Fabulous Friday!

FabulousFriday!

 

 

Whooo Hooooo it is Fabulous Friday, and I am excited because I am not working this weekend. I have a whole weekend to simply enjoy, and I am planning to enjoy it. I am about to crack open a bottle of wine, start cooking tonight’s dinner as my music blasts through the house. Life is good!

 

This weekend I am craving a Friday night wind down, where I can curl up into my cozy chair and enjoy a glass of wine and movie with the boys. Saturday night is out to a party, and Sunday lunch to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I look forward to time to go for a walk. Time to relax and listen to music. Time to read.

 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!

FRAN DISHON

Bushwalking to Bushrangers Bay, Visiting the Vet, Toastmasters and Lazy Sunday, Oh what a week!

 

Bushrangers bay walk

 

 

Tuesday was Melbourne Cup Day, and a great excuse for a family day. We went for a long, long scenic drive down to the picturesque Cape Schanck. This has to be one of my favourite day trip escapes. Cape Schanck is known for its light house, however my favourite thing is to wander along the scenic walk to Bushrangers Bay. This walk through the tea trees along the cliff tops provides the most amazing view of the coast, rocks and sea. Whilst walking along the bush track I was delighted by the variety of bird sounds, they were like a sweat musical bird orchestra. My only fear was it was a beautiful sunny day, with a pleasant breeze, and I walk with a vigilance watching out for snakes. It was a perfect day for snakes to venture out and sun bake on warm bush tracks. Luckily I didn’t see any, although a couple warned us they had just seen one on the left of the track up ahead. I was so relieved that it had decide to slide away back into the bushes. When I made it to the end of the walking track there was a climb down quiet a number of steps. Easy going down, slower and harder going back. I enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the beach with my family with my feet massaging the sand whilst I looked out on the most serene view. I can only say I love this place, it is a beautiful haven for people to picnic, explore and play.

 

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However the week has not been all play unfortunately Little Miss Popularity had to undergo an anaesthetic at the Vet, to clean her teeth and have a tooth extraction, she is recovering well. It made me seriously think about pet insurance. Pet health care is so expensive these days, and as she is family to me, I want the best for her, well maybe not the best, I mean the best basic pet care for her. I just want her to be comfortable and healthy. The only problem is she is one of those breads that seems to have a list long of problems. So I guess I should be grateful that she doesn’t have a heart murmur, just rotten teeth. She is so beautiful.

 

My final highlight of the week was of course the Toastmasters District 73 Semi  Annual Convention, Reach For Your Star which I attended Saturday. What a wonderful opportunity it was to be inspired and immersed in learning and even laughter. It was also great to meet so many interesting and delightful people. I took lots of notes and came away inspired to want to achieve more on my Toastmasters Journey. I was also proud of myself for my confident driving in an unfamiliar place. (I have a confession, I don’t like driving, I am highly anxious driver, and when I am driving somewhere unfamiliar, it requires my full attention. As for the lady on the GPS, her directions could have been a little more precise, and a lot more pre warning about what lane to be in. However overall she did well because I made to my destination, and home again.)

What was the highlight of your week?

 

Finally today after such a high energy days on Friday and Saturday, it seemed only right that Sunday be a low energy day. So lots of relaxing and reading. A perfect lazy Sunday. At the moment I am reading Gift From The Sea,  by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, what beautiful soulful wisdom this lady has to offer.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day- like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”~Ann Morrow Lindbergh 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Weekend Reality, Off TO Work I GO!

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Mussing of the day!

It is finally one of those days where you can go outside and enjoy the warm breeze and sunshine. So that is where I am outside, drinking my coffee, and tapping out some words on my computer. I don’t have long to do this; the reminder on my computer says work today. Yes soon I will be heading of too work. In-fact on these mornings I often don’t want to get out of bed and face the day. I know I will need to run around the house cleaning up before I go. Then I work. When I get home I run around the house cleaning up again. Yes it is one of those days, and I wish I could just stay outside and enjoy the sunshine. Off to work I go!

Recommended Resource! 

Considering I don’t have much to say today here is a post by Leonie Dawson on 50 lessons from a decade of blogging. This is my recommended read for the week, especially with blogging being the focus of the month with the Ultimate Blog Challenge happening.

Weekend Wish List.

This is limited this weekend as I am working and that will take up a lot of my time.

  • enjoying coffee outside in the sunshine and creating my blog post each day.
  • finding some time to do some reading, maybe on my tea break.
  • doing a relaxing and inspiring guided visualizations
  • allowing the house to get a little messy and being ok with it

What is on your weekend list? Dose anyone else working this weekend, how do you balance work, social events, and family whist working weekends?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

These Cold Days We Need A Strong Excuse To Get Out And Play.

