Photo A Day May

A friend introduced me to this activity that was posted on a blog she read. I figured it might be a good thing to post for those who can’t follow me on Facebook (mom!)

The premise: take some time to think about your life and a particular thing about it, take a picture and share it! There is a new word every day to think about and capture.

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So here are the first few photos of May! I’ll upload more as they come! Enjoy xx

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The Frister Chronicles

I met Cathie, the real person, over eight years ago. I had literally just had my heart broken and had to attend a friends wedding solo. Thankfully a good friend of mine was also going and he brought along his girlfriend at the time. I think Cathie and I officially met a few days prior to the wedding itself but I was in that post breakup haze where days kind of blend together and you live in the same hoodie and pair of jeans for what seems like weeks but really only is a few days?! Anyway…fate brought us together. I was in solid form at the wedding…totally getting into it with a jag-off at the table who was seriously the most ignorant person I had ever met…but somehow, in some weird cosmic way, we managed to click. Seriously if I had been her seeing me all crazy I would have wanted nothing to do with me!

So we knew each other…but nothing, and honestly NOTHING, starts a real solid friendship off like getting plastered in New Orleans together. And it wasn’t the Hurricanes, they were yummy, but it was the Hand Grenades….cats that look like paper balls (or vice versa), voodoo, prank trivia for beads, ass smacking and uncontrollable laughter….it’s where “we” were born and there has been no turning back.

Cathie is an amazing friend and I love her like a sister. She is actually the one who came up with the word “frister”. You’re my friend but I think of you more like a sister….Frister.

So that’s Cathie the human….Cathie the “Frister” stuffed bunny came about just by fluke. I had been at this art show with my mom a few years ago and came across an artist who makes these Fierce Bunnies (Sonja Alhers….seriously she’s a genius). Well I LOVE bunnies and these are just the cutest. So I bought this little purple angora bunny that sits in a tiny tea cup….there she sat beside my bed bringing a smile to my face every morning. Jump ahead to my plans for march break 2011….The year I wasn’t going to do anything. Ya ok!….a fair bit into semester two and I realized I needed to get away so I planned a trip to California to see the coast and get caught up with an old friend. Now, Cathie and I have traveled a little bit together but being a teacher I am a bit limited to the dates I can travel. So I usually travel on march break….which, incidentally always coincides with Cathie’s birthday (booo). So anytime one of us goes somewhere when the other cant we always ask each other to take us in their sooooootcase. Upon this particular request for my 2011 trip I got an idea; I CAN take you with me! I shall make my fierce bunny “Cathie” and my Frister can join me on my trip! It wasn’t until I started documenting the trip that I realized just how great of an idea it was! Sure people were looking at me like I had lost my mind (and they still do)…but I found a way to keep my best friend close and always with me no matter how far apart we are physically.

It has progressed a bit now. For Christmas this year, before my big move around the Earth, I got the human Cathie a fierce bunny so she can always keep me close as well…so far I have been to Peru and there is a Panama trip closing in that I can’t wait for!!

Currently my frister is enjoying adventures with me in Australia…she particularly likes hiding on Australia’s “big things” and really loves visiting Simon’s dads place….I call it Cathie’s Wonderland and it’s my goal to get one new adventure shot every time we visit.

So without further adieu….here are the (Australian) Frister chronicles!

Human Cathie (left) and Human me (right)

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Frister Cathie (left) and Frister me (right)

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Cathie all packed and ready for adventure!!!

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Our first visit to Beechworth (aka Cathie’s wonderland)! Playing with a Peli and lounging by the pool! Life is great!

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Cathie keeping busy at the library….perhaps feeling a bit homesick?!

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At Cape Horn winery. Enjoying some wine, hangin with the flock and check mate!

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On our trip to Mildura….with the big Murray cod (look close enough) and the big fig tree (again…look hard). Watching some birds, getting in trouble by the fishermen, Cathie’s seat in the car, at our fancy schmancy dinner….pining for dessert, wine and enjoying the menu…and some CC and ginger!!

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Next: Kangaroo Island! Seal bay, little sahara, remarkable rocks, admirals arch, beach time and the bees knees….

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Then, everyone’s favorite…WINE (borassa valley tour)

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The Grampians…. Or the climb of a gazillion steps!

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Small sampling of Cathie’s Wonderland…..always something fun going on in beechy…

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April Already?!

