Whitesnake and I were invited to a family bbq while we were in Adelaide. I'd already met some of his family, but it was fantastic to meet some more and they made me feel right at home. There are too many pics to post here so I'll just share some of the pics of us oldies :)
Whitesnake's brother picked us up and took us out for the day. Whitesnake is a big supporter of the Adelaide Crows and it was fun to visit their home ground.
We took a tour around Whitesnake's old neighbourhood and visited his Mum and Dad at the cemetery.
I've heard many stories or Whitesnake's time at the Midway Tavern so it was a real treat for me to visit and share a meal with friends and family. I even tasted the legendary Chicken Schnitzel with Diane Sauce.
One of the things I've loved about visiting Whitesnake's former home is meeting the people in person I have known via facebook. I feel like I know some of them so well already but it was wonderful to talk to them and see them face to face.
Now that Whitesnake and I are all settled in at home, I thought it was time to share some more pics from our holiday.
What I loved about where we stayed was how close we were to everything. Just walk out the door and you have a huge variety of places to eat, shops to browse through and the beach to enjoy. We spent most of the morning exploring Glenelg and enjoying the sunshine.
Another beautiful day in Glenelg. After a delicious breakfast at a local cafe, we crossed the road to board the tram. I've never been on a tram before, the seats were a little small and hard but the scenery was nice. We had almost come to the end of our journey when an announcement informed us of a delay. An offer was made to disembark to walk or bus the rest of the way but we decided to wait it out. Ten minutes later, we were on our way again passing the people who had elected to walk or wait fot the bus. I guess we made the right choice.
We arrive at Central Markets a short while later, buying some yummy treats for afternoon tea. Notice the name of one of the stalls?
Headed back to the Motel for a walk around the Marina and beach.
Back at the motel, Whitesnake received a message from one of his daughters asking if we were free for a visit. Once she had arrived, we headed to the pub for a snack and a couple of drinks. Was so lovely to meet her and her partner, I felt like I already knew her from our interactions on facebook but it was lovely to be able to meet her face to face.
After an early morning wake up at 4.30, Whitesnake and I headed off on our Honeymoon. The flight was pleasant, a light breakfast while we watched The Bourne Legacy. We arrived in Adelaide after a four and a half hour flight. The temperature was mild and the sun was shining, a nice change from the cold and rain we had left behind. There was a huge queue for taxis so we hopped on the bus. After a short ride and walk, we arived at our Motel in Glenelg.
I was famished (there's a 2.5 hour time difference so it was way past lunch time for me), so we headed out for lunch.
What I love about where we're staying is that it's a 2 minute walk to the small town and beach, so everything is really handy.
It was quite a long day and with the time difference, we were in bed by 6.30pm. A lovely day.
Stress is a part of everyday life but often when we feel stressed, we engage in activities which make us feel worse such as eating comfort foods, drinking too much alcohol and taking our problems out on others. Here are a few simple tips which will reduce your stress levels and increase your overall feeling of well being.
Talk about it
Keeping your stresses to yourself can make them appear worse than they really are. A problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to an understanding friend or relative about how you are feeling. This will help reduce your stress about the situation and often listening to another person’s advice can help you reach a solution faster than if you keep it to yourself.
Take a walk
Walking is a great stress reliever. It reduces adrenaline and allows you to let off steam. Getting out in the fresh air while you exercise, can be even more effective. The repetitive action of putting one foot in front of the other will calm and soothe you in no time.
Catch you breath
When we are under stress, our blood pressure rises and our heart rate increases. This can be caused by taking shallow breaths rather than deep breaths. If you can take a few minutes to focus on your breathing, you will become calmer. Breathe through your nose for the count of four, hold your breath for a count of two and slowly exhale through your mouth for six counts. If you are breathing deeply, your abdomen will rise as you breathe in. This is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and can be done in almost any situation.
Drinking too many caffeinated drinks can make us feel on edge, which is not ideal when we are feeling stressed. There are many tasty herbal teas and de decaffeinated coffee beverages on the market now. Give them a try and see how much calmer you feel. You’ll sleep better too.
Take a hot bath or shower
When we are feeling stressed we tend to not take time for ourselves. Lock the bathroom door, turn on some relaxing music, light candles and soak in the bath for half an hour. Adding essential oils to your bath, such as lavender oil, will help soothe your tired body and mind. If you have less time, a hot shower will ease muscles tension.
Using these simple tips will reduce your stress and make you feel more able to cope with life’s problems. If stress symptoms persist, it may be a good idea to seek help from your medical professional.
Aromatherapy oils can be used for a variety of different purposes, ranging from restoring body and mind to repelling insects. There are a wide range of oils and many different ways they can be used. They can be combined, diluted, warmed or used just as they are. Pay attention to the instructions on the bottles to ensure you use the oils correctly.
1 Aromatherapy is a great stress reliever. Many oils can combat stress but Lavender is one of the more popular for this purpose. Lavender calms, refreshes and lifts the spirits. Add a couple of drops to your handkerchief and breathe in the aroma when stressed.
2 Essential oils may be used to make your own beauty products. This will save you money and allow you to choose oils which suit your skin type. A variety of oils can be used for beauty products including Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender and many more.
3 You can use oils in the bath to relax or invigorate. For relaxation try Lavender and Geranium. Place 10 drops in warm water and you will feel the benefit in a few minutes. For the opposite effect, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary.
4 Oils can be warmed in special burners to freshen any room. Choose an oil to suit your mood.
5 Tea Tree, Lemon, Lavender are a few of the many oils which have disinfectant properties. These can be used for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
6 Citronella is an effective mosquito repellent. Tea Tree and Thyme may be used to repel most insects.
7 A soothing body, foot or back massage can be given with essential oils. Try different combinations to suit.
8 Lavender can be used on burns and insect bites to speed up the healing process and reduce itching.
9 Oils can soothe the symptoms of a cold such as high temperature, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose. Eucalyptus, Lemon, Marjoram and Lavender can be used as decongestants.
10 Lavender oil is great for soothing a headache. Apply a couple of drops to your temples or add a couple of drops to a warn bowl of water, place a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale for a few minutes.
Aromatherapy has many benefits. Mixing and matching oil combinations can be lots of fun, but be sure to read the warning labels before experimenting. Some oils are to be avoided during pregnancy and others can irritate skin if undiluted or if skin is exposed to sun.