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One of the things we will miss about Melbourne is the sheer number of things to do!  You could spend several days just exploring the city but if you wanted something more quiet there are heaps of things to do within an hour or so of the city.  We recently spent a couple of days on the Mornington Peninsula.  It was a birthday getaway weekend for me organized by my darling husband and just another way for us to soak in our last moments in Australia.

There were many amazing parts to the weekend but a few highlights included:

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  • An 8 km walk around Fort Nepean where the first allied shots were fired during World War I and World War II.  August 5 1914, a shot was fired from a gun barrel to capture the German ship Pfalz as she was attempting to leave Port Phillip Bay.  Then on September 4 1939, a gun barrel shot towards an incoming Bass strait trader Woniora who failed to stop for inspection.  Apparently those were the only two shots of aggression ever fired from Port Phillip.  DSC_0077-003
  • A fabulous and relaxing overnight stay at Summer Place B&B in Flinders with an absolutely amazing gourmet brekkie.  Meg and Norman were the perfect hosts.  Shoot me an email or comment below if you’d like more details about staying there.  It was heaven.

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  • A delicious fish ‘n chips from The Rocks in Mornington.  Sitting out on the outdoor patio overlooking the water we shared a fish ‘n chips and quinoa and veggie salad.  We looked dreamily at the super yachts and sailboats and savored every morsel of one of our last Australian fish ‘n chips.

Aaand I just noticed that most of our highlights involved food and eating.  For a second I thought about adding a few more of the “other” activities we enjoyed while on the peninsula but then I thought, Eh…we are who we are. 

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Confession Time…

Sometimes we get so busy chasing happiness that we forget to just be happy.

Sometimes we plan for the next three (or five or ten) years and we don’t cherish the present.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut complaining about things in life that aren’t perfect instead of focusing on the things that are.

And then…THEN there are the other times; like the portion of our Anniversary trip where we spent three days and two nights at Frangipani B&B in beautiful Port Douglas.

We walked into a beautiful B&B in Port Douglas and our cheeks hurt from smiling because the place is every bit of beautiful and peaceful as we had hoped.

One afternoon we did nothing but play cards for hours, listen to the birds, and occasionally look over the balcony at the beautiful pool retreat.

We played table tennis/ping pong one morning (who makes time to play anymore?!) and then biked along Four Mile Beach on the vintage bikes that Leona and Bob provided.

We had gorgeous brekkies full of fresh and tropical fruit.

We were relieved to find that great ol’ fashioned customer service is not dead.  Leona and Bob made every effort to ensure our stay was perfect.  They allowed us to do a load of our salty laundry from our snorkeling and boat trip and had left a bottle of sparkling wine in our room to help celebrate our anniversary.

We can’t say enough about the beautiful accommodation and service but more importantly, our restful and relaxing stay there reminded us that…sometimes WE can just BE.

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Ryan and I spent the days leading up to the new year at the Grampians.  Stay tuned for a a couple of upcoming posts about our lovely time there.  New Years Eve we stayed at Corella Rise, a peaceful B&B slightly off the beaten track between Halls Gap and Stawell.  Kevin and Sandy were the perfect hosts and everything about our stay, including the fabulous cooked brekkie, was more than we could’ve asked for; peace, relaxation, and tranquility.  We spent a whole afternoon laying on the bed, reading a book, listening to the quiet sounds of the wind through our bedroom screened door…paradise.

The scenery was, in a word, beautiful.  It was the perfect way to bring in the new year and so it felt truly serendipitous when I saw Max Ehrmann’s famous “Desiderata” or “Desired Things” hanging on the wall of a hallway at Corella Rise.  What am amazing outlook to bring into 2012.  I’ve included the text below along with pictures from our surroundings to give you a sense of our New Years at the Grampians.

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Happy 2012 from our household to yours!

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