phoning it in.

Some beautiful things, as captured with my phone.

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Apologies for any doubles from Instagram.

slices of weekend.

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quiet moments.
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beauty in strange places.
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growth.
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A mini-harvest. Featuring one single pea pod, 3 leaves of rocket, and half an un-ripe kale leaf. Those peas and that rocket blew my mind.
A great one, this week! We experienced a real Spring weekend - I was loathe to be inside, and lots of light beer was consumed. Highlights include after-work drinks in my backyard with a favourite on Friday, a solo beach walk (and coffee consumed while sitting in the sand in my good jeans), lunch at our local, shopping for camping supplies, movie night and sweet potato burgers, a sundrenched walk to the local bric-a-brac (/vintage) market; a coffee table score, and time spent studying (less thankful for the study, more for the peace of mind and clarity it brings).

We also attempted to save a tiny possum that had been hit by a car (carrying him, wrapped in my cardigan, as we walked home, and then straight to the animal hospital), but unfortunately he couldn't be saved. While it was heart-wrenching, and I may have shed a tear or twelve, it was humbling to be part of this animal's journey, and reminded me of just how much happiness animals and nature (the whole cycle) bring me.

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a solo beach morning.
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beach boxes.
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Cranberry-coconut-dark chocolate cookie - to get me to the Eftpos minimum. Also because it looked delicious.
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perfect.
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dat face.
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perfection in a huge salad bowl.
How was your weekend, friends?

grateful.

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This was a moment of pure peace. I'd bounded out of bed 15 minutes earlier, been for a run, bathed, got dressed (and all the rest that goes along with getting ready for work), and still had time to sit and eat breakfast in the sunshine (as opposed to the usual eating-breakfast-in-the-bathroom-while-doing-my-hair routine). Breakfast was, in case you were wondering, homemade granola with banana and 5am organic yoghurt (my new favourite). Such a small change - getting up 15 minutes earlier - but so very worth it in the end. 

I've been so grateful for moments of quiet like these lately, and seeking them out - sitting in my favourite armchair while reading old (inspiring) magazines, instead of numbing myself with bad TV after work; taking 10 minutes away from my desk to drink coffee outside; really revelling in shavasana - and it has done wonders for my headspace.

Thank you.

reminiscing, and travel.

2 years ago today... I know, I know. I'm living in the past (which has never been my vice of choice). This trip was just so life-changingly incredible, and while I'm disappointed that I didn't share my experience while they were actually happening, I'm really stoked I get to re-hash the experience over and over again as I share photos 2 years later.


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I don't have my diary with me (in which I kept, in incredible detail, thoughts on our daily adventures), and I can't remember everything, but here's what I do remember:

We woke up fairly early with excitement, as we had a tour of the Everglades booked! Our hostel was oh-so-cool; just the right amount of dirty, colourful, and comfortable. I don't remember what we ate for breakfast, but I do remember how it felt to see an alligator about 2 feet from me. I remember how loud the airboat was; how we had to wear earplugs. I remember how beautifully serene it was when our guide stopped the boat, and we floated; searching the water surrounding us for wildlife. It was absolutely stunning, and I would do that again in a heartbeat. After the tour we headed back to the gift shop (I'm pretty sure Rufus ate something with Alligator in it... I had an apple), and then to a small enclosure where we learned about how intelligent Alligators really are - that they can be trained - and to demonstrate this, the trainer put his head inside the mouth of the great big reptile. It was so damn cool.

Later in the day, Caitlyn and I decided to go exploring while Rufus had some solo time. We walked to the beach, and I was absolutely blown away. I had expected a dirty tourist trap, but the water, the sand, the beach-goers, were absolutely pristine! It was stunning. We weren't wearing our bathers so we took our sandals off and splashed around in the shallows (I remember how warm that water was - how much it frustrated me that I didn't have anything to swim in). We wandered up to Wet Willies for frozen cocktails, and sat for an hour or so - laughing our heads off, talking and drinking, until we didn't make sense anymore.

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I find myself travelsick more often these days. I have itchy feet. That's the term, right? I'm planning trips in my head - shall we go to Spain? Morocco? Vietnam? New Zealand? - but without a solid goal, saving just seems so hard. We have plans to go to Indonesia and Singapore with two of our favourite people in 2016, but my God, that seems like a long time to wait! I have three weeks of Uni holidays in the middle of next year, and want to get out of the country - any destination ideas for a 3-week getaway?

In the mean time we have camping trips, Gold Coast adventures, and Great Ocean Road-trips planned for the next few months. I am so freaking excited and so, so thankful.

just a minute in August.


Wearing: my new tattoo - with pride! (The meaning of the white tulip. Also; this. We were there! We were raising our white tulips!Also, a lot of black and grey.

Following: I go through phases with blogs I follow. At present, I'm cruising through the pages of Kylie Turley's blog and pining for travel adventures.

Excited for: a trip to the Gold Coast with friends in October! We'll be heading to the theme parks for Fright Night festivities on Halloween, and spending a few days on the beach in the sunshine drinking beers. This all happens after the completion of my exams. To say I'm excited would be an understatement!

Planning: trips overseas, tattoos, camping adventures.

Feeling: exhausted, satisfied, proud. I'm working full time and study 3 subjects per semester at Uni - life is full to the brim at the moment and although I'm happy as a lark, I'm so damn tired!

Wanting: travel, camping gear, and an Aeropress. Maybe also some new skirts, for when the weather gets nicer.

Grateful for: my adorable bunny, who has started giving actual hugs with his tiny little paws (it's ridiculous). The brighter mornings, which make getting up at 6am for a run just a little bit easier. And the boxes of fresh produce we get delivered every fortnight - for introducing us to new fruits and vegetables, and encouraging us to eat seasonally and locally.

Watching: Ink Master, The Block, and Awkward. 

Reading: The Luminaries. I have this really bad habit of falling asleep while reading at present (and consequently dropping the book on my face), so it's not moving along very quickly.

Drinking: coffee, mostly.

Listening: The Beginners Soundtrack, Broods, and Alt-J's new song.

Loving: I've said it before, and I'll say it again - the sunshine! Spring is definitely on its way!