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Saturday,
Wet, cold and all rugged up, off for a long drive to Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove  for the Abundance olive festival. It was freezing cold, but at least the rain stayed away for a while. We went for a walk along the sculpture walk, sat out side alfresco to have pizza and wine, enjoyed the delicious tastes and some nice back ground music. The place was a live a buzzing with people, not what you expect on a cold winters day. I think these cold days we need a really strong excuse to get out and play.
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Sunday
It is one of those cold wintry days, when the only thing I want to do is stay under the doona cover and keep deliciously warm and comfortable. The rain is gently falling outside, and it’s sound is sort of comforting. I stay in bed way to long, using the time to listen to podcasts and keep warm. Eventually I get up and have breakfast for lunch. 
It is a dark cold winters day, and the rain has stopped. The sky remains blanketed in dark grey clouds. I venture out with Mr. Serious and go for a walk around the lake. With purple hat and scarf and a think black coat I feel rugged up and warm. The air is icy cold, and feels damp, the air smells damp and earthy. The foot path is still wet and damp.  The grass is wet and squishy, with drops of water settled on the blades of grass, shimmering in the light. The houses look deserted, and quiet, the footpath deserted and quiet. Occasionally we come across someone going for a walk or run. Th There are more ducks out of the water, than in the water. It is so quiet you can hear the birds tweeting away. In the distance the clouds look are blue black, and the day seems darker than it should be. As I walk I notice the stillness and quietness. I wonder where everyone is, then I think they must be hibernating inside. I return home feeling more energised, warmer and feeling good for having moved my body. However now it is late afternoon, the days has mostly gone and I have not done anything constructive.  Well I will post this blog post, and read blog posts on things to do on weekends. Then watch some television. I watch way to much television during winter. 
Wishing you a wonderful day!
 

Weekend Bliss!

Happy Marvellous Monday!

It has been a busy weekend full to activities and delights. Yes slept  in late, read books on my Kindle in bed, found a delightful place for lunch, visited a local art exhibition, and caught up with family.

The view looking up the hill of the winery.

The view looking up the hill of the winery.

On Saturday we went for  an adventure to Red Hill North to a place called Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove for the Olive Festival.
On our way down the sky turned dark, and it began the rain began to fall. Cold and wet did not seem to mater. This beautiful scenic place caught my attention.
Enjoying the day in my lovely thick red coat.

Enjoying the day in my lovely thick red coat.

The pizza and wine caught my husband’s attention. We enjoyed sitting outside under the umbrella with the rain falling around us, enjoying pizza, wine and an awesome view. It was relaxing and allowed for some enjoyable conversation, especially with my son about his organic cola
Enjoying wine and pizza

Enjoying wine and pizza

After lunch we hit the tent, filled with music, and bursting with people, we delighted our taste buds in tastings of olive oils and cheeses.

So cute!

So cute!

We then hit the took the opportunity to stroll along the wet lands walk, where we enjoy views of the vineyard and olive groves, covering the rolling hills. We enjoyed the wet lands and the artistic sculptures that we saw throughout our walk.
How much fun would this have been to create?

How much fun would this have been to create?

It made me wonder what other amazing places don’t I know about. It was a truly lovely day and a splendid place to have lunch.
The wet lands.

The wet lands.

We finished the day off by going to Arthur’s Seat for afternoon coffee and hot chocolate. 
Arthur's Seat, this place has such an amazing scenic view.

Arthur’s Seat, this place has such an amazing scenic view.

     

 
Sunday was a visit to the local art show, followed by a family get together to celebrate my brother’s birthday. It was an amazingly full and exciting weekend.
 What exciting things did you get up to on the weekend?
Wishing you all a wonderful  Monday!
 
 

I Enjoy Every Moment Of The Weekend!

A place to rest on a Winter's day!

A place to rest on a Winter’s day!

Oh wow it is Friday, and I have started thinking about the weekend. I love the idea of two days devoted to joy, pleasure, adventure and doing the things I wish to do rather than the things I have to do. Certainly weekend days have a much more enticing feel to them than weekdays for me. I really feel it has something to do with how I approach them and that the focus tends to be on enjoyment and fun.
Sometimes I like to:
  1. go to festivals.
  2. find a cafe and have a coffee.
  3. go on a walking adventures.
  4. go to a class at the gym.
  5. check out a festival that is happening.
  6. discover new places, or simply try new experiences.
  7. stay at home curl up with a book, or a good movie.
  8. go to the local farmer’s market or Sunday market.
  9. catch up with family and friends.
  10. complete projects around the house.

 

There are always so many possibilities. It is often the leisurely or exciting weekends that give my life a special uplifting buzz. So it is nice to make the most of them.

 Weekends are precious for me because I work so many of them. However I have this weekend off so I hope to make the most of it and enjoy it. Now I have just looked at the weather forecast and it looks like being a wet weekend here in Melbourne. This makes my plans a little more challenging. One of the things I was hoping to do this weekend was the olive festival. Other things I was hoping to attend was the local Rotary Art Show. Also the Sunday Market I am in need of some nice smelling soaps and gorgeous flowers and of course a family get together to celebrate a birthday. I also hope to do more reading and keep up to date with my washing. WInter is not the time to let washing pile up especially when you dry everything on a clothes hoist.That is a have to all the others are wish to. So the plan is to jump out of bed Saturday morning get dressed up, put my make-up on and head out the door and make the most of the weekend.
My affirmation: I enjoy every moment of the weekend.
  What are you up to this weekend?
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!