Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#ShareAustralia: my 3 favourite family friendly places to visit in the beautiful bega valley

 

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There are so many reasons that I chose to live where I live. The main one though, above all others, is that this beautiful valley is such a perfect place to raise children. It’s peaceful, it’s beautiful, it’s under populated {still!}, it has some of Australia’s most pristine beaches, it’s not too far from a city but far enough to be out of the rat race. It gives children the chance to be surrounded by the beauty and loveliness of nature and all that that has to offer.

I happened to have the privelege of also growing up in this gorgeous valley. At the time I probably didn’t appreciate it like I do now. I think I took the fresh, clean air and untouched beauty for granted…until I left school and home and the valley and headed for the big smoke to go to uni. It was then that I realised how very lucky I was to have grown up in such a gorgeous place and that one day I knew I’d return, for good.

And return, I did.

And since then I’ve never wanted to leave.


I honestly think the best part about living in the Bega Valley is the beauty of nature that surrounds us wherever we turn. My son is a nature lover and so we’ve spent a lot of his childhood out and about in this beautiful valley, discovering some of the most gorgeous places in the world…well, that’s what we think at least.

These three places are favourites for both Lew and I. They are not theme parks and they don’t have shopping centres attached. They are hidden gems and they have given Lew some of the most lovely, fun filled, adventurous moments of his childhood. They also happen to be places that I loved as a child growing up in the valley and where lots of my happy memories live.

So here they are, in no particular order:

Tathra

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Tathra is a sleepy little town on the far south coast of NSW. it livens up in summer where it triples it’s population with tourists, mainly families with young children, who love to spend their time relaxing in a chilled out, virtually untouched gem.

Lew’s favourite things to do in Tathra revolve around the sea. Many adventures have been had at Kianniny, Mogareeka and Tathra Main Beach. Snorkelling, swimming, sandcastle building, rock climbing, long beachy walks, bushs walks, fishing, surfing, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, All the simple things in life that a beachy environment has to offer. It also has a pretty cool park which us locals call the dragon park. When you visit you’ll see why.

 

The next favourite place to visit is

 

Short Point, Merimbula

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Short Point is  pretty spot to picnic and has a perfectly safe grassy hill for kids to roll down. There are rock pools for investigating, rocks to climb, beach walks to be had and all of the other fun beachy activities that we like to do as families.

 

Brogo, Camping

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The third family friendly place we like to visit in our local area is Brogo.

Now normally Brogo is not going to come up on any of the google searchers you do for family fun. It is miles away from fun parks and swimming pools, shopping centres and gaming parlours. It doesn’t even have a shop to buy bread and milk but what it does offer is that wholesome country experience for families to get out in the fresh clean air and spend time together doing the simple things. There are bush walks and four wheel driving tracks, there’s a beautiful river to swim in and a dam to canoe about. There’s also some lovely spots to camp in Brogo and this is where Lew got to experience the whole camping thing first hand and first time around. It was a matter of weeks ago now that we camped at an extremely remote little spot at the back of the Brogo Dam, Lew brought his friend, Thomas along and the boys tried fishing, built fires, cooked bacon and eggs, collected wood, attempted some whittling with knives, branded old pieces of wood by writing their intitals with branding irons and toasting marshmallows by the crackling fire.

 

So that’s a basic run down of some of our favourite little hang outs on this beautiful Bega Valley of ours. It’s a nature lovers paradise that’s for sure.

Tell me, have you visited my area? If so, what did you think?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

a less judgmental food attitude



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This post is kindly brought to you by EatNow. When in Sydney you can try it’s very own EatNow page: Sydney CBD Food Delivery and Takeaway. Lots of my friends recommend this site for ordering in because the restaurants available are, well, yummy!
 
If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while now you would be well aware of my love for country living and desires to have a more wholesome, simple life. I am a promoter of home cooking, growing our own food, raising chickens, establishing gardens, planting more trees and giving my child the kind of life that is more aligned with my own wholesome childhood amidst the clashing and clanging that seems to surround the kids of this generation. It’s a hectic living generation. Doing, doing, busy, busy, not much time to rest and relax and get your hands dirty.   No time to stop and smell the roses let alone plant some.

