2014 Bucket List

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2014 Bucket List

By Rowena Mynott

 

I go through this every year. I sit down, I make a list of resolutions but when end of the year rolls around and it’s time to sit down to write the next years list, inevitably I find that I haven’t fulfilled many of the resolutions on the previous list. Although it is an ancient tradition, it seems I am not alone in my failure to adhere to ‘the list’. That’s probably not a bad thing. We punish ourselves enough for putting on weight over christmas, for not being good enough at our jobs, for not having the big house or earning enough money. So how about this. How about we set positive goals for the next year? There are plenty of people online that I come across who are doing just that. Similarly to a resolution list they write a list of things that they want to achieve that year, the difference being that they are bucket list items. Items that the author is excited about achieving be it taking a skydive or tasting 6 different types of chocolate. And if you don’t manage to tick every item off? It really doesn’t matter! So here we go. Here is my list for 2014:

1 – Kayak with orcas

2 – See grizzly bears in the wild

3 – Train through the Rockies

4 – Pay off a strangers lay-away Christmas gift for their children

5 – 52 Project

6 – Cage dive with crocodiles in Darwin

7 – Read the top 10 novels of all time

8 – Write an e-book

9 – Learn to play the guitar

10 – Visit a new country

11 – Take a new class

12 – Exercise regularly

13 – Sail around Haida Gwaii

14 – Visit Jasper NP

15 – Visit Banff

16 – Dive Fiji

17 – Visit Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

18 – Take part in an archaeological dig

19 – Eat baguettes, cheese and drink wine in France

20 – Take a helicopter flight

21 – Visit Halden Forest Park with Ethan

22 – Celebrate the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

23 – Take a narrow boat trip around the English canals

24 – Explore Lundy Island

25 – See how many whales we can spot in the Bay of Fundy

26 – Taste chocolate in Belgium

27 – See otters in the wild

28 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull

29 – Edinburgh Castle

30 – Ride on a steam train

31 – Shoot a quiver of arrows

32 – Introduce my son to a monkey

33 – Hold a bird of prey

I am super excited about this list and can’t wait to start achieving it and sharing with you.  What is on your list this year? I’d love to hear – perhaps pick up some inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One

By Rowena Mynott

Photography is always something that I have been passionate about. I was seven when my Great Auntie first introduced me to it using a Box Brownie camera (which I still have). Since then I have amassed quite a collection of both cameras and images, but I have never dedicated as much time to it as I would like. When I came across the weekly photo challenges I decided to sign up and give it a go. I have tried daily photo challenges in the past – they started out great for a while but life got in the way as it inevitably does. I’m hoping a weekly challenge might be more achievable … lets see shall we?

The Challenge

Each week we are given a different theme and need to post an image that fits that theme. This week the image needs to depict ‘One’:

“This week, we want to see photos that focus on one thing. Maybe you’ve got a stark photo of a single tree silhouetted against the setting sun, or a lone sandpiper wandering the beach as waves crash. Perhaps you’ve caught your mother sitting by herself in a moment of quiet contemplation. Maybe you saw a basket of wriggling puppies, and got a photo with a single fuzzy face in focus.”

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I have always had a fascination with the ocean and old structures. This jetty in Western Australia was particularly striking set against a setting sun and such a calm ocean.

There is just one life for each of us: Our own!

– Euripides

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The lonesome jetty in Western Australia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

By Rowena Mynott

 

Photography is always something that I have been passionate about. I was seven when my Great Auntie first introduced me to it using a Box Brownie camera (which I still have). Since then I have amassed quite a collection of both cameras and images, but I have never dedicated as much time to it as I would like. When I came across the weekly photo challenges I decided to sign up and give it a go. I have tried daily photo challenges in the past – they started out great for a while but life got in the way as it inevitably does. I’m hoping a weekly challenge might be more achievable … lets see shall we?

 

The Challenge

Each week we are given a different theme and need to post an image that fits that theme. This week the image needs to depict ‘Community’:

 

“Community. When I think of this word, I imagine all sorts of scenes: A family sitting and chatting in a living room. Crowds gathering in squares to watch a holiday tree lighting. Or even some of the spaces on the web that I frequently visit, like The Daily Post.”

