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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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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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Friday Finds

I love reading what other people find during the week and thought I’d do something similar on here. Because who knows, maybe it will be of use to someone else too!

This list of 100+ Knitting tips from Noble Knits is a wonderful compilation of all the things needed to get you started with knitting!

Kate Davies Design’s new design Orchle is giving me all the feels! I can’t quite justify knitting it here in Australia, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the stunning colourwork. I have knitted some of Kate’s designs and can highly recommend her patterns. They are always very well written and produce beautiful knitwear!

I love crocheting little things for friends and often try to find something along similar lines of this sweet crochet heart. Gathered (the guys behind Mollie Makes) have shared a very straightforward free little pattern. Why not give it a try?

What have you been watching while knitting/crocheting/crafting? I sped through Bridgerton…and loved it. I am considering reading Julia Quinn’s books as part of my plan to read more this year. Has anyone read them? What did you think of them?

Winston by La Maison Rililie is beautiful. I love the colour accents on the shoulders and sleeves. I can see lots of play with colours to make this a very snazzy cardigan. The possibilities are endless!

Have you tried your hand at embroidery? I have a couple of kits flying around, one I have started. Seeing this gorgeous one by Knitting up a Storm makes me want to pick mine up again!

Are you looking for a new crafty podcast? Then look no further than We’ve Made It! The team at Gathered talks about all things crafty ideas, tackling crafty problems and shares expert advice!

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Lucky No. 16 on my list (Buy and Own Art)

I am amazed at how many people loved my list from my post yesterday. Who know it would speak to you all. Thank you for your comments across my social media. I love it. I will endeavour to share with you how I am going.

One of the items on my list I am incredibly excited about was Number 16. Buying and owning art. Especially since I have already found the most incredible series of 5 pieces of art in my friend Thomas Buchich’s gallery in Berrima, in the Southern Highlands: WhiteWall Art Projects.

Thomas rotates an incredible selection of pieces from artists from across Australia and the rest of the world, and he also exhibits some of his stunning pieces. I particularly like any of his blue sculptures. Check out some of his work on his Instagram!

I visited in November and was in awe when I came across Judith Nangala Crispin’s work. According the the Financial Review, she’s: ‘The Artist that turns Roadkill into fine Art’.

I couldn’t walk past these incredible prints. Four birds and a lizard: roadkill. This is Judith’s description of the process: “Five panels of Lumachrome glass prints, chemigram, cliche-verre. Landscape and sky: cliche-verre and lumen from beached jellyfish, echidna spines, shed python skin, spiders, garnia seeds, twigs, rainforest ochres, oil paint, vegemite, petals and crystals made from copper chloride and acid with a current run through it – with roadkill southern boobook owl, roadkill masked lapwing, roadkill eastern water dragon, roadkill purple swamp hen, roadkill rainbow lorikeet on fibre paper. Exposure times of between 29 and 41 hours under acetate and perspex in humid conditions. Summer light and rain light.”

And all five of them are breakthtaking and the look absolutely fabulous in our stairwell.

Check out my Instagram highlights for some videos of these beauties up on my wall.

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My Exciting Year of 40 Things

It’s been quiet in my little corner here. And it’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I felt it was necessary to take a break and let the last year work itself out.

That is all about to change. This year I am dedicating myself to a list of 40 things, in honour of turning the big 40. It’s exciting, I’m excited!

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). STARTED: Hike 1 and Hike 2.
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. STARTED: Week 1.
11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING.
12. Write or blog every day. ONGOING
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…
25. Monthly video calls with family and friends
26. Refresh Italian (penpal)
27. Practice and improve my swimming ability
28. 1 day a week without my phone (entire year). ONGOING
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
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