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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Friday, August 16, 2019

ICAD 2019 - Week 7

It's been two weeks since the Index Card a Day challenge has finished. I enjoyed getting my head around the prompts, to be creative everyday in June and July.

Here is Week 7 (I am so behind in sharing). There is two more weeks, 8 & 9, which I will share on Monday.

I you can't wait until then you can see them all on my Instagram feed.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

The grass is greener

These are photos taken last week on the Tantanoola/Kongorong road. The road we usually travel down to get to our holiday house, which is only about half and hour from where we live.

In contrast to the dry, brownness of Summer, the grass is lush and there is water laying in the paddocks. New lambs dot the landscape.

I stopped because I wanted to capture this view of the irrigation tractor (if that's what it's called?), with the mountain in the background, because the sun was trying to peek through on the patch of grass at the top. These ranges are one of my favourite comforting views of our area, along with the majestic gums around Kalangadoo

I love this part of the world, where I do believe I am blessed, because the grass really is greener!

The funniest thing as I was concentrating on one side of the country road, a herd of cows started to come from near and far (even running) to see who had pulled up next to their home. I guess they thought I had come with gastronomic gifts. No hay here guys!

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Myaring Bridge

After the girls netball last weekend we set off over the border into Victoria. We are lucky to live so close that we can go interstate on a Saturday drive, and be home before stumps.

I love how each district in our amazing part of the world has it's own charm and unique features. One of the main things I take notice of is nature; trees, the colour of the dirt, the wildflowers. 

The natural scrub around the Dartmoor area is so romantic, so peaceful and reminds me of days past, when previous generations roamed the countryside. On days out just like ours.

Our first stop was a track by the Glenelg river, a track that led to the old Myaring Bridge.
The bridge was built by Mr Wilson in 1893 for 416 pounds, using redgum and stringybark from the surrounding area. It serviced the nearby Myaring Bridge mine which mined limestone and carbonates. The size of the uprights is astounding, a true feat of engineering back in the day.

We had a bbq in a clearning with the babbling sound of the river and kookaburras laughing amongst themselves, or at us. The girls were amused with their chastising laugh, filling the air with their own laughter. The track was fairly boggy at this time of year(and I can imagine crawling with snakes in summer) and doesn't have much space for a car to turn around further down the track, but from the clearing we parked in, it wasn't far to walk.

Brett brought along his metal detector and pans to try our luck, you never know. We didn't strike it rich, but they had fun as we stopped as several different rivers and creeks in the area. Izzy didn't want to head home, she wanted to stay and explore well into the night I suspect. A camping trip may be on the cards.

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