 

 

Community

As the brief mentions, the term community conjures images of many different things. For me it’s a warm word full of memories of laughter, togetherness and support.

The word itself derives from the latin word of communitas: com meaning together and munus meaning gift. The image I have selected to share today encapsulates the original meaning of this word. It shows two children on the shores of a beach on Espiritu Santo  in Vanuatu. At a very young age they had been out to sea together on their handmade outrigger canoe held together with various colours and thicknesses of string, to gather fish for their family and friends. Together they were bringing gifts for their community.

 

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Children in Vanuatu haul in their boat after a successful fishing trip

 

Top 10 2013 – #1 Went to the Beach

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Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #1 Went To The Beach

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Went To The Beach.

Went to the Beach

You cannot go wrong with a trip to the beach. It’s impossible. No matter what the weather: sunshine or rain it’s a wonderful connecting experience. We go to the beach if we are having one of ‘those’ days, the wide open spaces, the soft sand between our toes, the crashing of the waves all bring us back to the now, the important and allow us to share a fun moment together. The beach is also a great place to investigate. To investigate nature: shells, passing wildlife such as whales and eagles, things washed up on beach be it exhausted shearwaters, bluebottles or ocean eroded wood and we investigate rock pools . We go to create. Create with bits of nature that we find along the beach, we build sandcastles, we draw in the sand. We exercise: running around, playing with a ball or walking the dog. We learn, not just about everything we are seeing but new skills such as how to rock skip and soon – how to surf! Most importantly we spend time together, free from emails, phones and computers, just alone in nature.

What do you like to do at the beach? Let me know below.

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A late afternoon trip to the beach
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A surfer checks out the waves
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A windy day does nothing to deter kite surfers and dog walkers
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Mr 3 ready for the beach
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Mr 3 creating a piece of artwork on the beach
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Setting sun on Port Philip Island
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Blue skies, soft sand and puffy clouds on the horizon that promise rain
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Winter does not stop us getting to the beach
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The shear joy on his face makes my heart sing
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Adventure and beyond. A fallen tree becomes a new plaything
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You can’t go to the beach without building a few sandcastles

Top 10 of 2013 – #2 Hung out with friends … and each other

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Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #2 Hung Out With Friends … And Each Other

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Hung out with friends … and each other.

Hung Out With Friends … And Each Other

Life is nothing without friends and family. Being surrounded by those that you love brings laughter, love and support to your life.WWe make sure that we hang out with our friends and each other often, at the beach, in the garden, at the airport – the location isn’t important. These moments are what create the stories that we share years down the track, they create the laughter and the shared bonds.

You know it does not matter where in the world you live, as long as you are surrounded by family and friends you loveand are loved by, then you are at home.

How do you spend your time with family and friends? Let me me know in the comments below.

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Nothing better than spending time with friends
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A boys best friend. These two are never far apart from each other
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After a bit of gardening you can’t go past a cuddle in the rocking chair admiring the view
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Lifelong friends playing in the ocean waves
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Friends with a shared passion: planes!
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Dancing in the rain with another blond beauty
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Happiness is a child in the rain
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The boys spending time together
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Me and my cheeky little sidekick

Top 10 of 2013 – #5 Learned About Animals

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Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #5 Learned About Animals

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Learned About Animals.

Learned About Animals

I have always loved animals from a young age.  I grew up in the country and was surrounded by both domestic animals, cattle and wildlife. We would often pop down to the farm which we lived next to and play with the calves letting them suckle our fingers. I have memories of being woken up in the middle of the night so we could watch another farmers sheep give birth to tiny lambs in the barn opposite. My brother and I were always bringing home an assortment of kittens that “needed” homes, injured birds or frogspawn from the local moat. Between us we had an impressive collection over the years of dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, a tortoise, hamsters, rats and stick insects.

