Bringing on 30 with Adventure!!!

Photo credit- Eagle rock adventures

Photo credit- Eagle rock adventures

 

Bringing in my 30th birthday like yeeoooooowwwwww!!!!

When I became unwell with ME/CFS aka Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (nearly 4 years ago), life as I knew it was no more and I was fighting for my health like I never knew I would have too. Fast forward to now and after a few years spent bed/ house bound, I am now pretty much well enough to live an active life at my normal pace.

So bringing in my up and coming 30th birthday with a bang, sounded like the only way to bring in a milestone birthday.

I’ve been pining over Machu Picchu, it’s the one thing that I have held onto and told myself I would do once I recovered from ME/CFS. I have hoped and planned to get there this year, the year I turned 30 and fortunately my hard work with my health has paid off. After months of planning, tantrums, talking myself out of it, then talking myself back into it.  I can confirm that myself and darling husband (bless him for putting up with this decision making process) booked for my birthday and recovery dream of course. My much awaited trip to Machu Picchu, in less than 5 months time!

Whoohoo, I am literally pinching myself!!!

Lets embrace adventure! My big goal is happening, so I am one happy lady. But come the day I turned 30 and the adventure didn’t stop there. Cameron took on board that adventure was on the cards, so he organised for us along with my younger brother to go canyoning.

Ummmmm……what’s canyoning? Yeh I had no idea! Let me tell you…….

Canyoning is an adventure sport where you endure a mixture of activities like abseiling, hiking, rock climbing, rock sliding and jumping through a water canyon.

Sounds a little extreme, climbing down waterfalls, jumping off rocks and plunging into fresh water holes and sliding down big rock surfaces!

Extreme? Maybe a little…..but fun? Absolutely!

We went with a Sydney based tour group called Eagle Rock adventures, they were wonderful guides. They fed us, were extremely helpful and kindly took a bunch of photos on our behalf as smartphones weren’t really ideal to take.

The canyon we ventured through was located in the Macquarie pass rain forest.  It was absolutely beautiful. I love rain forests and getting amongst nature is always good for the soul. We also saw bit of wildlife where we went, as we were off the beaten track. We saw a wallaby, huge lizards, frogs and a snake that was happily hanging out near the water keeping a close eye on us.

This adventure was an all day event, the weather was super hot, but the rain forest kept us nice and cool. The water was beautiful and fresh, I could have stayed in it all day.

I can honestly say it was so much fun, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. There’s nothing like staring down the rock face and feeling your heart racing as you think to yourself “OMG what the hell am I doing?! “This s**t’s way too high!”

Your adrenaline kicks in and then you start abseiling down the rock surface like a boss (or what you think’s like a boss). You’re only going snail pace, but hey your giving it a go and YOU’RE DOING IT and that’s all that matters my friends!!!

With that my friends, I will love and leave you. If you want to check out our Canyoning footage, check out the link below. GoPro was worn by Cameron!

Bye for now and embrace your inner adventure!!

Lennae xxx

 

 

Photo credit - Eagle rock adventures

Photo credit – Eagle rock adventures

 

South Coast Getaway

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach

Over the Christmas holiday break, I was fortunate enough to spend some lovely time on the South Coast of NSW, in a small coastal town called Culburra beach. Culburra is located 18 km to the East of Nowra, in the Shoalhaven area or for all you Sydney-siders or those of you that aren’t very familiar with Australia it is 182 km’s south of Sydney.

Fortunately for us we travelled down a few days before Christmas and when we arrived we felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. The beaches were practically deserted, the streets were empty and all you could hear were birds  chirping and the ocean waves gently crashing. The supermarket and cafes were fairly empty, even come Christmas Eve. We left a few days after Christmas and that’s when Culburra started to experience the migration of Sydney-siders invading this secluded piece of paradise.

We shared this beautiful place with some of our family, including my in-laws from New Zealand. It was lovely to share this beautiful part of the world with them. We enjoyed many walks along the beach and in the national parks. We are very spoilt for choice with beaches and national parks to explore.  On one of our walks, the Abrahams Bosom track in Currarong we came across a snake just chilling in the middle of the walking track. Thankfully, a couple of people had just walked past Mr Snake and helped him peacefully make his own way back off the track.

We ventured down to the surrounding coastal towns including Currarong, Orient point and down to Jervis bay. We shopped in Huskisson and the other local shopping hubs including Berry and Nowra. Visited Hyam’s beach which has claimed to have the whitest sand in the world (according to the guinness book of records). It also has another claim to fame for all you Kim Kardashian fans, she did a photo shoot there when she visited Australia a few years ago.

