Monday, January 22, 2018

Seaweed, plants and a friendly bearded dragon


One thing I love about going to new places is taking notice and appreciating nature. Surprisingly on our visit to Wrights Bay, near Robe, is that is not that much different from Pelican Point, where our holiday house is. 

The plants on the dunes, and the seaweed on the beach are similar, even the reefs that sprawl out into the ocean. I could not help but take photos, of the bright colours, textures and interesting shapes. 

We had a friendly and curious bearded dragon that dropped in at our campsite also, which was a little scary and funny at the same time. Summer and I were most entertained by him as he came right up and perched in the shade with us for a while like an old camping friend. He certainly like the minced meat I threw on the ground, and is probably why he came back the next day. 























Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Umpherston Caves - Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier is well known for its sinkholes, especially the cave gardens, right smack bang in the middle of town. 

Umpherston Caves is another beautifully gardened sinkhole within the city limits.

The girls and I went for a drive with my Mum and Dad a week ago, a spontaneous idea of Mum's, and a good idea it was. We went op shopping, had Maccas at the playground, took the girls to the aquatic centre and visited here. I have never been! It's beautiful. It was the perfect itme to come with the hydrangeas out in full bloom.

Apparently the possums come out at night time here too. We'll have to come back again.

Summer was hot and bothered from running around with her sister, and I had to capture her grumpiness.























Monday, January 15, 2018

CONNECTED in 2018

So have you heard the word? The word is to have a word. A word to live by and guide you through 2018.

At the beginning of every year I don't give much thought to this. But by the second or third week, I read many 'word' posts floating around the blogosphere. 


They inspire me to think about my own goals for the year, and the things I want to better at, and fears I want to overcome.


In past years I have had 'brave', which lead me to entering more photography comps, and doing things out of my comfort zone. Another 'no guilt' which I know is two words, but pushed me not be guilty about me time, and all those other silly things that mums and wives seem to let seep into thier feeling guilty filter.


This year I am focusing on being CONNECTED.



HOME

  • Connected to knowing when I need a break, some me time. Instead of powering through and falling into an emotional, cranky heap.
  • Paying more attention to my health and fitness.
  • Connected to what my kids need to succeed, at school(which means more communication with thier teachers, which I am slack at). Listening to them, and asking meaningful questions about their day and how they are feeling. 
  • Spending more time together, around the table at dinner time.

WORK 
  • Forcing myself to be better at communication with parents of my gymnasts students. 
  • Communicating well with other coaches, and committee members at the gym club.

COMMUNITY

  • Actually get out of the car and talk to other parents at school pick up.
  • Now that the community garden is under other management, get involved. I am actually excited about this, after the circus monkeys that used to run it.
  • When someone says "hi, how are you", acutally ask the same to them instead of saying "good thanks" and moving on.

I am not good at talking to people. I seem to avoid it, rather than seeking it out.

I am one of those people who sit back and watch, think too hard about conversation before I speak, and end up not saying much at all. 

It is hard work for me sometimes to actually get the words out of my head, and out of my mouth. I hide behind a smile and for a long time, I have gotten away with that. 

I am sure I have some sort of social anxiety when it comes to talking to new people. I am not so bad at saying hello, but anything further than that is like being a deer in the headlights. Bloody confronting.

So this is something I want to be better at this year. To not be afraid to speak. To say the words in my head, without being afraid that they might sound silly, or they may come out muddled up, which they mostly always do. I am not confident in conversation, especially with people I don't know well.


So my goal this year is so just speak. Communicate, connect.Talk to people!







Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wrights Bay camping

We spent four days over New Years camping at Wrights Bay in South Australia. It's about an hour's drive from home, located in between Robe and Kingston.

There's no showers, no power, two portaloos and a few drop dunnies, the kind you have to tip in half a cup of lime into after you've done your business.

What it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in gorgeous surroundings. The fees are as cheap as chips, the Mount Benson wine region is on the doorstep and Robe and Kingston are short drives away.

Most people had caravans and camper vans, along with their solar power panels, but there were a few us tent people, running everything on 12 volt and gas. We took along our shower tent and a small barbecue.

It was a fab few days away, especially the New Years barbie the manager put on, with salads and dessert! We were even treated to entertainment, with a karaoke competition and other campers, like a ukelele group and an old pom who could spin a yarn and play the harmonica. It was a really great night where all campers came together with thier chairs and some laughs.

After the sun had set, they put on a bonfire down the beach. The kids had sparklers, when the wind allowed us to light them. We still didn't make midnight, all of us tucked up in our tent while we fell asleep to the sounds of celebration.

 






  
When I first saw this sign, I thought it said 'Taking selfies prohibited'...







The Robe Obelisk