We are now getting into spring here in Brisbane with beautiful sunny and breezy days and before we will be in the sweltering and humid months of summer!
I thought I would do an ABC of Spring & Summer combined.
ADVENTURING – now the weather is improving we can go out exploring and adventuring.
BIRTHDAY – my birthday is 26 November and this year we will be spending a weekend on the Gold Coast. I am hoping for a relaxing weekend filled with friends and maybe a cheat meal of yum cha and cake!
CHRISTMAS – as strange as it still seems, Christmas falls during our summer time. I always really love Christmas time and we will be in the UK for Christmas this year which I am especially happy about.
DOGS – I have a gorgeous dog called Henry in the UK but he wouldn’t do very well travelling here and so he lives with my parents and is very happy. When we moved into our current home it has an excellent fence and so I asked the landlord if we could have one or maybe two small dogs and we were approved. As we are going to the UK for Christmas we will be looking for a rescue dog or two in January.
EXCITED EXPLORING – I am looking forward to getting out and about to explore Brisbane and the surrounding areas, especially before summer hits and it will be very hot
FAMILY – with Christmas coming this also means time with my family and in the UK. I am very excited about getting home and seeing everyone. Also my Mum and Dad have a new puppy addition to the family and I am looking forward to meeting and snuggling with her as well as Henry and Tess.
GOLD COAST – is about an hour from our home and we are incredibly lucky to be invited to visit with Naomi at her families beautiful home. We have a weekend planned in October and also for my birthday and I am looking forward it it. When we get there it is always just very relaxing, there is no urge to rush around or do anything but spend time together which is one of my favourite things.
HEALTHY LIVING – I am excited about continuing to improve my diet and exercise regime so my health continues to get better and better.
INSPIRING – I haven’t picked up my camera in a long time now and I would like to try and get back into the swing of it and start enjoying photography again.
JACARANDA TREES – These trees are my favourites in Brisbane, mainly because of the beautiful purple blossom. I have a tree outside my office which surprised me by being a jacaranda tree and I can’t wait to have that to gaze upon.
KEEP ON MOVING – I aim for 10,000 steps a day and I will be doing that more and more now that the sun is out all day long.
LONGER DAYS – I get up early for the gym (4.30am) and it is hard to get going when it is still dark and feels like the middle of the night. It is starting to get light now when I get up and I love it. I am also looking forward to the sun setting later so we have time to get out for a walk after work and hopefully some summer evenings in our garden, especially when the dogs arrive.
MOUNTAINS – I have loved visiting the Glasshouse Mountains and Mount Tambourine and I am looking forward to getting out to both places again to explore, hike and get away from it all.
NEWNESS – I am currently in the process of obtaining advice from a surgeon for some weight loss related surgery (not a gastric band or similar) and I am hoping that we can get a date scheduled so we have a plan in place for getting ready for the surgery and recovering from it.
OPEN AIR CINEMAS – there is going to be an open air cinema soon at Southbank which I am hoping we can get too. I would also really like to make it to the drive in cinema that we visited last year.
PARK RUN – we have been going to Park Run fairly consistently during the Autumn and Winter months. Even though we walk/run at 7am I know it is going to get harder because of the heat and humidity but I am looking forward to the challenge and getting closer to the 50 runs.
QUALITY TIME – with the Aussie. Now that I am excited about getting out and walking I am looking forward to some quality time with him out hiking in the mountains and parks and things like that.
READING – I have borrowed this from last year’s ABC of Spring! I love reading so much but just can’t get myself to sit down and read. I have been using Audible whilst at the gym and loving that but I really want to get back into reading.
SELLING – I have cleared out quite a bit of clothes from my closet which no longer fits me and so I am looking for a clothes sale where I can try and get everything sold for my shopping spree which is planned for February!
TRAINING – We have already started scheduling walking events for next year and I am really enjoying my time in the gym so I am excited to keep on training to see how far I can progress.
UNWIND – and unplug. I am terrible at switching off and usually will be watching tv, playing on the computer and / or my phone all the time so I think I need to focus on some down time and time away from technology as well.
VISA – last February I FINALLY received permanent residency in Australia. I understand that once I have had permanent residency for 12 months I can apply for Citizenship (I plan on being a dual citizen) and so I am looking forward to getting the application in.
WARMTH – Apparently this winter was warming than average but it seemed to me to be pretty chilly so I am looking forward to some sunshine and warmth.
(E)XHIBITS – There are quite a few museums, galleries and art shows in and around Brisbane and I am hoping to get out and about to explore them.
YOGA – I have given yoga a go and really enjoyed it but haven’t managed to get to a regular class. I have seen that there is a wellness series being run at Southbank between October and December which includes yoga classes at 8am which is perfect timing if we can make it to Park Run at Southbank on a Saturday. Hopefully this way I will get into the swing of it to find a regular class.
ZOOM – I have borrowed this one from last years ABC but we will be zooming around on the buses, trains and ferries in Brisbane as we have such good public transport here it’s easy to get to most places in and around the CBD.