??Journey or destination??

Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness


I write because…

I love to talk. I want to share my ideas and hear yours. I speak the truth but sometimes I like to turn it to fiction, embellishing it to make it more interesting , just like adding a variety of textures to a collage. Ears aren’t always there when the thoughts fill me and need to flow like soap bubbles blown from a wand. That’s the beauty of writing. It waits patiently to be heard, while I can start on my next conversation. The words swirl, creating pictures, interpreted personally, as are the images captured by a camera lens of etched with a paintbrush.



Dreams do come true!

With Father’s Day tomorrow in Australia, I was looking through early posts on my blog. I knew I had written one about my dad and wanted to re-read it. I found it (take a peek if you like). I also found a list of dreams I had written – not dreams as in sleep time but dreams of things I wanted to achieve. I wrote it 2 years ago so decided to see if I could tick any off the list.

The Ticked

Visit Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest

Almost ticked. The flights and accommodation are finalised and we will be there in around five weeks time. We are traveling around Cairns to Kuranda and up as far as Cape Tribulation. It will be a planes, trains and automobile style trip ( oh and throw in a cruise ship too!)file2101291129795

Visit the Blue Grotto and Pompeii

In June last year my family (husband and two grown up kids) traveled to Italy. It was an amazing holiday, made extra enjoyable by us all sharing it together. We didn’t actually get inside the Blue Grotto. Heavy seas, high tide fast approaching and a long queue of boats meant we only saw it from the outside. But, still we saw it (and a lot of other pretty grottos on our sail around Capri


Pompeii is hard to put in words. It’s like you can still feel the lives of the people there both before the catastrophe and as they faced it. I cannot even imagine the fear that filled them as some struggled to escape (but to nowhere) nor those that curled up tightly with their family aware they could not beat this beast. And, there, looming in your vision is the all powerful Mt Vesuvius.

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Do a Sound of Music Tour

What an amazing time we had in Salzburg (July 2015) fulfilling this dream. The Mirabellplatz Gardens were opposite our accommodation. This Garden is the scene of the ‘Do-Re-Me’ steps, gnomes and trellises .Of course I sang the song as I jumped steps,tapped gnomes on the head and of course skipped ( yes skipped!!) through trellised walkways. I also did an organised SOM bus tour where I danced around a rotunda singing walked around lakes and saw the church of the marriage.

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Watch Sunrise and Kochie Live

Sunrise is an Australian morning news TV program. It is filmed at Martin place and is visible from the street.I’m a Kochie fan so was excited to make the trip to Sydney to stand outside to watch.I was extra thrilled when a few months later I actually got to be part of an inside audience, something they don’t have very often.

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Cook a three course meal

My cooking IS getting better. Maybe because I don’t do it so often now we are empty nesters. This makes the times I do it no longer the compulsory chore it used to be.

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Learn more conversational Italian

My Italian is still VERY limited but I loved listening to others using it during our travels. I was able to read the train ticket machines which was helpful.I also had a few(very simplistic) conversations-mostly transport or food related. Sadly since our return non-use means I need a HUGE refresher course.


These on the list are YET TO BE COMPLETED but are still important to me.I’m taking Abbey Lee off the list though as I don’t watch the show much now.

*Visit USA again and see Abby Lee Dance Studio – and hopefully Abby Lee :)

*Visit Churchill to see the polar bears in the wild

*African wildlife safari

*Go to the Melbourne Cup

*See the Canadian Rocky Mountains by train

*Fly over Antarctica – preferable ice class :)

*Attend a dawn service for ANZAC DAY

*Be on Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve

*Write a children’s picture book

*Write a collection of short stories

Have you ticked off any of your own dreams lately? Did they live up to your expectations?


Learning a craft

Do you have a favourite craft activity? Craft is a relaxing activity ( when it goes right 👍 ) with great satisfaction in achieving an end product made by yourself. I have tried paper quilling, knitting and calligraphy, and as a teenager a little bit of candle making. This craft only lasted until my mum realised I’d used her best saucepans to melt wax after the one she’d given me had the handle loosen ( watching my safety I’d thought as I you the new saucepans haha). No more milk carton, mould and drip candles for me.

As a child I remember watching my sister crochet after being taught by our nanna. Somewhere along the line I picked up the basic stitch. Now with the help of YouTube ( technology is interwoven in all I do) I am trying to teach myself to crochet.

