My Mug on the Telly.. covered in mud.

That’s right. I had to work for it… and work hard. So hard I was tired for days and days and days (so tired, I havent been able to blog about it till now :). It was one of the toughest and most rewarding things I have done EVER. I LOVED IT.

So… I trotted along to an obstacle course training session run by Gold Coast based Terrain Training. I was put onto it by a friend and to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect – there was one clue I should have looked out for though and she warned me to wear something old… ‘something that can get muddy’… she said… UH OH.

Not surprising, it rained heavily the morning as I arrived and I laughed to myself when I was jumping out of the car and that I bothered with my umbrella…

Before I knew it, I was dragging myself through the mud on my hands and knees pushing a tyre up a hill….I quickly gave into the mud and dropped myself right in it. I can safely say, I’m so glad I did.. playing in the mud is so much fun! I scaled a 2.5 metre wall, climbed under AND over a cargo net, (attempted) the rope climb, balanced my way across a tight rope, bear walked, push up-ed, burpee-ed my way through 2 hours of exhausting and rewarding fun.

It started like this:

Dragging Tyres

Cargo nets are harder much harder than they look – I was FREAKING….

Cargo Net Climb

and this is some of the other stuff we got up to. Steph monkey bars Rope Climb

all while the camera crew from the Great South East TV show filmed us…. did I mention it was raining, I was covered in mud and my hair managed to get plastered to my head? Always the conditions you want when being filmed 🙂

So, what’s the point? Terrain Training is an outdoor fitness company who run these mobile obstacle courses which sprung up as a way to train for ‘Tough Mudder’, ‘True Grit’ and other competitions. They also hold them for team bonding activities and for general fitness.

I was a total beginner at most of these activities and even though I get myself to the gym a few times a week I found this very challenging, BUT very much achievable. I wasn’t the only beginner there and the team were there to help every step of the way. I honestly can say it was some of the best fun I have had in a long time and would recommend it to anybody who wants to give it a go. I might even go as far as saying that ‘training in the mud is now on my list of things I love’……

I couldn’t get the video to work unfortunately.. but you can find it on the Terrain Training Facebook page: 

Their website is:






Everything is just wonderful.

Another weekend has passed and although there are no big trips, big adventures or fancy photos to report and I was missing my B (he is off saving lives in another location this week) but I still had a truly lovely weekend.

It was one of those very well balanced weekends, time for housework, time for a sleep-in, time for nice food, time for a glass of wine and a gossip, but most of all, good times with my loved ones.

Feeling especially grateful for my ‘old friends’ , their lovely kids (especially the free affection they hand out) and the little things. Sunshine, stunning sunsets, good wine, big smiles and goddaughters who just about squeal with delight when they realise you are still there the next morning. These things are some of life’s most wonderful thing that I’m very lucky to have.

We were treated with some moreton bay Sand Crabs caught by one of my non-crab loving friends (I cannot recommend more highly that you all get some of these kinds of friends). The best recipe I’ve had for sand crab is serve with fresh bread, lemon, good white wine and loved ones (it’s spoilt without the final ingredient).

I hope that you are all having a lovely time and stopping to enjoy the wonderful things in your world too.

Let’s get the sunshine

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I love the Gold Coast. Especially over the holidays. It’s so nice to see people getting outside, spending time on the beach, enjoying time with family, using their beach houses, opening their doors to welcome in the beautiful fresh sea air and stunning sunshine. Even despite the husband or wife who was dragged down to the beach and bring his visitor the hangover with him – there are still so many happy smiley faces – its nice to see the optimisim on everybody’s faces. The smile of oppourtunity  for the coming year on their faces shining through their tiredness from the night before. But really, how can you not smile when you are at the beach, the waves are good, you have soaked yourself in the salt water and the sun is out in it’s full glory – I know I had a pretty big smile on my face  looking at this view (no editing – the water really was that blue today 🙂

Elephant Rock, Gold Coast, Queensland

Elephant Rock, Gold Coast, Queensland

We had a lovely get-together last night to welcome in the new year. A few special loved ones, punch and a sausage sizzle – what more could you ask for? B and I both against odds made it up to Midnight. Glad we did too, not just because our friends might not have liked us as much if we didn’t, but also because we could see the fireworks from our backyard – I know exciting right ?

