Things I did during lockdown

I guess I was not the only one finding it difficult to fill the days with excitement during the Covid-19 lockdown. Spending a large amount of time in one apartment was a challenge, but this is an experience I will definitely never forget. Today I am appreciating a cup of coffee at the the cafe. Commuting by train again. Seeing colleagues and friends face to face.
I am so happy the restrictions have eased, but there will be a couple of things I will try to take with me when life goes back to the new normal. Firstly, I have had a lot of time to take care of the plants. Jarryd realised we had 50+ plants and we have for a long time needed more storage space for our green babies. We decided to go to IKEA and get the cheapest shelf which would be the new home to some of the plants without a permanent spot in the apartment. We also managed to fill the shelf with other junk we never can throw away (#girlfriendisahoarder).
It has been getting a lot cooler here in Brisbane the last couple of weeks (we are currently using a heater at home…) and this came as a shock to me and to the outdoor plants. Of course I could not let them freeze their butts off outside, so I took the most vulnerable ones inside and kept them close to our sunny window next to the ugly balcony (where we never hangout, instead it is only used for storing recycling and drying clothes). Here are some of the seedlings that absolutely love being inside. We also tried to put seeds in eggshells together with some soil. They seemed to really like it, which really is a plus since it means less plastic and more organic!
We got a fish tank from Jarryd’s mother and our first thought was to get a couple of fish. When we realised how much work and responsibility it requires, we decided it would not be worth spending that much time with a pet you cannot cuddle. Instead we turned it into a terrarium. After spending a couple of hours at Bunnings and the local plant nursery, we got everything needed for the different layers and beautiful plants. The plants are growing bigger for every day, so I need a plan for what to do when they are getting outside the wrapping paper hmm…
I guess my mind has been focused on plants lately, because that has basically been the only thing I have been painting as well. I will eventually make a post showing you the paintings I have at home and some of the stuff I am currently working on.
The only time I was outside during the lockdown was when I had to go to the grocery store or when I went for walks. I like that Brisbane has so many bridges! They all have their own personality and appearance. This is one of my favourites, William Jolly bridge in South Brisbane. 
Lastly, the lockdown has been a great opportunity to read all the books I usually find hard to prioritise when there are a million other things happening during the weeks. I am a bit of a sucker for history and could not resist purchasing this book. It is so interesting to get a detailed description of how the medieval life could have looked like: how people lived, what the society was like and how everything looked like. Please give me a time travel machine!
What interests and activities have you occupied yourself with during Covid-19? Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
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Seven days photo bomb

This photo bomb from the last couple of days starts with a snack after my first shift at my new internship/job at Queensland Cricketers’ Club. I found Pearl café in the Gabba and had the sourdough with olive oil before catching my bus home to Paddington.
Magazines in the bathroom at the café. My eyes were drawn to the fantastic house. 
Walking past this beautiful barber shop on my way to the bus stop. 
Last week, Jarryd and I were spending a lot of time with our plants preparing them for summer. We gave them new soil and fertilizer. We have new vegetables, but so far, the tomato is the only survivor. My little Chinese Money plants are looking more and more tired which is really sad. My plant babies… 
Our oldest plant that started this whole plant addiction: the fig tree. It was our old housemate who left the fig tree on the veranda when she moved to Europe. It was supposed to be picked up by her friend. After many weeks, no friend showed up and I had to start giving the poor plant water. I decided to adopt the plant and that was our first plant. The smaller fig tree is originally from the bigger tree.  
We also added a Sentinel to our collection. My dream is to have a really big Sentinel to attract parrots. Now, we only have bush turkeys and bin chickens in our garden.
A quick ginger beer stop before watching the Joker at the movies. Tasty ginger beer and a fantastic movie that really touched me. After the movie, I went to a friend’s place in Kangaroo Point and played games and talked for ours. 
Halloween is lurking in the shadows and soon it is time for the annual Halloween party at our friend’s house. We will compete against teams in beer tasting competitions, beer pong, flip cup, etc, etc. A crazy fun night with other words! It was time for Jarryd, my two other team mates and I to meet up and discuss theme and outfits. We decided to have dinner at Fish Lane in South Bank. 
Buzzing Fish Lane!
With all the lights and street art. 
This night we were heading to Saccharomyces Beer Café.
At the beer café you can borrow a wide range of games and play pinball. Jarryd and I were playing four in a row while waiting for our team mates. I lost very badly… The good thing is that theme and costumes were decided and I have already managed to buy everything needed for my outfit.
I did my makeup and hair on the bedroom floor as always. Still in desperate need of a haircut ehhh.
Last Saturday started with kayaking in the Brisbane River. 
The kayaking was was a Christmas gift to Jarryd and I from Jarryd’s aunt. Unfortunately, the storm was on its way but we decided to give the kayaking a go. We managed to reach the Story Bridge when it started raining. Luckily, we got new vouchers and will be going kayaking again in two weeks for free.
Good morning, tired Brisbane.
For lunch we decided to try the Vietnamese restaurant Ngon in Paddington. Super tasty food and drinks! 
Like every other night, I have been stalking the neighbourhood possums. This mom has a little baby on her back and makes sure no other possum will bully it. Good mama! And this what I have been up to the last couple of days. Now it is time to heat up homemade lasagna and bake a chocolate cake. Happy Tuesday everyone!
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Thursday – job searching, second hand skirt and dumplings

