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5 Reasons why I love where I live.

I am full of the joys of spring today and’ I’m fee-ee-lin good’ a la Buble. It is an absolutely beautiful day so I thought that I would make the most of it and instead of going into the air conditioned gym and being crotch garrotted by the spin bike I decided to do a spot of exercise al fresco. Starting with a brisk walk round the lake singing along to my favourite pumping tunes, with a spot of gentle circuit training in between and finishing off with decaf (obviously) coffee Read more…


Not quite the Alps

This weekend we were invited by muddy Melbourne friend (she is not always muddy by the way) to join  them and some friends for a day of fun and frolics in the snow.

Husb and I had talked about heading to Mount Buller before but as usual we didn’t get ourselves organised in time and it never materialised so we were glad to go and sample the snow that Victoria had to offer before it all melted and before the Bear and I head back to the UK next week.

(I know – next week! O TO THE M TO THE G) how did that come around so soon?

Anyway as we were only heading out for the day we went up to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort which is about 2 and a half hours outside of Melbourne, quite a bit closer than Mount Buller. That said it did feel quite long when we had barely reached the end of our road before the Bear starting asking to get out of the car!

We made it though, finally.

Lake Mountain Alpine ResortI am not really sure how I would describe Lake Mountain Resort. The only way I can think of would be to say that it is cute.

I know that we are coming out of the season now what with Spring starting next weekend, but I don’t know if one sledging hill constitutes a resort!

imageThat said though, it is a trail skiing resort rather than a downhill skiing resort so there are obviously no lifts and there was very little snow anywhere apart from on the one carnage filled slope that had snow making facilities on it. They did well to continue to get that much snow on it actually as the weather is really getting too warm now so fair play to them. I guess if we were to go in high season there would be a lot more trails open and despite how busy the slope was we had a fab time.

We hired the Bear some snow gear and upgraded to a deluxe sledge in Marysville before we headed up to the mountain and I’m glad we did as it meant husb could take the Bear on it. I don’t think I would have felt safe if he was on a sledge on his own (the Bear not husb) as there were some pretty kamikaze sledgers hurtling down the hill – and that was just the parents!





imageAs I say, it wasn’t quite what we were expecting but we had a great time nonetheless, and a hot chocolate when you’ve just come off the snow tastes amazing wherever you are in my book (shame I couldn’t get a little Baileys snifter in it too).

Why Dita Von Teese has nothing on me!

This time round I have been determined to try and stay active in pregnancy, not that I wasn’t when I was pregnant with the Bear but I wasn’t as fit starting out as I was/am this time.

Previously I was doing my boxing classes, but the sweat in eye incident coupled with the fact that some people are a little bit too gung-ho with their punches,(all about the power, not the aim) meant that I had to give that up quite soon into my pregnancy.

Unfortunately my parkrun exploits and TRX training have also fallen by the wayside a bit too.

I (rather foolishly perhaps), started spinning not long after I became pregnant, and whilst I am trying to maintain it, it is really not the most comfortable exercise to do at the best of times (crotchwise – if you get my drift) made even harder when carrying a little extra weight out front. Don’t get me wrong though I am sticking with it – for the time being, along with shaking what my mama gave me at Zumba!

In addition I have also recently added aqua aerobics to my repertoire.
I tried it for the first time this week, if I am entirely honest I am not sure I will be carrying on with that one. I did what I was told to do at the start of the class, I went and introduced myself to the teacher telling her I was pregnant. Her response of ‘oh’ followed by prolonged silence as I tried to think of a suitable reply, before turning back to her buddy and continuing her conversation which I so rudely interrupted, should have set alarm bells off in my head. Well it did set them off but I ignored them.

Big mistake

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Living the dream.

Der ner ner nerrrr . . .*

Previously on theonlywayismelbourne the ‘Home and Away’ series

I had a dream

It came true.

I had arrived in Summer Bay

My fabulous acting skills meant that I very nearly got offered a part as Brax’s hot English totty.

Cept I didn’t.

So I instead Read more…

I had a dream

I had a dream.

A  precious dream held since I was a nipper.
I wasn’t sure I would ever realise this special dream and when husb hit me with the devastating news that he didn’t share my dream I was beyond shocked. I mean these are the sorts of fundamentals that you should discuss with your future husband. Having a shared vision is hugely important when it comes to building a solid long lasting relationship isn’t it.

How could I have not realised we were so poles apart on this important aspect. How had I not dealt with this at the time?

Looking back maybe I thought; as many women do, that he would change his mind, that given time he’d see how important it was to me and would come round to the idea.

I won’t lie, when I finally came to the realisation that this was not going to happen, I was devastated, and as my dream lay in tatters I thought it was all but over.
I mean without husb where was the meaning in pursuing my dream, could I do it alone, did I even want to if I had no one to share it with?

My dream, so important to me, was left on a shelf to gather dust.
. . . . .

Until today. Read more…

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