It’s really quite cold here now and the snow is very evident on the main range in the distance, so grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Are you warm enough? Let’s take a break and look back over the month of June together.
As you know, TIME is my word of the year and I’m well aware of how fast it goes! But where does it go??
Last month was full of fun but I think this month has been extra special.
Time is free
But it’s priceless
You can’t own it
But you can use it
You can’t keep it
But you can spend it
Once you’ve lost it
You’ll never get it backHarvey Mackay
My monthly wrap-up posts for the year will all have a similar flavour, taking into account the TIME theme.
TRAVEL, CYCLING and FAMILY – TIME
June was a month of travelling. In fact we managed to drive approximately 4079km in just a few weeks. We visited our daughter and son-in-law in Brisbane which is quite a long way from our little town of Tumbarumba in the Snowy Mountains of NSW
We took our time and visited towns on the way which we’ve never been to before – Forbes, The Dish at Parkes, Coonabarabran, Moree, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba.
As well as driving over 4000km we also rode our bikes over 300km – in shorts and t-shirts!! I just had to add that in because it will be some time before I’m back wearing shorts and t-shirts. Winter in Queensland is not the same as winter where I live!!
We cycled along the beach front, on shared pathways next to railway lines and through peaceful bush landscapes.
We also took time out to visit other areas to go riding on our bikes – Blackbutt and Benarkin on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail system and then Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon for some riding on the South Burnett Rail Trail.
We had fun with our youngest daughter celebrating her birthday, going to the movies, shopping, eating out and just hanging together.
We loved our few days at Noosa and even went swimming at the beach on the Winter Solstice. Not a bad effort for winter in Australia!
On our way home we stopped in to see our daughter and son-in-law in Canberra, and of course baby Emilia. It was so good to catch up with them and we went to Wiggle and Giggle at the local library – it was so much fun singing songs and doing all the actions with Emilia on my knee. I loved it!
BLOGGING – TIME
My now, not-so-new Friday Feature, is where I share various bits that have made me laugh or cry during the week, and they’re fun posts to compile. I find I’m taking more notice of things that are going on around me. I’ve been heartened with the response I’ve been getting too, so thank you to all my faithful readers for your continued support, ideas and suggestions. I can’t believe I’m up to #17 this week! Where does the time go?
I was also honoured to be mentioned in Leanne’s post about her favourite Aussie midlife bloggers.
I’m also thrilled to be joining Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, as a co-host for #JournalinginJuly – a monthly journal prompt each day and a compilation post every Saturday throughout July. You can read more here – Journal Ideas in July
During my trip up north I managed to meet up with Sue – in case you missed the photo of us together, here it is again.
As I said last month, I’m no longer working so I find that blogging fills in quite a few gaps in my life. I’m thinking of areas like creativity, socially, technology, problem solving, time management and to top it all of, it’s a lot of fun.
WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY- TIME
Please note this is winter in Queensland!!!
READING – TIME
I have read a number of good books lately and thought I’d share my top two reads for the month of June.
Hope – by Terry Tyler
I found this book to be riveting! I just love the first sentence – We haven’t elected a Prime Minister, we’ve elected a lifestyle. It was almost too close to the truth at times, with #GuyMo and #MoMo, despite being set well into the future. Read the blurb from Goodreads below to see if it would be your cup of tea. Terry is a blogger as well as an author and I’ll be looking at her other books now!
‘We haven’t elected a Prime Minister, we’ve elected a lifestyle’.
As the fourth decade of the 21st century looms, new PM Guy Morrissey and his fitness guru wife Mona (hashtag MoMo) are hailed as the motivational couple to get the UK #FitForWork, with Mona promising to ‘change the BMI of the nation’.
Lita Stone is an influential blogger and social media addict, who watches as Guy and Mona’s policies become increasingly ruthless. Unemployment and homelessness are out of control. The solution? Vast new compounds all over the country, to house those who can no longer afford to keep a roof over their heads.
These are the Hope Villages, financed by US corporation Nutricorp.
Lita and her flatmates Nick and Kendall feel safe in their cosy cyberspace world. Unaware of how swiftly bad luck can snowball, they suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, behind the carefully constructed mirage of Hope.
Red Leaves – by Paullina Simons
This was recommended by my daughter and was my first Paullina Simons book. I enjoyed it and found it to be an intriguing story but not always believable. I went on to read another one by the same author, The Girl in Times Square which I enjoyed. I tried another one, Road to Paradise, but I just couldn’t get into it and gave up!
On a New England college campus, the naked body of a beautiful student is found frozen in a bank of snow. Why had she not even been reported missing by her friends?
Spencer O’Malley, the police detective assigned to the case, is soon drawn into the strange world of four friends, Jim, Conni, Albert and Kristina. O’Malley finds that these children of privilege who played, studied, and occasionally slept together also kept secrets of their own, secrets that must be pieced together to form an entirely new picture.
O’Malley is a stranger in this Ivy League environment, yet he feels an affinity with the victim. In her death, he gradually discovers the truth of her mysterious and complex life, and each revelation is more shocking than the last.
Suspenseful, claustrophobic and utterly compelling, Red Leaves puts Paullina Simons in the very front rank of contemporary writers.
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
If this your first time reading my monthly wrap-up posts or even the first time you’ve read my blog – a huge welcome to you.
To all my regular readers many thanks for your continued support and encouragement through comments, likes and shares. I love our blogging community and I’m a very Grateful Blogger!
Thanks for the chat, I’ve enjoyed your company as always 🙂
Wishing you all the best for July. Let me know what you’re up to and stay warm!
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