Monday, October 31, 2011

2 Year Veggie-Versary!

It is easy to remember my Veggie-Versary - Halloween!


So 2 years ago today I decided to try and go for a few days without eating any meat. Two years later and I am still going. I do miss chicken sometimes, but usually only when I want chicken and chips, or a chicken burrito with lots of gooey cheese or something like that. :)  I am actually a bit stunned that I have gone this long. I really enjoy vegetarian food, and have found ways to get through most situations without being obvious about it. Some restaurants make things difficult, but most now offer many alternatives.

Next year we are going overseas for a few weeks, so I understand I may not have a lot of options but to eat a bit of fish or something over there as SE Asian countries (particularly rural Cambodia where we are spending a week hopefully) are not familiar with vegetarianism. I am actually okay with that. But I still aim to get through the next year (Australian time being counted only) as a vegetarian. As always, I will re-assess again, but for now I am happy to stay with it.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Party

Last night Ross and I had a Halloween party. It was a really fun night. Everyone got into the spirit and dressed up which was so awesome.  Here are a few pics.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Girls Night In

Last night I held a Girls Night In fundraiser for the SA Cancer Council. I was expecting 15 people. but only ended up with 6. However, we had an absolutely incredible night and raised over $200. There was Zumba, Belly Dancing, Karaoke, wine, great people and lots of laughs. Here are a few snaps of the night.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I am so freaking excited I feel like a little kid the night before Xmas...

This weekend I am going to listen to Steve Parish talk about his life as a wildlife photographer. If you don't know who Steve Parish is go here. He is absolutely amazing and is my idol as far as photography is concerned.

He is running 3 talks/workshops over 2 days and I am going to all of them! I feel like a groupie. I am hoping to get his latest book signed on Monday night and I just know I will be a big baby about it. LOL

It is weird, I have never really gotten like this about anyone famous before, but as soon as I heard he was coming here I was like a little kid.

I have also started a new photography challenge for myself. I want to take a new photo every week, one of quality, not a snapshot. I would love to really expand the cards I have for sale, plus I have another project I am working on that needs 42 photos - so far I have none I am happy with for that. I will put my pick here each week and you can let me know your thoughts. Or not. :)

I will definitely let you know how the talks go. :)


PS - Detox bombed. Will try again next week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I am starting a mini detox today. I am aiming for 4 days, but to be honest I would be happy to get through just today. :) It is not a harsh one, here are the rules:

- No caffeine or alcohol allowed. Substitute herbal teas, dandelion root coffee and fresh juices.
- No dairy foods are permitted on the 7-day detox. Milk and cheese increase mucus production and are difficult to digest. Lactose is a common food intolerance. You can replace milk with almond milk, rice milk, oat milk or soya milk. Sheep's and goat's products are easier to digest if you really cannot do without dairy.
- No wheat or gluten-containing grains, such as rye, which have an acid effect on the digestion. This means no bread, pasta or white rice. Choose oats, brown rice, millet and quinoa instead.
- No meat or poultry, because of the antibiotics and food additives they contain. For protein, choose plant sources, organic eggs, tofu or oily fish from organic (non-farmed) sources.
- No processed or ready-made foods whatsoever. Everything should be fresh and cooked without salt, sugar or sweeteners. Use fresh herbs for seasoning.
- Eat three meals and two snacks every day, making sure that you have something to eat every three hours. Most of your food will be vegetables and fruit, whole grains and plant proteins. Within the [What To Eat And Drink] category there are sample menu choices for a 7-day detox.
- Do make sure you get at least 20 minutes of exercise every day.
- Drink 2 litres (3 ½ pints) of water a day and have cups of herbal (non-caffeine-containing) teas whenever you feel like them.
- Dry-brush your skin before a shower or bath at least once a day and, if you can bear it, follow your bathing routine with a cold shower.

I will let you know how I go...

Monday, October 3, 2011

North Haven Marina

Yesterday I went out with my photography group for the first time since January. We went to North Haven Marina where we wandered around taking photos of the boats then waited for the sunset. It was wonderful to be out there again.