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Saturday, 21 January 2017

So Frenchy, So Chic


There's a fun little festival that celebrates all things French, this year in Sydney it moved to the waterfront location of Glebe.

There's music, cocktails (not in flimsy plastic glasses) and champagne, and Moules Frites in a picnic setting.

It was a stunning day, but not too hot. Perfect for kicking back on a  rug with friends.

Deluxe stole the show and my legs hurt this morning from jumping so much!

(Those of you in the UK, well worth a trip to France to catch them live. SO MUCH FUN!)

For the day, I was most definitely living la vie en rose!


Linking with #WordlessWednesday, #AussieWordlessWEdnesday #WWOAT and #WWOT

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Beach, Barangaroo

Looking for some free fun these holiday? Head to Barangaroo. The Cutaway has been filled with an ocean of white balls and there's plenty of fun to be had at the beach! You can pay to skip the queue - see details here- but we opted to wait in line (for an hour) and then spend the bucks at Da Mario's for lunch at the pop up Festival Village outside.

It's a great excuse to visit the park and spend a day by the water in this beautiful harbour city.

Living in Sydney at Festival time makes it so hard not to love life!

Have you been having fun at the Festival of Sydney?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Medicare Funding Cuts

I have in the past posted about some alarming statistics, one in particular that we have the highest rate of suicide in the world, and the highest per capita prescriptions for anti depressants. Something is not right in the state of Denmark Australia as they say. Given these figures, I was shocked by what I heard yesterday.

In an informal conversation with a doctor, I learnt of some changes to Medicare that fills me with fear. I am not a doctor, and I am hoping I have misunderstood what she was meaning, and if that is the case, please correct me and I will amend the post. If this issue does affect you, please don't panic yet, as I may be entirely wrong.

The short of it, as explained to me, is that the average person will no longer get rebates on counselling with Psychiatrists and Psychologists. If you are a child, homeless, with the healthcare card and suicidal, you will still get the rebate or access to the free services. However, if you are a mother with PND, a husband overwhelmed at his retrenchment, someone whose physical pain has become a little too much to cope with, or someone afflicted with anxiety, there is no code for the GP to give the referral, If you received help at 17, when you turn 18, that help will cease, unless you can pay for it.

Surely the key to mental health is preventative steps while the problem is manageable? Why wait for the breakdown, or for it to be too late? Surely it is in the public interest to support those seeking treatment? We all benefit from a happier, more productive society.

This offhand comment at a party was the first I heard of it, so I'm hoping I am wrong. It does seem odd that a google search doesn't bring it up, which gives me hope that I misinterpreted the conversation.

As I said, if there is just a delay in the process, and the codes are on their way to GPs in the 'new year' or if I totally misunderstood what was being said, please speak up and I can breathe easy and take down the post. If it is the case that the Government has decided to pull much needed funding from Mental Health in the areas of Anxiety and Depression, please give me an idea on how we combat or challenge this. Other than, I really have no idea how to start. I do however feel I can't sit this one out, as we aren't quite the lucky country I once thought we were, but I do believe we can be.

I believe we should be trying to encourage people to seek help when they need it. If we price it out of their means, they just won't bother, and so the downward spiral begins. This cost cutting seems very short sighted and detrimental to all of us, However a tide raises all boats, so let's start the swell.

Linking with the #UltimateRabbitHole

Please note this discussion that may trigger distress. If  feeling fragile, please always reach out for help. Lifeline 13 11 14  (or 000 in an emergency). Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636, Reach Out Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467. 

Also please leave the name calling off  the comments, I will delete any disrespectful discussion whether it's regarding other comments or politicians.

The Funatorium: Mad Hatter's Tea Party

We've just got back from The Funatorium, a kids cabaret that's on at the Opera House until the 22nd. While I'm still officially on holidays and not blogging, I just wanted to let you know that it's great, and you should go.

I only took our little one, as I thought the Alice theme meant it would be just for little kids. I think my high schooler would have loved it too, and I most certainly did! I was grinning, clapping and shrieking along with everyone else. In fact I suspect most of the adults enjoyed it as much as their little counter parts.

We got the cool hat and my little one 'practised' the March Hare's routine on the train home.

It's on until the 22nd - get tickets if you can.

I can honestly say for that hour I was truly loving life!

Not sponsored, we paid for ourselves. Get yours here.

As an aside, First of the Month Fiction is still live.

Linking with #MummyMondays and #OpenSlather

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

First of the Month Fiction - January

Very short one this month - but open for the whole of Jan, until I'm back online.

Write a 100 word story exactly or one less than 30 words - add it in the comments then link your blog.

Have a great New Year, and my 2017 bring a positive change that we didn't see coming.

Mine is a quick 30:

She thought about the year that was, the decay creeping through the cracks of society. She raised her glass to the smiling faces around her. It had to be enough.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all - I hope you can enjoy the extra day before Christmas and get everything done that you need to.

Wherever you are in the world, travelling or at home, stay safe and drive carefully.

Link your Christmas posts below, First of the Month Fiction will be up next week and open for the month, and I'll see you all in February.

Sending you all tidings of comfort and joy!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

This time next week...

This time next week I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas.

This time next week I hope you are cheering on the Sydney to Hobart or the Cricket.

This time next week I hope you are relaxed and enjoying your holidays.

This time next week, I hope you've seen the fabulously fun 1903 circus at the Sydney Opera House. I found this show delightful in it's appearance and imagery, as well as all the usual thrills and skills of the circus. It even engaged the teen and made them smile, so definitely a show for the whole family. (Buy tickets here - not sponsored, just thought it was so fun and charming.)
This couple just dressed up - turn of the century cosplay

Happy Christmas to you all. Stay safe, drive safely and if you're lonely or sad, speak up and reach out.

Best wishes to you all.

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