08 May 2018

Exploring...Hartley Historic Village

During the school holidays, Hubby and I took the girls on a drive to Lithgow as we wanted to check out a car we saw online for sale. As it's over an hours drive to Lithgow from our house, we thought we'd pack some lunch and find a nice spot to enjoy a picnic and possibly do a bushwalk.

After a quick test drive, we decided to check out the little historic village of Hartley situated in Little Hartley, 14 kms south of Lithgow for a picnic and a bushwalk.

I hadn't been to Hartley since I was 11 or 12, when my family spent a weekend away at horse riding farm (one still operates there today) riding horses. Back then, it was my first time riding a horse, so I didn't venture out of the exercise yard to go on the trail rides like my adventurous brothers! Of course, my girls are now keen to go there and try it out.

L to R: view looking down to the old buildings, renovated accommodation, the girls saying hello to the furry residents.

The old village is lovely with its old colonial style buildings dating back to the 1800's. You can take a guided tour of the old courthouse most days (except for Monday, when we happened to be there), better planning by us next time, there is also a cafe, gallery, renovated accommodation, and 700m boardwalk along the Lett river, which we enjoyed. If you are lucky you may even spot a platypus playing in the river.

L to R: My favourite trees - Poplar trees, cottages, St Bernard's Church, Hartley Courthouse, meeting the horses,
Lett River, views from the old service station.

The girls love to explore, searching for birds & animals. We saw lots of varieties of butterflies, and wombat burrows on our bushwalk by the river, but unfortunately no platypus.

L to R: Entry to the walk, remains of Rawson Hut, more trees, shelter with tables & chairs

The views from the courthouse and old service station are gorgeous, as is the scenery driving from Sydney to Hartley with views overlooking the Megalong Valley and Kanimbla Valley. Hubby is keen to take us camping in the Megalong Valley once the weather warms up.

Do you enjoy exploring areas where you live? Where have you visited lately?

This post is in no way sponsored by the places that has been mentioned here, this is just a place we enjoyed visiting, and which I wanted to share with my readers.

19 March 2018

What motivated me to start my own business

For as long as I can remember I have dreamt of starting a business from home. It was one of those things that I thought would be ideal for when I had children at school. I could have flexibility, be there for the Easter hat and Book parades, be able to walk my kids to school then collect them in the afternoon and hear all about their day, be able to help out in the classroom, and fit my work in between. 

For most people starting a business is about making money, being their own boss and building a successful business. 

While those factors are important to me, it wasn't my sole reason.

For me, it's showing my girls that they can be whatever they dream to be as long as they work hard and not give up. At 6 months my business is still in its early stages, and while I have a vision to where I want it to take me, I know that could all change in a blink of an eye. And while there are days when its hard, and I think of giving up, all I need to remember is why I am doing what I am doing.

Cherub drew me a picture of jam jars :)

Cherub (my 6 year old) drew this picture of jam jars for me. This is why I started my business.
Its seeing my two girls watching me work on my business, or marketing ideas, that gets them so excited they go and draw a picture that relates to my business name or they discover a joke about jam and ask me to put it on my Facebook page.

Its hearing my 9 year old ask excitedly "Are you doing stuff for your business Mum?", or "Are those for your business?" and be interested in what I am working on or something I had printed.

It's the look of awe and the sparkle in her eyes. that big grin she gives me that makes it worth all the stress, and hardwork a startup requires.

She looks at me with not only love, but with hope, pride, a little idolizing and a "If Mummy can do it, so can I" attitude.

Popette loves to write, so her dream is to become an author, but at only 9 that may change....she's already changed it from Mummy, Kindy Teacher, Ice Cream shop owner, Magician, Diver, Painter, Professional Piano player, Ballerina, Pastry chef, and Spy! (Gee, she's going to be busy!)

Its showing my girls that while Mummy is good at all the Mummy stuff (some days not quite as much, is it bedtime yet?), she can "go to work" like Daddy, and be good at other things while still being there for them.

Have you started your own business? What was your reason?