#1552 Day 54 of getting there: chalk and the Autumn walk

With a day like today, how could we not go outside?

We HAD to get outside!

First, a bit of a longer walk this time. I love how we can go in the same direction, and yet depending on where we turn, we can pick from like 7 different walk around the block options!

We decided to go further and walk through a nearby park… and even without the freedom for baby girl to run onto the play equipment and have a swing, a slide, and climb across the monkey bars, it was still enjoyable walking by in the late afternoon sun.

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And then, the CHALK. You know as a part of my recent Target order, I got 4 packs of chalk.

I AM NOT ASHAMED.

I couldn’t find it anywhere. ANYWHERE during the height of the chalk phase weeks ago.

So I was damn well going to catch up.

So we prettied our driveway, and the footpath in front of our house.

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And then made a hopscotch leading up to our front door.

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The rule is, you MUST hopscotch your way to the door… no ifs, ands or buts.

It must be done! 🙂

 

#1525 Day 27 of getting there: I dyed my hair, yeah yeah

So, I have NEVER coloured my hair on my own, at home, alone.

That statement suggests that I may have coloured my hair at home, but in the company of someone else… and that is totally right. Years and years ago I had bestie do it for me, before baby girl entered the picture, and I am pretty sure it was during my “save money/I can do that” phase.

But only I wasn’t actually doing it… bestie was.

Fast forward to several years later, and now Coronavirus is making me dye my hair at home, properly alone.

Let’s just stop to think about that for a moment. The isolation caused by this virus is making people look within themselves to build things, create things, change things, and be inventive in ways they never imagined they would, or could.

Although it’s not a situation anyone of us want to be in… there’s something exciting and thrilling about that thought. The thought of all of us looking within ourselves to make something in our lives happen, to make something in our lives better.

Including, hair.

Look, I love my hairdresser, and I will happily go back to them after all this is over.

But I totally smashed the hair colouring tonight.

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I couldn’t wait until this isolation blew over, no I sure as hell couldn’t. As it was I was scheduled for my hair appointment the weekend when the virus crisis started to peak… and so I ended up cancelling.

Regrowth and split ends galore. I could deal with the split ends indefinitely, but the regrowth was NOT TO MY LIKING AT ALL.

You know what colour I picked? Bittersweet chocolate. I told Hubbie I picked it because I liked the name and said it suited me at this phase of my life, and he said that sounded just like me, ha ha.

Things are bitter at the moment, but I always try to remain sweet.

And who doesn’t want their hair the colour of dessert?

Hair colouring night… success. 🙂

#1517 Day 19 of getting there: Driveway chalk drawing

Finally, the chalk hit the pavement today.

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It was a small display we started with. It’s right in time for the Easter weekend, where I can almost guarantee there will be A LOT of walking around… the only thing that is happening lately, to be honest.

But also, it’s all we had. After I went into the ‘cheap shop’ (you know that shop everyone has somewhere near their house… yeah I call ours the ‘cheap shop’) and found a small packet of chalk alongside an A4 sized blackboard for $3.50, I went “ah, what the heck.”

It’s all I could find.

Isn’t that the whole point of life nowadays? Getting by with what you have?

Yep. We aren’t in Kansas anymore peeps. We’re in some alternate universe, where it looks like Earth, smells like Earth, feels like Earth…

But it’s all so weird. So strange.

So there’s no better time to colour up the places where we walk.

It’s all we can do. ♥

#1508 Day 10 of getting there: Rainbow balloons

The most pressing thing Hubbie had to buy on his ‘essentials’ shopping trip was…

CHALK.

In light of all this ‘C’ business (don’t want to use the word anymore!) and all of us having to NOT GO ANYWHERE (with enormously good reason I might add) kids have been expending their energy the best way possible.

Creatively. With colour.

Insert, RAINBOWS. 🌈

Children all over have been hitting the pavement, not just for walks and bike rides because it’s the most fun they can have sans playdates, but they’ve been colouring up the front of their homes, so that there’s a beautiful pop of colour for all the people walking by, to brighten their day.

And to colour up their own day with it.

Well guess what?

There was NO CHALK at the supermarket… of course. It’s the one thing everyone is doing at the moment.

Never mind – I had a back-up plan.

BALLOONS! 🎈

So today, we took to the balcony and hung them up in our own kind of rainbow design…

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A couple of the traditional colours were missing from the pack, but we did what we could, with what we had.

And I guess, that is the main motto out of all of this, isn’t it?

Doing what we can.

So let’s try to do, A LOT of good.

With a lot of colour. 🌈

#1450 Purple in the garden

Friday we were sweltering. Today we were freezing.

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That’s Melbourne weather for you.

But one area that has benefited from this crazy hot-one-minute, Antarctic-the-next seasonal yo-yo, has been our garden.

The garden bed Hubbie lay down months ago, that has been ‘eh’ in it’s floral production and new green growth, seems to be loving the fact that Melbourne doesn’t know what season it’s in.

Just this morning while pulling on a hoodie, I noticed the bright array of purple, that has only had about 5 blooms since planting, now is a whole ground cover!

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Just loving the purple. The colour pops springing up in the backyard make my soul smile. 💜🌱😁

 

#1357 Saturday sunset and palacinke

I took some smashing photos of the sunset tonight. But they didn’t compare to the one baby girl took:

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Like, what are those colours doing? They’re so vibrant, so bold.

More baby girl pics followed, but of a different kind…

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Palacinke time! (Crepes for any first timers out there 😉)

She mixed the batter and I poured the deliciousness that turned into golden circles of crispy-covered inner pillowy goodness.

🤤

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Mmm. Happy Saturday. 🥞

#1325 Sunny days

There is so much to do, and so much pleasure to be had, when the sun comes out.

Step 1: Make a flower headpiece for your girl.

As soon as I saw the common Spring flowers today on our walk to get morning coffee, I had to stop. I got baby girl to collect a number of them for me, and proceeded to string them together, as my sister had done for me years ago… I have a picture in my parents front yard, of me in a red tartan dress, sporting my short bob, and a cascade of the same yellow flowers strung around the front of me as a necklace, and a halo of them sitting on top of my head.

I was so young, I’m not sure I even remember the moment… but knowing the photo so well, I feel the joy in it so clearly. I had to recreate it.

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See that yellow? Not even one filter. NOT ONE.

Spring is so beautiful.

Step 2: Find a back beach.

Not a front beach, but a back one. LOL. I think this comes down to whether it is a surf, or bay beach. Well this was most definitely a surf beach. 

We headed on to the other side of the Peninsula to access Gunnamatta ocean beach, and the waves were fierce. Rocking! Smashing. Go to my SmikG facebook page for the video, or find me under the same name on insta if you reside there…

The wind was brisk, there were kids splashing in the water (why I never!) and as much as the air was moving through me and chilling me to my core, I have never felt so ALIVE.

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We are heading back there on a hot day to jump those waves.

Step 3: Admire some more natural beauty…

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Tulip day 2. 

Ahh, Spring… how I have missed you.