So, in other interesting news, we are all booked in for our first camping trip of 2013 ! It’s at the beach… which is excellent because I am seriously considering making my new years resolution to squeeze as much beach time into 2013 as possible, so 3 whole sleeps at the beach should help me clock up a bit of time with my big blue friend the ocean.

What’s your New Years Resolution?



Here’s Cheers

Heres cheers

New Years is a time for reflection, lots of people are talking about how they can’t wait for the new year to come, so they can forget about 2012 and onwards and upwards for 2013 – it’s their year they are saying… Well I agree with half of that – 2013 is going to be a great year.. but so was 2012. I was sitting doing my NY Reflection and there has been alot to celebrate…

In 2012 I…

  • Climbed a Mountain (Mt Warning to be exact)
  • Cycled further than ever before
  • Hand fed a (lovely) dolphin
  • Moved house (not just house, but moved Town!)
  • Learned alot about my friends and family
  • Helped loved ones through tough times
  • Travelled to (and loved) New Zealand
  • Ate a Cheese Roll for the first time
  • Fell more in love with my beautiful kind generous Partner
  • Fell more in love with my wonderful, interesting, busy, exhausting, fun life
  • Travelled to Bali
  • Drank my body weight in Cocktails
  • Learnt traditional Balinese cooking
  • Went Camping (more than once – arent I lucky?)
  • Saw my first Volcano
  • Had a monkey take a bite out of my shoe
  • Got to surprise one of my family with a surprise interstate visit
  • Was happy
  • Was Sad
  • Laughed, cried and laughed till I cried
  • Missed somebody(s)
  • Read books
  • Started to ‘enjoy’ red wine
  • learnt about myself
  • Overcame a fear
  • Started a blog…….

I really could go on.

So, here’s cheers to the New Year. I hope you bring in the New Year surrounded by loved ones (either new or old loved ones) and like me celebrate bringing in another amazing year.

hers to 2013


How to make Leslie happy on Saturday morning

This is one of the easiest recipes you will ever read.

Ingredient 1 – sleep in (7am is a sleep in right – or is that when you know you are a grown up?)

Ingredient 2 – coffee

Ingredient 3 – breakfast

This is the most exciting part. Prep with lovely fresh ingredients AND serve:

Ingredient 4: plans with loved ones for the rest of the weekend!

What’s on your agenda this weekend?

Things I love #6 – jumping for joy

What could be better than jumping on a trampoline with one of your best buddies? I had a great night with my beautiful friend last night. Jumping on the trampoline, then laying down and watching the stars from the tramp. I’m so glad she had kids so we could get a trampoline to play on 🙂

Living life by this quote:

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
― Shauna Niequist

Things I love #5 Sunny saturday mornings

I haven’t posted for a while. I could make up a long list of excuses which could include breaking nails, contracting life threatening illnesses or even getting caught up saving the world. The truth is, I’ve just been too darn busy enjoying myself. But more on that later.

First and foremost I’m absolutely loving this beautiful sunny Saturday Morning I’m busy having. A nice sleep in, a big coffee and leftovers for breakfast (yes I had roast veggies for breakky – remember no food is off limits). I’m in the loungeroom with all the windows open, the sun streaming in, the birds are singing outside – but wait it gets better – I’m still in my Jammie’s with new posts from my favourite blogs waiting for me AND a new magazine waiting to feast my eyes on.

Right now, it’s difficult to imagine anybody being sad…ever. Even the noisy indian family yelling at their kids next door does not take even one tiny it of happy away.

The beautiful sunshine reminds me of a moment not so long ago when I was very busy enjoying myself on my recent holiday to the stunning and amazing south island of New Zealand. It was definitely not the land of the long white cloud as we travelled along the mind blowing road into Milford Sound in Fiordland. Here is a couple of snaps 🙂20120825-104039.jpg20120825-104130.jpg