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Taking Stock: March 2021

Making: a new crochet doll for a new baby girl.

Cooking: a friend is making pumpkin risotto!
Drinking: hibiscus tea, which is meant to help lower blood pressure. It also tastes great.
Reading: The 100th issue of Frankie.

Wanting: to update my Ravelry projects, so I can hit that magic 1,000 project mark (I have made many more…)
Playing: with the latest Kiwi Co box that arrived today.

Liking: the cooler mornings. Autumn is here.
Deciding: on what to pack for a short trip over the Easter weekend.
Wishing: everyone safe!
Enjoying: yesterday’s trip to the Southern Highlands and that I was able to wear my Slipstravaganza Shawl.

Wondering: why post my mum sent to the boys for their birthdays back in February and March is taking so long.
Loving: the Eggstravaganza (Easter hat parade) at school this morning.

Pondering: what activities to plan for the holidays.
Considering: whether to break my ‘yarn buying’ hiatus on Monday when we go to visit Blackwattle Yarn for an Alpaca tour. Does anybody want to comission something?
Buying: nothing!!!
Watching: still Outlander.
Hoping: for good weather while we are in Canberra.
Marvelling: at the beautiful country we live in!

Cringing: at nothing…
Needing: a new crochet hook after over 30 years!

Questioning: processes.
Smelling: beautiful essential oils at a workshop with my gorgeous friend.
Wearing: my shawls.
Following: new friends.
Knowing: the holidays will be fun!
Thinking: about friends.
Admiring: a new to me crochet designer’s work: Marina Chuchkalova.

Sorting: through my yarn.
Bookmarking: patterns, always patterns!
Coveting: yarn, always yarn!
Disliking: having to make a decision about my impartial high grade tear of the ACL.
Opening: bottles of wine as I have a friend staying with me.
Feeling: accomplished.
Snacking: not at the moment.
Helping: where I can.
Hearing: really annoying small planes (we live close to a small airport).
Mixing: nothing.
Celebrating: the start of the holidays!
Forgetting: nothing…or am I?
Winning: at life!
Sneaking: nothing.
Embracing: friends!

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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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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Taking Stock: February 2021

Making: the Bernie Sanders from Tobey King.

Cooking: I have really enjoyed smoothies last month, probably because I had the post for a dental implant put in, so could only eat soft stuff for a little while.
Drinking: Gorgeous Slow Wine Co Pinot Noir.
Reading: Excellence Wins by Horst Schulze, very interesting read!

Wanting: really badly to see my brother and his family, and my mum!
Playing: with yarn!
Liking: that my knee is starting to feel much better, thanks in part to my fantastic physio!
Deciding: on new projects (crochet and knitting) for next month!
Wishing: see Wanting further up!
Enjoying: A wonderful painting class with my girlfriends today (their birthday present to me).

Wondering: what next month will bring!
Loving: all the love I received for my 40th birthday last month!

Pondering: when I get to hike again….
Considering: all the obstacles that are in place for my work…
Buying: nothing! I am being very good!
Watching: New Amsterdam and Outlander.
Hoping: for more time for knitting and crocheting!
Marvelling: at my beautiful roses!

Cringing: at nothing this month!
Needing: more time…always!
Questioning: ???
Smelling: above mentioned roses.
Wearing: my Birkenstocks…always!
Following: …
Knowing: less than my boys most of the time ;-).
Thinking: about all my friends back in England!
Admiring: Woodlucker’s absolutely stunning paper flowers. Go check her out!

Sorting: through my yarn stash to make sure I have enough yarn for all my planned projects.
Bookmarking: patterns to make my brother a jumper.
Coveting: pretty happy at the moment!
Disliking: see above…pretty content.
Opening: a bottle of Slow Wine Co Pinot Nior earlier!
Feeling: content.
Snacking: on som Ritter Sport chocolate, a little taste of home.
Helping: whoever needs my help!
Hearing: the cicadas outside.
Mixing: …
Splicing: …
Celebrating: my 40th birthday this month!

Forgetting: some things off my work to do list….
Winning: at life!
Pretending: nothing.
Sneaking: some chocolate while the kids are watching TV.
Embracing; middle age.

Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.

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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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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!

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Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop

During the last year I have discovered some great bushwalks and hikes in this beautiful country I call home. So, I knew that walking/hiking needed to feature on my ‘list of 40 things‘. And I am not one to hang about, and despite having pretty bad muscle aches in my legs after doing an at home exercise program the day before, I met up with my mother-in-law on Sunday and we walked the Engadine to Heathcote Loop.

We walked the big loop, for about 2hrs and then both got really hungry and had some lunch. I use the AllTrails app to make sure we don’t get lost. It was drizzling a bit when we started, but that wasn’t going to stop us. It actually made for a wonderful, refreshing walk with lots of beautiful and fresh flora.

It’s an easy track, I think it’s used as a mountain biking track as well. Throughout it has little mounds that would make for great jumps on a bike. We had to cross the creek twice, which was flowing well after the recent rain. We tried to find some stepping stones, but in the end stepped through the water as we were not worried about getting our feet wet.

We found a wonderful spot where the huge rocks looked like they may have shifted over time almost like tectonic plates, which enabled the river to run around them…pooling at the bottom. A great swimming hole if ever there was one. Both my mother-in-law and I agreed that my eldest would love to jump into the water there.

All in all, a great first hike for this year! And I have felt recharged all week…need to find the next spot for this weekend!

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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