A sentence a day for August: a writing challenge

A Sentence a Day – a month in review

I joined in with some wonderful bloggers for the Sentence a Day writing challenge for the month of June and July and enjoyed it so much I’m back again for August!

In the first week of each month, we link our posts up and can read what everyone else has been up to during the month. It’s  fun to read back through the daily entries to see what we’ve all managed to fit into the month.

I feel like I’ve been travelling most for this year and August was no exception with our big adventure to outback Australia.  This was the month of our big adventure to Outback Australia.  I have written a series of posts about our travels if you’d like to read in more detail – just look at my blog home page for recent posts.  I’ve also linked to a few in this post.

So without further ado here we go with a sentence a day in AUGUST:

  1. Tuesday: I’m still a bit sore from my 5km Run Melbourne event, so I went for a walk instead of a run.
  2. Wednesday: First run since my Run Melbourne, and it felt OK, attended a meeting and caught up on some blogging.
  3. Thursday: An early morning walk in the forest, followed by household jobs – nice quiet day apart from a meeting.
  4. Friday: Confirmed bookings for our trip to New Zealand in November, wet miserable day with snow forecast later tonight.
  5. Saturday: Wet, cold and miserable again, not feeling the best to be honest, have a bad cough. Historical Society open day and book launch.
  6. Sunday: Not feeling too good so rested most of the day and tried to pack for our trip.
  7. Monday: My women’s education meeting was on today, good to catch up with everyone.
  8. Tuesday: Leave on our road trip – first leg of 660km from Tumbarumba NSW to Mildura in Victoria.  The car was completely frozen shut when we went to leave.
  9. Wednesday: Drove 413 Km from Mildura to Tannuda in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.
  10. up close in a wine cellar

    up close in a wine cellar

    Thursday: Enjoyed a day of bike riding around Barossa Trails, visiting vineyards, cellar doors and quaint old towns.  Rode 30km in total in windy, cool conditions but had great fun!

  11. Friday: Left Tananda, stopped for a bike ride on the Rattler Trail in Auburn on the way to our cute little cottage at Clare in South Australia. Happy hour around the campfire was fun!
  12. Saturday: A big day of bike riding on the Riesling Trail, wine tasting and markets – 50km in total.
  13. Sunday: Headed out from the beautiful Clare Valley to Iga Warta an Aboriginal community in the Flinders Ranges. It was 28 degrees and so deliciously warm.
  14. Monday: Our group of 5 (the famous five) were driven out to our starting point for our walk and had a lovely day walking down the Frome River (a dry riverbed) for about 15km, amongst gorgeous old gum trees and waterholes, then back to Iga Warta for the night – we slept well!
  15. Tuesday: Day 2 of walking the Frome River saw us start where we had finished yesterday, we walked through gorgeous countryside a distance of about 9kms.  Terry our host left early in the morning with a gun in his hand, he told me he was getting our dinner – we had fresh kangaroo for dinner that night!
  16. Wednesday: Today was a rest day with social history and Aboriginal culture. It was a very interesting and moving experience in the Ochre pits.
  17. Thursday: It was a much cooler day today but we didn’t mind as we walked 13kms through the Frome Riverbed, seeing rare yellow tailed rock wallabies, emus, kangaroos and other wildlife.
  18. Rock art

    Rock art

    Friday: Today was special with a Women’s business talk from Aboriginal women showing us sacred sites and sharing stories about their culture with us, followed by 8km of walking to see some amazing ancient cave art.

  19. Saturday: We drove then walked about 8km into the Red Gorge where we saw ancient rock ‘engravings’  – what a privilege!
  20. Sunday:  A freezing cold rest day between walks – our friends left for home and a new walking group arrived later in the day.  I spent the day sitting around the campfire trying to keep warm while updating my blog.  There was no phone reception but they did have limited WiFi).
  21. Monday: The plans changed continually due to staffing issues but we ended up driving out and walking 11km further down the Frome River.
  22. Tuesday: More changes to our plans with our vehicle and packed trailer, breaking down on the way to our first campsite.  We ended up walking 6km before help came and we managed to find a good place to camp for the next 3 nights.
  23. Wednesday: Sleeping in a tent isn’t all that comfortable but I managed OK, went 4-wheel driving for a few hours on our way to our next walk and then walked 10+km.
  24. Thursday: Had a lovely drive over the bare hills and plains to the Frome River, past Moosha Bore where they used to break-in camels, walked 13km today, in beautiful country. Dinner was fun cooking around the fire.

