July 23, 2014

A Weekly Collection

A random collection of photos from a post that was never published. It seems that in the rush of life, certain moments were overlooked but the themes these photos represent are surprisingly current: long walks on brisk days, cosy winter weekends spent inside relaxing at home, impending wedding planning and happy reminders of jimmy's recent (epic) month long celebration of his birthday.  Old photos, happy memories.

July 21, 2014

Weekend Getaway: Jenolan Caves

I've been thinking a lot this past weekend about the news and world events and how incredibly quick life can change in an instant. While the TV fills my head with images that leave me feeling sad and confused I have to turn my heart to what matters most - family and friends around us. I feel an overwhelming urge to pick up the phone, forget the small stuff and be filled with utter gratitude for how lucky I am to live the life that I do. I am even more ready for a trip home to see my family and am going to appreciate the moments next weekend where we'll be surrounded by friends we love. It is even more fitting to finally be able to post these photos of our recent trip to Jenolan Caves with Jimmy's folks - a weekend that was filled with laughter, family and a much needed reminder to slow down and enjoy what mother nature provides.

It was my first trip to Jenolan Caves and I was blown away not only by the remote location or the Swiss Alps type feel but of the caves themselves, a trip I would certainly recommend to anyone visiting. It was the perfect winter escape with those I love.

July 10, 2014

Nusa Lembongan, Bali

As I sit and write this post I'm curled up on the couch, the heater is on and I'm under a pile of blankets. Winter in Sydney has arrived but I'm taking comfort in posting (my later than anticipated) part 2 of our Bali getaway and dreaming of beaches and summer nights. The second part of our vacation was even better than the first and after I got over my fear of boats, we jetted off to the island of Nusa Lembongan where I my jaw literally dropped at what awaited.  Fishing boats, island life and crystal clear water greeted us and for the next three days life slowed down and consisted of swimming, eating, napping and reading books (well Jimmy surfed, I read and napped - and then got massages, daily. To say it was heaven was an understatement. We rented scooters and explored the island, found hidden luxury resorts where we snuck in and went for a swim, Jimmy lost control of our motorbike, crashed into a bamboo wall (nothing was hurt but his ego) while the entire town came out to laugh, we ran out of cash on an island with no ATM and other ridiculous tourist mishaps. I tend to find it hard to relax but this place just had me blissed out and for anyone looking to escape the mass of tourists on the mainland this little island paradise is just 30 minutes away. So, so grateful for this trip in general and for being able to experience such a beautiful country yet again. I'll be back...
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