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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

February 20, 2006

Sunday - the day of rest

the day of rest ? ha - not here yesterday
Sunday started off as a lovely, lazy day. My plan was to spend it in the garden but by 9 am I knew that it was going to be hot. so I planned to sew. ms*louisa and her gorgeous husband arrived for breakfast and wanted to 'do something' - movies? no - let's go to the Scenic Railway at Katoomba, a 10 minute drive for us. I loved this place as a child, oh the thrill of going down the side of the mountain in a ricketty old carriage, that, at any minute you believed, could plunge to the depths of the valley below.
In recent years, the scenic Railway has had a facelift, beauty work done - to keep up with the thousands of tourists that visit Katoomba each year. But it has lost its glamour, its appeal. All shiny and new - sad.
so we bought our tickets - and I have no idea how families can afford to do this kind of stuff every weekend. Fancy having to pay to see one of our natural wonders. we got on the new scenicsender. Like an elevator that glides down the mountain. a glass elevator where you can see - forever. I forgot to mention that I hate heights. as soon as the ride started - I felt clammy and nauseous. The man driving the lift - tried to calm me down by telling me to look down. big mistake. and all I could see were trees, right down below - millions of feet down below. so I closed my eyes. and we arrived at the bottom - me bravely saying ' oh that wasn't too bad' knowing full well that every body thought I was some kind of demented person. Yes, I have my demons and heights are one of them.
there is a lovely board walk and we all decided to take the 50 mins walk, didn't seem too hard...walking down to the bottom of the Jamison valley. Forgetting that if you go down, you have to come up. And that explains my aching calf muscles this morning. oh I am sore. Finished the walk and decded to go back on the old scenic railway - up through the rock face - oh it was scary ! But I remembered back to when I was a child - what fun!

come to the scenic railway with me!

Scenic railway at Katoomba

so we had lunch in a little cafe and came home.
then I had yet another blood rush to the brain and decided to move some furniture while I had the boys there. So we moved a cupboard from this room and a chest of drawers from my room - out to the verandah so that I could take ms*sophie's chest of drawers into my room to enable us to put the 'new' 1930's dressing table that we bought last week into her room. confusing ? then we re arranged the television cupboard.
so today - my calf muscles feel like I just won gold in the olympic marathon - a little tiger balm goes a long way, let me tell you!


Blogger Kali said...

ms*robyn, That sounds like a really wonderful Sunday ~ family, outdoors, food, house decorating, and all that exercise :)
You live in such a special place!

11:10 am  
Blogger Flossy said...

aaah, busy but satisfying, no?
Sounds to me like a great way to spend a Sunday :)

11:20 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Brings back memories for me, Ms Robyn - Ken and I spent a day there when we were driving through NSW on our honeymoon. Gorgeous spot, great trip on the cable car. I keep saying to Ken we must go back some day. But I'm not holding my breath..

11:25 am  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh yes I'm terrified on heights too but this sounds like a fun place to visit

12:12 pm  
Blogger Peggy said...

what a wonderful outing! I always close my eyes when coming down from high places (except airplanes for some reason) but like you I still go up. Sounds like you did alot of rearranging... do we get photos???? *grin*

12:30 pm  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

You really know how to make the most of a day! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family.

Your pictures were really pretty.

Take care,

1:36 pm  
Blogger Nicole said...

Beautiful pictures. I just love the smell of tiger balm too. I haven't been on that train ride... I must take the 'chickens' on it soon! Hope your muscles soften up for you. Hugs.

5:22 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

we went there when we were here in the winter - boy that elevated scenic ride is SCARY, it freaked me I didn't look at anything remotely scenic I just prayed I would make it to the top alive NEVER AGAIN!!! lol dollx

7:37 pm  

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