During our stay down the coast we also got to witness the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Binoculars were needed of course and I have to confess we were only able to see one boat, the rest were too far out to sea.

Overall it was a lovely getaway filled with new and happy memories.

Have you been on a getaway currently? I would love to hear about!

I’ll love and leave you with a few happy snaps!

Lennae xxx

Looking over Hyam's beach.

Looking over Hyam’s beach.

Merimbula wreck, Currarong.

Merimbula wreck, Currarong.

Honeysuckle beach, Currarong.

Honeysuckle beach, Currarong.

 

Fam Bam!

Fam Bam!

Snow enjoying Culburra Beach.

Snow enjoying Culburra Beach.

 

Sunset at Penguin head, Culburra.

Sunset at Penguin head, Culburra.

Road Trippin

 

 

Eden Wharf, NSW.

Eden Wharf, NSW.

 

Over the  long weekend, the Mr and I decided to road trip down to Melbourne.  I was pretty excited about the roadie, though after a full on week I was also a little concerned as to how I would pull up. I wasn’t planning to take time off for the trip but long journeys can tend to wipe me out. After a good night’s sleep I still felt a bit exhausted, mentally and psychically. However after a little pep talk and the realisation that it would probably still be good for me to get away, I got myself sorted and we were good to go. We also had Mr spoon joining us (for more about Mr Spoon click here), he had arrived into my possession only a couple of days earlier from his previous road trip (he gets around).

Our journey went via the scenic route, cruising down the coast of NSW stopping in Eden for the first night (the bottom of NSW). Keeping an eye out at Eden for whales while enjoying the gorgeous views. What I love about Australia is that there are so many beautiful coastal towns, each one just as gorgeous as the next.

We then headed down to Victoria hugging the coast as much as possible enjoying the beautiful national parks along the way, I love a good national park. We stopped off at a couple of spots along the way and enjoyed a nice walk and then ended the day in Yanakie, which borders Wilson’s Promontory National Park. The next day involved exploring Wilson’s Promontory National Park and enjoying another lovely walk. We also got to drive on the most southern road on mainland Australia. After a bit of National park exploring, we headed to Melbourne, cruising through rural Victoria and ending my part of the trip in Melbourne. Rural Victoria, the Gippsland region reminded me a lot like where i’m from in New Zealand, loads of sheep, cows, farmland and  lush green grass.  All up a total distance of driving  was just over 1100 km (not by me of course)!

Some delicious food was eaten and I think those country Victorians definitely give Melbournians a good run for their money when it comes to good food. I sensed there was a bit of competition in that area.

After spending a lovely night in Melbourne and conquering the square glass floor up the Eurka tower (it’s one way to test my fear of heights), I flew home the next day and managed everything just fine. It’s moment’s like this, that remind me that only not too long ago I wouldn’t have been able manage any of this, mentally, emotionally or physically!

Wowee it feels good to be living life and enjoying the simple things! Bring on life!

Sending lots of love and positive vibes to you all, do you have a road trip planned anytime soon? I’d love to hear about it!

Much love,

 

 

Lennae xxx

Mr Spoon whale watching in Eden.

Mr Spoon whale watching in Eden.

Rotary look out, Eden.

Rotary look out, Eden.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Birdies at Tidal River, Wilson's Promontory National Park.

Birdies at Tidal River, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Victoria.

Over looking Bass Strait, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Over looking Bass Strait, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Victoria.

South bank, Melbourne.

South bank, Melbourne.

 

Singapore Cruising Adventure

Sunset on the Malacca Sea.

Sunset on the Malacca Strait.

Hello beautiful souls, long time no hear!

Apologies for the lack of posts, I’ve been off and on with the online world over the past few months. All has been going well, I actually returned from my cruising holiday over a month ago (I know, so slack that I haven’t posted about this already).

I really want to share this experience with you all. This was a huge milestone for me, filled with a lot of surprises and happy memories to go with it. It’s amazing how well you can cope when you are out of your daily routine and comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong there were a few curves balls, but its part of the experience and how you deal with it at the time. You can either fight it or roll with it.

