Manly, New South Wales

The ferry to Manly took only 30 minutes. It was delightful looking at Sydney Harbour, from different perspectives, as you sailed along.

We arrived to another spectacular beach and area. Similar to Bondi, it has a vibrant hustle and bustle with a chilled atmosphere. The panoramic views are magical and again, we were lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful sunny day and great to be able to explore this area.

Manly is placed in northern Sydney about 17 km north east of the city centre. Henry Gilbert Smith thought about making Manly into a resort in the 1850s and acquired nearby land. By 1873, Smith sold property leases with steamers to the operators of ferries and eventually ownership passed to Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company. This company built many attractions including the swimming pool, pavilion and pier. In 1972, the company was sold to Brambles Limited and in 1974 the Government of New South Wales and is now part of Sydney Ferries.

It is one of the most popular local resorts. In fact, I’ve been told by locals, tourists frequent Bondi Beach and the locals prefer Manly.

We loved it and I can see why the locals prefer it. You arrive off the ferry and walk 10 minutes through the town to the beach. The beach itself is long and wide and isn’t so busy and obviously attracts a wider spectrum  of people. Youngsters were enjoying volleyball while we were there but the emphasis is on just chilling with family or friends as opposed to serious surfing, etc.

Overall, think I preferred Manly as it is good to walk along the tree lined avenue and grass area in front of the beach. There are also a better variety of shops with buskers, painters, speakers, etc. Also, loved the ferry ride over to Manly. You hop on the boat by using the Opal card which is handy and very simple.

 

 

New… Becoming Lighter Series!

So I’ve decided to produce a new series for my blog! It is called Becoming Lighter and will include ideas about new life aims, decluttering, diet, fitness, social media and experiences that are relevant.

The first series will cover life aims. I’ve decided to call them aims rather than goals because, in my view, it’s an ongoing process. Talking of the process, many ideas will be discussed. These will include how committed are you to new life aims? Brainstorming and eliminating new ideas and aims, questioning the environment of your proposed tasks associated with your aims and how to record and measure progress. After that, I will post how we look at the emotions and benefits of the new life aims.

The blog posts will be concise and run over several weeks. These are my compilation of ideas that have been obtained from various sources, including books, papers, university study and university of life ho hum (experience and interest). The posts are light hearted, but hopefully help and be flipping useful. La de daaa….. very exciting!

Well, January was a trial month and this is February now, so let’s set some new ideas, goals, resolutions or aims… Glass of wine anyone?

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Consumable gifts and family time tips…

Been away so had a break from blogging but back now and thought I’d pop in a quick blog about the upcoming festivities – tips for giving presents and being with the family…

The rules for present giving are that they can be consumed or experienced. So to play safe always give food, drink, toiletries or experiences.

Food

Chocolates or biscuits are best. Even better, if you make them yourself. They are always welcome this time of year because most people give up the fitness plan for a few days and over indulge. I know I do!

Drink

We always buy 12 bottles of wine for some relatives and they do the same back. Bit daft, but at least the wine in something that will be drunk. Also, saves aimlessly wandering around wondering what to buy them.

Smellies

Anything like body cream, perfume of bubble bath is always useful and will be used throughout the year.

Experiences

In my humble opinion always give a simple experience rather than somewhere people have to travel miles to enjoy. Recently had a superb meal in a posh hotel nearby and it was a wonderful treat. Or something like cinema tokens is a good option. Be careful the person receiving the experience will enjoy it rather than endure it.

Other bits that are pleasant to receive are candles, purses, bags, scarves, earings and necklaces.  Men just like beer don’t they?

Have a fantastic few days and don’t forget my family time tips for enjoying yourself.

– No political discussions (haha)

– Play some games (or catch up on holiday photos)

– Worry less about your diet but…

– Get out for some long walks in the fresh air

Have a fabulous time everyone. Thank you to everyone who follows, likes and reads my blog. It is much appreciated.

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5 reasons why you should take a mini, mini break…

Windy times on the beach at glorious Brighton...

Windy times on the beach at glorious Brighton…

The trouble with going on holiday in June, is you have to suffer everybody’s glorious, happy holiday pics, in July/August.

The best way to alleviate the envy is to take yourself off on what I call mini, mini breaks and enjoy the free time you do have.  To be concise the mini, mini break is daft language for a few hours off.  Do something extraordinary, explore and then explore some more. This mindset will endorse spontaneous action, not only for yourself, but also the family or friends that are accompanying you.

To get over the wish-I-was-on-holiday feeling, I recently went on a short trip to Brighton. I tend to go to Brighton, only once or twice a year, mainly because it is so flipping difficult and expensive to park.  (Next time I will go on the bus.)  However, Brighton is great for the quirky shops, pubs, galleries, restaurants and beach life.  It has a hippy, soulful vibe and the shops and stalls are fascinating due to independent traders and their array of talents and well, being Brighton bonkers with the erratic fashions and dreadlocks.  I found it a great place to spend time, wandering aimlessly, exploring the lanes, eating tapas in the Spanish restaurant and people watching.

