Friday, July 22, 2016

This week's links ...

Another weekend. These weeks seem to rush past. Riley is back at dog school today and later the girls and I will be going shopping. The Little Girl is going to one of the local boys school's social tonight and of course has nothing to wear. She has an idea of what she wants ... hopefully it is in the shops and in her size.

Here's some links for you weekend reading:

1. I listen to podcasts sometimes when I'm cooking or doing the ironing. I haven't listened to any of these but they might be worth a listen ... 11 Inspiring TED talks.

2.  Bujo Hacks. I use tabs and sometimes threading but haven't tried any of the others.

3. Homemade Instant noodles.

4. 10 Best Pre-workout Snacks.

5. 100 must read Scifi and Fantasy books by female authors.




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Day Trip to Lake Garda from Verona: Walking from Garda to Torri del Benaco (kind of ... )

Our day trip from Verona to Lake Garda was one of the favourite days of our trip. I'd decided to do the walk from Garda to Torri del Benaco via prehistoric rock engravings. A Torri round trip is in Walking the Italian Lakes, but I'd heard rumours that you could also visit them from the Garda side. I emailed the Torri tourist office and obtained maps for both walks.

Our plan was to take the bus from Verona to Garda and start the walk from there, but The Big Girl was getting a cold and was having some trouble with her feet with all the walking so we decided to catch the bus that runs north to from Garda and hop off at Punta San Viglio. This cuts about 50mins off the walk and drops you off directly underneath the part of the walk that diverts into the forest towards the rock engravings.

We caught the 9:05am bus from Piazza Bra which arrived in Garda at 10:02am. Then we had to wait about 20mins for the bus north. The bus stop at Punta San Viglio is on the main road near the car park, which luckily for us was manned so we took our map and got some directions. Following the dirt road to the right into the car park we walked to the end where a gravel path headed off to the right, up the hill and into the forest. There were several paths, which I think merged later up the track. We took the one furthest to the right that looped up and around the headland. It was quite rough in parts and we did wonder whether we were heading in the right direction until we came to the part that was marked with green to match the trail on our map. There are gorgeous views, down to Punta San Viglio and also over the southern section of the lake.

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We kept going until we came to the junction between the tracks from Torri and the Garda track. From here we took the track to the left up the hill, I think it was marked with both green and red. The track becomes quite steep and was washed out in parts as we neared the engravings. These were signed so you can't miss them. The first large rock had a number of engravings, the second was not as extensive and seemed more weathered. I read somewhere that pouring water on them helps them stand out, but we didn't find that to be the case.

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The track from here travels further up into the forest and through the village of Albisano to Torri. We decided to backtrack to the junction of the red and green tracks and took the furthest right that wound back round down the hill. This track soon joins back roads and country lanes into Torri and was very scenic. The views open out to take in the northern part of the lake which is spectacular.





During the walk we also enjoyed the butterflies, wild flowers and the reptilian wildlife which are a favourite of The Big Girl. There were these stunning butterflies in the forest that looked like the lacy white flowers they were flying around but they never stopped to let us get a closer look.




Torri itself is beautiful.  We arrived on the promenade at 12:30pm, just in time for lunch. A long lunch, a glass of wine, sitting back enjoying the view was a perfect way to renew our energy after our walk. At about 2pm we went for a stroll around town, first along the promenade, with a quick wade to test the waters (warm at this time of year), then back through the narrow streets before checking out the castle with it's Orangerie out back.

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Then we relaxed under a tree, enjoying the view of the lake while we waited for the 3:25pm ferry back to Garda. Torri del Benaco, apart from being beautiful is also less crowded than some of the other towns around the lake which was perfect for us. The ferries are not cheap in comparison with the bus, and much slower, but if you go to Lake Garda you must experience the lake on the water at least once.



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Information:
For maps and detailed descriptions of the walk to the rock engravings from both Torri and Garda you can email the tourist office. They also sent details of a walk to the villages in the hills above and to the north of Torri: iat@torridelbenaco.com.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This week's links ...

