Rewind and Review

Now that we have settled in Pannawonica, I have time to do a quick review of my last hitlist.  I think it is really important to acknowledge the things that went well and the things that did not work so well, celebrate all the good stuff, take the lessons learnt, and shrug off any failures or mishaps.  At the end of the day it is all about movement….active movement, forward movement, progress, living life and making the most out of your opportunities. So how did I go with Hitlist No. 2?  To be honest I can’t even remember what was on the list now, I was a little consumed by the Adventurethon but looked forward to reviewing to see what I did get done.Hitlist 2.2

  1.  Run 5km (Couch to 5km running program) – Loved this running program and will be doing this again with the kids in my new hitlist item ‘4km Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run’ with whole family.  Also really glad I achieved my 5km running goal along the cliffs of Kalbarri.Warm up walk to Island Rock which is where I started my run and the boardwalk ended.
  2.   Mundaring Weir Stair Workout – That was painful, only completed 3 full return runs from top to bottom.  Beautiful place to work out though.End of the final stair climb!!  Thank God, stairs officially suck balls!
  3.  Volunteer at OXFAM 100km – I loved this night, such a great atmosphere and very well run.  I liked that I felt that I was giving back in some small way to a good cause and back to events that I love to participate in (without much thought to all the volunteers that make these things happen).This was at the start of my shift, all four members completing the 100km which was quite a feat.  Quite a few teams lost members due to injury or exhaustion.
  4.  Try a Kickboxing Class –  I didn’t get to do this and I still want to do a class.  This was simply that I just couldn’t juggle all my comittments to make it happen.  Another time.
  5. John Forrest National Park Troll Bridge – This was awesome and still my favourite day out with the family.After only 800m we came across the 'Troll Tunnel'.  You have to make it exciting and a little scary for boys.  In we go.....dah da daaaaa (thats supposed to be scary music).
  6. Kayak to Penguin Island – This didn’t happen either sadly.  Realised that I probably didn’t quite have the skills or knowledge to do this on my own and couldn’t justify the expense to do a guided trip at this point in time.
  7.  Kings Park Tree Top Walk/Jacob’s Ladder – This was a great, easy day trip with the kids.treetops2

    Jacob's Ladder, Kings Park

    Jacob’s Ladder, Kings Park

  8.  Join the local MTB social ride – Everyone should try mountain biking it is such a great way to get and/or stay fit.  Social rides are a great way to meet people, learn great tips and learn about fun places to ride.Love the trails....although trees and I have a love hate relationship.  I often struggle to get through gaps without hitting my handlebars lol.  I'm so cool!!
  9.  Complete my Healthy Exercise Challenge with the kids – Really liked doing these things with the kids and just remembered that I was going to try it during school term and not just on the holidays…hmmm, and this is why we review!Find a local bike path - Where does it take you?
  10.  Trail Run at Bold Park – This didn’t happen as I left it to the last minute, then ran into the calf injury, then ran out of time.  Bummer, will have to keep this at the back of my mind and try and get there next time I am in Perth.
  11.  Participate in the Perth Marathon Club’s 7.5km run along the Esplanade – I feel like I am making a lot of excuses…buuut this was a scheduling clash with my husband’s FIFO roster.  This was a Sunday morning and usually the husband is home except for this very weekend.  I couldn’t very well make the kids wait at the finish line for me….I did think about it.
  12.  Try and MTB once a week – This was about a 16 week block for this hitlist and while I managed to ride every week I think I only managed to actually MTB maybe four times over that period.  This was a fail.
  13.  Organise to be fitted for my bike properly – Success!  I did do this one and very glad I did too.Managed to get on and stay balanced....Yay!
  14.  Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks Campsite, Bibbulmun Track –  What do we call this one? 50/50?  I did do a portion of the Bibbulmun Track and walked Sullivan’s Rock, but then failed to go in the planned direction and proceeded to get lost.   Points for trying??Bibb Track
  15.  Complete in Adventurethon Albany – Too right I did, feeling quite proud of that one.

I managed to complete 9 out of 15 items for a 60% completion rate.  Looking back I feel like I achieved so much more.  It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter about the things you don’t do only about the things you do.  I still believe that I complete more when I write them down and plug away.  So get busy dreaming, planning, and most importantly just get outside and move!!

