It’s no secret that I’d love to visit Australia and it’s no secret that this is probably due to watching Neighbours whilst growing up. Oh and I think The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert probably had a bit to do with it as well.
It’s also no secret that I have a thing for Aussie men! My favourite actors are Aussies – Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh etc. Oh and of course my favourite F1 driver is an Aussie (Daniel Ricciardo) and my favourite ex-F1 driver and WEC champion (Mark Webber) is an Aussie.
I would like to visit Melbourne in March so I could go to the Australian Grand Prix to cheer Danny Ric at his home race. Hopefully I’d bump into Mark Webber whilst I’m there.
Whilst in Melbourne I would also do all the fan-girly Neighbours stuff like the set tour. Do some stalking of Dr Karl Kennedy (who sent me a birthday video!).
Naturally I would have to visit Sydney and get a selfie in front of the Opera House. Would I be brave enough to climb the Harbour Bridge? I doubt it but in this once in a lifetime trip I reckon I could maybe just about do it.
Also on the agenda is a trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Channeling Tick and Felicia I might just climb up it in a dress and fabulous heels! (If you don’t get it then you need to watch Priscilla!)
Another stop on this epic adventure would be Alice Springs. I have no idea what’s there but it’s just one of those places I’d just want to say “I’ve been there!”
I want to visit Kangaroo Island too – well it’s an island full of kangaroos! Would be an awesome sight to see. A trip to Tasmania would also be in order. If I’m going that far I’m going to find me a Tasmanian Devil!
Is there anywhere else in Australia you would recommend? And how about you, where would you most like to visit?
(First up let me apologise as I had originally planned a YouTube video but unfortunately my video app let me down big time!)
As you can see from the above the version I received is the black marble effect with the personalised wording of “I Blog Therefore I Am”.
There’s enough space for approximately month and a half of daily writing. On the other hand you could do it on a weekly basis and stretch the journal out to last longer. This is probably what I should’ve done as I’m not a full time blogger.
Toad Diaries offer customisable diaries and planners. Prices vary depending on what you choose. I believe this version would cost approximately £15 or so.
I would recommend that you visit their webpage to have a browse as there is just so much choice on offer! When this book runs out I may have to invest in another one.
I was give this diary in return for a review. All opinions are my honest opinions of the product.
Do you use diaries and journals?
I listen to a lot of music on the way to and from work. There’s some old school stuff on there which reminds of some of the random stuff! So here are my
This song reminds me so much of being in Niagra Falls. I was on a school skiing trip to Canada and I had bought the Boyzone – A Different Beat album to listen on the trip. Actually the whole album reminds me of that trip. But this song in particular reminds me of sitting on a bus near Niagra Falls.
For some reason, whenever I hear this one I get the urge to play Sims! Although it’s Sims 2 I should play because I used to listen to this album a lot when Sims 2 University was out.
I know for hubby the Men In Black song by Will Smith remind him of Warhammer’s Lizardmen because he listened to that song whilst painting them.
For some reason this reminds me of a trip to France when I was doing my GCSEs. I think someone on the trip was obsessed with it and I heard it over and over.
For some weird reason this song reminds me of Saturday mornings watching Live and Kicking. And randomly, it reminds me of watching the phone in computer games that they played. More specifically the runaway train one? Does anyone else remember that?
How about you? Have you got random memories attached to certain songs?
A Day Out With Thomas is a weekend event held at various railways around the country. Our nearest is at Llangollen Railway. It happens at least every October. You can normally pre-book tickets for the event or alternatively buy them at the station.
As our girls are under 3 they get to go for free so we had to pay £18 each for me and the hubby. This gives you access to all the activities during the day. You can ride on the trains as may times as you want for that price.
If you’re attending A Day Out With Thomas at Llangollen Railway I would advise that you arrive early as it is difficult to find car parking in Llangollen. If the town car parks are full up then there is a larger car park on the A542 leaving Llangollen. However it’s a bit of a walk along a busy road so not the best if you have small children.
