Distance Education

Elliot just turned 5 and because we’re living and working where we are, he has never been to kinder, he did go to occasional care when we were in Portarlington and for a term or so when we were up here. It’s at least an hour each way to town including the flying fox, or the walk around, so daily driving to and from town is just not really an option for us. We knew when we signed up for this job that it’d be likely we’d be homeschooling for part of our experience because we want Elliot to go … Continue reading Distance Education

My 7 Favourite doTERRA Products That Aren’t Essential Oils.

I love doTERRA essential oils. We have quite the collection, maybe 80 or so but doTERRA is not just essential oils and while sitting here with the mud mask on, I thought I’d share some of the other products that we love. doTERRA Spa Detoxifying Mud Mask I’ve never really been into skincare but in my effort to take a little more self care I’m loving using these oils on my skin. So I try to do the mud mask once a week, usually on our day off, then I use a beautiful blend of Frankincense, Lavender, Cedarwood and Yarrow/Pom … Continue reading My 7 Favourite doTERRA Products That Aren’t Essential Oils.

9v9 Veggie Challenge

Since Alice (of The Whole Daily) starting talking about 9v9 Veggie Challenge I have been intrigued. 9 cups of veggies a day for 9 days, should be simple right, and even though I know that I feel better when eating a lot of veggies and protein, I found that I was still filling up on sugar or carbs. So for the most recent round of 9v9 I bit the metaphorical nutra-bullet and paid the $75 for unlimited access. I went to Officeworks and printed off the two cookbooks that we get access to throughout the challenge and did a big … Continue reading 9v9 Veggie Challenge

Our 7th Wedding Anniversary – The Long Paddock Lindenow

It was our 7th wedding anniversary yesterday. We celebrated over the weekend with a five course dinner at The Long Paddock in Lindenow. We’d been there for lunch before and love their philosophy on celebrating local East Gippsland producers. And this year they have started doing five course dinners on a Saturday night. We love a fancy meal to celebrate our anniversary (we went to Loam for our first wedding anniversary, Brae for our second, Oakdene for our third and Little Green Corner for our forth, IGNI for our fifth and sadly we let work get in the way last year). So when a beautiful local friend … Continue reading Our 7th Wedding Anniversary – The Long Paddock Lindenow

Catering for Wilderness First Aid

Each year at Wollangarra the staff team go through a huge amount of training to get them prepared for the year ahead. There’s really no qualifications needed for our Outdoor Leader positions (more and more we are finding that we’re getting outdoor qualified applicants) but mostly we look for enthusiasm and an understanding of the Wollangarra philosophies. So once the staff start in January there’s about two months of training ahead of them, mental health first aid, food handling, bronze medallion, tractor training, chainsaw training, 4 wheel driving, Wilderness First Aid, as well as all the in house on site and … Continue reading Catering for Wilderness First Aid

Finding joy

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I was no longer fun. I’d lost the fun in my life and I didn’t even know where to start to find it. Honestly, I’d stopped looking because that’s just what life had become, but then I realised that I owed it to myself to find my fun. The post had such beautiful feedback, with a lot of you feeling the same, but also some lovely suggestions on where I could start looking. And well, I thought with so many of you in a similar position to me, that you might … Continue reading Finding joy

I’m not fun anymore

I’ve always claimed that I’m not funny. Honestly, usually just saying, ‘I’m not funny’ gets a laugh. But recently I’ve noticed that I’m not having fun, I’m not fun. I know how to have fun. The things you do to have fun, hang out with friends, doing cartwheels, going for a swim, dancing in the rain etc. But honestly, there’s just not that much joy coming from them. I wrote on Instagram how last year was tough, but honestly I think I can remember the fun being sucked out of me slowly over the last two, maybe even four years. … Continue reading I’m not fun anymore