A good friend of mine turned 30 this year and it was decided that we would along with another friend, do a 7 day cruise from Singapore. Our cruise set sail through the Malacca Strait up into the Andnaman Sea, stopping off in Langkawi (Malaysia) Phuket, Krabi (Thailand) and Sabang (Indonesia). With also spending a bit of time in Singapore, either side of the cruise. All up I would be away for a whole 14 days and I would also be flying to Singapore and back. That’s an 8 hour flight one way!
I must confess, this trip sounded scary to me, but deep within I knew it was achievable for me. I had a bit of anxiety about this trip in the beginning, as my health had been playing up when I made the booking. But I was committed to seeing this through, especially for myself. Thankfully the health issues I was experiencing were not ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) related and towards the time of the cruise, I was ready and embracing this trip with open arms.

I won’t bore you with all the details…… but here’s a little summary of how I got on. I’ll leave the rest up to the holiday snaps, they speak for themselves!

The first few days were spent enjoying & exploring Singapore. Naturally I wasn’t able to see everything, but you never can see it all in just a couple of days. After spending a lot of our days walking around shopping, eating and exploring my legs were about to fall off. I had pushed things to the limit and if all the payback I was getting was from my legs, I’ll take it! Gardens by the bay are a must, we visited them at night, but I would definitely go back to see them during the day.

Next was time to board the cruise, by then I was needing a good rest. It’s hard work being a tourist! Thankfully the first day on the cruise was just a sailing at sea day. I was able to bounce back well.  I enjoyed the luxuries on the boat and had everything right at my fingertips. A few party nights here and there with a sneaky drink or two in between. Dancing the night away like I was a care free 18 year old again, that’s what it’s all about. Yep the old body pulled up well.
Day trips weren’t too hard, I opted for the easy options and that seemed to work out well. I was extremely surprised with how well I managed it all. I guess when you’re on holiday, you don’t have to worry about day to day things or anything else for that matter. The biggest worry is what to eat, there was so much food to choose from!

The last few nights of our trip were spent winding down in Bugis, Singapore. Enjoying the local sights and exploring the area, including visiting the Meomi cat cafe. Conveniently located across from our hotel.

This nears the end of my Singapore cruise adventure, I had a wonderful time and have proved to myself that my ME/CFS days are now more like a distant memory. Bring on the next adventure, I hear South America calling!!!

I’ll love and leave you with a few of my holiday snaps, enjoy!
Do you have any holidays planned? I would love to hear about them!!!

Much love

Lennae xxx

Sunrise view from our apartment in Singapore.

Sunrise view from our apartment in Singapore.

Playing tourist, heading down to gardens by the bay.

Playing tourist, heading down to gardens by the bay, Singapore.

Gardens by bay, Singapore.

Gardens by bay, Singapore.

Breakfast at the Meomi cat cafe, Singapore.

Breakfast at the Meomi cat cafe, Singapore.

Pacific Eden, in Sabang, Indonesia.

Pacific Eden, in Sabang, Indonesia.

Langkawi, Malaysia.

Langkawi, Malaysia.

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi, Thailand

Enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Walking the plank.

Walking the plank.

Catmosphere Sydney Cat Cafe

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If you know me a little, then you will definitely know I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady! When I mentioned to my husband that I was keen to visit the Catmosphere Sydney cat cafe, he was less than excited about joining me. Fair enough I suppose, a cat cafe does seem a little excessive.

Lucky for me my Mother in law was over and keen to try out the experience. My pal living in Sydney is more crazy cat lady than me, which meant she was more than keen to come along as well. Sorted!

The only problem I would encounter would be Mr Barry my actual cat. He wouldn’t be on speaking terms with me afterwards.

Anyway I had been waiting a while for this experience to happen and cat day had approached. Decision of the day was do I or don’t I wear my cat t-shirt? I went with no cat t-shirt, I did’t want to scare the cats.

To visit the cat cafe it costs $20, this includes coffee and to be able to hang out for an hour with the cats. We got our coffee (in my case chai latte) as we walked in the door from the friendly staff. I might add that the chai latte was delicious. Once we all got our drinks it was upstairs into the cat room. A total of 19 adult cats were spread out and hidden within the room, some nice and some not so nice.

When you first get into the room it is completely decked out with a space cat theme. The sound of spending an hour sitting around with cats seems a little long, although once you get mingling with your coffee and the cats the hour goes very fast. I don’t think I saw all of them, as some were off sleeping in their little cubby holes.

I find cats to be relaxing creatures, there’s something soothing about patting a cat. Even the sleeping cats give a relaxed vibe.

My party members and I enjoyed our cat cafe experience. I came home with a war wound from one of the grumpy cats, I’m sure Mr Barry was laughing on the inside…..

Overall it was a fun and enjoyable experience. There are cat cafes all around the world now, have you visited any of them? Which one and how was your experience? I would love hear all about it!

