Thursday, July 9, 2020

The inside edition

Welcome to "Pieces of Me"

The dress I got for Mothers Day
The champagne I drink
The bag I bought
The balloons I gave

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than bore you with my normal banter I thought I might go back to the good old days where there was this thing called "Wordless Wednesday" and we shared our life in photos.

Welcome to my world - which will never be entirely wordless.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Art, Headwaters 2000

What can you do with ink, paper, glue?

Last week I took you shopping in Braidwood where we happened upon Altenburg & Co, the delightful art gallery and gift shop situated in the middle of Braidwood's main street.  That's where I spotted "Headwaters" hanging behind a rack of clothes in the corner of the store looking like that lone puppy in a pet shop just waiting for someone to spot it and fall in love.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Braidwood, NSW

Let's go shopping!

V&M Showroom
12 Park Lane

Because you follow me on Instagram (of course you do ... and if you don't ... then @deepfriedfruit) you know that the Hubster and I recently snuck away for a quick overnighter to the coast.  

Instead of racing down there for the sake of our destination, we decided to make the weekend just as much about the journey.  

From Canberra we stopped for a cuppa at Bungendore, a stroll over the rocks at the Shoalhaven River and a spot of shopping at Braidwood.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Fuel

Are you getting the right fuel?

Since COVID hit and we all went into isolation, the need to drive my car hasn't been so great.  The trips have been short and fuel consumption minimal.  Add to that my car had a flat battery for a good 6 weeks and you can understand why I haven't taken the Subaru to a fuel pump in a very long time.

Last night as the fuel light blinked I ticked another thing off my to-do list by driving to the nearest service station and filling my car up with petrol.

That's a good news story, yes?


My car takes diesel.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Coastal Garage

Welcome to Coastal Garage Vintage

This pelican hanging out at the fish cleaning station waiting for his treats
Batemans Bay, NSW

If you follow my Instagram you'll know we finally got to the coast last weekend.  After losing our summer to bush fires and our autumn to COVID, we've had to create a winter coastal escape plan instead.

As the waters turn cold, the whales move north and the lifeguards pack up their inflatable rescue boats, we're finding ways to make the coast feel like the summer weekend retreat we missed this year.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Pronunciation

What do you see here?

Available from

That style of structure above is a fairly common sight in homes around Australia and can be found in the middle of the garden as a freestanding structure, or it can be seen attached to houses and decks to help create shade.  They can be simple in their design like the one above, or they can be quite ornate.  No matter how or where they're constructed, they're a much loved Aussie addition.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Walking

50k 100k in May 

Sitting under a tree taking in my surroundings after hitting 100k yesterday

I'd really been struggling with the lack of movement in my life, as you know.  The sedentary lifestyle we've found ourselves in had me physically struggling with declined fitness and weight gain.

Then I was reminded of the May 50k, which is an awareness campaign designed to raise money to "kiss goodbye to MS". What a great way to not only get my fitness back on track, but raise awareness for MS in the process.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Care Package

How to create a care package.

Imagine receiving a box of goodies in the mail "just because" someone has been thinking about you.  Not for a birthday, nor Christmas, nor an anniversary, just a box to remind you you're cared for. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Isolation Issue

What have you enjoyed about mandatory COVID-19 isolation?

Getting ready for my Mothers Day virtual cuppa with my bestie
I am in the process of releasing the Isolation Issue of Cheer Kids Magazine. Within that issue we have interviewed cheerleaders about what they're doing to stay occupied during quarantine, what they're missing right now and what they've enjoyed about mandatory isolation.

The reoccurring theme is they miss their friends and their sport, but they are enjoying spending time with family.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Sedentary Lifestyle

Are you sedentary?

As we remain in COVID-19 isolation, it's easy to become sedentary.  Hell, isn't that what we're being asked to do?

My COVID work day has me moving around 20 metres.  That's it. I get up, shower, go downstairs for breakfast, check-in on my laptop at my non-work projects, then walk upstairs where I sit at my desk from 8.30 until 5.00pm.  Each meeting is taken in the same spot, each phone call, each chat.  There are no colleagues to wander off and see, it's all done via Skype.  No meeting rooms to go to. I'm just sitting there, on my arse, growing cankles just like I would on a long haul flight to some exotic destination.  Only there is no destination, I've already arrived in Sedentary-ville, ACT.

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