It was our annual trip to see Thomas at Llangollen Railway on Saturday – we went last year as well. The girls love Thomas so it was only right we took them to see him. Seeing Thomas at Llangollen Railway was something I enjoyed as a child and it’s something I wanted the girls to enjoy too.
As always, Thomas was waiting for us at the station. We took a ride with him, Clarabel, Rickety and Toad. We sat in Rickety and had a great time travelling up and down the length of Llangollen Station.
The activities such as face painting, playing, drawing and watching Thomas episodes were also at the station but we didn’t get to visit them this year. Or I should say, MissMostyn and I didn’t as she fell asleep on me as we were heading there. Little Miss did have Thomas painted on her cheek and she was pleased as punch!
We also met The Fat Controller again this year! The girls were given a certificate each for attending A Day Out With Thomas at Llangollen Railway. I will frame them and put them up in their bedrooms.
As always the trains will take you on a trip to Carrog Station. Last year we traveled on Donald the steamie but this year we headed to Carrog on Daisy the diesel engine.
On the way there you travel through Glyndyfrdwy where you have to wait to pass the other engine. Have a look at my YouTube video for the engine passing…
At Carrog Station there was a puppet show which was rather enjoyable. There was also a magician who did some tricks. We bought the girls a Take N Play toy each to add to our collection.
On the way back I caught some lovely photos of the girls. It was a very chilled journey I must admit.
Have you ever been on A Day Out With Thomas? Or have you ever been on the Llangollen Railway?
Last year I posted my 10 Reasons to Love Autumn so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my favourite season is the Autumn.
Ok ok, I do love the winter as well. Main reason for that is because of the snow. But we don’t get enough snow in the UK to warrant the winter being my favourite season.
No the UK specialises in the Autumn if you ask me.
Here in the UK it starts feeling like Autumn around mid October when the weather cools down. Don’t be fooled by that sun, it’s shining brightly but likelihood is that it’s cold outside.
At the end of October the clocks change back which means the nights draw in and it’s dark almost before I leave the office. At the moment, I drive home and see beautiful sunsets. I only wish I could capture it on camera.
We also do some good hearty food here in Autumn. The UK as now started with the whole pumpkin craze – a couple of years behind the USA but it’s arrived. I’ve never tried much pumpkin but the pumpkin soup I had at the Slate Museum a couple of years back was really nice.
Yes soup! Ahh one of my favourite foods for these dark days. Or stew! Stews are good. I have fond memories of eating Irish stew with Taid. And of course, we can’t forget good old lobscows.
Remember, remember the 5th of November. Always something we look forward to here is Guy Fawkes Night. It’s unique to the UK as it commemorates the capture of Guy Fawkes during the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. On the 5th of November every year UK skies are filled with fireworks and smell of bonfires burning.
I haven’t been to a fireworks display in ages! We didn’t go last year as MissMostyn was too small and it was too cold. If everything is ok this year, we might just make it to the display at Beaumaris Castle.
As a child I used to go to the bonfire held by our neighbours. Happy memories of jacket potatoes in silver foil being cooked on the bonfire. Ahh good times!
What is your favourite season? Have you got any happy memories of Autumn?
So what’s been happening over October? Let’s focus on the good stuff and ignore the craziness of killer clowns.
I’m partial to a bit of cake so October got started in good fashion with some sample cakes from Caketoppers limited.
2. Thomas The Tank
We took the girls to see
In case you don’t know, I have two beautiful girls. I don’t show their faces or share their names on here or my social media. Hubby and I decided to keep some element of their lives private.
My eldest is referred to as Little Miss. Of course by now it should be updated because we have a younger little miss but hey ho, sometimes you don’t think things through.
She’s not far off being 3 years old (January) – where the hell did all that time go? I swear she was only starting to toddle around yesterday.
She’s started pre-school and is learning new things everyday. It’s amazing!
