When Nature calls .

we all know how important it is to look after ourselves, listen to our body and even treat ourselves to something special every once in a while.

To me and my Partner is was important to get back into our Fitness “run-time routine” before spring starts, while I love working out – in winter I go into hibernation mode. Not necessarily piling on the kilograms and throwing my Paleo Diet out of the window but you get the idea, or not!

This past Thirst-Day we were eager enough to leave the house by 8AM to quench our thirst of exploring the great outdoors.

Headed to Cafe De Beaumarchais in Sassafras

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which is a very beautiful French – Parisian inspired Cafe offering the most incredible tasting cakes…yes we had cafe that morning, it is never too early for a treat!

Turn the clock forward an hour and we were off to Grant’s Picnic Ground at Sherbrooke in Olinda, where through a variety of different Tourism Associations it is possible as an attraction to to feed Rosella’s and Cockatoos, a few of Australian native bird wildlife. Cockatoos are not only heavy when they sit on your arm or shoulder or on the small food tray you are desperately clinging to with nervousness but they have such a gentle soul – hand feed them and you will understand. My Partner could it contain his happiness as being this close to some of the Country’s native animals

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…. 1 1/2 hours later ….

It was time to head to Rhodondedron National Gardens.

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Can I admit that blossoming flowers were not quite anymore due to the current season we are in here on Australia’s East Coast. However the walk was very beautiful, able to read up and learn about these truly stunning florals , ferns and variety of trees. A few challenges were also present in the garden, but I will leave it to find out for yourselves – just a hint below though ….

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Having been heading all over since the early hours of the morning what better way to head to the Mt Dandenong Hotel for a meal and a drink to chat about the day and let it slowly but surely come to an end before it was time to head home.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until next time – x x

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Perfect Beverage(s) for Winter

What is seriously better than quenching your thirst with a nice healthy beverage?

Forget Softdrink, forget Energy drinks of any sort and forget teas, juices or even coffee as its is neither of them I am talking about nor are they healthy … well teas yes maybe but there is somewhat of a consumption limit too.

IMG_3901Take a moment, think, procrastinate, too much thinking happening?

Let me tell you, it was a #Ssshhhsecret… but not anymore.

I am excited to share this thirst quenching recipe with you –  Cinnamon – Apple infused water, yum!

Recipe:

Half an apple (cut into thin slices)

Two cinnamon sticks

A bottle of tap water.

Super delicious! Just make sure to give it time to ‘infuse’ by letting it sit in the fridge for a little while.It’s perfect for the cooler days, Autumn / Winter and it tastes so good and is 100% healthy!

Of course there are other varieties you at home can recreate, such as Orange+Lemon, Blueberries, Orange, Strawberries, Mint + Lime, Cucumber + Mint, the ideas are literally endless, simple and most importantly taste good.

Enjoy!

The first day of Winter

When Autumn now fully leans into Winter…

The weekend has been absolutely incredible.

Out came the sunglasses and off with the thick winter coats, scarves and beanies. Hooray!
Well…it was short lifted as the weather is slowly but surely moving towards the Winter season, which by the way has two sides. The rainy yet bearable and the freezing cold unbearable frostbite kind of time.

Which one do you prefer?

I get it, you know.. it is okay. I mean, really, I can be a bit of a snow bunny + have been wanting to go to Mt Buller Alpine Ski Resort for quite some time, don’t assume I know how to ski or even stand on a snowboard! Ski resorts are quite pricey, $$$ for ski hire, $$$ for lift passes, $$$ for clothes hire (unless you have your own, which you would have purchased anyway as no one gives out anything for free these days…) so by the end of it, I do question myself whether it is actually worth heading to the Snow or whether all that $$$ is just going to ruin my experience… definitely going to ruin my experience, I think!

However, I do need to say that my Partner + I have started putting loose change away into a money box, to use for our next trip away … it might not even be enough … maybe just be enough to fill up the car with gas or to get a mocha coffee at my favourite cafe, time will tell. Where will our next trip away take us you might be curious to know.

Daylesford in Victoria will be the location. Absolutely wonderful people + it allows for some quality couple time at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, I am super excited to head back there … that 1 hour couple’s massage last time was divine. Daylesford also offers time to explore the Wildlife and mineral Springs (can’t forget to bring some empty glass bottles!) among other things. It is for no reason called Australia’s Spa Country. Further, i will also be picking up my Peonies Bare Root plants, cannot wait to see them in full bloom, more on that next time though.

Today is another beautiful, lukewarm day which is unusual for late Autumn but I am going to take it in my stride, head out for a walk to get my Vitamin D intake which will be lacking in the next few months. Do not even want to think about the white pale skin I will look at in the springtime.

Happy Monday!

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