'Slow Sunday......'
Yesterday after Sam had spotted a mouse run across the lounge room floor, I thought it best to pop out of the house for a while so it could find the trap we set for it.
So off to 'King Of The Castle Cafe' in Pako Street.
Sam had given me a voucher for my birthday recently and I was happy to spend time there with Nan and have a spot of brunch.
I had a beautiful Smoothie Bowl with banana, lemon, cranberries, raspberry crumble, black sesame seed and organic granola. It was gorgeous to look at and eat. 
I shared some with Nan.
She said it was yum.
Nan had Banana Bread with maple, raspberry compote and earl grey labneh. It looked amazing!
Nan said it was yum.
Nan did not share......
A 'let's waste some time so the mouse can be caught' stop at the Geelong Library. We ventured up to the fifth floor balcony to take in the view of our pretty town......
And after sitting downstairs by the window catching up on what the celebs of the world are doing,
it was time to (be brave) go home.
I had hoped the mouse had been caught so I (Nan) could (help me) dispose of it but the (bloody little) mouse was no where to be seen....
So after I bid Nan farewell,
I literally spent the next five hours outside (in the heat) until Sam came home (my next mouse catcher)
I did a few loads of washing,
I read all the papers,
I checked some Instagram,
it was pleasant really,
a beautiful day (outside) relaxing.
But I was a bit keen to pop inside and watch some trashy television, so the time had come to face that mouse!
I made loads of noise and vacuumed under and around the couches,
moving them all around the room.
I finally removed the real Christmas tree too.
(is that mouse poo in the basket??? Has it been living in the tree??)
Mouse no where to be seen.
(Nan did say that it would probably move to another room....shit.)
So a lengthy clean up in all the other rooms.
(Housework done. Tick.)
I needed chocolate......
Sam finally came home and checked the traps up in the roof.
Mouse caught!
Surely that was the one?
Surely he went up into the roof after running around in the lounge room all day? 
Well, that is what I am telling myself so I can sleep.
So after a (surprisingly) restful sleep, our day started with a lovely bike ride down the rail trail. It was quite hot and awfully dry, with the green hills replaced by yellow ones.
We went a little bit further and I am a whole heap sorer.
But exactly what I needed after a longish week at work.
Lunch together in town,
and a little bit of holiday booking on the internet afterwards.
(Just a little getaway....)
And now as I write on my little blog,
the heavens have opened up and with the window open and the cool breezes fly in,
I end my day listening to the rain fall.....
Yesterday a lovely day was spent down on the Bellarine Peninsula,
having a stickybeak at a couple of 'Open for Inspections' 
I did attend an Auction in Indented Head, 
of one very delightful cottage overlooking the beach, where I stood back and silently pretended to bid, imagining the hammer dropping and people shaking my hand and congratulating me.......
I wish my pretend wealth was real.
I could have lived in that cute little renovated cottage.
(even though there was a caravan park across the road)
The Bellarine is horribly busy for two months of the year, but for the remaining,
 it is peaceful. 
Very quiet.
Especially down the road in Portarlington.
When it is not holiday season, it's a quaint township, almost sleepy. With a village like atmosphere.
 With empty beaches where you have the whole view to yourself.
I had a stickybeak at another house, high up on the hill with sweeping views from Geelong to the You Yangs to Melbourne......
I fell in love with the serene vista,
as sailing boats filled the bay
and a gentle sea breeze whispered past me.

I used to love holidaying in Portarlington.
And I loved it when Pop would call out to tell me that a ship or a big boat was going past.
'Kel, there's a ship!' as he passed me the binoculars......
Yep, I could live in Port.
With this view.
Flowers for Friday.....
A long time ago I took myself off to the lovely space of 'As Daisy Does' and did a workshop held by 'Clay By Tina' where I made this little 'vase'
Tina provided a couple of pots for us which we decorated any which way we pleased, with gorgeous Japanese transfer paper and beautiful coloured paints,
and strategically placed masking tape to create patterns and shapes
I made a little bowl and matching spoon too that was sit beside the stove at home, like a little pinch pot of sorts....
It was something I thoroughly enjoyed.
I went along with someone whom I admire her own creativity, and met other creative minded ladies....and even though it was busy and we chatted, most of the time I was absorbed in the quietness and the relaxing side of the process as I worked with my hands.
I am a person whose mind does not stand still, always thinking, always, always dreaming
but for the hours that we spent together in this beautiful space,
my mind was still.
There were some moments I was so engaged in what I was 'creating'
totally immersed in the clay
completely lost in something new
captivated in a new love,
my mind and everything around me was silent.
A lovely sound.
A lovely feeling.
I spent that night looking up where to buy clay, tools and a kiln!
I was hooked.
It is something I would love to do again.
I'm going to do a lot more workshops this coming year.
I want to escape the long days of the working week and surround myself in lovelyness........

Monday the 2nd of January, 2017
Why, hello there!
It's been an awfully long time since I cuddled my lovely blog.
 I have missed it so.
But we are back together! For real this time!
So much has happened since my blog was a daily thing.
What seems like a lifetime ago, but other times it feels like yesterday, my bestest little buddy passed away.
My old mate, Jack.....
A heavy emptyness engulfed us.
And I didn't want to do my blog anymore.
Because my blog, my story, was all about him. I was so so sad.
We miss him still.
But decided not to get another dog, and probably won't any time soon. 
And what seemed like a very long time, life went on......
We took mini escapes to Melbourne,
a couple of times.
And celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary far away in Asia, where we visited Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand over a five week period.....so long ago.....

We also had lots of long weekends and little driving holidays close by, where Sam played lots of golf and I listened to the birds....
I had girly surgery twice,
and bought a pretty new bike, which I love just so!
And I gave up chocolate! Yes me! The biggest chocoholic that you ever did see! My day is now full of smoothies and bliss balls and salad! And I feel pretty good!
I met a new little friend,
which I named 'Fluffly Guts'
who would visit me daily and sing and sit with me and make my days just lovely.....he reminded me of Jack.....
And we want to live on a golf course more than ever........
And of course,
I am still a dreamer.
I have missed 'Little Nan'
It's good to be back.

It's been an awfully long time since I have written on my little blog. 
I have been faffing about for way too long.
I have to 'learn' how to find my way around again, how to sign in to my account, how to upload my images, how to put it all together.........
I have missed Little Nan terribly.
I am bringing her back.
Watch this space.