My first project is a square cushion for my lounge. It’s just a big ‘grannie square’ really but I couldn’t help myself to try adding my own personal twist. I’ve tried to incorporate a colour change just on the corners. So far ( thankfully) the result seems better than when I adlib on cooking recipes with ingredient changes. Can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

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I think I’ve found what just might turn out to be my best friend forever in a site called Craft Yarn Council. It not only has free patterns and some interesting articles to read, it also has informative topics, like the all important ones like ‘What’s that stitch’ and ‘How to read a crochet pattern’. For knitters ( or aspiring knitters) it has ‘how to’ guidelines and patterns as well.

If you crochet, do you have any hints or tips to help as I learn this craft? I do know I need to work on getting my tension even !!



Can’t believe it’s first day of my holidays and I’m awake this early. Actually I awoke at 6 am with the alarm going off for my husband to get up for work. Guess my body is still in work mode.

 A friend set a challenge for those of us not going away for the holiday break to set ourselves some goals. I took up the challenge …

 1. To accept I’m not going away for the vacation period and so will make sure I don’t end up buying myself a ticket somewhere
This will be my hardest challenge. I’m not good at staying home during a holiday break. I get a bit twitchy and more often than not end up escaping somewhere if only got a few days. But, I have a vacation planned for later in the year and so I am going to work hard on meeting this challenge. Maybe Challenge 4 might help me stick to this one.

2. Write some blog posts and read the blogs of others.

I love writing but it seems to get pushed to the background with the demands of a day job. I love having time to sit back and paint my reflections of life with words but sometimes finding the time is the challenge. Reading the thoughts of others is insightful. It’s people watching of a different kind. It stretches my my mind to new ideas, opinions and visions and takes me to places that are already in my memory or have been beyond my thoughts.

3. Spend sometime outdoors in the sunshine admiring the beauty of where I live. 


 I live in a coastal town but rarely take time to enjoy the beauty of what I have at my doorstep. I allow the mundanes of life ( and my often sheer laziness to get moving) to get between me and this natural beauty. Winter is the perfect time for hot coffee watching the waves crash on the sand and possibly a whale frolicking on its northern migration. I’m getting out there!!


4. Put together a photo book of my Europe trip of 2014.


This definitely might help me avoid a trip away as I relive memories and organise the photos and thoughts ( or will it make the desire to get away burn stronger- we’ll see). I have so many photos of the trip I took to Europe – travelling with my husband and our kidults. At this stage I’m imagining a coffee table style book . Anyone with suggestions of easy online bookmakers to work with?




So with those challenges set up , I think I shall make myself breakfast in bed and as I eat my jam and cheese toast and sip my coffee I’ll start with reading some of the blogs in my reader.


Twitter Anyone?? 

I started my Twitter account back in October 2013. I didn’t really understand the concept of #hashtags and thought it polite to follow everyone who followed me. I learned the @ tag was actually part of my (is it a ) name. 

My first followers were family but gradually I have built a small following picked up from my love of cavalier dogs, black cats and my high involvement in watching reality television. 
 Today I was reading through the tweets of  @WanderinPoet and saw a tweet about How to Spot Fake Followers  and it got me thinking about how to increase my followers so I posed the question back about how to increase followers. The reply was almost instantaneous ( just how I like things) with a tweet AND a WordPress blog post of information ( read here). If you are a Twitter learner like me you’ll no doubt  find it interesting – I did. 
My Twitter usage is social predominantly, I love that I can always find something to comment on or join in a discussion, and admire a photo or read an inspiring quote. I’ve also used it to contact big brands for tech help. I also use it to publicise my new WordPress blog posts ( that have been few and far between recently).  
If you are a tweeter how do you use Twitter?  Oh and can you tell me if a ‘@whoever’ is shared differently in  Twitter  if it’s put at the start  or end of a tweet – I notice people do either . 

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On my way…

The WordPress photo prompt this week is about the journey.

‘In-between moments can be just as memorable as grand finales. This week, share a photo you took on the way to something else.’

These photos show on the way to Norfolk Island. I visited in January . I was looking for a summer holiday break and this destination looked beautiful. It certainly lived up to that expectation too. The scenery was amazing and the way of life relaxed. And if you want to read about my flight over take a look here 😄

First glimpse

First glimpse

Flying over Emily Bay

Flying over Emily Bay




Chat over Coffee

If we were to have coffee it would be in a cafe. I love having my coffee made for me ( those swirly pictures in the foam add to the experience) . Being able to choose something delicious ( like a cake, preferably with cream) to go with it is essential too – the whole experience- cemented together with friendship talk.

