Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Blue Bazaar Layout.

Oh looky here. What's this? Another layout? Anyone would think I had been scrapping or something?!

This layout was created for Blue Bazaar's April Kit. (I just had a look in the shop and it's looks like it's all sold out! Awesome!)

I can't express how much I loved the AC Pow Glitter paper. I was a bit unsure at first, but after having a play, I seriously think it's the coolest paper made.

And that's Amy at 6 months of age. I used to worry I would run out of photos to scrap, but I really don't think I'll have a problem with that. For one, I'm a slow scrapper and the process is just as enjoyable as the finished page. And secondly, I am so busy that I don't scrap near as much as I would like to! And thirdly, I take a bazillion photos.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I like doing stuff.

You know, just stuff. It's probably why I like corny things like Geocaching, scrapbooking and running around in circles and possibly getting lost. Stuff.

So when I happened to come across the Family Fun in Sydney blog, I was so very super excited as now I had an easier way of finding out what stuff there was to do.

Anything that keeps the Evil Weevils off the computer and out in the fresh air can only be a good thing. Right?

That's us checking out the new Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve. And yep, of course we fed the ducks. Best fed ducks in Sydney, I reckon.

So, as the sharing, caring person that I am, I thought maybe other Sydneysiders out there who like doing stuff, would appreciate this share. :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Trail Running and lessons learned.

I should start this post by saying I sometimes do stupid things. And by sometimes, I mean more often than the average person. It's a gift I have.

I had a fantastic idea last weekend to get up early and go for a trail run. I had spent quite some time researching which trail I would go on. I eventually decided to run from Springwood to Blaxland. 13.5kms, it shouldn't take me any longer than 2 hours, I'll be home in time to go to the Knitters Guild meeting and have a wonderful day.

So, I parked the car at Blaxland. The train was late. I mean, who timetables these things?! Oh yeah, me, right. I get to Springwood, read over my instructions and start off. The first 5kms of the trail was beautiful, except I have been watching far to many murder mystery shows for my own good and every time I heard a twig snap, I crapped myself. So, I did the first half at a relatively good pace. LOL.

I got to one section of the run where I had to cross a creek bed and the instructions just didn't make sense at this point. I found a cairn which meant I knew I was on the right track. Well, this 'right' track diverges at one point and I took the wrong one. Lucky for me, I ran into some people looking for a biblical carving in some stones and they pointed me in the right direction. Up a damn hill. But it's ok as I am rewarded with this.

So I get to the top of the hill, read the next lot of instructions, ring Steve as surprisingly I have good mobile coverage and let him know it's taking a little bit longer than expected but I should be finished in an hour or so.

Or so.

So I turn around and take off down the path. However, this side of the gully has had some backburning done. It's ugly, like a moonscape and the branches that overhang the trail are sharp and they scratch my legs a bit. I find the stump I'm meant to go past and I keep looking out for my intersection.

I find one. I read the instructions, yep, there's a cairn there. There's a track. Yep. This is the right track.

So off I go. It's further than the instructions said, but I'm sure that it's all ok. I come to the rocky outcrop and the instructions tell me to go left then right. Yep and yep. I follow this down to the river. Yep. All the instructions are working out, mostly anyway.

Until I get to the other side of the river and then the instructions don't make any sense.

This is where I realise I am lost.

Insert expletive.

And I finished my water about 3kms ago because I thought I was almost finished.

So I find a trail. It's well defined so I figure it has to lead somewhere, right? Yes. To the railway tracks. I have a good mobile signal so I check out my map app and I see that I am not where I need to be, but at least I know where I am. I continue running. I see a man on the path and he tells me I am very close to the end of the trail.

I find the station, the wrong station, but I don't care. I am so dehydrated at this point as I have been going for almost 24kms or 4 1/2 hours (the final 8kms with no water.)

I almost hug the drink machine when I get a drink out of it.

All is right again.

Looking back, I actually really enjoyed the run. Just next time, I will go on a more used track. One which is much more well defined so I can't get lost.

And not rely solely on instructions that could possibly be out of date.

And see that 9km mark? That was where I was meant to turn off, so I ended up two ridges over.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Sorry, just doing this to 'claim' my blog! Which gets me thinking, what blog reader do you use? Or do you just use your own sidebar link list?

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I've got so much more to write about but this whole typing on the iPad thing is driving me crazy!!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I heart Sunday mornings.

It seems to be my time when I get up early, leisurely eat my breakfast, then after a couple of cups of tea, decide it's time to update the ol' blog.

This time with another layout. One I created at the Storyboard Kits retreat. This was a blind challenge and for those who know me, know I don't read instructions well. I read instructions, but I don't take things in too well. I'm one of those visual people. Show me once and I know it. Explain it to me and I'm lost.

Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there. So, here is the layout:

And that's about it. I've got to get ready as I want to take the kids to the Medieval Fayre at Nurragingy Reserve and before that, I really need to fold all this washing. Sunday morning at it's best.