Friday, September 13, 2019

A flash of blue

 Spring has sprung, even on the road sides.

Rounding a bend on the way to Pelican Point yesterday brought the sight of a flash of blue beside the roadside. I don't know why I've never noticed it before. A sea of grape hyacinths, bringing some beauty to a normally drab stretch of road. 

There were a few times when I'd driven past a scene along the drive and turned around to get a photo,  before the drizzling rain sent me back to the car.

There is certainly no shortage of water around these parts at the moment.


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Nene Valley SA

With the girls netball season over, our weekends are a little freed up now. No more getting organised and travelling to mid south east netball clubs, early on winter mornings.

We stayed at our shack in Pelican Point, and saw out winter down the beach at Nene Valley. Nene Valley is a small seaside village, between Port MacDonnell and Carpenter Rocks in the South East. We are very close to the Southern most tip of South Australia here.

There's a clear felled pine forest down the end of our road, so we collected pine cones and logs for our beach fire before lunch and headed off early afternoon to the beach, our bellies full of cheese toasted sandwiches.

We had no luck with the fish and as the cold evening air blew in, we drove home for dinner along the beach, with a glorious sunset farewelling winter.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

What's been happening?

I turned on the computer on this morning to be notified I need to restart to turn on new features. Well although I myself need some time for recuperation, there have been some new features installed into my life regardless, and they're all good. Good for me.

I begun my new job as merchandiser for John Sands this week. It requires me to tidy up, restock and reorder stock for John Sands displays in several supermarkets in Millicent and Naracoorte. It will only take up a day or so a fortnight, which I am happy with. It's enough for me! So keep me in a job and buy greeting cards, packaging and wrapping!

I also finished the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course I was undertaking. I am now a certified CBT practitioner. Not practicing, but I like to broaden my knowledge and it's kept me engaged and has actually helped me recognise and understand my own behaviours and where I can improve my mindset.

Thirdly, I start a volunteering role at Resthaven today, an aged care service. I will be helping out with exercise classes on a Friday and also going on social outings now and then. 

A lot of things have been getting on top of me lately. Life sure doesn't slow down for anyone. A recent visit to the doctors and blood checks showed that I had low iron, which would explain my tiredness and fatigue. I am not one to trot of to the doctor unless I have to, but I realise I need to look after myself better. To listen to my body and respond. I am no longer going to put myself last.

I do feel in the last week or so, that life is renewing for me. A page has turned and a new chapter of my life has begun.

Talking about new life, we've had our resident plover population take over the cul de sac in the past week or two with their fluffy, cute little babies. They wouldn't let me get too close for better photos as they pitter pattered down my driveway. They've been wandering and exploring up and down our short street, so it makes for a slow exit at five kilometres an hour while they dart and waddle around.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Affirmation bookmarks, for girls

My creativity didn't die with the end of the recent ICAD challenge. With my girls finding a love for reading, (Izzy, Harry Potter and Summer, Roald Dahl) I have inspired to make bookmarks featuring beautiful affirmations. Affirmations for girls.

I wish I had such soft and beautiful words on bookmarks when I was a girl.

With the current situation in the media, on how girls and women are talked about and to, this is a timely project.

I have made about 15 of them, and have more on the go. We only need so many bookmarks, so I have decided to leave some at the library to giveaway. The positive feedback has been encouraging when I shared these on social media, so this may be something I will continue.

I found a great list of affirmations for girls at the Inner Rainbow Project, a website dedicated to empowering girls in todays world.

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