This is our local eating/meeting spot in the Byron Hinterland. The Japanese food is amazing, they have live music on the weekends and this beautiful climbing tree makes the kids feel on top of the world.
We were spoilt for choice with food options when we lived in Inner West Sydney. But having fresh local produce at our finger tips and this awesome spot down the road is just brilliant.
January can be a rough month for many people. Especially those heading back to work after a holiday. I remember the feeling well - returning to my stressful corporate job that, in retrospect, wasn't a good fit for me. The work-life-fun balance was way outta whack.
These days it's a totally different story and one that suits our family well. We have more choice. And more time to play in this beautiful place that we call home.
We work less hours, but becuase our mortgage and expenses are less than when we lived in the city, we make it work. We're no longer trapped in the high-debt lifestyle that so many young families face.
All it took to make the change was an idea of where we wanted to be and the balls to make it happen. Life is not as lavish as it used to be, in a designer clothes, fancy restaurant dinners kind of way - but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Are you feeling the pinch this January? We're here to support you through whatever lifestyle change will be a better fit for you and your family. - Emma
We are spoilt for choice with all of the local farm gates around the Byron Hinterlands. We'll often make a day of driving around buying all the beautiful local produce.
Macadamias go down a treat, especially when you've gotta work for it. We've even got a special nut cracking rock that keeps the kids busy. These little wildlings would have done well in caveman times, right ? What's your favourite farm gate find? - Kate
Meet Obee, the new love of our lives and the one that's been keeping me up at night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We're all busting until he is old enough to take him for walks on the beach. And would love to hear your suggestions for dog friendly places on the Peninsula and camping spots around Victoria??? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We would never have had enough time for a dog when we lived in the city. But now we live seaside and work from home it's kind of ideal (he is a giant, tiny, super-cute distraction though). ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For my travelling family friends - I am keen to know your view on pets. Do you have any? Do they effect your decisions on how long you'll stay away from home? We are planning another 6 month working holiday for next year and am already wondering how we will go leaving the little guy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This must be one of the most beautiful drives in Victoria. Through the towering mountain ash and the lush green tree ferns of The Black Spur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We've spent the weekend at a friend's wedding in the country. They usually live in Canada where it is currently -43 degrees celcius. A huge contrast to their roasting hot 43 degree wedding day.
Normally if we have a weekend away we would be out exploring waterfalls and hiking through the forest, but we were all so comatose by the heat we agreed to take it easy, enjoy our quality time with friends and save our adventures for another day.
Or perhaps we are just getting soft in our old age!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who knew there was a wild seal living just down the road!? We stumbled across this big guy strutting his stuff on the beach.
After a frolick in the water he heaved himself up the sand and over a stone wall. Guess it took quite alot of effort as he belly flopped/ face planted from the top of the wall onto the ground on the other side. Apparently he hangs out here all the time but it's pretty special to see him be so active.
It's wonderful that he has his own protected stretch of the beach and isn't hassled by humans too.
Happy New Year to you. This was the highlight of 2017 for my family - a year filled with adventure and new experiences.
May 2018 be the year we all follow our hearts and make our dreams a reality. The only person standing in the way is ourselves. Cheers to finding the courage & determination to do whatever you really want to do . #seachangemovement
If you had a fresh xmas tree you can give it a second life by stripping the pine needles and adding them to acid loving plants. We are using them as mulch around our blueberry bushes and strawberries. As the needles break down they help to keep the the soil acidic. Coffee grinds are good too.
We're doing whatever we can to keep these babies going because, well, best self serve afternoon tea ever!
I've been blown away by three acts of kindness this week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Firstly my neighbour positioned his new ducklings purposefully so my duck obsessed family could watch them from our kitchen window. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then the beautiful folks at @bentonrisefarm gifted a box of fresh produce which was shared amongst family on Xmas day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But the icing on the cake was when my gorgeous insta-friend @tiny_green_hands organised for me to take her place on a horseride this morning. I'm not sure whether I was more moved by her generosity or being waist deep in water on horseback as the sun rose. What a way to start the day!
Not sure what I've done to deserve this avalanche of kindness but I've been told to take the happy feeling and push it out to those around me and share the love. This is what life is all about! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Emma ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seachangemovement#payitforward#lovethepen#wanderlust