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 ...


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.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

This week's links ...


So, I'm finally making my way back here after a refreshing summer break.  I've watched my sunflowers grow quite rapidly since we came back from the beach. Now they are towering over my head, with three blooms out already and more to follow. You might be able to tell that the flower is facing away from the sun and a quick google search confirmed that, contrary to what I'd heard, sunflowers do not follow the sun, but rather tend to face east, which is what ours are doing.

I've got another post partially completed with some highlights from our holidays, but the weekend means it's link time so ...

1. On keeping a journal, a video from a longtime journal keeper.

2. A big collection of tips to improve your photography.

3. And some specifically for taking better iphone photos.

4. It's back to school here for us and with 3 very active children, one who's in a growth spurt, and who are a bit lazy when they pack their lunch and one husband who needs to buy his lunch less often, for budget and health considerations ... here's 5 ways to pack a healthy lunch.

5. Literary Travel. Top picks from Ann Morgan who spent a year reading books from every country in the world.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

This week's links ...

1. I'm going to make this Triple Layer Christmas Icecream Pudding (with some changes to make it more boy's birthday appropriate) for The Boy's party tomorrow.

2. This Christmas printable may have been needed over the last few weeks.

3. Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline: How to set up and organise a journal. Indexing themes is such a good idea.

4. December Reflections. A list of daily prompts with relaxed options for joining in.

5. All the goodness in the world.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Around here ...

There is temporary fence around our courtyard garden after Riley made several fishing expeditions, ripping out a couple of water plants and pulling out the newly planted bamboo that replaced the first lot he pulled out ... he's pretty proud of himself.


We had a tapas dinner in the city care of a super early sound check for the orchestra before presentation night. The Big Girl, Hubby and I went to dinner with another couple while The Little Girl did her thing.


The Bounce party has been postponed until February and replaced by afternoon tea and a swim this Sunday because of a broken toe.


Which also means The Boy will not be able to do the year 6 dance at his graduation next Monday or dance at the disco later on that night.

The countdown socks are filled with treats ...


and the Christmas Tree is up.


All three kids finish school next Tuesday but The Big Girl has not been required at school this week, making the most of it with two parties and too much ipad ... and we may have ventured to Westfield to watch The Mockingjay Part II.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

This week's links ...

Sandwiching my blog writing in between The Little Girl's swim meet this afternoon and The Big Girl's basketball game early this evening ...

1. I'm currently halfway through making Italian Meatloaf for dinner. I hope the kids don't realise but I threw some wilted radicchio that needed eating into the mix.

2. What is grid journaling.

3. This visual journal page is so much fun.

4. Free printable Chalkboard Christmas prints.

5. Printable game for New Year's Eve.