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.

Cruising Holiday

Credit Pixabay

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

Credit Pixabay

Credit Pixabay

 

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.

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