Walking Adventure

I love the look of big fluffy grey clouds.

I love the look of big fluffy grey clouds.

It looked like it might rain. It was dark and cloudy. Still a perfect day for a walking adventure. I really appreciate a cloudy winters day, it has its own beauty, and the coolness of it makes it perfect for long walk.

Another lake!
Another lake!

Yes I have been on another walking adventure around my suburb. This time I discovered a new lake, play ground and sporting area. It is amazing that it is just across the road and I had no idea it was there. I live in a new area with new estates and houses popping up everyday. When we brought our house our estate was meant to be the end of the line. The area beyond our estate was green zoned. Shorty after we move, the area was re zoned residential. So all the farms and cows are disappearing. Estate after Estate is going in and filling up with houses. My walking adventures help me to discover the changing face of my local area, sometimes they are delightful and other times a little frightnening.

Dirt tract for local walkers and bike riders.
Dirt tract for local walkers and bike riders.

I found a dirt tract to walk along in went in-between the new estates, it was a big long tract. I had no idea where it might go. My curiosity got the best of me, I had to find out. It was a lovely long walk, often being pushed aside by enthusiastic families on there bike ride. It was annoying in one way, however good to know a number of families still get outdoors and spend time together. Something my own family should take note of and start doing more of.

Walking past suburban houses!
Walking past suburban houses!

Eventually I stepped off the track and into the suburban landscape of houses upon houses. I discovered another lake, more playgrounds and park land.

Another park, another play ground.
Another park, another play ground.

I wish my boys were younger. They used to love going to play grounds. These days in this area there is a multitude of play grounds to choose from. You could make a day of it and take kids for a play ground crawl.

A place to sit and rest.
A place to sit and rest.

It was a long walk, my dog Little Miss Popularity was struggling to keep up, so we stopped and had a rest. At least there are lots of places to walk my dog in this area. I did offer to walk the boys, however they declined. The dog is always keen and excited to go for an adventure walk with me.

Another lake.
Another lake.

Yes another lake. The trend in the area these past few years is too use the storm water from the estates and recycle it creating lakes and waterways. Providing natural environments for residents  to enjoy and wild life to inhabit especially birds and frogs.

Sadly not many people out enjoying these man made nature environments.

I love discovering new areas, new parks, new lakes, and new places to sit, rest and enjoy nature.

I can not wait until my next walking adventure.

Could you have a walking adventure of your own, discover new parks, new shops, community areas, even new streets that are interesting?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Artist’s Date~National Gallery of Victoria

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Yesterday was my Artist’s Date, this time I chose an excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria. This is an amazing art gallery and it is free entry to see the main collections. It is an amazing place, and is Australia’s oldest art gallery. I have been to the gallery many years and just love looking around. However this time I chose to join the tourist and do the tour of the general collections. It was taken by a volunteer who was this amazing lady who was obviously passionate about art. It was so informative and delightful I will look at art with a new perspective. I also don’t think I have ever really appreciated the amazing pieces of art at the gallery. It also made me very aware of how little I know about art, especially paintings and history. I learnt so much on that tour about art and the art pieces in the general collection. The funny thing is I could have done this years ago, it never occurred to me to do a tour. It was one of the best Artist’s Dates I have been on and the tour didn’t cost me anything.

This whole adventure made me wonder why I hadn’t done this before. The tour was mostly made up of tourist. In the past I have been blind to the beauty and treasures that our in my own city. My Artist’s Dates have made me more willing to explore and go on wonderful local adventures. I think that is the reason I went on the tour, and discovered new treasures. I hope to continue to do more wonderful adventures like this, and like this experience it is not about cost rather it is about willingness to explore.

The amazing glass ceiling in the Great hall.
The amazing glass ceiling in the Great hall.

It was so beautiful to just stare up at the glass ceiling in the Great Hall, I learnt that it was designed to be a spiritual place, a place of contemplation, a place for private and common use. I also found out if you look closely you can see designs of the cross and doves. I could see the crosses however didn’t find any doves. Whilst the hall has a number of large tapestries. I had always thought they were huge paintings. I was so surprised to find out they were not. Just some of the delightful things that I learnt on the tour.

One of a number of the huge tapestries that hangs on the walls.
One of a number of the huge tapestries that hangs on the walls.

I encourage you to go on your own excursions and explore what is around you. You will be amazed at the treasures and experiences that you will have.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Artist Date~ The Ian Potter Centre

The Entrance
The Entrance

Last Thursday I decided to go into the city early so I could go on an Artist’s Date. I went to Federation Square in Melbourne, and spent a couple of hours admiring the art work at the Ian Potter Centre. Historically there were paintings that capture Melbourne in its earlier days, the more traditional paintings and landscapes. Then there were the more contemporary and abstract paintings. It is amazing to think that there have been so many amazing Australian artists and such a variety of work.

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It was very special to see this original painting, it is one of my favourite Australian paintings. I have a print of it on my wall in one of my bedrooms. My print is nowhere near as beautiful as the real painting. There were so many interesting and beautiful paintings to admire.

Now back to the NaBloPoMo challenge.

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 Today’s question is:   Talk about a tangible item you wish you had invented.

I always wish I had invented a walking frame with hooks and poles for IV poles, Urine catheters to hang off and drain tubes to hang on. So you could just hook every thing up to the walking frame and take the patient for a walk. It would save having to have one to two people plus the patient trying to squeeze through doors, tubes and lines getting all tangled, and it would free patients up to be able to be more mobile. It would just make life so much easier. I want access to state of the art walking frames. I don’t see myself inventing it, I am not a designer, I wouldn’t know where to start. I just know it is something I could use, it is something that would solve a problem.

This is another picture from my Thursday adventure which I took at Federation Square.

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Wishing you all a great day!

Needed A Re-Charge: Gone Camping.

That time between Christmas and New Year’s was spent catching up with family. It was a wonderful busy time, and in ways so busy it was exhausting and I was hanging out for a rest. So for New Year’s this year we went camping at Wilson’s Promontory National Park Victoria. We packed our tent and headed off for a restful, relaxing holiday. The Prom was busy with lots of families and individuals seeking a restful relaxing holiday, the camping ground was packed.

Tidal River Camping Ground.
Tidal River Camping Ground.

We camped at Tidal River  which was walking distance to Tidal River and Norman Beach. It was very pleasant paddling in the river, and walking along the beach. We even went for a swim at the river and jumped some small waves at Norman Beach. Mighty Mouse had a great time.

We also went for a walk to Squeaky Beach and could hear the sand squeaking as we walked along it. It was a beautiful ocean beach, too cold for me to go for a swim. I did enjoy just the walk and spectacular views of the beach.

Norman Beach
Norman Beach

We also encountered some of the wild life, the park is full of wombats.  We went to see the Hobbit at the Prom outdoor cinema which was interesting but very cold, next time we will take blankets, sleeping bags and our pillows for comfort. Still it was a wonderful experience and a interesting movie. When we got back to our tent it had been broken into by a wombat, it put a big hole in our tent and several smaller holes. I was very unhappy and even a little scared. What if I had been in the tent when the wombat tried to break in? My husband laughed, yes he could see the funny side. The next night onwards we put our food containers in the car, no more wombats trying to break in. Mighty Mouse thought they were cute, and spent his time examining every wombat hole he came across. We saw a lot of wombats. Ofcourse the park was full of parrots and garlahs, and many other birds, I even seen two black cockatoos. Wilson’s Prom. is very remote and known for its wonderful wild life and walking tracks.

Wonbat
Wombat

We had plenty of time for sitting around, reading books and simply doing nothing. It was a time away from modern living of TV, iPads , computers and Xbox games. Just  time to relax, and enjoy nature. I did re-charge my batteries, and I am much more rested from our camping holiday. I must say I am very grateful to come home to our clean comfy house. We spent New Years Eve in our tent, it was cold, very cold and we manage to stay up to midnight. Apparently Mr. Serious claimed it is bad luck to go to bed before midnight and I don’t want any bad luck for 2013. So we stayed up and brought in the New Year quietly, we told jokes and talked about the things we wanted to do in 2013. New Years Day was a scenic drive to Foster and Sandy Point it was too cold, wet and windy to do anything else.

Usually by the end of the year my energy reserves are so depleted, and I feel exhausted. I need a holiday! I need to re-charge my energy levels. January seems the perfect time to take a break and build up my energy levels.

The McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Gardens

 

The McCelland Gallery and Sculpture Garden an artistic delight.

Wander through the gardens and be delighted by the amazing creations.

One of my favourite places to visit and look at art.

The gardens are delightful and many of the sculptures are dispersed throughout the bush garden setting.

It is an awesome place to explore!

You will be amazed by some of the sculptures

I love this sculpture I think she looks amazing.

 It has a beautiful cafe overlooking a gorgeous landscaped lake.

It also has a delightful inside gallery with interesting exhibitions on. Just gold coin donation to enter.

It you love art and just looking at beautiful mystifying pieces of art. I highly recommend a visit to the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Gardens.

http://www.mcclellandgallery.com

 

Essential oils that improve clear thinking, memory and focus.

Today I thought I would add another post from my old blog “Just”, although I have stop blogging on Just it is still out there in the blog world. My old blog wasn’t quiet what I wanted. It actually started out as a school project. However it served its purpose by helping me to learn a lot about learning, and technology especially computers. It also introduced me to blogging. This is one of my favourite and personally useful  posts.

I delight in using my oil burner to diffuse the lovely scent of oils throughout my house. The diffusing of essential oils can actually create a mood like relaxation, uplifting and even increasing clear thinking and memory.
Currently I enjoy using lavender which I find creates a relaxing mood, alleviates stress and often helps slow me down at the end of a busy day. At other times I use a refreshing blend which includes essential oils such as rosemary, rosewood, lime and basil. I find this creates an uplifting mood and helps my concentration. This is good to use to start my day off or when I sit down to do a block of work.
Then I started to wonder what essential oils could improve clear thinking, memory and focus. That way I could defuse essential oils to assist with my work, and study. So I did some research and came up with the following essential oils:
  • Rosemary: This essential oil is good for clearing the mind, promotes clear thinking, and improves memory.
  • Peppermint: This essential oil is good for relieving mental fatigue, refreshing the spirit and also is mentally stimulating and is known to improve concentration levels.
  • frankincense: This essential oil aids meditation and assists to quieten the mind. Very good to assist getting focus and clearing the mind.
  • Basil: This essential oil helps to uplift and strengthen, it is known to help overcome emotional negativity and mental fatigue. It helps to improve alertness and attentiveness.
  • Eucalyptus: This essential oil helps to improve concentration and purifies the air.
  • Lemongrass: This essential oil creates a stimulating mood.
  • Bergamot: This essential oil creates an uplifting mood.

Many of these essential oils work well together as a blend like my Refreshing Blend, another blend I came across was a energising Blend, which uses the essential oils Basil, Bergamot, Lemongrass and Peppermint.

This combination aids to uplift the mood, awaken the mind, improve alertness and improve concentration. A good combination to assist clear thinking.
Using essential oils can certainly have a positive affect on our mood and can be used to improve our everyday life. Some essential oils must be used with caution especially when pregnant. There is lots of information out there about them so be sure to look them up before using them. For me I will continue to use essential oils with purpose to enhance clear thinking, lift my mood, and even to relax when needed.

 

Poem about Suburbia

Welcome to Suburbia

Welcome to the suburban way of life

Its only living when you do it right

You wear the right clothes

And you feel like the person you’re supposed to be

It’s almost as if they were all the same really

Walking step by step

Along the line that I can never see

Never see the line to join it

You say focus on the good bits

The bad bits are all I see

If her face was the sky there would be a rainbow now

And if mine the same, a raincloud frown resides

Left Left Left Right Left

Roman numerals marking each step

leaving reality behind as you march

forward for robots, all that’ll suffer is your mind

Uniformity

Regularity

Normality

Welcome to Suburbia

Welcome home

(Author:Katy Louise Pitcher, UK)

http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=180686

Sometimes it seems so hard to break away from this image. However I strive for my individuality, creativity and a move towards change. Sometimes the suburbs are just the boring burbs, where the same old same old, happens.Whilst I hate it how everyone thinks the first sunny Sunday is the best day to mow their lawns, think I will just sit out side, enjoy the sunshine, read a book and have a wine. Hopefully the noisy cars won’t drown the chirping birds out.

It has been a wonderful weekend spending time with family and relaxing at home.

Frugal Artist’s Date ideas

Wow I have been busy with work and have missed a couple of post, so lots of catching up to do. I really enjoy reading the Artist’s  Way  and working through the book. So I thought I would just focus on one of her tools the Artist’s Date.
I enjoy going for my Artist Dates, this is one of the tools Julia Cameron encourages people to use, as a way of rediscovering ones own creativity.
An Artist Date is a date with your inner-artist, or your inner-child where you solely spend time with yourself. It is meant to be fun or simply something you enjoy doing. It is a bit like a play date with yourself. Then just take the time to listen to your inner voice, play  and  enjoy! Julia also talks about how we need to re-fill our wells. Sometimes I am so busy attending to others I forget to attend to me. Going on an Artist’s Date ensures I look after me and refill my well so I can continue to create a wonderful life.