Linking up with One Mother Hen.

7 Days in Perth – 7 Great Things You Might Want to Do

The whole point of staying fit and active is so that I can enjoy life to the fullest and recently I have had interstate visitors in the form of my sister-in-law and niece.  They were only visiting for 7 days so I wanted them to make the most of their visit to beautiful Perth while still having time to just hang and enjoy each other’s company.  Here is what we did in 7 days….

1.  Kalamunda Town Square, Zig Zag Scenic Drive and Lookout.

After a red eye flight into Perth I did not plan much for their first day.  We spent a quiet day having a look at the lovely Kalamunda Town Square near where we live, taking the scenic Zig Zag Drive, and stopping at the Lookout to give our visitors their first glimpse of Perth City.

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2.  Visit Fremantle

We had to do the express tour of Fremantle as we had to be back to pick the kids up from school. Initially we did a bit of a drive around just to look at the beautiful old buildings that make Fremantle so engaging.  We of course drove up Monument Hill, past the Fremantle prison and Fremantle Oval, and past some amazing schools and churches.

Monument Hill

Then it was off to lunch at Ootong & Lincoln which was delicious and the cafe had a really great vibe about it.  Of course we did admire the street art on the side of the building, those amazing zebras.  Street Art in Fremantle and Perth is just amazing.

Streetart

After parking at the harbour, we took a wander through the park past the great skate park and parkour area, and admired the view of the big ferris wheel amongst the tall pine trees.

Freo

Off for a quick look at the Round House, the oldest building still standing in Western Australia, before wandering down the cappucino strip and grabbing an icecream.

Round House

3.  Poke around Guildford before heading to Swan Valley

We decided that we must visit some wineries in Swan Valley, the oldest wine region in Western Australia, however as we headed off after school drop off we thought we may not get away with drinking wine at 9am in the morning.  Instead we decided that we would stop in at the little quaint town of Guildford first.

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‘The history-rich village of Guildford in Western Australia was one of three towns established during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Perth was the administration centre, Fremantle the port and Guildford the market town.’

It has lots of old colonial buildings, antique and nic nac shops, and some lovely coffee shops.  You can also do a self-guided heritage walk trail about the small town as it has some fascinating history. These walks start at The Swan Valley Visitor Centre.  It is worth stopping in here as they gave some great advice about which wineries we may want to stop in at, although I don’t think you can go too wrong.

Wineries Collage

We only had time for limited stops so we chose to visit Sandalford Winery which is one of the oldest and largest wineries in WA.  It was beautiful and we ended up with several bottles of wine from here.  Next stop was Yahava Coffee….mmm, coffee….followed by a trip to The Margaret River Chocolate Factory. 

chocolate Collage

Seriously, how could we go wrong with this day?  Wine, chocolate, coffee…but wait there’s more.   The second winery we visited, Lancaster Winery, had cheese tasting as well.  I did happen to add another rather nice Verdhelo and a chilli club cheddar to my ever growing loot.  Next stop was the Honey House.  This was great too, they have a viewing window into a small portion of the hive so you can see the honeycomb and the bees working.  Sooo many beautiful products, honey tasting galore, and they even have honey ice cream.  Last stop was Whistler’s Chocolate factory with the chocolate fairy land….awesome!

4.  Twilight Hawker’s Markets Murray Street Mall

Friday was hubby’s fly in day this week so we decided to brave the busy Hawker’s Markets in Perth City for dinner before picking hubby up from the airport.

Hawkers Collage

It was really busy and in hindsight we should have gone a little earlier with the kids as we couldn’t really get a good look at what was cooking and ended up going tried and tested things that we knew the kids would like, which defeats the whole point doesn’t it??  But live music was good, the smells were delicious, and all in all I am glad we did it.  Would love to go back without the 5 kids in tow!!

5.  Kings Park – Anzac memorial, Tree Top Walk, and Synergy Playground

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Synergy play

What’s left to say about Kings Park Perth?  It is beautiful with so much to explore.  Everytime I visit I find something new to see and I still don’t think I have seen everything.  This is a must visit for everyone who comes to Perth.