My talk of course would start about my kidults, although they are grown up and live away from home we still keep in close contact and I couldn’t imagine life any other way. My son and his fiancé are mulling over wedding plans and their dog ( oh I miss him living here) has had an infected paw needing antibiotics. He is a beautiful natured Cavalier but one of those dogs ( like some people) that injuries and illness just seem to happen often too. Lucky he has good people watching over him closely. My daughter is off to school camp in Monday for three days. As an over anxious parent I always hated school camps and gave my kids strict instructions to stay near the teachers and not get lost wandering. Now she is the teacher – still told her to stay close to the others :)) Her partner is nursing a foot injury that has been recurring for quite a while. I feel for him not being able to pursue his love of running at the moment.


I’d tell you about our campsite home. This here will fill in the background talk. The floorboards are down and the painting is done with just a few touch ups go finish. The painting is thanks to my husband taking some of his holidays to finish the job and it does look great. Hopefully today we will start moving at least our bedroom furniture back into the room. I’m over having to get up from virtually down on the ground each morning. In keeping with my declutter theme a lot will not be returning to the rooms. I am taking part in a 30 day declutter challenge which is difficult for hoarders as my husband and I are, but it’s happening so it’s all good.


I wouldn’t bother you with telling about work except to say this year I’m being more realistic about my time spent on it at the expense of time doing things I enjoy.
Let’s not have this conversation all one sided. I’ll sip my coffee and devour the cake while I listen about your week. Look forward to reading about it in your comment :)




We are camping out…and will be most of the week despite it being a working week. The campsite comes with a large screen tv , FOXTEL ( pay TV ) and luxury leather lounge. The bathroom facilities are just a very short walk and a kitchen is attached to the campsite. The kitchen has all the modern cons , but the dishwasher is loud enough to be heard at the campsite. as a light sleeper I found the unusual noises a little hard on my first night.The ground is hard on the knees when getting out of bed for it is made of porcelain tiles laid diagonally. The mattress is a high quality Support Pillowtop Queen Mattress so we won’t suffer back ache or deflated mattresses as is often the case in camping. Despite all this I got little sleep through this , our first night of probably 6 nights. Where is this campsite you ask and why are we here?
The ‘out ‘ campsite is our family room.

To the why- we are getting floorboards to replace our carpets, after 16 years. The carpets were cream , such a silly beautiful colour I chose. Throughout those 16 years we have raised two children (9 and 8 years when we moved into this home – the last did have much more kid friendly colours but lacked size), one cat, introduced a bird and an extra kitten, then a puppy. The cream of today though is a little curdled. It was a good time to do it we thought as my son has left home and taken his things with him and my daughter has only left a bedroom suite behind.
Before Thursday we (aka my husband) have to remove all the bedrooms’ and study furniture and pull up the carpets in prep for the floorboards.

Luckily the forbidden room has floorboards already, as this gives us extra storage other than the garage. Lounges and bedroom suites dismantled fill our garage. My clothes and shoe racks have mostly been draped on lounges in the forbidden room ( some will stay in the wardrobe until the last minute

Being time a great opportunity to change colour schemes we are painting the rooms because no drop sheets are necessary since the carpets are going.
So, the floorboards go down on Thursday and Friday, then we can move back into our rooms and leave this campsite! Best part, I have lots of things to rummage through to find my declutter items from. I definitely do not intend putting everything back into the rooms – hard as that might be. Anyone walking my shoes in house renovations at the moment or have a story about their experience to share?



Day 2 total = 3

Yesterday I tossed out the coffee pot . I thought finding two things to toss today would be easy. A couple of hours and creative thoughts about the potential of things in my study’s wardrobe ( basically the refuge for every homeless item in our house) I finally moved to my own room’s stash in desperation to find the 2 unlucky things. At the moment our bedroom is draped across the floor of the forbidden room ( read here for a glossary type explanation) as we move everything in anticipation of new floorboards in the bedroom. Finally I found 2 things.


Objects- 1 thong ( the partner is missing ) , 1 pink lipstick
Acquired – The thongs I bought. They aren’t an expensive brand rather a cheap department store brand, but I liked them because I’m not big on brands rather on what I like. It’s not like I expect ted buying expensive ones would be economical. I like to be able to replace have many pairs. I have no idea where or when the other thong walked off but I always hoped one day it would walk back into my life. This hasn’t however been the case, in the 12 months or so I’ve been missing it. I suspect it just did not make it into a suitcase on some holiday experience. Having said that, I’ve never wished to throw this one out …just in case. I have since purchased several more pairs.
I love pink lipstick. In fact I love pink in most things, but with my skin tone I have yet to find the right shade and it’s not from not looking hard enough. This is yet another in my sad pile of make up mistakes. So…straight to the garbage!
Result – a vacant spot on my shoe rack ( I just know that thong will turn up now haha and one less lipstick in my overcrowded make up box.
Tossed item Tally – 3
Things left to remove – 462


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