Wow! Already Monday again and I feel so behind schedule. This post was supposed to be updated last Friday, but nope, I completely forgot. While I am waiting for the pumpkin in the oven, I have some spare time to finally publish the post about last Thursday.
Yes, you guessed it! I was applying for jobs pretty much the whole day. I am planning to do some casual sales assistant work during the Christmas holidays to get some extra cash. I am also looking for an admin job on the side while I have a casual position at the university. Finding any type of job has been a long, difficult process. It finally feels like I can see the light in the end of the job searching tunnel though!
To remain sane and not climbing the walls at home, I spend a couple of hours at the local cafe called Sassafras. A cup of flat white makes everything easier!
Swapped full cream milk for oat milk, nomnomnoom!
I also tried my newly bought second hand skirt from Salvos in Red Hill. It is colourful, not too short and reasonably priced for a second hand clothing.
Then it was time for dinner and I decided to make dumplings, squid, spicy corn and sugar peas with a dipping sauce (plus a lot of chili, spring onion and coriander). Very yummy! And that folks, was last Thursday!
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Bunya Mountains & a sheep farm

A couple of weekends ago, Jarryd and I decided to leave a Friday stressful Brisbane and drive three hours northwest. We ended up at Rangemore Estate, a sheep farm run by Dave, where we had booked a cabin for the weekend. We also shared the property with his 200 sheep and goats, two dogs, one alpaca and wild kangaroos. The view from our front porch was incredible and in the distance, you could see the beginning of the Bunya Mountains, which was the main destination on the Saturday.  
But first it was time for breakfast and I had coco pops as entree while Dave was cooking our delicious omelettes (all breakfast was included in the accommodation price and Dave was a great and generous cook). 
The sheep and goats were also a hungry bunch and made sure everyone on the property could hear their disappointed screams when the breakfast was one hour late. Dave came to the rescue and gave his woolly babies the anticipated breaky. 
Taking a stroll on the farm and constantly hoping it is just a tree branch on the ground and not a brown snake…
The guarding alpaca, taking its role very seriously and always made sure to give you the angry stares when petting the sheep. 
Kevin and I. 
We left for the Bunya Mountains after breakfast and decided to do the longer hike in the national park. We swapped the dry farmlands for green jungle.
Bunya Mountains also has a surplus of wallabies. There are roughly 20,000 wallabies in the area according to Dave and you really had to watch your step to avoid stepping on one. 
One yellow chair, Joey, mama wallaby, parrot and tourists in one photo. Score!
Jarryd found a new friend. The poor, ugly bush turkey in the background did not get any love from the tourists.
On our way back to Dave and his sheep farm, we made a stop at Coomba Falls outside of the village Maidenwell. 
This is one of those perfect places to spend a warm summer Saturday. 
We managed to get back to the cabin and the sheep before the sunset. This was enjoyed with cold Coronas and homemade dinner. We said goodbye to Dave and all the animals on Sunday morning and made a quick stop in Toowoomba. Responsibilities were calling in Brisbane, but we felt ready for a new week in the big city after a relaxing and calm weekend on the farm. 
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One Sunday in Redcliffe

Like every Sunday, I try to seize the last day of freedom before it’s time to dive into the new week of stress and responsibilities. This usually means I try to leave everything that reminds me of my ordinary life and instead focus on exploring. One Sunday in June was no exception, so we ended up in Redcliffe. 
Cold, cold water, but it was good preparation for our trip to Sweden (which meant even colder water, uugghh). 
Happy Lily doing her ‘Happy Lily Dance’ on the jetty.
This sailor was happy when it stopped raining and the sun finally came out. 
The Recliffe harbor really reminded me of Sweden and that was a good teaser before our long journey to the land in the north. 
Today it’s time for the third and final State of Origin game. I’ll be preparing snacks and blankets for this cold, but exciting night! And yes, both Jarryd and I noticed the dirty lens…
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New hair, flowers and Sunday market

