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    Out and About

    The thrill of a worldwide open border

    I am looking forward to the day when we can travel unrestricted to any world destination – a worldwide open border. I will be so excited at the departure terminal. In all the excitement I hope I do not accidently take hold of a strangers hand when standing in the Qantas queue! Like me, have you missed the freedom of going on an overseas holiday? Even the one you planned for 2020. Your hope of going to new places and meeting new friends was put on hold by the coronavirus. But, there is hope in sight. We are getting closer to a worldwide open border once there is a COVID-19…

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    The carnival and coronavirus

    We might be in the middle of a pandemic but in Toowoomba we are celebrating the Carnival of Flowers. The Spring weather is perfect, and Toowoomba has put out the welcome mat to visitors. In Queensland we are in this position because of early lockdown restrictions and the border closure. A visit to Queens Park Botanic Gardens Yesterday my One & Only (O&O) and I visited Queens Park Botanic Gardens. He suggested we take a picnic lunch. But given the crowds I had seen in the park, two days earlier when driving past, I proposed we picnic at home. While wandering around the park I was surprised as I did…

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    The mystery of the missing banana

    Getting out and experiencing nature is a great past-time. My One & Only (O&O) and me did this during the week and went for a drive and picnic to Ravensbourne National Park. It is around a 40-minute drive from Toowoomba. We always enjoy a BBQ lunch when going on a picnic. There are wood BBQ’s at Ravensbourne but, on this occasion, we decided to take a picnic lunch. Our lunch was simple, sandwiches (homemade bread) and curried eggs (eggs from our hens). Add a thermos of hot water for a cup of tea, fresh strawberries, and a chocolate treat and we were ready to go. But no, what about a…

  • Enjoying our COVID-19 recreational drive.
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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…