• Out and About

    Holidaying at the beach

    Holidaying at the beach is good for you. There are so many benefits the ocean and sand offer and it all comes for free. A day trip is one option. But if you like to linger longer at the beach you might have to pay for accommodation. That is, unless you have a generous friend who allows you to stay at their holiday home. It has been a while since I had a beach holiday and enjoyed the soothing waves of the ocean. But to keep safe all swimming must happen between the flags, with lifeguards on duty. The ocean water’s with gently rolling waves lapping at your feet, might…

  • Out and About

    The Carnival is Over

    As of today, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is over, and most visitors have returned home. They have said their last goodbye. But for the locals, like me, we get to stay and enjoy the parks, gardens, cafes and everything else Toowoomba has to offer.   Many people, including volunteers, contributed to the success of this year’s carnival. It is a result of people working together. This year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is 70 years old. There are people who have a story to tell about their time spent at the carnival. Some returned this year from other parts of Australia to be part of the 70th celebrations. Then…

  • Out and About

    The Power of the Flower

    The power of the flower is not a myth, there is truth in the power of the flower. Flowers have mood enhancing ability. Flowers make us feel better. The Power of the Flower is the theme for this years Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. It is the longest running horticultural event in Australia. It is now in its 70th year and the perfect time to join in the celebrations. The Carnival commences tomorrow Friday 20th and continues until the 29th September. With over 150 parks in Toowoomba it is easy to get out and about and amongst the flowers to experience the power of the flower. Growing up in Toowoomba I…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Out and About

    Travelling as we get older

    Travelling as we get older is not the same as when we are younger. At least this is my experience. I do not miss the long-haul flights to Europe. Nor finding that my connecting flight is delayed five hours, the announcement made only 15 minutes before departure. Sitting next to someone who needs more space than the seat allows is disconcerting. Worse still seats near the toilets! There is a downside and an upside to travelling away from home. As I get older I am more aware of the downsides! In my early 20s I travelled with a group by coach to Lightning Ridge, Western Queensland. Spending the night in…

  • Out and About

    Holiday happiness or not?

    When I go on a holiday, I want to experience holiday happiness. After all, holidays are to refresh, revive and energise us and this will happen more readily if we have a happy holiday. Afterwards, we can return to work, our routine and sometimes mundane tasks with more vigour. We all need time out, time to relax, laugh and be happy. I have had my share of holiday unhappiness and I was thinking on this after spending a night in Brisbane this week. As my One & Only (O&O) had a medical appointment I arranged an overnight stay – a treat! But it came with the usual noisy air-conditioner. We…

  • Life Day By Day,  Out and About

    Rules rule

    Why do we have to have rules? We have rules to guide and shape our beliefs and behaviour. As a rule, rules come from laws, but some rules standalone, such as the ones we make for ourselves or our household. The “rule of law” is a concept that the government and citizens know the law and follow it. Laws and rules establish standards, they protect people, they enforce rights and resolve conflicts. Without rules, we would have anarchy in society. Yet again, are there some rules that can be broken? Is it okay to break rules? I believe it is okay to break rules, if you make them yourself, for…

  • Out and About,  Retirement

    An Adventure Holiday

    An adventure holiday has been the reason my blogging has been non-existent for several weeks! If I had an iPad or a lightweight laptop I could have blogged every week but as adventurous as I am I have not ventured down that path. Going on holidays these days you find free Wi-Fi wherever you turn. My excitement though soon turned to disappointment as time after time my mobile anti-virus told me there was a security risk with the free Wi-Fi. Therefore, there was no free Wi-Fi for me! Every holiday is an adventure but for me it is more of an adventure if you are constantly on the move. And move…

  • Life Matters,  Out and About

    Getting organised is good for you

    Getting organised is good for you. It can even be life-changing. But before this happens it requires a decision to change. I made the decision many years ago and my life is better for it. My last post was titled “Under the kitchen sink”. This post was about being organised and I mentioned that there are benefits to living an organised life. At the same time, it is best not to be too rigid and over-organised whereby you find you cannot enjoy living! As with everything in life, it is best if we have balance. What I like about being organised is the visual part but also I know where…

  • Life Day By Day,  Out and About

    Glorious Garlic and other things

    Glorious Garlic: In July 2014 I wrote a post titled “Gastronomic Glorious Garlic” where I discussed the benefits of garlic. Garlic is ever present in my kitchen and used in all types of dishes. As garlic is a medicinal plant and high in vitamins it is good to eat garlic. It was 18 months ago when I made the decision to grow my own organic garlic. I cannot believe where the time has gone and still I am no closer to growing my own garlic. But recently I did buy 1 kilogram of Australian Certified Biodynamic garlic. The purple garlic grown on Patrice Newell’s farm in Gundy, New South Wales,…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Life Day By Day,  Living with Chickens,  Out and About

    Show off

    On Friday I went to the 78th Maleny Agricultural Show where there was an opportunity for the locals to show off. There were all the animals you would expect to find on the farm, cooking, handicrafts, cut flowers, farm produce, displays, rides, games, food, entertainment and more. Agricultural Shows are a wonderful meeting place to catch up with friends, take the family and enter exhibits whether this is cattle or cakes to prove you are the best, a perfect show off! My main interest at the show was in the poultry. I wandered around and observed the different breeds of roosters, pullets and hens. I found one dear little hen…