    Windmill in the outback

    Past its used by date

  25. Friday: My knee is very sore from all the hard walking on big rocks in the riverbed so I rested around the campfire, while the others went for a short walk and we packed up the vehicles and headed back to Iga Warta for a welcome HOT shower!
  26. Saturday: After breakfast we all drove out to walk into a chasm and luckily my knee held up OK with the help of a knee guard and walking stick.
  27. Sunday: We all had one last breakfast together and said our farewells, before we drove 430km to Morgan for the night.
  28. Monday: We left Morgan and drove 450km to Swan Hill in Victoria.
  29. Tuesday: The last leg to get home was a 542km drive from Swan Hill to Tumbarumba – what a road trip we had!!
  30. Wednesday: Normal life resumed with meetings, a walk in our own forest and a Meet the Candidates evening for our upcoming council elections.
  31. Thursday: My hair was thankful for today’s appointment and I enjoyed a lovely evening at our local cinema’s monthly Movie Club.

Phew!  So that was my month – in a sentence a day!  It’s interesting looking back and seeing how much I managed to fit into the month.  Lots of driving, adventures and fun!! I’m still trying to update my blog 🙂 and catch up with reading everyone else’s, so bear with me if I haven’t got to yours yet!

Why not try this challenge for yourself?  It is surprising what you might write over the course of the month and it is fun reading.  You can then link up and read other posts from those taking part in the challenge.  I’ll warn you that it is hard to keep it to just one sentence sometimes – or is that just me?

The year is just racing by isn’t it?  Wishing you all a fantastic month ahead and thanks for stopping by my blog.

What happened in August? A sentence a day.

What happened in August?

See you next month!

Deb 🙂

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  One thought on “A sentence a day for August: a writing challenge

  1. Donna
    September 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    It is amazing how much a single sentence can convey. Sounds like a busy month full of adventure and trying new things. Wishing you an equally positive and rewarding September!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 10, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Thanks a Donna, like your month the adventures are so much fun to experience. September is a bit slower so far and much less physical 😊


  2. Jo
    September 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Your walk/camp sounds amazing – the photos are great. It sounds like something I’d really enjoy too – well, maybe not the camping part.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

      The camping part was fun, although the ground seems to get harder the older I get!! It was such a great adventure.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. September 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    That was a very exciting and adventurous month! I’m amazed about how much you did and on the diversity of activities.
    It might have been unforgettable.

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  4. September 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve never seen the sentence a day posts. It makes for a fun read to see your whole month like that. I can’t believe your car was frozen shut. I didn’t realize that it got that cold there. You’re in Australia, right?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Yes Phil in a little town up in the Snowy mountains in NSW. We can see the snow capped mountains from our house and sometimes we even get snow falling here but it doesn’t stay around on the ground for too long. We often get frosts and winters can be bitterly cold. Spring has sprung here at the moment but we are still lucky to get into double digits temperatures (Celsius). It’s a good fun way of recapping the month in one go! Thanks for your visit 😊

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  5. September 9, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    This is great! I started writing ‘a sentence a day’ in September one year on the first day back at school – loved it so much that I now have five years worth of sentences!

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    • September 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Wow that’s great Ruth! I’m not sure if I could manage to keep it ip for that long 😊 It’s a fun way of keeping track of what happens in a month though.


      • September 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm

        It started off as just being a way to make sure that I was writing every day, and before I knew it, it had become somewhat of a habit. Makes for some great reading now!

        Liked by 1 person

    • September 11, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Thats incredible. Good for you:)

      Liked by 1 person

  6. September 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Wow. What a month. But I have to say that the only thing that would get me to bike 50km would definitely be wine tasting on a Riesling Trail!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Jennifer! It was a very active month I agree 😊 Thankfully the riding was mainly flat and the wine tastings sure made it fun, especially trying to fit the bottles we bought into our bags and then riding back to our cottage. Clinking all the way…..


  7. Dust and Doghair
    September 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Wow, Deb! You are one active person!!

    All those adventures, hikes and walks in such amazing places.

    I truly enjoyed reading about your month!!!

