Perth;

Mid February, just as it hit 91 days since I moved to Melbourne, I flew back to Perth for a few days. It was a short trip but in true Anna style, jam packed as always.

The giant walking around Perth

The sleeping diver

In four days, I fitted in four walks, two meals with my parents, one coffee date, one lunch date, one city hangout, one beach hangout, one airport hangout and a road trip down south for an engagement party.

Valentines themed Engagement Party < 3

With the gorgeous couple, M & J < 3

Four days in Perth/ Western Australia was definitely not long enough but it was the best I could do at this time of year.

My fave secluded beach in the South West

Until next time WA!

South Perth evening river walks with KM

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Monthly Round Up: December;

Sorrento walks

Last month of 2014 and it was my second month in Melbourne. In December I explored Parkdale, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Sorrento, Shelley Bay, Portsea, and Elwood Beach. My friends and even I wondered how I would survive, living away from the WA coast and turns out, I’m surviving just fine! The beaches south of St Kilda Beach are quite lovely. Especially on the Mornington Peninsula.

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D u n s b o r o u g h ;

When my friend suggested a weekend in Dunsborough, south of Perth, I said yes immediately. It wasn’t that long ago that we were down there in fact (last November), but I’ve been dreaming of Samudra ever since.

Unlike the last trip where we drank lots of wine & over-indulged in all the cheese, pate & crackers our tummys could handle, we did a total 180 degree turn with this trip. On this particular trip, we ate 90% raw food, woke up early, went for walks & just relaxed. It feels good to come home feeling refreshed!

The beloved- Samudra! Complete with blankets, pillows & day beds!

I must admit, I felt pretty chuffed when the duty manager at Samudra came up to me on the second night and asked if I was the one that had instagramed their burrito’s the night before & if so, how did I do it on my iphone. Well!

On Saturday we went location scouting & look what we found:

My very own secluded beach!

Western Australia sure is a beautiful place! x

Here’s to 2014;

They say that the cure for anything is salt water & this right here, is my happy place. After 11 hours of flying/running/nearly missing a connecting flight, it was good to have a few hours on this beautiful piece of coast before I went back to work the following day.

2014 is going to be a big one for me. With university all done now, I need to get my residential & commercial valuers licence work wise & somehow fit in all the holidays I have planned. I’ve got a little side business going on which I’m putting in as much effort as possible this year (more on that later). I’m in this place where I want to share more but it’s still early days with a few things so I guess, all in good time!

In the mean time though, I’ll be making the most of Perth & the West because if there’s one motto for 2014, it’s this: find the beauty in everything.

No place like NZ;

NYE on Waiheke Island

As I sit here & write this back in Perth, I look back on my NZ trip with a big smile on my face. It was my 6th time back in 7 years & it was most definitely my favourite time too.

I spent 9 days with one of my closest friends, Kse; going on road trips, doing bush walks, doing group dinners & drinks, dancing our little hearts out, looking at christmas lights & of course, christmas & boxing day celebrations. Since I haven’t been back in 2 years, our 9 days together went past SO fast.

Once Kse left, I did a few road trips with other friends, spent the night out at Piha Beach, celebrated New Years Eve and just enjoyed every minute of my time in NZ. The weather was absolutely perfect this time as well (unlike my previous summer return where I got rain for 2 weeks!)

View from the Sky Tower

I ended my trip with a day spent with an old friend, some height satisfaction from being up the Sky Tower & then dinner + drinks in Ponsonby (my new favourite Auckland spot). As I waited for my taxi in the early morning, I did consider just missing my flight like I did the last time. On more than one occasion, I felt like I lived back in Auckland. Even after 7 years, I slotted myself back into things there & it felt like I had never left.

View northwest from the Sky Tower

Every trip back is so different but with the number of friends I really bonded with this time, it made me feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. Until next time NZ!

Down south: the birthday edition;

View from the Bunkers Beach Cafe

Last Friday, I went on a little road trip two & a half hours south of Perth with five other girlfriends. We celebrated two birthdays over four days with lunch on the beach, visits to the local markets, wine tours (our own & an organised one) and far too much good food & wine. We were lucky enough to stay at B’s holiday house so when we weren’t out and about, we were at home, cooking venison, making up all sorts of platters and relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine.

It was good to get away for a long weekend with some friends; some I don’t see very often & one I hadn’t even hung out with properly but love dearly after that weekend away!

Check out my list of places to visit at the bottom of this post and let me know if there’s any you love that I can check out next time!

Lunch at Bunkers Beach Cafe

Our living room chill beds

Home-made ‘Devils on horseback’ (Dates, blue cheese and proscuitto) YUM!

Our yummy platter & side of caprese (all local produce!)

Raw cake from the Margaret River Markets…delish!

Outside The Grove Distillery

The outdoor area of Laurance’s Winery…how lush is that grass!

Because posing got a little boring this weekend..

And Laurance’s individual toilet rooms? They’re on another level!

Saracen…I’ll be back in the winter time with a glass of mulled wine in my hand!

 

Hay Shed Hill with the girls

This wasn’t all of it either…

 

Gluten free pancakes with sweetened cashew and maca cream, fresh banana and warm acai berry coulis…what a way to end a good trip away!

PLACES FOR BREAKFAST:

PLACES FOR LUNCH:

PLACES FOR DINNER:

WINERIES:

Now where was I?

Today, I finally said goodbye to summer school after an intensive six week study period. At times, I wondered, “what the hell was I thinking?” but I managed to pull through & it feels pretty damn amazing knowing I’m two units closer to finishing my degree!

The reason I did two units over the summer instead of one (like normal people), was the possibility of me finishing my degree five months earlier than planned and that far outweighed these six measly weeks (I’ve always been a pro’s and con’s list-kinda-girl!)

And you know what? I managed just fine these past six weeks. Sure I had to put the blog aside (it takes me forever to write posts because I stop and think about a dozen times) but I still had a life outside of work & university.

There were lunch dates, pool parties, early morning weekend markets, breakfast dates, Australia Day celebrations, a lot of beach time, wine tasting on a weeknight, lunch dates, a road trip, a very life changing moment with big sis (more about that later), a birthday boat party AND twice-weekly personal training sessions (because if summer school wasn’t enough, I also set myself a goal on the 2nd of January to be my absolute fittest by 9th February….talk about piling up my plate!)

2013 is looking good so far! Here’s a few snaps from the past six weeks:

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I am OBSESSED with smoothies!

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I’ve also managed to go relatively chocolate free thanks to these bad boys (prune raw balls with a whole lotta healthy things thrown in)

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Checking out new breakfast spots recommended by friends- absolute favourite this one! [Ootong & Lincoln, South Fremantle]

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& of course, the boat party of all parties! There’s me with my hand in the air within the first 30 minutes. Things didn’t end well!

What’s in store for me this year? a few weeks break & then a whole lot more uni now that I’m in my final year (hopefully!)