Nothing April Fools about waking up on your long, slow distance run day without the ability to freely move your head without the wind getting knocked out of you! Thanks pinched nerve wherever you are!!!

It is Sunday April first and in eleven days I will have been in Australia for two whole months. Really hard to believe!

Simon has been crazy busy at work and he just had his first day off in what seems like forever so we put it to use checking out the local area.

We first hit up Echuca’s farmers market. So cute! Only about ten tables but I could have bought a bunch of stuff from them all! Veggies, cookies, organic meat…all you need! Even got me wondering if I should put in a little table and sell my brownies and ginger molasses cookies! Maybe 😉

We then made our way to a small town nearby called Kyabram. We pass the sign for it on our trips to Melbourne and I picked up a little brochure about it at the Echuca information centre. Looked cute and there was a Fauna Park in town so off we went! Got to the park around 1130 and started our self guided tour. Lots of great animals for a small privately owned nature centre. First order of business were the flying foxes!!! I have only ever seen them on tv shows and in
movies (Fern Gully anyone?!)…anyway, I was mesmerized (especially when Simon jumps back and says ” Oi he’s pissing”…I seriously thought the fox was aiming at him the way they pee!)

Then the regulars; birds, emus, tassie devils, snakes, lizards, dingoes, a few kangaroos hopping around…and Koala of course! Busiest, most active Koala I’ve seen yet!!

Headed back into town around 1:30pm and when we got to the main street everything had closed down!! Ahhh small Australian country towns!! So we headed to the local pub (still gotta drink!) and had a bite before heading back home.

Side note: Simon has a patio…a nice one…that is shaded by a bunch of gum trees that are on the other side of his fence…I should say WAS shaded. The city decided the eucalypts were too close to the hydro wires (seriously NO WHERE NEAR THEM!) so they decided to chop most of them down. Simon actually fared pretty well in the debacle only losing one of them but it did open up quite a bit of his patio and took away a big screen/privacy blockage. SO…we stopped at the local hardware store on our journey home to look at some plants. He has beautiful magnolias in his little planter garden that were put there by the previous owners but they don’t have enough room to flourish. He wants a complete overhaul but it is a huge investment so he is starting small. So he got a few petostrums (sp?) to put in the area where the tree was taken away. Also picked up some herbs to grow and use. I planted the trees and potted the herbs….he mowed the lawns. At one point while shoveling a hole in the dirt and listening to the whir of the mower I had a very strong feeling of playing house…then I remembered I’m 36 and it’s not a game….regardless, it was fun!

Dinner at cool new local joint and that’s the first day off in a while!

Easter is up next! Headed to the High country…an area I particularly love because it reminds me of home. Much different from your typical Australian landscape. More deciduous trees and grassy pastures…feels like home!

Happy first day of April! Autumn is just around the corner! (spring for everyone else!)

Flying Foxes

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Bearded Dragon…just like my Darwin (I had one as a pet)

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Sulphur crested cockatoo …. They are everywhere in Echuca….beautiful

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Sleeping wombats…still my favorite Aussie animal and still haven’t seen one in the wild yet…

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This is what possums look like in Australia! Much cuter than ours! He was tucked up in a shed in an old pioneer exhibit…not part of the scheduled tour…BONUS!

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A little view of the missing tree!!! Boo

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The solution hopefully!

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A little herb garden (hard H in Oz)

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Last but not least…Peppy…the very active koala!

Never too late….

Good intentions? You bet. A few technological set backs? Yup. But here I am. I wanted to start this as a place to come to share my exeriences while I’m living in Australia…I’ve been here just under two months which is really hard to believe!!!! Since I’ve been here I’ve travelled and seen quite a bit. Time in Melbourne with the boy, solo time in South Australia (wine tours and kangaroo island!!), the highest mountain I’ve climbed (and it was almost ALL steps) and most recently a beautiful hike in the Australian Alps. I’m hoping for a keyboard to hook up to my iPad to make updating just a little less “touchy”…and hopefully to limit the amount of predictive “corrections” that happen.

To keep the first blog short:

– I love it here.

– weather is perfect

– the boyfriend is great

– but I miss my job, my mom, my dog and north American deodorant.

Lots more to see and do….Sydney is next? Maybe Tassie? (Tazmania). Keep checking in!!

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