Saturday, 19 January 2013


I did something today that I thought I would never do.  It made me go through a series of different feelings. At first it quickened my pulse and made me frantic. Then I was feeling a little lost – disconnected you might say. Then once I resolved myself of the fact I was able to calm down and enjoy the sense of isolation and freedom it gave me.  

Yes – I left home without my mobile phone. What! Leave home without my phone! – you jest – you say – but alas it is true!

I stayed at Cam's place last night and just walked out without it – just like that! - and my phone and I will not be reunited until Rod brings it home to me tonight.

So that is a full day to get through without my constant companion (the phone I mean, not Rod). It has caused me to think how much a mobile phone has become an important part of our appendage these days. Everywhere I go, I always have my phone. Like its my lifeline to those I love and who love me.  No checking emails or facebook on the run today, no sending texts or taking photos on the fly.

Oh well, I still have my trusty mac to check my emails – so I’m not totally devoid of technology.

I will await my phone’s return in anticipation.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Friday, 11 January 2013

Ferry nice!

Hi - thanks for stopping by..

Well I'm slowly getting back into the workday routine, but last week I thought I would shake it up a bit by changing my normal 4 hour a day commute on the train, to take the Ferry to work.

Well, what a treat! I stayed with my son Cam and caught the ferry from his place into the city to work,  which cut off about 1 hour travel each way, but wow, what a fantastic way to travel to work!

Soooo  relaxing!  Cruising along Parramatta River early in the morning and late afternoon, when the sun was gleaming on the water, was just fantastic!

I was so excited, I'm sure all the other commuters that take the ferry on a regular basis must have thought I was mad. I sat with a smile from ear to ear - taking snaps with my iPhone - there was just so much to see! I find Sydney Harbour, and particularly the Harbour Bridge, so beautiful - I feel extremely fortunate that I can either cross the bridge by train or sail past it in a ferry on a daily basis. From whatever angle, I find it awe inspiring!

It was so good, I plan to do the same next week - poor Cam - he will have to put up with mum staying with him for a few days - I'll try not to cramp his style!

Here are some shots from the ferry...

Oh...I also managed to do some art journalling this week, so I have included a snap of my latest page. The theme is 'mindfulness' - its my word for 2013.......but more about that in a future post......

See you next time!

Kissing Point - a stop on the way

Friday, 4 January 2013

Sunny Sydney Sojourn

Welcome to the new year!

It has been a while since I last posted so I have included some pics of what I have been up to, firstly starting with our fun Christmas. We had time to catch up with all the family, which for me is what Christmas is all about. Jodie and a friend prepared a wonderful feast for us and it was the first Christmas day in quite a while that I was able to sleep in!

With the hustle and bustle of Christmas over, Roddy and I decided to head to the city for some quiet time, so we booked ourselves into the Sheraton on the Park for a couple of days, which was fantastic.

It might seem a bit strange, staying in the city for a mini holiday, seeing I travel there for work every day,  but it was great to really see our city as a tourist and to take the time to just follow our nose and just wander around. There is just so much to see and do!

We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for lunch, we walked over the harbour bridge, we walked along the foreshore at Kirribilli, roamed around The Rocks, meandered through the Royal Botanical Gardens, had a drink in the 'O' bar at Australia Square, ate at some fantastic restaurants, did some shopping at the sales and walked and walked and walked!!

Sydney is a truly beautiful city, there is so much more we want to do, that we are planning for another 'city mini break'.  It was great to take the time to enjoy the perfect weather in one of the world's most beautiful cities. I can thoroughly recommend taking some time out to get to know Sydney - you won't regret it!

Fresh Watermelon - taste of summer!

Boxing Day Family Dinner
Sweet treats called Koeksisters - from South Africa for dessert 

Wandering through the Botanical Gardens

View from the Pylon before we walked over the Bridge -
I can't believe I have never walked across the bridge before - despite crossing it every day by train on the way to work! 
View from the Northern (Kirribilli) side