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Taking Stock – The Australia Day Edit


Taking Stock - The Australian Day Edit - Our Urban Box

G’Day mate and Happy Australia Day! I love Australia Day, the food, the mates, the sense of community. And who doesn’t love a public holiday in the middle of summer? We celebrated Australia Day yesterday with friends down at the local Boat Club. The kids swam in the lake all day and the adults ate, drank and laughed. The weather was perfect as was the company. I am a burnt lobster today. Does anyone else always forget to put sunscreen on themselves? I always cover the kids in head to toe and think to myself “I’ll be right” (theres that aussie attitude shining through ha) and sure enough I burn.

Today I am taking stock again. Its a time to sit and think about what is going on in your life, whats happening, and what is on your mind. The taking stock idea was created by Pip at Meet Me at Mikes.  This month I am doing it a little bit different and giving it a Australian spin in honour of this lucky country. I hope you enjoy it.

Here is Taking Stock – The Australia Day Edit.

Cooking:  Lamb cutlets, topped with a slice of feta, a sprig of rosemary and wrapped in prosciutto and cooked on the BBQ. So easy and yum!

Drinking: A fine Chardonnay from South Australian Winery Skillogalee over the weekend.

Reading: I finished Elianne by Australian author Judy Nunn a few months ago and it was a great read. Set on a sugar cane farm in rural Queensland in the 1960’s the story tells a tale of great wealth, grand family history and betrayal spanned over 80 years. I haven’t read one of Judy’s books before but I am definitely going to read another.

Wishing: I had some pavlova to eat! Can someone drop me in a piece pleeeeeassse? One of these would do thanks.

Enjoying: See my Aunty Pat who visits every Australia Day long weekend. Its new tradition since my dad moved here.

Waiting: To see who will top Triple J’s Hottest 100 list.

Loving: Our Aussie attitude of giving it to each other.

Watching: The Australian Open, although I haven’t watched as much as I would like. But have caught a bit here and there.

Marvelling: My hometown of Broken Hill was recently declared the first Australian town/city to join the National Heritage Listing. I am so proud to have grown up in a town full of such history and charm. There really is no other place like Broken Hill.

Needing: Aloe vera for my sunburnt shoulders.

Smelling: The great Aussie smell of snags and onions on the BBQ – the best smell found on Australia Day!

Wearing: Not enough sunscreen yesterday – ouch!

Following: Australian blogger Michelle from Gee You’re Brave – Michelle has kicked off a series on her blog about getting ready for the return of school. As new school mum, I have found this information invaluable. Check it out here.

Knowing: How lucky we are to live in Australia. How lucky we are to be surrounded by the calmness and serenity of our glorious coast lines? To have the red dust and soil of the beautiful outback? We all have access to a great health system (even with all its faults, it is still there for us). War isn’t in our streets. We lo

Admiring: The women who were awarded the four top honours today at the Australian of the Year awards. Go ladies!

Buying: Zinc Cream and Australia Day t-shirts for the kids. Super cute.

Getting: A bit tipsy yesterday in the sun.

Disliking: All the racist posts on Facebook that inevitably pop up on Australia Day. Makes me stabby.

Giggling: At all the Australian meme’s on Facebook today. The funny ones, not the racists ones.

Feeling: Proud to be Australian.

Snacking: On tasty cheese, Jatz and kabanna – still a favourite of mine even if it is sooooo 80’s. Its a must for any Australian Day celebration.

Coveting: New pillow cases from Australian linen designer I Love Linen.

Hearing: My all time favourite Australian song is I Still Call Australia Home. It gets me every time.

What are you taking stock of this month? Pick a couple and let me know in the comments below. Or leave a link to your taking stock post.

Fleur x

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  1. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    January 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Getting a bit tipsy yesterday…you make me laugh! Happy Australia Day!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      It so could have turned out to be “getting drunk yesterday” but I showed remarkable restraint haha x

  2. di @ lime&soda

    January 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Love the Aussie twist Fleur! Just about to write up my Taking Stock for this month today. Oi, Oi, Oi
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Di, thought it would be something a bit different x

  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    January 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Oh I love this Aussie-inspired Taking Stock. I’m eating Ultimate Australian Brownies, feeling lucky to be able to call Australia home and getting my citizenship application sorted. This time next year, I hope to be a “real” Australian! x

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Thats exciting for you Sammie! All the best with your application x And yum! Ultimate Australian Brownies!!

  4. erin @

    January 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Yes to getting tipsy! Thanks for the link love! x

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