Right now, my favourite place is being at home, watching our grandson, as he practices his crawling and standing skills.
This week’s photo challenge is Favorite Place
Later today, a very important visitor will arrive, to spend a week with us.
He is travelling more than one thousand kilometres, taking his first ever flight.
This visit has required some additional preparations, some specific equipment.
A travel cot and high chair have been borrowed, a baby car seat hired.
Supplies have been purchased, including a few small toys and books.
Our apartment is now “baby proof”, ornaments and books moved out of reach, our driftwood tree relegated to the communal hallway.
Yes, our seven month old grandson is coming to stay 🙂
As I have one daughter in Australia and one in the UK, I get to celebrate two Mother’s Days.
This is the fabulous card I received from my younger girl in London. As well as the # on the card, there have been numerous other hash tags in conversations and messages …
Also a message from my Sydney girl this morning… “Happy UK Mother’s Day !!! 😘 your card’ll arrive in May 😉”
Love you girls!!! xxx
I’ve just ticked off one of my “18 things for 2018”. I’ve experienced a floatation tank and I loved it.
“Floatation therapy helps calm the mind and body with the experience of zero gravity.”
The floatation pod was like an enclosed bath, but large enough to lie in a star shape without touching the sides. The water was at body temperature and contains 500 kg of Magnesium Sulfate in 1,000 litres of water, replicating the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea.
The pod can create a sensory deprivation environment once the lid is closed. Soft music played for the first ten minutes and restarted during the last five minutes, while the remaining time of the hour-long float was silent. There was a button to switch off the soft coloured light leaving the pod in darkness.
Just wearing ear plugs, I naturally floated in the water. As my ears were below the water line, I was conscious of my heartbeat. It was easy to relax, follow my breath, switch off my mind, let thoughts just float away.
The benefits can be physical, spiritual and mindful – easing pain, lowering blood pressure, alleviating stress or anxiety, improving sleep, increasing concentration levels, improving consciousness, eliminating effects of jet lag.
After a shower to wash off the Epsom Salts, a cup of green tea in the lounge area helped me acclimatise back to the outside world. It was certainly an experience to relax, reboot, recharge.
I have just started my third, 3 year “sentence a day” book. This is my 7th year of recording a sentence or two about each day.
One book is titled “The highlight of my day” which more accurately reflects what I write.
I don’t follow the prompts for each day. Sometimes I write about what I’ve done, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen or read. Sometimes I mention world news, but not often. Sometimes it is just an ordinary day.
I enjoy looking back. On this date on previous years, we’ve been tourists in London, we went to an ice sculpture exhibition, we spent the day at The Old Bailey, observing cases in the law courts. We visited a Music and Arts festival, and after a day at work, I searched for a mural that I’d heard about. Back in 2012, I commented on the global financial crisis, which was relevant to my job at the time.
A new idea that my daughter shared is “my year in pixels”. I’m recording a colour for each day in excel, while she has coloured pens and is recording in her diary planner. We will look back on each month, on the overall trend, within the context of our current life, her as a new stay at home mum with a teething baby, me currently enjoying a period of summer non-employment and daily beach walks.
My focus this year is about heath, wellbeing and happiness.
I began with “7 things” idea from dayzeroproject.com
Learn to … a new skill or hobby?
Start … develop a habit
Stop … break a habit
Take a holiday to … where you’d most like to go
Find … what are you looking for?
Try … one new thing you want to try
Be more … a personal characteristic to improve
However, I struggled to choose just one for each task so I have selected 18 things.
Learn to …
~ take charge of my own happiness
~ become ambidextrous
~ moving, being more active
~ eating smaller portion sizes
~ eating mindfully
~ making excuses about my health and weight
~ making unhealthy food and drink choices
Take a holiday to …
~ New Zealand
~ Tasmania’s Maria Island
~ A job that I enjoy which has good work/life balance
~ Inspiring and positive things to read, blogs, books, articles
~ something new each month to improve my wellbeing
~ floatation tank
Be more …
~ health conscious
~ accepting of myself and others
I also want to continue 18 things …
~ connecting with nature each week
~ maintaining strong relationships with family and friends, near and far
~ being the best NanR that I can be
~ taking photos
~ sentence a day
~ photo a day and other weekly photo challenges
~ exploring Tasmania
~ developing new friendships
~ challenging myself
~ paying it forward
~ decorating our driftwood tree
~ trying new things
~ supporting local events
~ enjoying Hobart life
~ walking on the beach regularly
~ knitting and crochet
~ being happy with my life and my choices
Although we have lived here for two and a half years, we continue to explore new places in Tasmania.
Here are some of the places that we’ve discovered in the past twelve months….
Tasmanian Transport Museum
Improved Hobart airport, including cute sculptures of Tasmanian Devils.
Wooden Boat Museum
Circular rock formation beyond Taroona Beach
Lake Dobson, Mount Field National Park
Art Farm at Birchs Bay
Scamander on East Coast
Regular vintage car gathering
Narryna House built in 1830’s
Cornelian Bay Cemetery
New MACQ01 Hotel, restaurant, bar and tours of 114 Doors
New Town Rivulet Track
Lady Franklin Gallery
Inverawe Native Gardens
Some of these places were days out on public holidays, which helped complete 2 challenges on my 2017 list.
✔9 – Do something memorable on nine public holidays.
✔17 – Discover seventeen new places in Tasmania that we haven’t yet visited or explored.
Several of last year’s challenges involved new things. Things that intrigued, sustained, entertained, informed, delighted and stretched me……
…attending a baby shower, comfortable driving an electric car, going to a house auction, using Uber, sitting exams for the first time in a decade, identifying flowers and trees, attending Fire Warden training, seeing Elton John in concert, seeing “Kinky Boots” theatre show, new foods, new recipes, trying different artisan breads, making iced teas, new restaurants, going to comedy shows, visiting museum exhibitions, learning about Tasmanian bush fires, completing a Cert IV Accounting course, learning new technology, going to the movies, becoming a NanR.
“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
I’ve read books that were gifts on special occasions, or passed on by other avid readers. Books that I have searched out, some that were recommended, others that just grabbed my attention in a charity shop.
I’ve read literature and memoires, play and poetry, travel journals and kids books. Some stories have stayed with me, others I enjoyed in that instant, but couldn’t recall the names of characters now, a few weeks or months on. I have escaped into other people’s lives, in different decades, centuries, both historical and fiction.
Here are some of my favourites of the past year.
Ticks for another 5 challenges.
✔4 – Times 3 – Try to do something new each month, something out of my comfort zone.
✔5 – Learn to identify five different types of gum trees by their bark, leaves and size.
✔8 – Introduce eight new things into our diet, not all alcohol based!
✔11 – Read eleven books this year, paper books, interesting, thought provoking books.
✔16 – Go to sixteen events, art exhibitions, festivals, movies or shows.
And I ticked off a couple of bucket list items too
✔Go to a rooftop cinema
✔Skinny dip in the ocean