Taking the Plunge #SundayStills

Plunging into life

I have ‘taken the plunge’ several times over my life so far and expect to do so many more times.

Don’t be a life spectator…take the plunge.

Max McKeown

Taking the plunge is a term that can mean a few things:

  • to descend or dip suddenly
  • to act with restless haste
  • jump or dive quickly or energetically – as into water
  • use force to plunge an object into something – like a bayonet into a body
  • to plunge into an activity and get very involved in it

I’m using it for Sunday Stills as ‘plunging into an activity and getting very involved’ – this describes me really well!!

Plunging into Gardening

Today I took the plunge and got into gardening…yes you read that correctly!

Usually it’s my husband who does all the gardening mainly because he likes it more than I do. I watch him work and admire his handiwork! We have a large garden area which we’ve extended and filled over the 30 years we’ve lived here. We also have 18 acres of paddocks that sometimes house cattle which are agisted. It’s a lovely rural aspect and we are so glad we took the plunge when we bought it all those years ago.

Well today was once of those days I felt like helping in the garden and when I say help out I mean plunge right in! I weeded, cut things, cleaned up edges and generally went to town on my sections I’d set myself to work through. By the end of the day I was tired with many aching muscles, so I just had to plunge into the hammock for a bit to recover!

It looks so much better already and I will no doubt get going on another section soon.

When I decide to do something I don’t dilly-dally around, I plunge in at the deep end!

hammock - as snug as a bug in a rug
me plunged deep in the hammock – as snug as a bug in a rug

Other ways of plunging

I took the plunge and bought an electric bike in 2020 and haven’t looked back!

New bike and rail trail views
Ebike and rail trail views

I took the plunge and got into blogging over 10 years ago

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I took the plunge when I was BOLD for the year in 2021

Be Bold
Be Bold

I also took the plunge almost 43 years ago (later this week) when at the tender age of 19 I wed the Mathematician – how can it be that long ago??

Happy anniversary to us 🙂

Sunday Stills in 2023

Terri is back with her Sunday Stills photo challenge for 2023, with this week’s prompt of ‘PLUNGE – you can read Terri’s post here. I took ages trying to work out what to share for this one and I’m still not sure if it works! You be the judge.

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

When you read a great book you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it.

Julian Barnes

What about you?

When have taken the plunge? I’m interested to hear your story.

Deb x

PS: I agree with Terri’s comment that my header shot is a good example of literally taking the plunge, into a gorgeous pool!

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37 Replies to “Taking the Plunge #SundayStills”

  1. Fabulous post! I met with a lifelong dear friend this summer and as we were reminiscing, she commented that one of the things that always intrigues her about me is that I’m not afraid to try new things …and then we recounted all my crazy ventures, blogging among the best! I love the concept of plunging and have done my fair share of swimming in the deep end! Your posts are always inspiring Debbie!

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    1. You are so kind Carol and I love that your friend was intrigued by your blogging as so many people just wonder ‘why we do it’ at all. I’m so pleased to hear that you too have had your fair share of crazy adventures, it makes life so much more interesting doesn’t it? Plunging into things can be a great way of living our lives in my opinion! Thank you for your encouragement of my blog, I really do appreciate it.

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    1. I do try to plunge into life Sue and I’m always happy to have your support. I can’t imagine anyone finding me inspirational but there you go!! You on the other hand always inspire me to be a better version of myself. Life is better when it’s explored if you can make the time to do it 🙂

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  2. I don’t believe I can think of you as someone who does NOT plunge into your chosen activities wholeheartedly, Debbie! Hooray for gardening! You have the property for it so that’s a plus! Although we have trips planned for spring we hope to be home over the summer so that we can water our young trees and just hang out at the lake. Once again, you’ve inspired me to re-look at e-bikes. I have to settle on a foldable kind so it will fit in my car. Once again, “plunge” goes so well with your header photo–like you are about to plunge into the pool! Always a pleasure to read your positive posts, my friend.

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    1. Oh Terri, you made me smile with your comment, thanks! It’s funny how we see ourselves sometimes and I know I like trying new things and not sitting still too often but it wasn’t until I started thinking plunge that I realised I have taken the plunge throughout my life! Ebikes come in all shapes and sizes so I’m sure you can find a decent fold-up one. Yes my header photo spoke to me of plunge, I love it!

