Mount Feathertop via Razor Back Ridge

Sometimes if you don’t consciously make an effort to do the things you love, life passes you by.  This past weekend, I climbed Mount Feathertop with two kindred spirits.  I’d forgotten how much I love hiking – or simply being outside.  There’s something about having a pack on your back with a singleness of goal.  Perhaps it’s the feeling of unadulterated freedom,  or the joy of re-discovering the vastness of the universe.

What I love about this hike is that although it was difficult at times (some pretty steep ascents and exposure to the elements) – the goal was always in sight.  Most of the trail was above the tree-line making for spectacular 360 degree views of mountains and valleys.

We camped at Federation Hut, waking up at 4:45am to make the ascent to the summit and catch the sunrise.  It was a tough hike, but well worth the effort.  Sunrise on Mount Feathertop truly ranks as one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

One of the take-aways from the weekend is that when the going gets tough (whether in life or in hiking), focus on putting one foot in front of the other.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t know precisely how you are going to get to your destination, as long as you know what your destination is.  Without vision, men perish.

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Fabulous Round Up Fridays…..

  • Open House Melbourne is happening next weekend on 28 and 29 July!  My picks (from experience) include Manchester Unity Building and Capitol Theatre.  Don’t miss this gem of an event.  NB.  Some buildings are balloted and some have massive lines – do you homework and plan ahead using the website.
  • Winter’s well and truly here.  Get your knitting on!  Easy, free patterns for woolly scarves and other favourites at justb.
  • For the photography lovers – flashback in time.
  • Nerd’s Eye View – a travel blog that reminds me of the power of story-telling.

Photo Credit: TimeOut

The Art of Losing

Throughout life, I’ve come to observe that there is a positive correlation between laziness and losing things – most noticeable in myself (sadly).  One of my closest friends is notorious for losing things also, but she is also great at telling us that she has not lost the item, just that it is momentarily misplaced.  The difference between the two eludes me.

Today, I received a call from a telemarketer (please keep reading……)  Usually, I automatically tune out once I work out that they are trying to sell me something or that I have won some holiday through some competition that I did not enter.  Today was different.  What they were offering was actually a clever idea.

It’s called Secure Sentinel.  The basic gist is that they provide a one call assistance should I experience the loss or theft of my purse, wallet or handbag.  Once I ring them, they automatically cancel all my cards etc on my behalf and assist with the re-registration process.  Snazzy idea, hey?  Unfortunately it’s a little expensive given that I don’t lose my wallet that often….and Melbourne is quite an honest city.  In fact, I met one of my good friends because she returned my misplaced mobile phone.  True story.

Perhaps.  One Day.  If I’m traveling the world or back-packing or become a millionaire, Secure Sentinel might come in handy! 🙂

And….who can write a post about losing something without quoting One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (and yes, this poem was read in the movie In Her Shoes in case you were wondering why it sounds familiar even though you don’t normally read poems):

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

– Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like a disaster.

Fabulous Round-up Fridays…..

One of the many delights about my workplace is that we (informally) participate in Fabulous Shoes Fridays – where we wear fabulous shoes on Fridays (this is rocket science).  In an effort to be more intentional about my blogging, I am committing to Fabulous Round-up Fridays – where I download thoughts that have crossed my mind during the week.  So if you’ve been too lazy or too busy during the week to notice the happenings outside your world, this will give you a taste!

  • Not being the most fashion savvy girl in the world, I’ve only just begun to notice that coloured fashion tights are the next (or past) big thing.  I ordered a greeny-teal-coloured variety from ebay and wore them for the first time today.  There was a genius moment when I looked down at my legs and thought this is what Elphaba wore in Wicked. 
  • Different Kinds of Happy a sweet song about the beauty of a covenant promise.
  • Never be too busy to notice the struggles of those around you:  Stress Down Day.
  • Tom & Katie’s divorce.  Breaking up is hard.  Breaking up in the public arena is harder.  Breaking up and being told that your divorce was a ‘lucky strike’ is not warranted.
  • Going on holidays?  Some rules to fly by to avoid your luggage going missing.
  • Darrell Lea calls in administrator.
  • New York Times Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies – they’re my favourite too.
  • Learn something- Futurist till Forty
  • An exercise to warm up, repair your voice and expand your range: Sirening.
  • Spontaneous brunch outing at Palomine (236 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne) – bliss.

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