In Brisbane we have proper seasons. It is just about the end of winter and we are slowly warming up to spring time!
Spring began on 1 September this year and officially ends on 30 November 2017. Below are my ABC of things I am looking forward to this spring.
AQUA AEROBICS – I loved aqua aerobics when we lived in Darwin, until “winter” came along and the water temperature dropped below 25 degrees (teeth chattering weather). When we arrived in Brisbane it was even colder and then the outdoor pools closed for winter. My friend has said her pool has re-opened and I plan to go along with her to get back into it.
BRISBANE FESTIVAL – the Festival runs from the 9th until 30th September this year and is packed with theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events and culminates with the Riverfire Event. There are lots of free events that we plan to enjoy and we currently have tickets booked to go to the Blind Cinema at the Gallery of Modern Art.
CAMPING – I really enjoy camping and I’m hoping we can invest in some camping equipment so we can explore the local Queensland area.
DRACULAS – the Aussie and I will be visiting Draculas on the Gold Coast in October with our American friends and Naomi and I am quite excited and a tad nervous as it is apparently a bit wild!
EXPLORING – I am really excited about getting out and about to explore Brisbane and the surrounding areas, especially before summer hits and it will be very hot. So far we have visited Mount Tambourine and I have a LONG list of destinations.
FLIP FLOPS – or thongs as the Aussies call them and being able to wear sandals again.
GYM – I have not been the best at going to the gym these last few winter months in Brisbane because I like going to the gym before work and it has been so cold I couldn’t get up in time. Now its getting light at 5.30am and not so cold I am back in the habit and enjoying the pre work workout.
HEALTH – I hope to continue improving my diet and exercise regime so my health continues to get better and better.
INK – maybe I will get the tattoo I have been imagining for a while, or maybe not!
JOIN A CAMERA CLUB – I used to belong to Darwin Camera Club and was even President for a while and I am missing spending time with other photographers. There are so many clubs here and I don’t know my way around too well yet but I plan to find one nearby and join up.
KOALAS – I have been in Australia for 4 years now and still haven’t seen let alone met a koala. I’m waiting until my family get here to visit one of the koala sanctuaries and cannot wait!
LIVE MUSIC – and other events. There are lots of outdoor music events in Brisbane all year round, but the weather in Spring time makes it a bit more inviting to visit them. I am looking forward to sampling what is on offer.
MY BIRTHDAY – my birthday is 26 November and this year we will be in Bali with some of our friends. The Aussie and I decided we would go to Bali over my birthday and asked if our friends wanted to join us and they did! We will be travelling with N and our good friends C & M from Darwin. Our trip will begin in Darwin for a day or so and we will have time to meet up with lots of people in Darwin!
NETFLIX – so many shows and movies I want to watch and I am hoping to fit some of that in around our hectic schedule!
OUTBACK EXPAT – trying to keep the blog up to date without the massive hiatus. We have had quite a busy year so I have lots to share!
PUT – more savings in the bank. In the last year we saved to relocate to Brisbane and are currently saving for our Bali holiday in November. Next year my family are visiting us in Brisbane so I will be saving so we can explore Brisbane and Sydney. I haven’t been to Sydney yet and I am so excited to experience it for the first time with my family.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY – means a public holiday even though the Queens birthday is really much earlier in the year. In Darwin the public holiday is in June but in Queensland it is in October which actually works out much better because we have another public holiday between the EKKA Show day in August and Christmas.
READ READ READ – 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. Our balcony at our house is the perfect spot for this so I need to set this up as my reading nook I think!
SANDING – we bought a dresser on the Facebook buy swap sell groups which was painted quite a bright blue colour. I have sanded down almost the whole of the top of the dresser but I am not very strong and it took forever to do that much. I have bought some paint stripper now so I plan to use that over the coming weeks and then sand and either varnish or stain the dresser which will hopefully look as gorgeous as I have in mind.
TOMATOES – I recently planted some tomatoes in a post in our garden and I’m really, really hoping I manage to keep them alive because I have a bit of a habit of killing plants! I’m looking forward to salads with home grown tomatoes and if they survive will be planting some more plants out there!
UPDATE – the blog, it has been so long since I last regularly logged in and I can’t remember how I set things up like my bio so I need to suss that out! Also now we are in Brisbane I think the blog could do with a new logo and layout.
VISA – we are in the final stage of my visa now and in theory I should be granted permanent residency very soon ecause the Immigration Department requested further information a few weeks ago. That information has been provided and now we wait, again.
WALKING – I never imagined I would love walking, hiking and exploring as much as I do, but I keep looking and planning where our next walk will be. I am also kind of proud of myself that I can manage the walks we have been trying because only a few months ago I wouldn’t have got round them nearly as well as I do and would probably have refused to do them at all.
XAMINE – or examine and edit my backlog of photographs as I have a lot just from our time in Darwin to work on before I get started on the Brisbane/Queensland photos.
YOGA OR PILATES – try one or both of these activities and start building my strength a bit.
ZOOM – (I know its rubbish) 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.