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    1. Yes Janis my hammock time was very well-deserved, until the pesky mosquitoes made it too uncomfortable to stay out any longer! I enjoyed the prompt of plunge although i did have to think about it beforehand.


  3. Perfect take on the theme. I was sort of meandering around to the same sorts of plunges- as in I never go half way but always dive into projects. Love the hammock photo – perfect after a hard day in the garden. Bernie

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    1. Yes Bernie the hammock was perfect until the mosquitoes came out top join me! I love diving into things but I’ll tell you that my muscles ached for days afterwards 🙂


  4. Hi Deb – loved all your plunging – and happy anniversary for a few days time. It’s so good when we dive into something and it turns out to be a great decision that leads us onto fresh adventures – your bike, your marriage, and your blogging have certainly proved that to be true. 🙂

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  5. From all your previous posts it’s clear that you are someone always keen to take a plunge, so this post comes as no surprise 🙂 Good luck with the gardening – it seems to be quite an addictive hobby!

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    1. Yes Sarah, it would seem that I’m always up for a plunge!! My gardening streak hasn’t continued after the sore muscles made themselves known, I’ll take it more slowly next time the urge takes me 🙂

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  6. I took the plunge this morning! I have a dress that I used to love but it has a ‘handkerchief’ hem which is very floaty and almost touches the floor at the sides. I have been thinking for a while that I would wear it more if it were all the same length – so today I have taken the scissors to it. It’s a bit of a pain because there is so much floaty fabric involved and it’s taking a while to get it all level but I know I’m going to be pleased I finally did something to it!

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    1. Well done for taking the plunge Deb, and hope you get more wear out of your dress now. It’s a good feeling doing something that’s been bothering us for a while isn’t it?


  7. Look at you, now you can add ‘gardener’ to your list of roles!! I admit I am really good at cutting things down …and trimming ..not neatly of course, just the good old garden shears and it’s awesome to help my mood. LOL. You and the Mathematician..like us, school hols wedding time. We celebrate 52 years on 23rd January. It was a humid rainy morning, and sunny when we left the church. I would be so undignified getting out of the hammock!! Loved your plunge pics and the modelling for the big image… Done good!!

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    1. Hi Denyse, the sore muscles told me I’d overdone my exploration into gardening! I did find some muscles I hadn’t used for a while let me ell you :). Getting in and out of the hammock is always a laugh and I’m so pleased no-one else can see my gracefulness in action! My modelling- you made me smile 🙂

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      1. You and I were ‘rebels’ with our flowers when we got married. I too carried a pink and purple posy…matching the colours in my bridesmaids’ dresses and they carried 3 white flowers. Great to have your blog shared on Wednesday’s Words and Pics this week. Thank you so much for your support. I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

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  8. Happy Anniversary Debbie, you did marry young but 43 years later and still going strong, you obviously have a happy marriage. I’m very sporadic with my gardening and your post will “motivate” me to get our there tomorrow and do some plunging of my own

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    1. Yes 19 was considered young even back in those days but we were ready and look at us now, still together and muddling along quite well! Sporadic gardener suits me too Ali and my muscles don’t need another go for a while! Hope you enjoyed your plunge too 🙂


    1. Many thanks Donna, it’s an achievement I always think worth sharing. Yes we married young but we’ve made it work (most days). You also seem to be someone who plunges into life!


  9. Hi Debbie, greeting from the UK and your co-host of Tell Us About It! I love your attitude and Happy Anniversary too!

    It’s great getting to know you through your blog – love the thought of gardening in such a HUGE garden! Looking forward to diving into our new venture!


  10. I love how you went all in with the gardening! I think you can describe our decision to move to Ireland as taking the plunge. And yesterday when I read about a charity walking/running challenge I plunged right in. We’ll see if I’ll regret it, lol!

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    1. Oh I went all in Susanne, and my screaming muscles weren’t too happy over the following few days!! Isn’t it funny how you can be active every day walking, cycling etc and then do a different activity and your body tells you all about it? I read your post about your plunge into the charity walk/run, well done you and good luck.


  11. I always think I want to garden.. until I actually start to garden! LOL. I love my garden when it’s looking it’s best but find it so much work to maintain (though when I do decide to garden I often take the plunge too and try to do it all at once!).

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    1. I get that Joanne and now I won’t be tempted to get into the garden for a while as my muscles were not happy with me! I did too much all at once but it does look better. My husband is more the plodder, takes his time and gets it done in bits and pieces. I’m the opposite!


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