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.

Cruising Holiday

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Credit Pixabay

As I’m getting better with my illness (ME/CFS) I’m starting to feel more confident and adventurous. Last year the husband and I went on a NZ adventure which was a huge success. I’m now more than ready to push the boundaries a little, plus I need to test the waters and see how I’ll pull up for my big 30th trip next year (I have huge trip goals)!

One of my beautiful friends is turning 30 soon, she decided that she wanted to go away and I was more than happy to tag along and celebrate with her. After a number of conversations across the ditch with her, we came up with the idea of going on a cruise!

I have always heard people rave on about cruises, my thoughts however have been that they are mostly for old people, or the thought of being stuck on a boat out at sea would be boring. I guess it’s one of those things that you shouldn’t knock until you’ve tried it.

Having chronic fatigue has made me think that a cruising holiday will be quite ideal for me and my holiday goers. I have done some research and educated myself on cruises and I want to share with you all why they could potentially be a great way to holiday! Especially for my fellow friends out there, that suffer with an illness that restricts you from doing things.

  • You have everything available to you on board, it’s like a mini village on a boat, but moving and at sea.
  • This means you can basically do what you like on board. If you want to have a nice meal and get dressed up you can, or if want to lounge by the pool all day you can. If you’re not feeling up to the day trips or don’t feel like doing much while on your cruise that’s fine.
  • If you’re having a rough time, no problem chill out, do what you need to do. No need to worry about your cruising party, there’s plenty to do and plenty of new friendly faces to meet.
  • A medical team is always on board and are there to help if you require it.
  • Food, there are so many options available, did I see a smoothie health bar somewhere!?
  • The best thing about a cruise is that you’re not missing out, your still holidaying and getting away, sometimes just a change of scenery is all you need.

As I haven’t actually cruised yet or cruised before, I got talking to the lovely Sophie from the Cruise Agency. She informed me of a lot of exciting healthy and relaxing options that are available while on a cruising holiday.

Here’s what I can look forward to on board;

  • First and most importantly there’s a day spa on board. Take your pick from massages, hot stone, facials, body wraps, scrubs, spray tans, you name it.
  • If you have a love for alternative medicine/ natural therapy you can find acupuncture or reflexology on board.
  • Experience and enjoy the many different relaxation rituals available at the Thermal Suite, with heated beds, showers and a collection of exotic steam vapours throughout. Or try Rasul, an Arabian cleansing ritual of chakra muds and aromatherapy.
  • Exercise classes are on board as well as yoga, pilates and a gym! If you need to keep at your  daily exercise routine there are plenty of options to choose from. I know I love to keep my daily steps up on my fitbit and I’m a huge fan of yoga!
  • Healthy food options and dietary needs can be catered for. The food options are endless with a selection of cafes and restaurants on board.
  • Library, if you enjoy a good book and looking for a relaxing quiet place to read you have options.
  • Crafting, scrap-booking and board gaming, are quiet enjoyable activities to relax too.

Wish me luck on my cruising experience, I’ll be sure to share it all with you once I’ve had my cruise in a few month’s time. It could not come any sooner!

If you’re interested in cruising head over to the Cruise Agency website and chat with the lovely Sophie, she will point you in the right direction.

Much love,

Lennae xxx

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Credit Pixabay

 

Hello Sydney!!!

Sydney Sunset

Sydney Sunset

Full moon over Kings Cross

Full moon over Kings Cross

This past weekend was pretty amazing for me. Cameron and I headed up to Sydney over the weekend, which I was really looking forward to. I was feeling pretty good which was great, during the week I had been feeling pretty average. Yay for the weekend!!!

The first bit of excitement for the weekend was at an open day at Nature Care College. I was attending the chat about the Diploma in Nutritional medicine. Working in this field would be my dream! I’ve been thinking a lot about studying this subject online for a while now. It’s an area I am very passionate about and I would love to get into. Over this year I have been improving really well, I’m still not ready to be back at work yet, but I do have a bit of energy to take something on.

At the open day I came to the conclusion that the school sounds very supportive and they will offer as much support as possible. The course can go on hold if I struggle. Everything sounded great, it’s definitely what I want. However no one can really tell me if I’m ready, only I know. The only way to find out is to start studying! I think I’m ready so let’s do this!

After all that excitement about my future it was time to check in to our hotel and rest. Cameron, Dad, my brother Chris and our friends Mike & Laura were competing in City2Surf the next day. I competed with them all back in 2012 and loved it. Unfortunately last year I was to sick and could barely move to be able come up and watch let alone compete. This year I was more than happy to be a spectator. Fingers crossed next year I’ll be well enough to compete.

Cameron & I before the Race.

Cameron & I before the Race.