    Looking forward to September!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 10, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Thanks for joining me by reading about my busy month. It was so good to get out there and experience the outback in a such an active way. I loved it all. 😊


  8. September 10, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Hi Deb, what an amazing walk about! Did you arrange the trip on your own, or use a walking holiday-type of company? Would love their name if the later, because this type of trip is right up our alley! (We did something similar to this up, over and through the Swiss Alps a few years ago.

    I love your nickname – Hummingbird! It made me laugh because me girls call me ‘Tigger’ because they say I bounce, bounce, bounce, rarely sitting still. I’m thinking you can totally relate!

    Love your active, diverse month!

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    • September 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Thanks Tamara, I laughed at your nickname Tigger, I can so relate to the bounce bit!! The trip was
      S organised through friends but the place we stayed is a commercial operation Iga Warta and they offer tours and accommodation. It’s camping style but the experiences were unforgettable. Happy to have your visit and comment on my busy and active month. This month is a bit slower 😊


  9. September 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Wow – what a great month! I love these photo’s along with the sentence – great insight into Australian life! Thanks xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 10, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Wendy! Glad you enjoyed it 😊 It was a huge month I can tell you.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

        It certainly looks it and the campfire looks very tempting too! xx

        Liked by 1 person

  10. September 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What a wonderful month you had, Deb. To travel is to live, right? As I read your sentences, one thing that stood out was the long distance driving. I can relate to it as I’ve done something similar in Canada. Both of our countries are so big that it takes hours to get from A to B. Have a fantastic September!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Yes we have huge distances here just like Canada I suspect. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your September too.


  11. September 11, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I can imagine why it feels like the year is racing by for you, your busy having so much fun doing so much in a days worth and exploring so many places that it’s bound to feel that way.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Yes I agree with you, it is a great way to spend the time though. I could get used to this fast paced life 🙂


  12. September 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

    You certainly packed a lot (of fun and adventure) into your month. Hope September is a great one too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Su, it’s a much quieter month as we prepare for our next adventure 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. September 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    What a wonderful month you had Debbie and so many adventures. Now you are off to Fiji and New Zealand – when did you find time to work? LOL:) Enjoy xx

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  14. September 12, 2017 at 1:30 am

    What an interesting trip! I am still wide-eyed at the thought of fresh kangaroo.
    🙂 gwingal

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      I can imagine it’s a bit confronting for those who don’t live here, I must admit it was a bit weird for me too! Thanks for visiting 🙂


  15. September 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Your SAD was packed!! What a trip you had! I could only participate in SAD for June and July, hopefully I can pop back in December and January! I also wanted to comment that I am intrigued by the 52 week photo challenge. Sounds fun!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      You are so right Terri, it was a jam packed month! Hopefully you can join in again soon. The 52 week challenge is going great and a lot of fun as it’s mainly with family members. We are all so diverse with our representation of the week’s themes. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

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  16. September 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Wow! It sounds like you had an adventurous and busy August!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

      I certainly did have a big month. I’m so lucky to get to do all the things I’m able to do now and appreciate it so much I just have to share.


  17. September 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Even one sentence can be enough to tell an entire story. I engage myself in this challenge on a daily basis by writing in my diary every night, taking note of what happens in my life. It really is interesting to look back on what I’ve experienced, and sometimes I blush from embarrassment at the ridiculous things I’ve thought and done- but in a way, this also shows me how much I’ve grown (hopefully that’s not too cringeworthy for me to say with my own mouth!)

    Thanks for sharing- just followed and looking forward to more of your posts! Glad I stumbled upon this blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Thanks so much for stumbling onto my blog!! I agree with your comment about seeing the growth in ourselves. I enjoy capturing a sentence a day and challenging myself with my blogging journey. Lovely to have you along 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

        No problem- it’s my pleasure! I love meeting new people on here.

        And definitely. I remember even before blogging, as a kid, adults around me would encourage me to write everyday. To record my surroundings and keep those memories intact to look back on later. Of course, I didn’t know what they were talking about. But now I do. I think one sentence is long enough for me to keep the memories from that day, while also being short enough for me to be present in that moment.

        Even the little things are wonderful to look back on later, and to me, offer the same amount of nostalgia as the bigger or more eventful ones.

        And same to you 🙂 so glad to now be following.

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