checklist // seizing the holi-day



So I made a list, checked it twice, or more and how did I go “seizing my holi-day”?

Well, good …  and bad.

I didn’t go for a walk everyday, and I didn’t head out to the library or take myself out for a meal by myself. I ran out of time.

I did work on a little side project, pushed myself a little out of my comfort zone there, and I cooked ~ a lot. I baked fresh bread, made soups, desserts and casseroles.

However, I did take more photos ~ usually every day, everything from time lapses to snaps with my iPhone. I’m still in the process of editing and processing them.

And I did check out the art. I got myself along to a local gallery, pictured above [snapped on my iPhone] and signed up for newsletters so I can go back again. They had a range of pieces for sale which I really must remember to get back along to when I need a lovely and unique gift for someone.

The leaves work pictured here, by artist Natalie Ward, was my pick. Each work in this series was quite captivating.

huon view

I also had an urge to climb a mountain, so to speak. And we took ourselves, for the first time, up to Huon’s Hill lookout which has panoramic views across the region.

Stupid to think we had never been, even though it’s a relatively short drive from home.

I had expected a short walk, turns out you could drive to the top [#winning] but unfortunately smoke from the autumn burn-offs obscured the view, which will be quite spectacular in the winter months on a clear day when we can see the Victorian Alps.

But, now we know and we will be heading back and next time might even pack a picnic! And we have plans when the smoke settles to do a guided tour of another mountain in the area. Seriously, I don’t know myself. But I want to see those views!

And photograph them, of course.

from the sea to the sky to the sequel


Big news in the children’s movie world this week. And here’s hoping my children will not consider themselves too old to head along to the cinema when these hit out shores.

Ellen DeGeneres announced earlier this week ~ on April 2 which had me thinking for a second it could have been an April Fool’s joke with the damn time zones ~ that she would be reprising the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the sequel Finding Dory. Story here

And now Disney has announced Planes, from the world above Cars. [If you loved Top Gun, this trailer will make you smile.]

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait! Think I will probably be fighting Grandpa to take the kids to this one!

seize the holi-day




I have the good fortune of being off work this week and thanks to the Easter break, have done my relaxing and now have the next four days where it is all about me.

Here in NSW, the smalls are still in school and the Mr is naturally at work, so in between my time is my own.

And I intend to make the most of it!

Not only with “working” here at Lime Lane, but also spending time doing, racking up a few experiences close to home.

So, armed with a check list, here are five things I plan to do with these precious days.

  1. Check out the art. I was actually handed a flyer for an studio exhibition at the farmers’ market the other day and I popped it in my diary with mental note to check it out this week. And while I’m at it I might as well pop into the local art gallery.
  2. Take more photos. This is an obvious one in a way but I really want to push myself to get back into that photo-taking habit. And I want to take finish and take in several films to be processed. And perhaps go wild and snap off a pack of instax film as well. Why not? I’m on holidays!
  3. Go for a walk, somewhere different, every day. See point two ~ as I will be making sure to take a camera along and take more photos of different places.
  4. Take myself to brunch/lunch or a picnic, on my own. First, this pushes my comfort zone a bit but secondly, so I can sit and soak up a change of scenery.
  5. Go and work at the library one morning. There is something motivating and inspiring among all those books. I want to soak that up, too.

I’m also going to do set myself to put together something I’ve always wanted to do. Let’s hope it works out and I’ll share it soon.

It’s out there now, I’ll check back next week to see how I went.

Ideas for the warmer weather



This is a glorious time of year to be out and about. The lovely balance of spring’s not-too-cold or not-too-hot weather makes it a great time for some outside activities.

Check out my post on Mum’s Business for 7 activity ideas for the warmer weather