Hello autumn

Hello autumn

In the last week it feels like autumn truly arrived in my part of Australia… even though winter is technically only a day away!

Suddenly everywhere I looked there were trees with vibrant crowns of red, yellow and orange leaves.  I realised the sun was taking its time to rise in the morning and by late afternoon the day’s glow was quickly disappearing into the night sky.

I’ve waited so long for this change in season and now it’s here, I’m making the most of it before it disappears…

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Spice Alley

Spice Alley

One of the best things about visiting the city is discovering new places.  I love how each neighbourhood has its own personality and with that a unique set of eateries, shops and inhabitants.

When I was in Sydney last week, I walked down a street in the suburb of Chippendale and then followed a series of signs painted on the ground pointing me in the direction of a place called Spice Alley…

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A table for one

A table for one

I’ve been in Sydney this week for work and while I’ve loved the hustle and bustle of the city for a few days I’m looking forward to getting home and waking to the sound of birdsong, rather than traffic.

Whenever I travel for work I often cocoon myself in the comfort of my hotel, preferring to get meals to go, or room service.  This trip I’ve had particularly unsociable working hours, so instead of vegging out in my room I’ve been trying to get out during my downtime to really appreciate the pleasure of a ‘table for one’…

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Wallabies on the beach

Wallabies on the beach

Sunrise on the beach is pretty spectacular no matter where you are, but at Cape Hillsborough in Queensland every morning a mob of wallabies gathers on the sand to pick at the seaweed, seed pods and grasses on the shore line.

Earlier this month, Adam, myself, our English visitors and my parents rose extra early to watch this amazing sight…

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The healing power of tea

The healing power of tea

The other week I found myself in the unenviable position of not being able to ‘switch off’.

I’d had an exhausting day at work, both emotionally and mentally, and I was still digesting some heartbreaking news involving some friends in the U.K.

My mind just wouldn’t shut down.  I couldn’t concentrate, I felt twitchy and knew I needed to eat, but didn’t feel hungry.  After an evening of TLC by wonderful fiancé and a deep, uninterrupted sleep I felt 100 times better.

So starting from last weekend, I’ve been trying really hard to look after my soul and I’ve found one thing that’s helped me…

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Up the valley

Up the valley

The Pioneer Valley, to the west of my childhood home, is quintessential Queensland. It’s full of to sugar cane farms, Brahman cattle munching on lush green grass and sleepy communities. Life always seems simpler there and I instantly feel relaxed whenever I return. At the top of the valley is the gem in the crown – the Eungella National Park.

It’s a magical place, atop a mountain range. A haven for ferns, waterfalls and platypus, and over the years I’ve spent hours and hours bushwalking, rock hopping and exploring there.

It’s always been a special place for my family, so we made sure we visited when our English visitors were in Australia

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Postage stamps and pattern drafts

Postage stamps and pattern drafts

It’s a little over six months until Adam and I get married and planning for the big day is slowly, but surely progressing.

We whizzed through a heap of wedding tasks before we moved from England back to Australia and then we sort of hit a bit of a standstill while we got our lives back in order after a year and a half abroad.

Over the last week or so though, it feels like we’ve got refocused…

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