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6/40: Orion Beach

On the June long weekend we rented a little AirBnB in Vincentia and I made my family trek to quite a few beaches when we were down there. Luckily this one was right on our doorstep, in fact, most of them were. This one in particular was right behind our house.

It was a glorious evening, albeit it a little bit chilly! But that didn’t stop my crazy boys from hopping in the water, with their wetsuits on of course! I stayed rugged up in my doona aka padded coat, beanie and shawl!

This beach is in a bay and the atmosphere that evening with the calm water and the sun going down was spectacular. We were even lucky enough to see two dolphins swim past in the distance!

But I did get my toes wet (my criteria while I visit these 40 beaches this year).

This little hidden gem is well worth a visit, especially if you are in and around Jervis Bay.

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Hike 5/40: Karloo Pools Track

I got another hike in with my mother-in-law yesterday. It was a very grey and drizzly day, but boy was it worth it.

We hiked the Karloo Pool track, which is a there and back 5.5km track. It’s graded hard…and we were a bit unsure at first. It was the hardest one I have done to date (bearing in mind that I did quite a few last year that I am not counting in my 40 hikes list). But it was so worth it!

The Uloola Falls on that board also appeal ;-).

At the bottom, as the name suggests, you are rewarded with amazing pools and I do really want to come back in Summer to try them out. I am sure my boys would also be up for that! We loved the cave that looks almost comfortable enough to sleep in, and even has a window!

It was one for the soul, despite the rain! And stunning flora too!

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5/40: Cudmirrah Beach

Oh I have a whole bunch of beaches to show of to you. We spend the long weekend down in Jervis Bay and when we got there I told my family that we had to visit at least 6 beaches while we were there. We managed a few! The first one was Cudmirrah Beach, the ocean side by the Sussex Inlet.

We went there after we spent the morning at the Viking Festival, which was great! Lots of fun. It was a rather chilly day, a leftover of the arctic chill that came through earlier last week.

What a beautiful coastal spot and it being a bit colder it was absolutely deserted.

We had fun!

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40 Things List: Latest Update

1. Take part in a rally driving session
2. Practice my violin
3. Make and donate items to charity
4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions: ON HOLD until my knee is better.
5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. 
* Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop
* Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto 
* Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track
6. Hunter Valley wine tour
7. Canyoning
8. Obtain a boat licence
9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible)
10. Weekly photo of the boys. 
* 1/52
* 2/52
* 3/52
* 4/52
* 5/52
* 6/52
* 7/52
* 8/52
* 9/52
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog most days. ONGOING.
13. Teach a craft class
14. No new clothes all year. ONGOING.
15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here.
16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here.
17. Use up my extensive yarn stash
18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects. I had to order some yarn!
19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: 
* 1/40: Coogee Beach
* 2/40: Bondi Beach
20. Roadtrip to the Outback
21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship
22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina
23. Memory quilts for the boys
24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. ON HOLD, due to knee injury.
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, ONGOING.
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. Hot Air Balloon Ride
29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’
30. Write 40 letters throughout the year. STARTED!
31. Cocktail making course
32. Stand Up Paddle boarding
33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood
34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING
35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here.
36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here.
37. Roadtrip without destination
38. Regular German practice with the boys
39. Campervan holiday
40. 4 days away on my own.

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2/40 Beaches: Bondi Beach

Disclaimer: this is not my first time at Bondi Beach…but this was my first time when it was very quiet!

Bondi Beach is perhaps THE most famous Australian beach…and it’s pretty special! But I have never really seen the appeal of it, particularly as I detest sharing a beautiful beach with 100s or 1000s of other people. Imagine my joy and surprise when I went today to meet up with a work friend to find it practically deserted!

It’s even more impressive because usually it’s absolutely FULL of people! And this to me, despite the wind, was heaven!

Funniest thing of all, you know I shared Coogee Beach in January… I actually met up with the same friend (and work colleague) at this beach too…what are the chances?