From very early on I have taught my son to engage with wildlife. To sit quietly on our deck and watch the lizards scurry around, to watch and listen to birds in the trees. Understanding the value of each creature no matter how big or small makes you appreciate nature as a whole and gives a new understanding of your place in the world. Mr 3 knows to respect wildlife but not to fear it.  He knows not to touch snakes that visit our yard but also that he doesn’t need to put a shovel in them either. We pick caterpillars from our vegetable patch and keep them in a jar, feed them and watch them turn into butterflies rather than kill them. When we visit national parks, we explore animal tracks and cicada shells, leaf shapes and bird sounds. This year we have learned about the cycle of life from the birth of tadpoles, to the death of birds on a shorelines.

As I write this post I listen to the sad news of Nelson Mandelas passing. He has been an incredible inspiration to so many of us.  Over the years I have had his quotes posted on my wall or in the old days of Facebook posted in my ‘quotes’ section, but I’d like to share this quote with you. It is a sentiment that I have used time again especially during my marine education programs. It is the key concept to reducing impacts on our marine environment such as overfishing, shark nets, pollution. R.I.P Nelson Mandela and thank you for your light, your inspiration and your vision.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

– Nelson Mandela

 

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We found a cicada shell on one of our nature rambles
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Learning about silk worms at play school
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Our ‘pet’ carpet python sunning himself on the roof after a few days of rain
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Saying ‘Hi’ to some friendly goats
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We found this beautiful specimen whilst we were out walking one day
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Mr 3 always likes to pop over to visit this lonely fellow
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Spotted hiding amongst the grass in the playground
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We hatched our very own tadpoles this season and watched them grow into stunning little frogs
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They grew up big and strong
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And moved on to find a home of their own
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We also sadly learned about death after hundreds of shearwaters died from exhaustion on our local beaches
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This lovely lady who nested by our house abandoned her two chicks after a particularly large storm. Unfortunately they didn’t survive.
Did you have pets as kids? Do your children? Do you feel that it has had a positive impact on their interactions with nature?

Top 10 of 2013 – #6 Travel

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Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #6 Travel

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Travel.

Travel

As I mentioned, I haven’t travelled far and wide this year as it’s been a year for spending time with family. Travel is in my blood and I desperately miss it when I am bound to one place for too long without the ability to explore. Whilst we haven’t been overseas, we have enjoyed a couple of domestic trips. Ethan loves travel almost as much as I do and he too has learnt that it’s not just about the destination. He loves to sit and people (and plane) watch with me at the airports, find joy in living out of a suitcase and meet lots of new people along the way.

Melbourne is a city that we visit every year. It is my favourite city in Australia, full of life with countless restaurants of all nationalities, art, music and sporting events. The highlight of our last trip down had to be the Botanical Gardens. A very beautiful but long walk out from the CBD (I’d recommend catching the tram especially with a 2 year old in tow!). From the moment you walk through the gates you lose yourself in the beauty of the grounds forgetting that just outside the garden gates are the hustle and bustle of city life. The children’s garden is an absolute joy and it’s what inspired me to create our own kids garden at home. Full of trickling streams that beg to be followed through overhanging trees, giant animals covered in bright mosaics, cubbies, pint sized bridges, mazes and ponds where you can feed the ducks.

Philip Island was another treasure. I had travelled here on a day trip many years ago and so it was exciting to be spending a week exploring here. We took Ethan to watch the penguin parade, a nightly event where thousands of little penguins return to their burrows having spent the day out at sea feeding. They linger out to sea just past the breakers whilst they check out the crowd before making a swim for the beach. They run up the beaches chattering and squawking to each other and their chicks in the burrows. There is a lot to cover on Philip Island and we barely scratched the surface. Aside from the penguins, we went to the motor races, explored the headland and of course couldn’t go home without visiting the islands chocolate factory.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

– St. Augustine

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With plane in one hand and hand luggage in the other, Mr 3 heads to the airport
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Up, up, up and away
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Two generations ponder life on Port Philip Island
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It would have been rude to go past the chocolate factory on Port Philip Island without paying a visit.
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Watching hot air balloons as the sun rises over the city of Melbourne
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Finding what lurks amongst the trees at Melbourne Zoo
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Collecting extra luggage
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The plane always comes to the airport with us
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Exploring botanical gardens in the city with grandma
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Wrapped up warm against the chilly weather in Melbourne
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Loving riding the tram

Where did you travel to this year? Did you travel overseas or prefer to stick to your homeland?