I never thought I’d be one that would or could be bitten by the travel bug, but it has and it’s left a big throbbing welt begging for my attention. Recently I’ve found myself thumbing through the travel books again, and looking at the budget to figure out how much I need to save a week to make it happen. I don’t fly well, its the ears, so I’m starting to think about doing a trip with lot’s of stopovers. Hmmmm, the budget may not stretch.
Anyhow, as I age. Yeah there’s a phrase I had to make myself type. Ageing. Ugh. I have been thinking about the things I’d like to see and do before my organs are harvested. So after rummaging through some old journals I did come up with a list, little things I’d written in the margin.
- Climb the Great Wall of China – which I did in 2012 (Hurrah!)
- Get better at taking photos – just finished a diploma in photography. Yay me.
- Publish a book – well I’ve written enough to put one together, what am I waiting for?!
- Have my photos hang in a gallery – working on it.
- See a Narwhal – can you believe such a creature is real?
- Take my children travelling – which we do as much as we can locally – last year I took my girls to New Zealand, it was so worthwhile we loved every moment.
- See a glacier – happy to say I have in 2014
- See Monument Valley – maybe next trip?
- Photograph a whale breaching into the air – so far all the ones I’ve seen have been tail wavers.
- Master another language – still trying to crack Mandarin
- Spend some time on a house boat.
How’s that for starters? Not too bad I reckon, seems pretty doable. However I think I will be left disappointed by the Narwhals.
For now the kids & I will keep paddling :)
I recently acquired a set of Trolley Bags, and wow did I impress the local Aldi shoppers or what!?
We all know that checkout workout you get at Aldi, where they whip your goods across the scanner and straight into your trolley, ready or not here it all comes. (This actually deters a few of my older friends from shopping there, if your are reading this Aldi people take note, slow down!). Anyhow I have a budget to stick to, so after I had my wheaties and I was pumped and ready to take on the challenge of the checkout workout, I grabbed these bags and hit the shops.
The collective Oooooooh where did you get those, from people around me was fun. You carry them all rolled up and hanging on the trolley hook until you put all your stuff on the checkout belt, then you unfurl them across the trolley and everyone goes Wow! These are really efficient way to get my trolley loaded, without double or triple handing. They are really strong, I filled them to the top and with quite a bit of weight and I do a very large fortnightly shop with half a dozen little people to feed. These bags may see me save more money, because I might start shopping at Aldi more often as sometimes when I am tired I avoid it. Honestly I loath grocery shopping, so anything I can do to make it easier I will. A set of four is only $35 from Packing Sorted.
We decided the kids (well actually it was more like that us parents) needed some exercise this weekend, and figured a six kilometre hike was the best way to do it, as you do. So we made the trek to the Yankee Hat Rock Shelter in the Namadgi National Park just south of Canberra. Yankee Hat is one of the only currently known Aboriginal sites in the Australian Capital Territory(ACT), those that are known can be found in the Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This trail takes you across the Gudgenby Valley to the base of Yankee Hat Mountain, where you will find a tiny mural of sorts under a rock shelf. The drawings could possibly be over 3000 years old. They are the first prehistoric drawings identified in the ACT.
It’s a very easy trail, a good one to start with if you don’t want to scare people off going for a hike. We got there early and there was a light dusting of snow, which just made the whole place look wonderful. The kangaroos didn’t look as impressed as we were, but I suppose we were not sitting in a frozen swamp. Now I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking…
Images all copyright to: C Jubb 2015
My column from this weeks paper…
YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am. Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!
I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.
I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.
I love beautifully told and illustrated children’s books. I still insist the kids have a library of books, even though I am all about eReaders myself. There is something to be said about holding a book like this in your hands, some of them are more like a piece of art and Jenkins the Hare is no exception. It’s gorgeous. This book was imagined, designed and made in Australia by Demelza Haines and Adam Murphy.
“Meet Jenkins the Hare: a smart, sweet, little fellow. He has many friends and is thought of as very loyal and loved by all the animals, especially the younger ones. Jenkins is always thinking of new games to play and fun to be had. His favourite possession is his beautiful, stripy scarf. One day it goes missing and he must go through the woods and retrace his steps to find it, meeting all of his friends along the way.”
My children loved this book. It is an adorable easy to read story for little children that has a kind Wind in Willows feel to it, and it teaches the value of friendship and helping out a mate. I was a relaxing read, something that you look for in a short bedtime story. I throughly recommend this book. I want to hang the whole thing on the wall. If you are looking for a gift that will have people asking where did you find that? I suggest you check out Welly’s Wonders.
Jenkins the Hare comes from the team at Welly’s Wonders, a husband and wife team who happen to have oodles of talent. Check out their page for more about them, because there is just too much to tell you about here.
And you know how I said I want to hang the book on the wall? Well they’ve taken care of that too. You can get very high quality A3&A4 prints of beautiful illustrations from Jenkins the Hare and their other book Burton the Brave, they are quite timeless in my opinion and we now have one hanging on my office wall.
Welly’s Wonders also have a gorgeous line of onesies, shirts, cards, bibs and blankets featuring Jenkins and Burton. Do check them out for a truly unique gift for the next baby shower.
Disclaimer: while we were gifted a book and print in return for the review, the sentiments are sincere. We loved Jenkins the Hare!
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