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I have lots of issues with this society, lots. I continually feel the pull of it’s grip and I struggle to fight it off and live more simply everyday but I would say that now, more than ever, I am feeling the benefits of living this redefined life. I know where much of my food comes from and  I have worked towards creating an environment that is as ’away from the rat race’ as I feel possible for Lew’s childhood.

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OK…so with that said, I wanted to raise something that I have experienced within my group of friends and community of the simplistic living sort, and something I have participated in myself, that I’m not feeling all that proud of. 

The judgment thing.

There seems to be a lot of judgment that  goes with people who are trying to move against the grain and live a little less conventionally. I notice it in a lot of my social groups and I’m starting to really feel a concern for the attitude that some people tend to have when they take a  strong stance against the majority. I’ve seen it and felt it within myself as well and I am really trying to make a committed effort to be more balanced and less judgmental on those who do partake in the normal, less simplistic goings on.
So what exactly am I rambling on about? Well, the thing that gets up my nose the most in the simplified living cliques, is the attitude and judgment on others around food. Have you come across it?
Let me give you a couple of little scenarios. I bet you that at least one of them has happened to you, unless of course you are one of those purists who shalt not let a morsel of anything other than organic, wholesome goodness pass through your simple living lips {at least not when anyone’s looking!}.

Scenario 1: That moment when one of these judgmental looks with utter disgust inside your shopping trolley  at the processed bread, God forbid, that your child has flung on the top of your organic quinoa and coconut oil.

Scenario 2: The scowls that are thrown your way when you are caught coming out of your local golden arches drive through.

Scenario 3: The look of horror in the eyes of your simplistic living friend when they notice, inside your bio degradable bag lined recycling bin, a bunch of takeaway containers from the night before.

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That stuff actually really saddens me. I’ve been to children’s birthday parties where one of those simple living fanatics have gone out of their way to explain to the host of the party {a stressed out mum of three who has spent her entire morning baking and preparing with love food for her precious birthday child} why the lemonade she served up was totally inappropriate for human consumption and most certainly would not be partaken of by her two boys – who, at that moment, sat crying in the corner because that lemonade was not organic and sugar free.
What’s happened to the sharing of fun food that, yeh, OK, if eaten all of the time and in large quantities may very well be unhealthy but when taken in small doses is absolutely harmless and more than that, absolutely delicious to devour. Why are we all getting so stressy and judgmental over food? Honestly.

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I’ve learnt my lessons well. I’ve been that controlling, self righteous simple living foodie. I’ve probably even scowled at people’s shopping trolleys. It wasn’t nice. It wasn’t right and I plan to continue avoiding judgment as much as I possibly can while enjoying the lovely life that comes with living more simply and wholesomely. But I want you to know that I sometimes have take away, I sometimes buy processed bread, I sometimes eat from less desirable multinational food chains and I sometimes have a sip of non organic, sugar laden lemonade. And you know what, I’m still breathing, I’m still alive and I’ve still, most importantly, got friends.

Oh, and by the way, next time I go to Sydney I’m going to be looking up EatNow and getting some Turkish yummies from Lezzet Grill and Pide House in Surry Hills just for something fun to do.
Food is meant to be enjoyed so let’s enjoy it and stop being so darn judgmental.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

hello!

 

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Man, I’ve missed this little space!

The past 3 months have been filled with computer issues and so my blogging life had to be put on hold until the hiccups vanished. I honestly didn’t think I’d make it this long without blogging and it has definitely been difficult but there’s been so much going on in this little neck of the woods that life just kept flying right on by and before I knew it autumn left and winter had arrived. So I’ve spent some nice time pottering in the garden trying to get it all sorted since it’s huge neglectful phase over the past summer. the lawn is finally manageable now that the cooler weather has set in and I feel like I can breathe again…for a little while at least.