Much love

Lennae xxx

Boss cat.

Boss cat.


More sleeping.....

More sleeping…..


Cat sanctuary.

Cat sanctuary.


More sleeping....

More sleeping….


Play time!

Play time!


End result.

End result.


Outside the Sydney cat cafe.

Outside the Sydney cat cafe.

South Island Adventure

Queenstown

Queenstown.

Hello my lovely readers, long time no see! I’m well and truly long overdue for a blog update.
In case you were wondering where I had disappeared to, I’ve been keeping pretty busy with life! Exciting right!?
I’ve been focused with study and work, taking it slowly with them both, but am making good steady progress. I also recently took a much earned holiday to New Zealand! So let’s skip straight to the holiday part, woohoo!!!

Being as Cameron & I are both kiwis and have family back in New Zealand, we were long overdue for a trip home. Since I’ve had quite an improvement with my health, we thought we would make a holiday out of it. I had never visited the South Island before, so we thought why not head there. Then towards the end of our trip make our way up to the North Island and visit family.

I was feeling confident that I would manage our trip well, but of course with suffering from ME/CFS, I couldn’t help but worry and think whether it would be too much. Will I be able to manage everything? My mind starts running wild. We decided that if we booked a camper-van, it would be an ideal way to holiday. Rest whenever and wherever you want. How good does that sound? SORTED!

Everything was booked and we had a plan to spend 10 days down in the beautiful South Island, then the last few days spent in the North with family. I won’t go into too much details of where we went, I’ll let the photos do all the talking.
All I will say is it that if you ever make a trip out to New Zealand, the South Island is an absolute must see. The scenery is beautiful, the streams and rivers are turquoise blue and the amount of snowy mountains is breath taking. The views are spectacular, we found ourselves pulling over every 5 minutes to take snapshots of the amazing scenery.

I pulled up well too, I still can’t believe how well I managed it all! We covered just over 2550 km’s in our camper and managed to visit all the places we wanted to see, which included Milford sound, beautiful Queenstown and Wanaka, as well as the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. We also got to do some fantastic activities, a bus tour through Fiordland National park with a boat ride through Milford sound, the shot over jet in Queenstown, a helicopter ride over the glaciers also seeing Mt Tasman & Mt Cook. AMAZING! Even a few gorgeous walks, one up to the Fox Glacier which was one hour, taking on a mega hill!

It was lovely being able to explore and visit new places. After all that adventure, it was up to the North Island to visit our family.

Overall I did need a rest day here and there, but then who doesn’t! It feels good to be able to do normal things again and feel normal! It’s achievements like these that open my eyes up to see how far I have come, every day I keep getting closer to taking back my health.

I’ve tried to pick out my best holiday snaps, but as always I have far too many to choose from. Anyway I hope you enjoy them!

Much love,
Lennae xxx

Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.

Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.

View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.

View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.

Fiordland National Park.

Fiordland National Park.

Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.

Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown.

Lake Wakatipu.

Lake Wakatipu.

Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.

Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.

Makarora, Lake Wanaka.

Makarora, Lake Wanaka.

Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.

Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.

West Coast.

West Coast.

Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.

Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.

Byron Bay

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Birthdays & Anniversaries always call for celebrating! This year Cameron & I decided to go away to celebrate our 2nd Wedding anniversary & our birthdays. They all fall within 3 weeks of each other, fun times right!!! We thought what better way to celebrate, than to chill out at Australia’s beautiful Byron Bay!

Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point, filled with beautiful beaches. The food choice is amazingly healthy and yummy. Byron is filled with backpackers, hippies, surfers and green lovers. The vibe of Byron is very chilled, are you feeling the vibe yet?

I’ve had a little anxiety of flying since I’ve been unwell. Byron seemed like the best choice to test out a flight. It’s only an hour long flight from Sydney. I can assure you I nailed it & there is no more anxiety towards flying.

Up in Byron the weather was beautiful and warm. I felt like we were on a island. The vibe was refreshing and relaxing. The food was amazing and so was the shopping. We hired a car and went on a few roadies, even visited Nimbin! The unique place that is pretty much dedicated to promoting marijuana. Before you get excited it’s no Amsterdam and still not legal.

Cameron did a skydive, I was more than happy to watch. I don’t think my energy levels would have tolerated that much excitement. I was grateful for what I was able to manage energy wise, which was a lot.

I’ll leave you all with some pictures of our trip, I hope you enjoy! If you’re thinking about visiting Byron Bay, I would highly recommend it. It’s like a whole different world!

Lennae xxx

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.