Time for a refreshing change #SundayStills

Autumn leaf
Autumn leaf

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin

A refreshing bike ride

Today we went for a bike ride, the first time in ages, and stopped to admire the snow in the distance. Along our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail there are certain spots that give you glimpses of the snow on Australia’s Main Range which includes Mt Kosciuszko. We rode about 200 metres off the trail for a much clearer view.

Snow on the main range
Snow on the main range

It was a tad cool at the start at only 6 degrees, but the sky was blue, the sun was shining and we were out and feeling refreshed.


Refresh or reinvigorate; welcome or stimulating because new or different

A refreshing cup of tea

Apparently it was International Tea Day on May 21 and as I love a refreshing cup of tea, I went looking at how many times tea appears in posts on my blog. I found a staggering 494 posts that include the word tea 🙂

Tea Day
Tea Day

It was also election day in Australia where voting is compulsory. I shared this delightful ‘Breakfast in Zurich’ photo on my Facebook page with the words that as a tea lover I take my tea and my voting seriously!

I don’t often get political on my blog (apart from the time the State Government made my Education position and many of my colleagues positions as teachers in correctional centres (jails) redundant), but I will say I’m hoping this newly elected government will be a refreshing change. Fingers crossed all goes well.

The Beach

Last week we were away from home getting the last of my late MIL’s property sorted for the upcoming auction, and we went to the beach for a bit of R&R. It was absolutely beautiful and so refreshing to breathe in that sea air.

Huskisson Beach
Huskisson Beach

As we live in the mountains, trips to the beach take on an extra special significance and we always make the effort to visit when we can. It’s always well worth it and leaves us feeling refreshed.

Autumn’s last days

With winter just around the corner, the last few weeks of autumn have been amazing here in Tumbarumba with gorgeous colours, crisp refreshing temperatures and clear blue skies.

Our ride today included Wolseley Park which is well worth a look at this time of year.

I couldn’t leave this post without sharing some of my favourite shots from today’s ride.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge

Terri, from Second Wind Leisure, hosts Sunday Stills photo challenge, with the prompt this week being ‘Refreshing’. You can read Terri’s post here – except I didn’t see the change of topics from refreshing to furs and feathers until I read Terri’s post this morning! Oh well, I feel refreshed anyway 🙂 Feel free to join in!

I’m also joining Denyse for her #lifesstories linkup on Monday.

I’ve enjoyed sharing my take on refreshing, how would you describe it?

Have a great week!

Deb x

All my Sunday Stills posts can be found here – I’ve been doing these for quite some time now!

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40 Replies to “Time for a refreshing change #SundayStills”

    1. Thanks Jez, so pleased you enjoyed them. I’ve just found out the prompt changed to fur and feathers :). Yes I agree, the cool temps make a showing through photos too.

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    1. Thanks Leanne, refreshing means so many things doesn’t it and these were my first thoughts so I went with them. The prompt changed to furs and feathers but I didn’t know that 🙂


  1. Any autumn image is always refreshing to me, Debbie. I apologize for the sort of last-minute theme change to “fun feathers.” No worries, as I included your link. It won’t make a difference to your readers as they read this wonderful post. Interesting tidbit that voting is compulsory in Australia. I can’t imagine, hope it is made easy and convenient for you. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Terri, I wasn’t aware of the theme change but I’m happy to go with refreshing! Yes voting is compulsory and we’re all quite happy with it that way. That way we all get a chance to let the parties know what we’re thinking and can change the government when needed. It’s very easy and we all know what to do once we turn 18 and can legally vote. I like having my say!

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    1. Thanks Donna, I enjoyed the refreshing change :). I think Worpdress sees ‘Tea’ in a variety of words and included that in my search of my posts.


  2. Beautiful photos Deb. I must admit I do envy you living in the beautiful rural setting that you do (my dream) and having access to gorgeous countryside to ride your bike or walk in. One day I hope to escape suburbia and live a little more rurally. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Min, I do love living here and enjoy going to the beach when we get away, it means more to me than if I lived near the sea in some ways! We’ve go no plans to move just yet 🙂


  3. I want breakfast in Zurich too. I didn’t know this about the correctional centres but that seems very short sighted. I think we don’t really think (or care) about the impact and outcomes and only look at the cost in this country. I would guess people that study in those facilities are less likely to reoffend? Or less issues while in there (if productively busy and engaged?) Interesting post!! Feel I need to google a bit now. #LifeStories

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    1. Thanks Lydia, breakfast in Zurich was delightful and i too wish I was back there! the correctional centre debacle was in 2016 and they now have private providers in to offer a limited range of education. It was a very shortsighted move at the time and resulted in many of us leaving the profession.


  4. How interesting to see that voting is compulsory over there, after all that has happened in history to ensure that everyone has the right to vote, it always surprises me that our voting turnout is usually pretty low. I also think that if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to criticise who ever wins the election 😉
    That beach certainly looks so refreshing!

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  5. Well we know the election result and I for one am breathing a little easier seeing our country represented on the world stage. I love the work refreshed..it even sounds refreshing. I know a rotten decision was made by State Govt when they closed down the proper education of inmates in jails. So much short-term planning. Sigh. Hope sale of MIL’s place goes ok. Thank you for joining in this Monday’s #LifesStories on Denyse Whelan Blogs. The community of bloggers here connects us wherever we are in the world. Looking forward to seeing you in two week’s time on Monday 6 June. Winter in Southern Hemisphere & getting close to Summer in the Northern part of the world. Denyse.

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