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When nature is the medicine you need.

My to-do list is just ridiculous.

My business is growing and my community volunteer work is coming to a head. I’m so grateful for the business opportunities I have and my community work is something I can’t imagine ever not doing.

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52 Hikes 52 Weeks

So this year – the year I turned 50 – I set myself a target to complete the 52 Hikes in 52 Weeks challenge.

I started well but dipped in the middle of the year because of work. I’m hoping I can double up a few hikes in the next few months to get me back on track. I know doubling-up defeats the purpose – taking time out each week to get out into nature – but I am keen to get to the end of the year exploring South East Queensland.

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Camping at Lamington National Park and doing the Box Forest Circuit.

My first trip to Lamington National Park was a nice adventure and I racked up a bit of a walking milestone – a walk over 15k.

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Tackling the Douglas Track. My first walk in FNQ

“Would you like to come for a walk? It’s not very hard.”

“It’s not very hard”. When someone tells me it’s “not hard”, I’m learning that there are different definitions of “hard” and I maybe shouldn’t trust their judgement or assessment. And it’s not just friends, it’s also with Queensland National Parks and Wildlife. I will never again believe their definition of “easy”.

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A trip to Adelaide and a walk along the River Torrens

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Adelaide in South Australia. My first time to Adelaide and my first trip ever to SA. The taxi driver I spoke to was stunned that I’d never been to Adelaide before. “It must not be a good place” if I’d never been before? I tried to explain to him that Australia is very large and it’s common that people do not get to every state in their lifetimes. 

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Swimming at Uriarra Crossing

Today we went swimming at Uriarra Crossing which is part of the Murrumbidgee River. It was a little stoney, but the water was lovely after the tail end of the east coast heat-wave. 

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‘General Fitness’ failure

We’re always seeing posts on Facebook and Instagram of the fitness wins, e.g. “Swam 30 @laps”, “Ran 8kms today”, “Smashed out a pump class” – but we don’t often see the failures.

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From Sydney to Straddie

On Friday afternoon I headed to the opening night of Vernon’s new exhibition Not An Animal Or a Plant at the National Art School in Sydney.

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Freshwater swimming at Enoggera Reservoir

Yesterday was hot, and today was even hotter in Brisbane. While I, in recent years have rediscovered ocean swimming (my favourite spot is Woorim Beach at Bribie), the rest of my family are 100% spoilt by the freshwater creeks of Cairns and refuse both saltwater and chlorine.

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Bunyaville Conservation Park

As part of my new found interest in bushwalking, today I headed out to Bunyaville Conservation Park. It’s only about 5 or so minutes from home in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. I’ve only been there a few times and that’s mostly been on kids’ school excursions.