Hello and goodbye, April! That sure went by in the blink of an eye. Of course, the highlight for me this month was visiting my Younger Sister in Japan with The Parents. After much anticipation and haphazard planning, our two weeks holiday went by so quickly. I can’t believe we were actually there and did so many fun things! My favourite places from the trip were Arashiyama, Nara Deer Park and Kobe. So many fond memories from this holiday and I’m slowly making my way through the photos to share with you all.
I think this trip was just what I needed because I’ve come back full of energy. I’ve done some exploring in Sydney, returned to work ready to face all the challenges, and am seriously planning things for the garden. Don’t get me wrong though. I still enjoy my time lounging around the house in my pyjamas, but I feel like I’ve got a clearer head now when I do it. Here’s hoping the momentum continues as we now enter the colder months.
Making: no progress this month on my knitted blanket/throw.
Cooking: a roast sweet potato and red onion with broccoli and feta cheese salad.
Reading: online guides and Lonely Planet to figure out what to do in Japan.
Playing: Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.
Enjoying: my visit to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. I’m hoping to go back for a full day of exploring (and to stop by one of the pie shops along the way).
Sorting: through my suitcase.
Wondering: if I should buy a fitness tracker. I’m not very fit or active so am unsure if it will be a waste of money or the thing to get me moving more.
Waiting: in line for food.
Deciding: that I need to visit Japan again so I can do a lot of hiking and bushwalking.
Wishing: that we had food halls here in Sydney.
Disliking: that my precious apple plantling got blown over while we were away and half-died. Fingers crossed that it survives.
Considering: what plants to buy for the garden.
Watching: Japanese TV and not understanding a thing.
Marvelling: at the different landscapes of Japan.
Wanting: to eat all the food I saw while in Japan. I did pretty well and came back a few kilos heavier.
Needing: to get my hair cut into a reasonable shape.
Following: my Younger Sister as she guides The Parents and I around Japan.
Noticing: that it’s still quite warm in Sydney, despite it being Autumn.
Knowing: that my family holiday has done wonders for my motivation and energy levels.
Thinking: about places to see and things to do in Sydney. I picked up the ‘Official Sydney Guide’ when coming back through Sydney airport for some ideas.
Buying: a new skirt and jacket while in Tokyo, plus plenty of snacks to take home.
Getting: inspired from all the gardens I’ve seen and hoping to use that inspiration for our own gardens.
Admiring: all the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Explosions of pink everywhere!
Hoping: to finally get started on that backyard fruit and vegetable garden.
Loving: our family holiday in Japan! It was so much fun! We did, saw and ate so much. And yet, there’s still plenty of things we didn’t get to do, see or eat. Definitely planning another trip.
Giggling: with my Younger Sister as we catch up and talk about random things.
Planning: what to do in Japan… while in Japan. My Younger Sister and I aren’t very organised.
Feeling: happy, refreshed and ready to take on the world!
I decided to ‘take stock’ after seeing it over on Meet Me At Mike’s and you can join in too. You can check out the original ‘taking stock’ and find a list or simply see what others are up to. Let me know if you decide to join in. I’d love to see what you got up to.