the moment but with Australia’s borders still effectively closed  due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to postpone our trip.  Although we completely understand why we’re not abroad, the last few weeks have been tinged with a hint of sadness at the situation.  Adam and I were so looking forward to introducing Paul to our English family.  As a bit of a consolation prize we decided to scoot off on a bit of a mini-break – a few days away from home to recharge, reset and just get out of our normal routines for a little while.

We ended up in Gundaroo, a cute village not far from Australia’s capital city, Canberra

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Venturing out

Venturing out

In the last week COVID-19 restrictions have eased in my part of Australia, allowing for the first time in months, travel within state.  After so many weeks of sticking close to home and not really venturing further than the city centre for supplies, it felt strangely surreal to have this new found freedom.

In a twist of fate, a friend who lives in Melbourne was visiting family in the region on the first day regional travel was allowed, so Adam, Paul and myself jumped in the car and went on a little outing…

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Calm amongst the chaos

Calm amongst the chaos

The last few days have been confronting, confusing and to be a honest, a little crazy.  COVID-19 is dominating the media landscape, conversations between family and friends and at the moment one can’t help but think about it a few hundred times a day.

Last week when things felt a bit calmer, Paul and I accompanied Adam on a business trip to Melbourne. We didn’t have much planned – it was really just about soaking up big city life for a few days in between Adam’s work commitments.

Now it feels like that little break was a final hurrah to ‘normal life’ for the next few months and I’m relishing the space if offered…

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So long summer

So long summer

After months of fires, smoky conditions and heatwaves, I’m rather glad this summer is over.  Although it’s been a special time for catching up with friends and family, and watching my little boy grow and develop, I’m craving cooler nights, cosy days and hopefully a bit of rain.

I watched the sun set on this unforgettable season in a local park, on a picnic blanket, watching the world go by…

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After the fire

After the fire

The bushfires which affected Australia this summer made headlines around the world. While the immediate danger is over, hundreds of communities are now facing a lengthy recovery.  Some people have lost homes, others have had their farms razed and in the fire nearest to where Adam, Paul and I live, entire pine plantations have been burnt, which will make things tough for the local timber industry.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when so many areas are hurting, but one of the easiest ways to help is to go and visit these communities.  So, earlier this month that’s exactly what we did…

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Season’s greetings

Season’s greetings

It’s been a little while, but I just wanted to jump on here and wish you a very merry Christmas, and say thank-you for your ongoing support of this blog. I know I’ve been absent these last few months, while I’ve been devoting myself to motherhood and taking the time to enjoy these early newborn days – which are whizzing by ever so quickly…

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Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls

At the start of last month, Adam and I snuck off for a week long holiday in Kangaroo Valley in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.  We were completely blown away with the area’s natural beauty and instead of hibernating away like we planned, ended up using our afternoons for slow-paced outings.

One of those adventures took us to Fitzroy Falls, nestled into the edge of a massive escarpment, within the stunning Morton National Park

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Jervis Bay jaunt

Jervis Bay jaunt

When Adam and I snuck away for a week long holiday last month, we fully intended to hibernate, not straying far from our accommodation, but we were so impressed by the beauty of the Shoalhaven region that couldn’t help but go on a couple of little excursions.

One of those was to Jervis Bay on the New South Wales South Coast, said to be home to some of the whitest sand beaches in the world…

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