Her interests are Paw Patrol, My Little Pony and cake – a girl after my own heart!
She can count to ten in both Welsh and English. Not sure if I should throw French into the mix!
My youngest is referred to as MissMostyn and she’s a proper little madam!
She’s 18months and a day younger than her sister. Also a toddler! She started walking a couple of months ago as there’s no stopping her! Angen llygaid yn fy nhin as they say!
Her interests are Thomas the Tank, chewing crayons and changing the TV channel with the remote.
They’re both very happy little girls so we must be doing something right!
What is your greatest accomplishment?
In the dark welsh valley,
On the mountain side,
Lay the little children
Close to where they died.
Their little lives are ended
Before they reach their goal,
Tender little children
Have paid the price of coal.
We will never forget – Aberfan 21-10-66
On the morning of 21st October 1966 children went to school as like any other day. At 9.15am tragedy struck when an avalanche of coal waste engulfed the Pantglas Primary School. 116 children were lost that day and 28 adults.
50 years on Wales remembers those that were lost.
Hug your children a little tighter this evening.
I’m fiercly proud of where I live. I live in the most fabulous place on earth – Snowdonia!
When we went to Florida I was asked if I go on holiday every year and I said that I don’t. I don’t feel I need to go abroad every year. They were gobsmacked! They couldn’t understand it at all. I mean, why would I need to travel when I have all this amazing stuff on my doorstep.
Narrowing it down to five things was difficult! But here are
There is no doubt that the Castles here are awesome! We’re lucky enough to have 7 castles in Snowdonia – there may be more but I could only count 7 now.
Highest mountain in Wales is here in Snowdonia…. it gives its name to the area as it’s called Snowdon in English or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh.
Although my favourite mountain(s) are the Moelwyns. They tower over my home town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. I sure do miss them on occasions.
And there are beautiful lakes everywhere. The above is Llanberis Lake at the foot of Snowdon.
If you know me then you’ll know I love my Welsh slate. And Snowdonia is abundant in old slate mines.
From old relics in Llanberis (even a museum dedicated to them), to converted caverns at Llechwedd which now house underground trampolines – you’ll trip over old mines everywhere!
A bi-product of all the mines is that there’s lots of narrow gauge train lines here.
If you take a look at the Little Great Trains map you can see that the majority of them are around the Snowdonia area.
My favourite has to be the Ffestiniog Railway though. It runs right past my childhood home. Brings back lots of happy memories!
Seriously there are dragons in the hills of Snowdonia. Actually no they can be found at Castell Harlech.
I can’t believe that all these things are at my doorstep. I don’t appreciate it enough.
What’s your favourite thing about where you live?
Mmm food! Who doesn’t love food? So here are my current:
Oh come on, did you really think that something else would be top of the list? I always choose chicken fried rice, chips, chop suey roll and curry sauce. Or if I’m going to Blaenau’s Chinese it would be a protion of 8C with a chop suey roll (which is pretty much the same thing!)
This is another option at a Chinese restaurant for me. But I can make a pretty decent dish myself!
Tesco currently sell an amazing pasta bake tray which feeds all four of us for £6. It’s so yummy! It’s another dish I like to make from scratch as it’s so easy.
This bad boy has been mentioned before. I don’t eat as much of it now but oh my word it is delicious!
Not something I would have classed as a favourite food really but I am really enjoying my salad lunchboxes at the moment.
A classic! And it always reminds me of Taid. He loved his gammon.
There is nothing better than a cooked breakfast made by someone else.
Everybody loves cake!
I changed my mind. There is something better than a cooked breakfast made by someone else… a chicken dinner made by someone else! No-one beats my Mam though! (Photo is my turkey dinner… my Mam’s is SO much better!)
This is another go-to dinner for me. It’s pretty much some chicken with mushrooms, mangetout and carrot stir fry on a bed of noodles. It’s so yummy and simple to make.
What’s your favourite dishes?