Taking Stock: April 2016

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.

Liking: my first visit to the Art Gallery of NSW.

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.

7 thoughts on “Taking Stock: April 2016

  1. Miss K says:

    Hi Sandy, welcome back from your trip! I can totally relate on how great it feels to get away from basic routines and spend some time with family. Happy for you! I’m turning into a pro-wanderluster this year. Hope I get to do more traveling now that I’ve had a taste…it has a way of reviving us 🙂 Have a beautiful May
    P.s –>knit that blanket gurrl, you got this 😉


    • Sandy says:

      Hey Miss Karen! Thank you so much! Holidays definitely have a way reviving us. I’ve got no more travel plans up my sleeve, but I am on a mission to explore more of Sydney!
      Can’t wait to see where you’re off to next! Your posts about Uganda are beautiful. I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog to see where it takes me 😉
      P.S. thanks for the motivation. I’m now staring at my poor blanket and thinking that maybe I can finish it. We shall see!


  2. Lignum Draco says:

    It’s been a busy month for you. Glad it actually recharged you. And it’s a nice idea to pretend you’re a tourist in your own city for those in between times.

    BBQ King has reopened on Liverpool St just in time for Vivid. Maybe I’ll see you there at 1am for a post Vivid late dinner. 🙂


    • Sandy says:

      I’ve never been a big travel person, but this holiday has definitely revived me! Can’t wait to go exploring around Sydney again. There’s still so much to see!

      Also, I read about BBQ King reopening and thought of you Draco 😉 I’m so excited for Vivid this year! Perhaps I shouldn’t mention that I bought tickets to see Vivid at Taronga Zoo?


  3. my messy world says:

    So glad to read about your trip ❤ You are so lucky to have been there for the cherry blossom! I'd love to see that too one day – I saw a few here but left when they were in full bloom 😦 And there are famous stories about Japan's cherry blossom days going around and tickling me to maybe go there one day during that season. I have very fond memories of the Nara Park as well and am glad you've managed to visit such a gorgeous place! ❤


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