The result, after recovering from the cost of parking fiasco, was super.  Invigorating in fact. If you feel fed up it revives you to have a day by the sea.  Or anywhere outdoors.  Like having a holiday without packing.  Also, the excitement does not dissipate (unlike long holidays).  Wander around the shops, have a glass of red and soak up the atmosphere as I did.  Or go for a walk in a local park, lounge by a lake or walk in your local woods.  Have a coffee in your local high street and watch the world go by.  But go outside, walk, explore and explore some more.  It will enlighten your life because you will be enjoying experiences and new adventures rather than wasting money on material objects.

A city break, even for a day or two, can be very satisfying and makes you feel you have been away for a week or more.  Doing something different lifts your mood, makes you happier and recharges your mind and body.

Here are the advantages of taking a mini, mini break…

  • Endorses spontaneity
  • Enables exploration
  • Makes you happier
  • Provides experiences (rather than material stuff)
  • Recharges your mind and body

Overall, it is good for your health and well being.  Where are you going for a mini, mini break?  Tell all in the comments section.

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Minimalism – Progress at last…


Although I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I have now realised that I’m quite pleased, at last, with how my home is looking.

This has taken many months. Books, clothes and unwanted furniture have now been despatched to charity shops, decorating has been done and the place is beginning to look how I want it. Here are some of my tips that i’ve collected during my journey.
Take your time
Clear one section of a room at a time
Do something new
Take a trip to a new place and explore (mini, mini holiday)
Write about experiences – start a blog or journal

I’ve not managed whole tech free days.  I blame the blogging haha!  But I’m working on that.  Minimalism does change the mindset.  No more worrying about what people think or wasting time on arrogance or ignorance.  It isn’t worth the energy.

This encourages positive thinking and a healthier outlook. The parkruns and village jogs have been started and enjoyed or should that be endured! Now to sort the healthy eating (see previous blog).

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Bye until next time…

The Veggie Experiment

Food is a passion and I enjoy cooking.  In fact, I cannot grasp the latest concept of “cooking from scratch” because, to me, there is no other way.  You are either cooking or not.  Warming up does not count.

There are minimalists who are on a vegetarian or plant based diet.  This is not for me.  However, I have become interested in the subject and explored the possibilities of eating meat free meals.  Weight is a battle for a lot of people and it is best to eat less bread, pasta, red meat and the worst culprit, sugar.  But most people don’t want to cut them out completely do they?

Eating an abundance of vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, couscous may be the answer, but it is harder to make them interesting.  Because of this, I came up with the idea of preparing packed up food for lunches for the following three reasons.

  • Health
  • Variety
  • Fulfilment (Cooking process and satiety)

Is is not about eating copious amounts of processed food and then regretting it and feeling like a blob or starving yourself.  It is about eating well.  Aim to have tasty recipes and enticing food by spending time on the food creation.  Buy locally sourced cabbage, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes, onions, apples and so on.  They will be far fresher, tastier and maybe cheaper.

Being a minimalist is not about owning less, it is about owning what you need to enjoy life.  I cannot claim to only own a few things, but I am on the journey.  What is fascinating, is the whole ideology of enjoying experiences and so have spent a few weekends exploring and experimenting with food prep for work lunches.

Here are some of the ones that I have enjoyed.  A few ingredients, prepared simply so that I can eat mindfully and feel satisfied.

Lentil Salad

Lentils, onion, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, carrots, orange oil (by scrapping orange with fork), orange segments and mix.
Chickpea Winter Stew

Chickpeas, onion, passata, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts, herbs, ground pepper.  Serve with couscous.

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Bean Salad

Kidney and mixed beans, passata, spinach, herbs, chilli, red pepper.  Serve with rice.

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They were packed up and frozen for the week’s lunches and enjoyed by all!

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Minimal minimalism…

There seems to be interest in this subject so I’ve decided to continue, periodically, to write about my experiences.

Recently, I asked a male family member what his plans were for 2016 and he looked blank. This is fair enough as we don’t plan ahead but it did surprise me.  After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal and we need to crack on and try to make the best of it.  Don’t we?  One of my aims for this year, is to eradicate life’s clutter.  At the moment, I feel a fraud talking about minimalism as I sit in a room surrounded by books and stuff all over the floor!  Aaahh but come the weekend we are planning an exciting trip to the Oxfam charity shop.  They know we are coming…

My key reasons for embracing the minimalism ideology are:

  • Growth
  • Contribution
  • Experiences
  • Clarity
  • Contentment
  • Writing (finally)

This evening, I managed to fill another sack full of clothes.  However, I did grab back some blouses and a dress.  But, wow, my wardrobe looks quite reasonable now.  Aaah the time saved as I can see all my clothes.  Everything, is colour co-ordinated and organised.  Ha!  Lets see how long that lasts.  Also, the bedroom feels more chilled now the telly has gone to the British Heart Foundation.  Hopefully, it will do somebody some good.  Also, the e-reader is getting used because I don’t want to keep buying books too often.  Not sure if I will be able to stick to that one?

The trouble is it is a slow process and at the moment parts of the home still look quite messy but the cleaning is easier and everything does feel a lot clearer.  Should have done this years ago.

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