The world is such a strange place at the moment, and despite everything I am grateful to be living in this incredible country and being able to go adventures like this (enabling others to do the same) and to be able to give my children a relatively normal childhood.

We make footprints in the sand, not knowing where they will take us, but ending up exactly where we need to be!

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Update on my List of 40 Things

1. Take part in a rally driving session
2. Practice my violin
3. Make and donate items to charity
4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions
5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop, Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto and Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track
6. Hunter Valley wine tour
7. Canyoning
8. Obtain a boat licence
9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible)
10. Weekly photo of the boys. 1/52, 2/52, 3/52, 4/52
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog every day. ONGOING. So far I only missed one day!
13. Teach a craft class
14. No new clothes all year
15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here.
16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here.
17. Use up my extensive yarn stash
18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects
19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: Coogee Beach.
20. Roadtrip to the Outback
21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship
22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina
23. Memory quilts for the boys
24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. STARTED…FitBit reinstated… I had to have a bit of a break due to a knee injury. But I will be getting back to it.
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, STARTED
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. 1 day a week without my phone (entire year). ONGOING I am actually swapping this one out for a HOT AIR BALLOON Ride
29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’
30. Write 40 letters throughout the year
31. Cocktail making course
32. Stand Up Paddle boarding
33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood
34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING
35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here.
36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here.
37. Roadtrip without destination
38. Regular German practice with the boys
39. Campervan holiday
40. 4 days away on my own

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Number 33: Read more

I knew I wanted to try and get back to reading this year. I used to devour books during my teenage years (and before that) and continued to read mountains of books through my BA degree (Journalism and English Literature). Which might be reason why I stopped reading? So what a better way to start again than with The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I vividly remember when I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, so was really keen to read the sequel, which Margeret Atwood released 35 later!

And it did not disappoint. I am sure by now most people with have read it themselves, but nonetheless I won’t give anything away. It’s wonderfully narrated by three different women, one of them being Aunt Lydia. It gives the reader a great overview of her backstory, maybe helping to explain why she is as cold and calculating as she is made out to be in both books.

The story picks up a few years after what happened during the Handmaid’s Tale, and it feels like it’s giving us explanations for some of the stories that were left open there.

I really enjoyed delving back into Atwood’s style of writing, I have always enjoyed it. She can draw me into the story and she makes me deserate to find out what happens next.

If you haven’t read it, I urge you to pick it up and read it!

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Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track

Oh this one was fun! We had come to Bathurst to explore the region before school goes back next week, and it was so worth it! There are so many tracks and trails around here, but the Evans Crown Track, about 40 minutes drive from Bathurst close to Tarana, really intrigued us. From down below it looked majestic!

Can you make out the massive stone boulders and rocks?
Sure looks good for climbing too!
A 2.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels.

The way up was quite steep, lots of steps, we stopped counting at one point. But it’s so worth it. We saw so many butterflies and even a kangaroo hopped past us as we made our way up to the top.

And there was some incredibly fauna too….sooo pretty.

At the top the options are endless! So many paths, in fact there are no clear paths when you are at the top, but there are many ways to explore. We could have spent all day there!

Standing on top of the mountain was pretty special!

As we were on our way back down I insisted that I could climb a particularly large rock for a view of the other side of the valley… I did make it up the rock with some help, but unfortunately quite badly hurt my knee. Which meant that I had to hobble down the steps, down the mountain and was in quite a lot of pain. I am hoping that a few days rest will make it all better!

Not my finest hour…but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

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1/40 Beaches: Coogee Beach

I wasn’t sure if I was cheating adding Coogee Beach, as I didn’t actually make it onto the beach on Sunday, as it was insanely busy. But it’s my list and I can complete it however I like! 🙂 And I have previously been on Coogee Beach, so it still counts!

And instead of stepping onto the beach my friend and I walked along the path and cliffs, where there were fewer people. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!