After a busy work period, it was time for a change…
I had a spontaneous haircut! I haven’t touched my hair for the past nine months and I finally managed to find a free spot in my calendar and some extra spare cash. Oh, I’m so happy getting rid of that old possum nest I used to call my hair. New hair, happy Lily!
It wasn’t only time for a new haircut, it was also time for new flowers in the bedroom. 
The eyes and the nose are enjoying the Lillies.
On Sunday it was once again time for the weekly Bardon Markets! A small, cosy market at the Norman Buchan Park with a dozen stands, yummy breakfast, live music, cricket game in the background and friendly ponies.
My breakfast contained coffee and a vegan sausage with sauerkraut. YUM! Is there a better way to end the week? 
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The week that has passed

It has been a stressful period. I know it sounds like the lamest excuse, but there has been work non-stop. I have however, managed to snap some photos I want to share with you. It all started with beautiful flowers…
I still had flowers left from the birthday party decorating the bedroom. I really love this cozy corner of the room. 
Flowers and sunrise, I wish I could wake up to this every morning.
This week, I also started thinking about this super tasty beer I tried at Brewski on Caxton Street. 
A chocolate and marshmallow porter. YUM! If you stumble across this beer, try it. Trust me. 
Blossom outside of our bedroom. It’s very pretty, but the smell is quite intense. I first thought the smell came from the moth balls Jarryd put next to his herbs to scare away the possums. After all my nagging, he took the smelly moth balls away but I could still smell something weird. I thought he had been sneaky and put it up somewhere else in the garden, but nope. He had been a nice boyfriend and gotten rid of them, and instead it was the plants smelling like chemical death. Sorry Jarryd!
One photo I forgot to post, which is from our hike on Bribie Island. Such a contrast compared to our smelly, blossoming bushes. This photo was taken in an area after a severe bush fire.  
My friends at work were practicing diving.
On Wednesday it was time for a date night. Jarryd and I had dinner at Tuk Tuk in Milton (highly recommended) and went across the street to La Dolce Vita for dessert. It was cold, dark, and cozy.
An attempt to keep the plants alive by keeping them indoors during the night. They are officially our pets (until we are allowed to have real pets hehe). 
The week is not over yet, but due to really bad weather and stressful couple of days, the weekend will be spent indoors watching movies and eating tasty food from UberEats. A lazy weekend, which is highly needed. And this is what I see every night before falling asleep. There are many things I don’t like about old Queenslanders, but the details are beautiful!

Great weekend to you all!

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Ghosts, storms and a birthday

Another week has passed and it’s once again Monday. Today I’ll do a four hour shift at Vinnies but before that, I’ll show you some pictures from last week! It all started in the creepy heritage-listed Boggo Road Gaol. My two friends and I did the guided ghost tour.
We went to the different parts of the prison and the only light provided was torches. The history of the prison was very interesting, and even though we didn’t encounter any ghosts (that we know about), it felt very scary listening to the stories about the prisoners and the everyday life in the Gobbo Road Gaol.  
We were allowed to enter the cells and walk around the different cellblocks. Apparently, many tourists see the ghost of one of the female prisoners in the big window. She was sentenced to death after murdering her husband. 
Every other day was spent in another prison (hehe). It’s been a normal work week at University of Queensland except that I had to survive without my UQ ID card since I lost it on my way to the Gobbo Road Gaol. Luckily, a very nice man found it and contacted me, so I managed to get my ID and bus card back! 
I have been posing with some of my new vintage bargains. A new post will pop up soon where I show you all my new stuff. 
The plan for the weekend was to go camping with Jarryd and two friends. It was my friend’s birthday last Sunday, and she was keen for a camping trip. However, the weather was not on our side and with storms coming up every day, this is as far we managed to go. A packed car and a lot of rain and thunder. But we still had a birthday to celebrate!
And we did really celebrate! From 12pm until late night. We had food and drinks at our place, and played music and drinking games. 
The Sunday was quite tough though. I managed to stumble across this fella and I wonder, are they supposed to look like that? That neck is crazy long. Anyway, it’s time to get ready for Vinnies and the world of vintage and second hand. A good way to start the week! 
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Alive

The first half of October has been very hectic, and therefore I haven’t had time for my poor blog. My biggest priority has been lodging my $7000 visa application together with Jarryd. Here are some other things I’ve been up to these rainy October days.

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