Here comes the rain

21 – 22 May 2020 My last post regarding the never ending summer was definitely a jinx. Over the past few days, the sun has been replaced by driving rain, the wind has picked up and the temperature dropped significantly. To put this in perspective, I’m writing this in a dressing gown with my feetContinue reading “Here comes the rain”

The never ending summer

18 – 20 May As we approach the end of Autumn here in Australia, the sun continues to shine. Indeed, since I lost my job at the tail-end of March (some two months ago), the weather has been ridiculously good and I can count on one hand the number of rainy days we’ve had. SoContinue reading “The never ending summer”

May Day – the loosening of the cuffs

1 May 2020 A pinch and a punch “and all that jazz”. May Day is celebrated as the start of Spring in many European countries. Here, the other side of the world, the days are drawing in – perfect conditions for dinner and drinks with friends. Thankfully, as well as being the first day ofContinue reading “May Day – the loosening of the cuffs”

Manly to Shelly Beach swim with a dusky whaler shark

6 April 2020 Today was a big day for me, it was the first time I have attempted the Manly to Shelly beach ocean swim – and it was amazing. I even saw a small shark! I set off with my friend Tom from Shelly beach… We hugged the shore line as that’s where theContinue reading “Manly to Shelly Beach swim with a dusky whaler shark”

From the earth to the ocean

5 April 2020 For anyone who knows me or has been reading this blog, you’ll know that running is an important part of my life. As well as keeping me active and helping to keep the pounds off, I also find it meditative and it is by far the best way for me to clearContinue reading “From the earth to the ocean”

The sun will rise again

31 March 2020 Getting up to watch the sunrise over Manly beach is is one of my favourite activities. Not only is it beautiful watching the sun rise over the Pacific ocean, but it is invigorating and really sets you up for the day ahead. It might be tough setting the alarm that bit earlier,Continue reading “The sun will rise again”

Staying positive on a rainy day

30 March 2020 Today was a rainy day. It was raining when I woke up, it was raining when I had breakfast and it continued to rain until around 3’o’clock this afternoon. It was all in all a pretty miserable day, weather-wise at least. But guess what? I didn’t let that get me down. IContinue reading “Staying positive on a rainy day”

Being neighbourly and exploring Manly

29 March 2020 Today was literally the very first time in our two-year stint at this apartment, that we’ve spent any time with our neighbours. We all hung out in the garden – at a safe distance, of course – and it was great to finally do so. I think that now we have moreContinue reading “Being neighbourly and exploring Manly”

Running, napping and a whole lot of nothing

26 March 2020 As the title suggests, today was very much another day in the ‘New Normal‘. e.g. a day with not a lot going on. The headline picture shows a one of eight cruise ships currently off the coast between Sydney and Wollongong (a small city, south of Sydney). Following last week’s debacle involvingContinue reading “Running, napping and a whole lot of nothing”

The 'New Normal'

24 March 2020 At the time of writing, the Australian government has announced a further set of lockdown rules to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Cases across Australia have now reached 2000, with over half of these in New South Wales – the state in which we live. At midnight Wednesday libraries, swimming pools,Continue reading “The 'New Normal'”