Well it was back to dog school for The Big Girl and Riley this morning after an unintended, almost 1 year break which meant today was a review to make sure he was fit for mixing with other dogs and humans. He passed with flying colours of course, which means at least the next 9 Saturday mornings will be spent at Kintala. Today is the most gorgeous day, sunny and little wind after a week of awful weather, we can only hope that our good fortune continues. This afternoon I'm going to tackle the lounge room with The Boy. His many projects conducted up there, plus a growing array of music and musical instruments have left it in a state that makes me shudder every time I need to enter. The Little Girl is away on music camp so I've made the executive decision to get rid of most of the old piano books apart from her final book, that way there will be room for her current violin music, plus hopefully, The Boy's current drums and guitar music. There's also a pile of violin books that she will need to decide whether to store or throw once she gets home.

Anyway onto this week's links which have nothing to do with dog school or clutter filled lounge rooms ...

1. As mentioned in my last post, my photography has taken a backseat lately but I'd like to kick start it again and what better way than with Rinda's Scavenger Hunt. I've already collected a few in Italy and hope to remember now that I'm home to look for the rest. For further photography inspiration: 16 Photography Projects.

2. How to be Super Organised with Evernote. For those of you who are digital lovers, but would transfer extremely well to a bullet journal format I think. Or what about Bullet Journal + GTD.

3. How to Arrange Flowers.

4. The Little Girl likes to take salads to school for her lunch. Often I just roast up some veges, cook some mixed rice or quinoa, sautee some greens and she picks what she wants in the morning, adds a dressing and some nuts or seeds and she's good to go. My go to dressing is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, some mustard, salt and pepper. Maybe was can get a bit more adventurous with these homemade salad dressings.

5. Donna Hay's new week treats.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finally ...

could apply to a few things, like finally I'm posting here after a long break ...

I just checked and my last post was March 9th about our trip to Central Australia that was this time last year and I haven't yet finished my series of posts on that trip. I've missed posting here, especially since pretty much all my creative hobbies have gone by the wayside over the last few months. I just got back from a 2 week break in Italy with Hubby and The Big Girl and took a million photos ... well maybe not a million, but a lot and can't wait to get stuck into them. I also did daily 1min videos on my iphone, I just have two days that I didn't finish while we were away and once they're done I'll have a 15min movie of our trip.

I'll intend sharing something here but for now I'm easing back into blogging with a Twenty Words post.

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Forty-two hours later her case arrives. Did it see some interesting places or just get lost in Milan's Malpensa airport?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Melbourne to Alice Springs Roadtrip: Day 12 Kings Canyon to Uluru

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays.

Depart Kings Canyon 8:45am.

Toilet Stop: Curtin Springs.

Lunch Yulara:  310km

Yulara is the tourist town located about 20km from Uluru. We stayed in the Emuwalk Apartments which were great. There are plenty of options for meals and also a supermarket.

After lunch we drove out to the rock. We did the base walk which is 12km with some added detours into various spots to view caves, rockart and permanent waterholes.





We had to motor in the last part to get back in time to make it to the sunset carpark. There wasn't a lot to see on that side anyway, except you do get a good view of the climb and the plaques of those who have died attempting it.


The kids got a bit restless waiting for the sun to drop ... they were not that interested in watching the rock change colour.

We quickly drove back and hit the line for Ayers Wok noodles ... get in early because when I got there it was a 30min wait and by the time I picked up it had stretched out to 90mins.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This week's links ...

Hello again. We've been rather busy round here. I started back at uni and did my seminar yesterday. The Little Girl competed in her first triathalon ... but if she decides to do more she will probably need an adult's bike, the small wheels didn't help her. The Big Girl has her basketball semi-final this afternoon. Hubby joined a run club and is exhausting himself Tuesday and Thursday nights and The Boy will be off to camp on Monday so this afternoon we will be doing some packing.

And Riley has been ...

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destroying his new water bucket. Hubby thought he might need a more water on hot days than his stainless steel water bowl holds. We'll be looking for a metal bucket.

On to the links ...

1.  How to shoot travel videos people actually want to watch.

2. Goodreads Best Books of 2015.

3. DIY Journal Pen Holder. I use the Leuchtturm pen holder with my journal but it only holds 1 very thin pen. If I ever got the time this would be a good alternative.

4. Sixty second photograph project.

5. Color//Colour A photography project.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A new toy.


With one paw protecting his new toy, he keeps one eye on me in case I make a quick grab.