Here are 10 frugal Artist’s Dates:

  1. Find a new park, walk around or through it and take photo’s, sit and read, have lunch, or even sit and write.
  2. Be a tourist in your local area, go see local sites look at them as you are seeing them for the first time, find out about the history of your local area.
  3. Op shops lots of fun looking for treasures
  4. Take yourself out to a nice cafe for a coffee/tea/drink and enjoy reading a book.
  5. Do art journalling, its lots of fun and you get to be creative
  6. Support the local art scene. Go to local festivals and events which are often free or very cheap.
  7. Take your self for a picnic
  8. Relax and take a long soaking bath, with candles and music (This is one I need to do.)
  9. Go visit a pet store and enjoy looking at the animals
  10. Browse craft shops, nurseries, and potteries and admire the creativity of others.(I think I would like to visit a nice garden nursery too>)

These are some of the frugal ideas I can think of for an artist’s date, I am sure there are plenty of more like just spend time on doing your favourite craft or getting messy with hand paints.  Please share your ideas I am always looking for new places to explore or activities to dive into.

A Walk in the Park

This week my walk took me in search of some public art. So I went for a stroll along Bridgewater Boulevard in Berwick to find this artistically crafted wooden forest seat at the Bridgewater Children’s Centre.  It was enchanting and delightful looking. So glad I got to see it.

 

 

 

 

As I walk along the path amongst the trees on this beautiful sunny breezy spring day I enjoy listening to the music of the birds. The birds are busy playing amongst the trees. I am all alone. Just me, nature, and noisy happy singing birds.

 

 

 

 

As I walked along the boulevard along the winding path I saw a small area of farm land. It was now surrounded by houses. Big new housing estates. Some cows still remained in the paddocks and a farm-house. I wonder how long will it     will remain intact. That farmland seemed like a little sanctuary, a buffer to all this housing craziness. I can already see the start of the road heading into the farm land. Sadly soon all the cows and paddocks will be gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I continued walking and went over the road I found this beautiful small park surrounded by houses. It was just lovely it was a little sanctuary with a rotunda at the top and steps going down to a small lake. It would be a lovely spot for a picnic. On my way round I picked some fragrant jasmine, it smelt delightful. It was a wonderful way to spend my afternoon after a relaxing yoga class.

 

The week has been busy with my son’s school concert, going out for tea for my birthday, Toastmaster’s, and just running the boys around. It has also included my yoga and sh’bam which always boost my energy and I look forward to a relaxing weekend!

I will continue to search out more hidden treasures around my own neighbourhood. It is amazing the places you can find when you search for them . What hidden treasures do you have where you live?

Five Ways to Discover What Activity and Events are Happening in Your Suburb.

Monument commemorating Edwin Flack at Berwick,...
Monument commemorating Edwin Flack at Berwick, Victoria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part of my journey to cultivate more happiness and live blissfully in my suburban area is getting out into my community and finding out what it has to offer. I first thought I could look up events to see if I could add more art, music and culture into my life without having to stray to far from home. After a little investigating I have found there is a lot happening in my area. There are art exhibitions and even galleries. Music in the library last Sunday of the month and monthly book cafe’s. Markets, from farmers market to clothing markets. Plenty of cafes and parks to visit. There is actually lots to do all of the time I just had to do a little searching. So the five ways to find out what’s on in your suburb that I found most useful are as follows:

  1. Local Newspapers: I have found sections like What’s On and Community Calendar to be great places to find out local events, markets, community group events, courses, and hobbies. This is one I like to check once a week. Also local papers are always advertising local events and festivals.
  2. Council: My local council is  a wonderful place to find out what is happening in my community. It provides information on local events and tourism as well as community groups and community calendar. The community calendar covers happenings such as markets, fetes, events, talks, local festivals , information sessions, local performing arts groups concerts and local expo events. Many of these events are free or at a very reasonable price.
  3. Tourism Websites such as Travel Victoria: This often provides basic information about parks, markets, festivals and food in a particular local area.
  4. Local Libraries:  These a community treasure boxes as they offer so much more than books these days. Libraries often have events on and often these events are free or very inexpensive. They often have nights with authors of books, workshops, book cafe’s and music plus so much more. It is really worth checking out what your local library has to offer. I once did a workshop about Facebook at the library and I love it when they have an exhibition of local art which visitors are encouraged to vote on.
  5. Ask other locals : This one I need to do a little more of , because  often other people do and know of interesting events and activities in the local area that are not advertised. I also think sharing what treasures I find in my own local area with others will cultivate more happiness and blissful joy in my own suburb.

So I encourage you to do a little investigating of your own and find out what events and activities are happening in your own suburb and surrounding areas. Would love to hear how you go.

Berwick Inn
Berwick Inn (Photo credit: Mattinbgn)