The past 6 months have been pretty life changing. I don’t share too much of my personal life on here, mainly due to the respect I need to have for the other people involved but I feel the need to share just a little right now because my life has definitely been changed…

But where to start?

I think I’ll just type and see where my words lead me.

So there was a time, not so long ago, where I had a bit of a blogging break. You may remember this post? It was a bit of a personal one about my marriage breakdown.

That was then.

Since that time there has been a lot to deal with in terms of facing my marriage as well as my future. I came to the realisation that I had been living in a lot of denial as I put aside my feelings and needs and made a life for my child based on fulfilling his needs. Thinking I was making a superior parenting/unschooling decision I went about pouring everything into Lew.

But then I woke up one day and realised that this gig of having a child to take care of wasn’t always going to be my main role in life. There would be a time when he would flee the nest and make a life for himself and I would be left with …well, an empty nest and a pretty lonely heart.

The lonely thing began consuming me. I’d wake in a panic thinking about it. I started worrying a lot and my anxiety increased. It was time to pull my head out of the sand and start looking at my life a little more closely.

 

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And then I met someone.

I met a man. A beautiful man. And we clicked.

And after a little while our hearts joined.

 

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And I can honestly say that my life feels complete with this person by my side. He is like that missing puzzle piece. I have never felt so nurtured and cared for and loved in all my life.

I feel so very blessed.  I’ve failed at one relationship. I thought that was the only chance I would get at love. But God has been so generous to me in giving me this gorgeous man and I am constantly tearing up when I think of His grace and mercy in the blessings He has given me.

I couldn’t not share this with you. It’s been too lovely and wonderful not to let you in on it. I feel changed on so many levels. I feel whole. I feel alive. That overwhelmed feeling that I didn’t realise I carried with me all of the time has been lifted. My load feels so much lighter and freeer and easier. I still have troubles, don’t get me wrong. There are many hurdles to be overcome and tensions to be smoothed. But facing life with someone who cares deeply for my wellbeing makes the troubles seem so much more able to bear.

I have found love and I am so very thankful.

Monday, March 23, 2015

garage sale treasures

 

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Three garage sales and three lots of treasure. It was my lucky weekend!

 

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I find it hard to go past pretty glass insulators without taking them home. These purple ones  are extra pretty, I reckon. Loving that big one, extra especially.

 

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This little treasure I bought for the frame but then I realised how much I love the painting so the whole thing will stay together now. I bought this from a garage sale in Bemboka but the actual frame used to hang in the old house at Kameruka Estate. Now that’s special!

 

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OK, I know what you’re thinking. I need another old suitcase like a hole in the head…but…but it’s green. Green! How could I leave it there all alone with no place to call home? I’m not that unkind.

So off home she came with me.

 

Here’s where the frame ended up …for now.

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And here’s the new home of one of the insulators.

 

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The suitcase has been floating around from place to place. She’s been a tea and cake table, a wine and bikkies table, turned up the other way as a spot to rest my cuppa table. I can also see her in my bedroom as storage and an added bit of zingy green.

Hmmm…decisions decisions.

 

 

So, how about you? Have you found any lovely little treasures on your travels lately?

 

Kim x

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

country show: stills

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Yah, Lew! And a prize for overall winner.

 

There’s something about a country showground that gets me all inspired.

Old buildings. Rooflines. Flaky paintwork. Corrugated iron. Fresh produce. Crowing roosters. Old tractors. Kids laughing. Serious locals revealing their produce. Felt hats.

So much to love about a country show.

Kim x

Monday, March 16, 2015

unschooling days

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There have been swimming days and

catching up with friends days and

film club days and

gaming days and

drawing days and

art class days and show days and

relaxing days and stressful days and

happy days and sadder days and

busy days and slow days and

writing days and reading days and

computer days and book days and

adventuring days and cosy at home days and

cooking days and eating out days….

But every single day learning has been happening.

That is the beauty of unschooling.

 

Happy week!

 

Kim x