These monthly recaps give me the chance to keep you updated on what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, and what’s to come on the blog. It also gives me a chance to share more about myself, my interests, and current obsessions.
We were pretty quiet on the travel front this month. But, we did hire a car one weekend and took a road trip to Trentham. A little over an hour drive from Melbourne, Trentham is a cute little town with an old school vibe. It was such a beautiful day, and we really needed and enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around in nature. Bliss.
What’s for eating?
Every Wednesday during the colder months here in Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market hosts their Winter Night Market. Think: lots of delicious food stalls, live music, local designers, and wood fires dotted all around. I went along last week with my workmates, and it really was a great way to spend the night. I salivated over a Haloumi Pocket from The Cypriot Kitchen, and for desert? I couldn’t resist a Lemon Meringue Pie from Gourmet Pies. They’ve now extended the market until October, so I’ll definitely be back to try some other delicacies!
I finally finished reading Beautiful Lies last weekend. All in all, it was a good read, and definitely one I would have picked for myself. The storyline was interesting, but I couldn’t really get on board with the main characters choices. She put herself in some dangerous situations, and was a little too trusting for my liking. Also, she was a bit slow to figure things out – I felt like I was at least a step or two ahead of her, and worked out some of the plotlines a bit quicker than she did.
I do have quite a few books still on my to-read list, so the hard part now is figuring out what to read next. Suggestions welcome!
In other news, I couldn’t resist nabbing myself a 20th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this month, even though I’m a little late to the party! And yes, I’ve been sorted and apparently I’m a Ravenclaw.
A couple of months ago we started watching Terrace House. We had no idea what it was about, but it kept popping up on Netflix as a suggestion, so we figured what the heck. Basically, it’s like Big Brother but a million times better. It’s a Japanese show, but once you get used to the sub-titles and the commentators, it’s actually really great. And we’ve grown to love the commentators! We started off watching the new season which is set in Hawaii. Once we finished that, we watched the one before, which is set in Tokyo. It has really made us want to go back to Japan. The thing I love most about Terrace House is how real it is. There are no games, no forced dramas, no eliminations. It’s just three guys and three girls living together. They can leave when they want, and are instantly replaced by a new house mate. It also offers a glimpse into the Japanese culture, which I am really enjoying.
I’m adding in a new section this month because I’ve found myself deep in a rabbit hole of Traveler’s Notebooks and journalling. I’ve always been into writing (duh) and crafting, and used to be an avid scrapbooker. However, since moving to Melbourne, and living in such a small apartment, it’s been quite difficult for me to find the space to craft. Enter the IKEA RÅSKOG. Not only is this trolley super cute (and I totally built it myself), but it houses all my supplies and fits perfectly beside my desk. Thanks to it’s excellent wheels, I can also roll it over to the couch if I want to work on something while watching tv. I’ve started collecting a decent amount of washi tapes, scrapbooking papers, embellishments, and notebooks so I can get myself into the Travelers Notebook game and really start documenting our travels better. I always take a notebook with me during our trips so I can jot down what we get up to each day, but when we get home they always get put in my drawer, never to be looked at again. I’m hoping to make my next notebook more visual and creative so I’ll want to keep coming back to it.
I have always wanted to try Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a little difficult when you’re a family of two. A couple of weeks ago, at after work drinks, someone busted out a pack and we decided to play. It was really fun, super inappropriate, and made me question the moral compass of some of my colleagues. It’s probably not a game you’d want to play with your folks, but I would definitely be up to play again.
I’ve been super excited for September to get here, because I’ve booked myself (another) whirlwind trip back home! My sister is flying over from WA for a little while, so I decided to head over while she’s at home. It will be the first time my family has been together for a very long time, so I am really looking forward to it.
11 things you must do on an epic Scotland road trip
We wanted to see as much of Scotland as we could, so we hired a car and hit the road! Here are my 11 tips for a successful and memorable road trip in Scotland.
Getting ‘Lost’ in Oahu
We are huge Lost fans, so during our first trip to Hawaii, we spent a great deal of time finding and exploring filming locations from the show.
Spending Christmas in London
London really takes Christmas seriously. There are markets, fairy lights, and events galore. Throw in a Harry Potter tour, and you’re all set for a magical Christmas.
Lake Louise > Dreaming of a White Christmas
We spent our first ever White Christmas in pituresque Lake Louise, three years ago. Think: a frozen lake, snow shoe adventuring, and a visit from Santa. What more could you ask for?
Early in the month my workmates introduced me to an app called 1 Second Everyday. At first I baulked at the price (AUD$8!!), but after watching their videos I was hooked. I’ve been using this app every day, and it’s such a nice way to reflect on your week, your month, and eventually, your year. Day to day we tend to take life for granted a bit, but watching my one second videos each day makes me appreciate what I’ve got just that little bit more. So, I thought I’d share my August with you…