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Friday, 25 May 2018

Weekend Reflection - Lights on Water

We spent an evening watching the boats in their VIVID finery light up the water.

 The stroll around to Darling Harbour has a number of hands on light and water experiments (at the Jellyfish at Cockle Bay)

 Unlike previous years, the Darling Harbour show runs non stop. So you can have dinner before or after, fitting in with the kids needs.

Linking with #WeekendReflection

And it's back...

Late May to mid June is the time Sydney shines - people flock to the city at night to check out the dazzling lights. Vivid Festival is art, music and the big draw, the lights. Those that follow the blog for a number of years know that I go hard, and this year is no exception.
Instead of the crowds at the Opera House for opening night, we had dinner at Lotus at Barangaroo and checked out the lights there, and then strolled through Darling Harbour (just missing the 8pm fireworks) to Uber home.

For an easy Vivid experience with the kids, this is one way to do it. From our table at Lotus we saw the giant lady (and we kept going over to see her up close and the kids got to talk to her), and the 'storm' in the forest entertained us all through dinner.

So you can see the scale

There are so many locations to experience Vivid this year, there's really no reason not to go!

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The trick is just to do it

I have a terrible cold and I missed out on a girls weekend away in Noosa due to kids commitments, and have just had to turn down a $400 gala dinner (free) due to more kids commitments, so all in all, I'm feeling very sorry for myself.

I did however go and see Radnor & Lee at the Metro on Sunday. Josh Radnor (who is an actor) is learning the guitar. He said in an offhand comment 'I joined a band and then decided to learn an instrument so I wouldn't have to just stand here. The guitar gives me something to hide behind.' He followed on with "I'm like the poster boy for just getting out and doing stuff. I waited til 42 to join a band and start playing the guitar".

I liked this idea - it doesn't matter the reasons you choose to make a change, they don't need to be high brow or 'worthy', and like Grandma Moses or Mary Wesley, age is irrelevant to a successful career.

So this week I am loving hope and the feeling that anything is possible if you just do it, for whatever reason. You don't have to try to write a best selling book - you could write a  book because it's a tiny piece of meditation just for you. And maybe others will like it. The trick is, you need to write it, or paint it, or make it - whatever the 'thing' is that sets you free from the tedium of work and home life.

Linking with #Lovinglifelinky & #Stayclassymama

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Last chance for the Sharing Feast at Pilu at Akuna Bay

Unfortunately Pilu at Akuna Bay is closing it's doors for the the Pranzo della Domenica. This Sunday, 27th May is your last chance for a laid back Sunday lunch on the water in the National Park.

For $65 a three course meal (four courses with antipasto) will arrive at your table - let them know any dietry requirements with booking. Children under 12 are $30, or there's a kids menu too.

Book your Sunday feast here.

You can tell we brought the kids - Uno cards!

Going early for #IBOT only so people have time to get a crew together for one last hurrah this Sunday.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

"You can't see the world through a mirror." Avril Lavigne

For Mother's Day we went for lunch at Sydney's QT and I noticed reflections everywhere!

I loved the art reflected and the endless lights, stretching on to eternity.

As one who is not such a fan of my image in a mirror, I was quite delighted at the joy I got capturing reflections. It's not the mirror that's the problem, it's what my brain does with the image it sees. As I've discussed, that's something that needs working on.

While trying to find a theme for this post, I came across this quote by Pearl Bailey. "We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us - not our effects on others." For those that struggle with mirrors, maybe we need to remind ourselves that the mirror only reflects us, not the great world around us and the people in need that we can help - be it friends, family or strangers abroad. Maybe that's where the real meaning of life and happiness lies.

If you wish to help the people of Hawaii, donate to the disaster relief here. You can choose to direct your donation to those affected by the floods on Oahu or Kauai, or those people evacuated on the Big Island. I've no affiliation with these people, I just really loved the people of Hawaii & their spirit of aloha.

Linking with #PictorialTuesday #WWOAT #WWOT  #TheRandom #WordlessWednesday  #WeekendReflection, #mySundayPhoto and #SundayBest

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The gift of boredom

I've done nothing of interest this week except cut through red tape with a machete. While there's a level of satisfaction, it's extremely dull and tedious. I haven't even been out. I was thinking how bored I was, when it hit me. I've had an extremely eventful few years, and this is the first time I can remember when I wasn't worried or stressed with one matter or another. 

So in a short post for #LovingLifeLinky, I'm celebrating boredom. There's some truth to the saying "When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting". Jon Kabat-Zinn

And of course, following Hedy Lamarr's advice 'Boring people don't have to stay that way' so I've organised to sneak out for an hour tonight to catch my last comedian of the Sydney Comedy Festival...

What are you loving this week?

Linking with #TwinklyTuesday and #FortheloveofBLOG

Monday, 14 May 2018

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” Leo Christopher

I needed to get some of the kids passports renewed. I had lunch with a friend to verify the photos. She got to the part that asked how long she'd know the kids and said 'So what is it? Nine years and....nine months?' I was stunned. She's a good friend but what I considered a new friend. Yet apparently I'd known her a decade. How had that happened? And why didn't it feel that long?

As I often seem to say these days, when did I get so old?

Be thankful of the people that see you through the difficult times as well as the fun. Make sure you acknowledge what they do for you. Suddenly you discover they've been there all along.

One last little thought on time, is a lovely little quote that calms me in the panic of this disappearing life. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” (an anonymous quote). Make sure your flight crew are good to have along for the ride. Make it all count!