Support Local Living

Are you fed up of large corporations taking over and everything looking the same? I know I am. This blog shares a year in the life of a local family, supporting local living and local businesses.

It’s almost Christmas…!

Ok, so it’s not really, but it is half way through March. Is it just me, or is this year flying past incredibly fast. It feels like I’ve blinked and we are already a quarter of the way through 2012.

The thing is, we are all incredibly busy now, more so than ever before. Most are juggling jobs, businesses, families, pets, hobbies, chores and everything else on top and there is a lot of pressure to get it all just right.

Sometimes we have to sit back and admit that we can’t do it all. As much as I try, I just can’t be wonderwoman, and the pressure that we put on ourselves trying to do that is huge.

This week, make a commitment to take a step back, not for the whole week, but at least once. Do one thing for you! Maybe it’s read a book, go for a message, or even head down to a local coffee shop and just sit and watch the world go by.

I’d love to hear what you get up to. What is your commitment to yourself this week?

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– Without children – Part 2

Day 2 without children – it’s so quiet in my house when you wake up in the morning without 2 children squeezing into bed. I must admit,  I was still awake at 6:30am, but I woke naturally after a solid nights sleep and that isn’t something I can say often.

Hubby and I went out for our morning walk to get some fresh air before starting our day and then headed down towards Cleveland Markets.

It’s lovely to wander through the markets at a relaxed pace and browse the stores. There is an interesting range of fresh produce, meat, fish and some products.

We stopped off for morning tea for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat before we headed off for more adventures.

We drove up to Wellington Point and headed off towards King Island. King Island is a small sand island that a low tide is joint to mainland by a long sandbank. It was a beautiful walk along the sand (although it was decidedly warm and I did come back a lovely shade of pink).

What did you get up to this weekend? Did you enjoy any of the local sites in your area?

 

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– Without the children –

This weekend is my 5th Wedding Anniversary (doesn’t time fly when you are having fun 😛 ) and all of the children have gone to spend the weekend at my mother’s house. I am lucky that my parents are local (in the same suburb) and that they help out with the little ones, it makes life so much easier at times.

I had some great suggestions via here and my Facebook page for local activities to do over the weekend, but unfortunately the tides and the weather seemed to be against us. With high tide being so early, none of the local kayak tours were running. I was really looking forward to doing this one, so I will have to find another time in the future.

Instead we started Saturday morning with a run. We don’t often get a chance to go out together because someone stays home to look after the little ones. It is nice to exercise together, we both push each other a little harder to keep going (we are both very competitive and hate to let the other win at anything)


(I promise you, this is not us. We look much more exhausted and uncoordinated)

After our run, we sat to work out what we wanted to do for the rest of the weekend. Unfortunately, by about 10am the heavens had opened, and torrential rain hit the Redlands. We decided that the day had designed itself to be a “moives on the couch” day and that we were quite happy to comply.

Dinner that night was The Lighthouse restaurant, Cleveland. I love going there as they do beautiful seafood. Hubby, who is not a seafood fan, can still get a good steak, and both parties are happy. As The Lighthouse was hosting a private function, all other customers were seated on the back veranda.

For those of you who haven’t been before, The Lighthouse is perched RIGHT on the water’s edge, and sitting on the back veranda means that the ocean laps at the wall next to your table. It is a lovely calming sound to listen to as you eat your dinner.
Unfortunately, rain hit hard again, and customers closest to the sea wall began to get saturated. Luckily, with some fast thinking from the staff there, all of the customers were relocated to tables further under cover and everyone continued to have dinner.

So all in all, a great day. We have made plans for Sunday too, but I won’t tell you now in case I jinx them. You’ll have to wait to read tomorrows blog 🙂

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Sam x

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