Up on the top floor of the hotel we had prime City views! I was thinking back and I hadn’t actually been out and about in the city since I’ve been sick, I was so excited to be up in the city, I love Sydney!

After rest time, we met up with Dad, Mike and Laura for dinner then to a pub for a few drinks. I couldn’t believe I was still going!!!

Our hotel room was overlooking the City2surf start line. At 7am Cameron and I were awoken by the loud speaker at the start line. Rise and Shine!

7.30am Red Foo’s on the DJ set going cray cray!

Laura, Mike, Chris, Dad and Cameron. All ready to race in their 3rd City2Surf!

Laura, Mike, Chris, Dad and Cameron. All ready to race in their 3rd City2Surf!


I wished everyone luck, then headed up on top of the hotel roof to watch their group start. Their group went forever! Such a great view though.

Just before check out time I ventured out into the big city! I know my way around the city pretty well, I used to work up in the city a few years back and I got to know the city center really well.

Down in Town Hall station I felt a little overwhelmed at first, out and about by myself. A bit of anxiety hit, my brain turned to mush, I felt like I was dreaming. I found a quiet cafe, had a 20 minute rest and enjoyed a chai latte to help relax. It was all good.

I hit the shops, I had a smile plastered on my face that didn’t move. Every sales assistant I came into contact with was so friendly. I felt amazing! I was out and about, in SYDNEY! SHOPPING! What the?!?!?! Is this for real?!?!?!

I didn’t stop for 2 hours!! Where did sick Lennae go??? I eventually stopped after everyone had gotten back from the race.

The best part about it all is that even though this was a big weekend and I’m feeling a bit weary today. I’m not in pain or am I suffering like I have in past outings.

It’s an amazing feeling, thank you life for coming back!!!

Lennae
xxx

This was their group, it kept going for over 20 minutes.

This was their group, it kept going for over 20 minutes.

Shopping!

Shopping!

Escaping to the Blue Mountains

I was lucky enough to escape to the Blue Mountains with Cameron this past weekend. It was so good to go away for the weekend like normal people.

The main reason for this little weekend away was to visit the Japanese bath house Sparadise. Lately I have been craving hot pools and spa baths, I guess coming into winter and feeling the cold would do it. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the bath at home so this was going to be an interesting experience for me and my ME/CFS.

I’ve been lucky enough to have managed a lot of outings lately, so I knew this weekend would go well. We headed off to the Blue Mountains on the Saturday just before lunch, I managed to do a few light duties around the house before we took off. During the drive I was a bit tried, but knew I would bounce back soon. Unfortunately I should have packed some lunch and left a little earlier so I had enough time to rest, but all good.

The drive was 2 hours, that is my longest little trip to date. 10 minutes before we arrived at our destination we stopped off at the famous pie shop Mountain High Pies. I like to think I’m a healthy eater, I made the mistake of not bringing healthy snacks on hand. Lucky for me Mountain High Pies do all types of pies, vegan, gluten free, sweet, veggie and meat pies! I was spoilt for choice, I picked a vegan satay lentil and chickpea pie! It was delish!

At our Motel we had 10 minutes to spare before moving on to Sparadise, we were booked in a time slot of 3pm – 6pm. I had a quick rest, then off we went on a 40 minute drive to the Bath house. Feeling a bit fatigued, I rested as much as I could during the drive.

Arriving at the bathhouse I was ready to rest and soak my muscles, I had been looking forward to this for a while it was going to be enjoyable. A friendly welcome and we were given a quick tour, then it was into the hot baths.

There were two baths, one was outside and it was 40 degrees. The other bath was inside at 38 degrees. There was a cooling pool as well as a steam room. I tried all of these but I found myself mainly in the indoor poor. After 2 hours I decided that was enough for me. The hot baths were enjoyable but probably not something I would rush back too, I was left feeling more fatigued up to an hour afterwards.

Cameron was determined to catch the all blacks game, a 5 minute drive down the road and we found a quiet pub down in Lithgow. They kindly put the game on for us. I was zoned out during the first half trying to get some life back, then second half it was game on. Lucky for us the pub was quiet and there was only one rugby league game on! All blacks won, but only just…..

The next day I was a bit sore but nothing a hot shower wouldn’t fix. It was extremely fresh outside, there was rain and low cloud. We weren’t going to see a lot out here in the Blue Mountains with that around. We headed out to find some breakfast, we enjoyed that outing at a lovely cafe. After brekkie there was potential of seeing the three sisters. Down at the Katoomba viewing platform the winds were ice cold! This was going to be a quick stop! After nearly getting blown away it was off home.

This outing went really well. I did learn though to make things a little easier on myself, I should definitely prepare healthy snacks for on the road and allow time for much needed rest. Very happy with my recovery from this outing, I’m not suffering too much from it. WINNING!!!

Bye for now

Lennae
xxx

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains