Oh, 2014, where are you going so quickly?

July was taken over with work and I vowed to be more balanced in August. I’m pleased to say that I think I got there. I therefore give August the title of Most Improved. That said, I only managed Fairtrade Friday posts all month. I have about 20 posts swirling around in my mind and now just need to make time to write them (which will be greatly helped along when my graduate diploma studies wrap up in November. COME ON, NOVEMBER!)

In August 2014, I was grateful for:

1. Two awesome consecutive sightseeing weekends, with friends visiting from Perth. We did all the Canberra touristy stuff, ate good food, and had good conversation.

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2. Getting my reading mojo back. My visiting friends from Perth don’t know each other, but are both avid readers. Lots of talk about books ensued and, voila, my reading mojo is back. Yippee! I’m also really into audio books at the moment. The minimalist approach I’ve had to stuff (yes, including books) since moving is still with me and I love downloading heaps of books without fearing that my one bedroom apartment is going to explode. I’ve been using Audible (one book a month for $14.95 – pretty reasonable!) to download books to listen to on my morning walk around the lake. A great solution to more books with less time.

3. A SNOW TRIP. I went to Jindabyne and Perisher with some friends from work, and learned how to snowboard. Fun!

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4. Horseback rides – Whilst in Jindy, it was nice to follow up something new (snowboarding) with something old that I’m good at (horse riding!) After about 10 years, I got back in the saddle, on a brumby, no less. I was really impressed and moved by how well Thredbo Valley Horse Riding cared for their horses and tour groups (highly recommended if you’re going to horse ride in the area – also the Wild Brumby Distillery is nearby and is awesome for post-ride lunch).

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5. Running! I got the go ahead from the physio to start running again. Only short distances, but it’s a step in the right direction…


6. Heels! I also got the go ahead to start wearing heels again!

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These are (1) by Fair + True and (2) pre-loved off Ebay

7. Went to visit Morris in nearby Wingello – ready to start gearing up on the restorations!

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8. Feeling truly acclimatised… 


  I was walking with no gloves and wet hair and doin’ okay!

9. And then.. SPRING! Cherry blossoms emerged! And they’re beautiful.

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10. Visiting EPIC markets for the first time, which true to its name, was truly epic. I’m so grateful that there is still so much to see and do in the Territory!

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How was your August?

Yours Fairly,



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