These posts are designed to keep me accountable for spending time on my interests; those things that bring me joy but that I tend to see as optional extras. Writing is taken care of through work and this blog, so here are the ways I've indulged my other interests this week.
Last weekend we stayed at our favourite getaway: the Upper Murray Resort at Walwa in Victoria. Where else do you get your very own cottage with sweeping views across the valley and Murray River, a crackling fireplace, spa, acres of bushland to walk in, and unlimited peace and privacy? It rained for two days which is perfect weather for going walking in waterproof gear then relaxing in front of the fire with a port, a good book and an interesting movie.
I've had the pleasure of seeing brumbies in the Snowy Mountains over the last few years and am absolutely fascinated by these Australian icons. They are majestic creatures and horses have always had a special relationship with humans. It was interesting to read about the history of the brumbies—and of mountain people—in the book In Search of a Wild Brumby by Michael Keenan. With the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service looking at culling 90 percent of the Snowy Mountains brumby population, we are able to have our say on the Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan up to 19 August 2016. There is also a petition to Stop the Brumby Cull in Australia on change.org.
As part of my hiking training, I did a 10 kilometre hike with a weighted pack (starting at 5.5 kilograms). The ground was muddy after rain so I wore my hiking boots for the first time in about a year. They felt a little loose as I was walking and I think I've probably almost worn them out. The combination of the boots and the weight meant I finished the hike with a really sore foot which put me out of action for a week. Following that, I had another minor surgery which means I can't train as I'd planned for another few weeks! Frustrating, but hardly a big issue in the scheme of things. And it led me to discover this cool upper body cardio workout which you can do from bed, from a chair, or standing. (Check it out—Laurel is so cheery I feel better just watching the video!)
Thanks for your time. Let me know how you managed to enjoy your hobbies this week.