Hi. What have I got for ‘Me Monday’ you wonder? I’m back from the burrow of that Permaculture Paradise, and ready to reconnect with all the Readers who were just yawning at so many photos of trees and veggie gardens.
Well, H is here from Melbs, so that’s been fun- Summer has given us a last hit of humid steaminess, and we actually had to lock ourselves in the living room with the aircon for a couple of days, including dragging two single mattresses onto the floor to get some proper sleep.
You could tell who didn’t have aircon around town because they looked sleep-deprived and grumpy; after 3 nights in a row of + 30C, I was praying for the cool change! When I lived in Adelaide a few years ago, we once had 10 days in a row of + 40C (104F) and my tiny garden studio had no aircon; I was ready to kill someone just for a good night’s sleep. In fact, one afternoon I snuck into my landlady’s house (I had my own key as I used her spare bathroom), and just lay on her couch for a couple of hours while she was at work to save my sanity… although I nearly lost it again trying to remember how all the fluffy cushions lined up correctly so she wouldn’t know what I’d done.
Anyway, back to the present: we’ve gone swimming most days, and the ocean is about 22-25C; truly delightful. H leaves tomorrow, and then this time next week I’ll have flown to Tasmania, and be about to start a 4-day/3 night wilderness hike for my dear friend’s 50th birthday. Exciting! Well, apart from the slight trepidation of carrying all our own food and water etc… we are staying in huts at night, equipped with kitchens and bunk beds, but no refrigeration or hot showers- if we had to carry our own tents and sleeping mats as well I’d have had to pass on the adventure I’m afraid- I don’t even like to carry my car keys as a rule.
Yes, I am a Princess. Is that a problem for you? ‘Cos it sure ain’t for me (verified ‘Princess response’ #79).
My cousin did the walk a few months ago, and told me she did no training. I’m fitter than her, so I did pretty much no training either… then last weekend she clarified that she actually did lots of lunges and squats, PLUS 4 10km walks AND one 16km walk!
Oh shit. I could be in trouble…
The track guidelines say we need to carry 10-12 kilos, and be able to walk for 4 hours a day. I can do that can’t I? I have made myself do a few one-hour long beach walks, on the flat, but not even carrying my car keys…
In gratitude (I hope) for inherent “bone&silver” cardio fitness, G xO