• Enjoying our COVID-19 recreational drive.
    Out and About

    Our COVID-19 recreational drive

    After hearing the news we could take a recreational drive up to 50 kilometres, we planned our first post COVID-19 outing. My One & Only (O&O), Matt and I talked about where we would go. As the topic a few days earlier had been around fishing spots near Toowoomba we decided to go to Lake Cooby (37 kms away). The lake is stocked with silver perch, golden perch, and Murray cod. We wanted to check out if this was a good place for my O&O and Matt to hook a fresh fish dinner. On Wednesday morning we were extremely excited about the outing, a longer trip than the few kilometres…

  • Life Matters,  Out and About

    Courage mingled with vulnerabilities (CV)

    What a difference a few months can make. No longer do we have control over where we go and what we do. The coronavirus, COVID-19, CV for short, is controlling us. I am now controlled by the government and the rules of movement and social behaviour. But I do not mind, these are in place for my protection and to protect those I love. Therefore, I have to face the world with another form of CV – courage mingled with my vulnerabilities. The level of control and the change CV has bought into my life was evident to me yesterday when we visited the pharmacy and the supermarket. We arrived…

  • Out and About,  Self-Care

    Walking the Whitsundays

    Walking the Whitsundays is it possible? The Whitsundays consists of a huge body of water and 74 islands. But despite that I did walk the Whitsundays. I can hear you saying ‘that’s not possible, how could you walk the Whitsundays?’ It is true I walked the Whitsundays. Oh, did I leave out that one word ‘distance.’ What I have achieved is that I walked the distance of the Whitsundays. But even more so, I have walked the distance of the Great Barrier Reef. That is I have walked more than 2,300 kilometres. I do not know how long it has taken me, I just keep walking. The Whitsundays are in…

  • 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…