6.  Rottnest Island

I have had Rottnest Island on my ‘To Do’ list for some time and having family visit was the perfect excuse to visit.  It was a lot more expensive than I expected, especially for a family of 2 Adults and 4 Children.  We elected to travel from Fremantle on the early bird ferry at 7.15am and come back on the 2.10pm ferry.  In hindsight, I wish we had chosen the extended day trip because we didn’t have nearly enough time.  Initially we thought 6 hours of sun and sand on the island would be enough for us and the kids, however, we found that by the time we had arrived (about 8am), waited in line to purchase bus tickets, and then waited in line to purchase some snorkelling gear, we missed the first bus to view the island.  Buses only run every hour so we had to kill some time in Thompson Bay, which lets be honest was not too much of a hardship.

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We decided not to do bikes this visit (although I would love to go back and ride around the island) because our visitors were not hugely confident on the bikes, the thought of five kids riding crazily all over a place we didn’t really know was a little scary, and of course the cost and time factor played a role too.  The bus tour was awesome, the driver really informative, and it was a great way to see the island.  Once the sting over the cost of everything wore off we had a fantastic time.  We saw dolphins on the ferry ride over, quokkas, lizards, and the beautiful clear blue water against the white sand was stunning.

 

 

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If I had my time again I would seriously think of staying the night.  Looking after the fact, there are some great accommodation, ferry, bike, and snorkel packages that I think would give a much better experience to explore all the island had to offer.  Oh well, you live and learn and we still really enjoyed our visit.

7.  Bell Tower and Shopping on Murray and Hay Street

Bell Tower

Murray st mall

It is a novelty to have girls in the house and I took full advantage of the fact and dragged them along for a day’s shopping in the city.  Didn’t take much arm twisting let me tell you.  After a quick look at the sights it was all about the shopping!  Love the old London Court in the middle of Hay Street as well.

What do you think?  What are your favourite spots in and around Perth?

 

 

 

 

Kings Park Treetop Walk….A Photo Journey

Through the course of my new blogging hobby I have come across a fit mother of two who blogs over at Fit Mother Hubbard.  One of my favourite things that she is doing is to have a family active day on a Saturday or Sunday for all of 2014.  You can read about it in this link.  Such a small thing, but such a great way to make fitness a priority but also something that is fun and just part of family life!  I try to incorporate family fitness fun into our everyday life but it got me thinking whether I do commit to this as much as I could?  Could I make sure that our family participates in a family active day once a week for a whole year?  I am going to give it a crack and I hope a few of you will join me too.

Tying in with this goal was the Kings Park Tree Top Walk that I have been wanting to do with the kids which is on my current hitlist.  Hubby was away this weekend and the kids and I were in need of an outing before it ended in tears from one or all of us!!  I only had my eldest son’s ipod as I forgot to grab the memory card for the camera before I left the house….but here is our Sunday family active day!

It is Spring Festival at Kings Park which I had temporarily forgotten until there were no parking spots to be found.  We ended up over the other side of the park and a little more of a hike and adjustment in plans.  Kids were thrilled...whinge, whinge, moan, moan.

It is Spring Festival at Kings Park which I had temporarily forgotten until we saw all the people and discovered there were no parking spots to be found. We ended up over the other side of the park with a little more of a hike.

After a hike up and over the hill we made it to the tree top suspension bridge.  Spectacular views.

After a hike up and over the hill we made it to the tree top suspension bridge. Spectacular views.

It is very difficult to fit us all in for a selfie.

It is very difficult to fit us all in for a selfie.

There is something about a smooth green hill that just asks for kids to roll down it!

There is something about a smooth green hill that just asks for kids to roll down it!

View from the top of the DNA Tower.

View from the top of the DNA Tower.

Sometimes I had to carry the youngest....or the two scooters.....or both.  Kids were a little over the walk (just under 2km there and 2km back) so had to resort to good old fashioned bribery in the form of ice cream to get them home.

Sometimes I had to carry the youngest….or the two scooters…..or both. Kids were a little over the walk (just under 2km there and 2km back) so I had to resort to the promise of ice cream to get them home.

Lots of people out and about in Kings Park today...fancy some tightrope walking?

Lots of people out and about in Kings Park today…fancy some tightrope walking?

Spring in Western Australia with all the wildflowers is just stunning!

Spring in Western Australia with all the wildflowers is just stunning!

A well deserved play at the end of our walk!

A well deserved play at the end of our walk.