Friday Favourites + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Have you ever heard of the festive period being referred to as ‘the silly season’?

I never have, until this year. Now I see it on adverts and read it in the media… where did it come from and why are we now calling our favourite time of year silly?

Fun, busy, flamboyant, jolly, all yes. Even stressful and chaotic, I get that. But silly?

To me silly means doing something stupid or something you shouldn’t. Something to potentially be a bit embarrassed about. I don’t really like my favourite time of year being referred to in this way.

But I have had my rant now and you sure as can be won’t be hearing me talk about the ‘silly season’. Never feel like you are being silly at this time of year if you want to do something different, wear a big bright jumper or decorate your house from top to toe with lights. Do it because it’s fun and makes you smile. There’s the Christmas spirit.Friday - chase the red grape

Now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Crown dinner, cocktails and smileschase the red grape

We went out for the night and had a wonderful time. A dinner of clam risotto with radicchio was had followed by cocktails and my love as seen below. It was just nice to relax in a swanky place with my favourite person.

Favourite… Feeling – O’ Christmas tree!chase the red grape

On Saturday we put up our tree and it’s always a special time for me. Every decoration we have has a story – bought from places we have travelled to, given as gifts by ones we love or are from my childhood. The living room in our apartment has never looked so beautiful.

Favourite… Purchase – Santa and Bobchase the red grape

Meet Santa… and his inflatable flamingo Bob. He sings and dances to ‘Stop. Christmas time’. I saw it in the shop and had to have it, it’s our Australian Santa! Click here for a link to David’s Instagram where you will see him sing and dance. It’s hilarious!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Laphroaig Whiskychase the red grape

Be still my beating heart. I adore Whisky, a true Scot. And when I saw they had my absolute favourite on the menu at The Waiting Room in Crown Towers I had to have it. I sipped. I savoured, I fell in love over again. A smoky, peaty Islay malt is where it’s at.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at evaluating the traditions in your life, especially at Christmas. Why do you do what you do? And most importantly, does it make you happy?chase the red grape

For the podcast this week we brought you part two of ‘How our lives changed through travel’ – focussing on our time spent in the Middle East. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

What I am loving – Christmas FM

I know I tell you about Christmas FM every year but it is just the best! You can listen online for free, 24 hours a day and it’s full of all your favourite festive hits. Old, new, crooners, pop classics, you are in for a fab time. It’s all I listen to every day!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Christmas shopping, food prep and more festive movies! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, off to see The Man Who Invented Christmas and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

Do you think the holidays are a silly time?

What is your tipple of choice?

Is your tree up yet?

Friday Favourites + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

So it’s the 1st of December aka the first day of summer and I am feeling all the feels.

Longing for Christmas at home, yes (and I think it will always be this way) but mostly just a change of perspective. It’s Christmas time, and I can be happy and celebrate or be sad and suffer… I choose happiness!

So David and I have a long list of things we have planned to do over the next few weeks, festivals, parties, carols (which are rare here), shopping trips, movies and of course, decorating our home. Christmas is an amazing time to feel the embrace from tradition, but it can also open your eyes to many other methods of happiness we have never even explored.

So what if it’s summer here? So what if that is different? If Santa can adapt and bring out his festive Hawaiian shirt and board shorts when he arrives here then so can we. And I think I will leave out some cold brew for him this year… think he would appreciate it!Friday - chase the red grape

Let’s begin December with some good old Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Black and white pictureschase the red grape

My Auntie challenged me on Facebook to do one of the 7 day black and white picture projects. Photos to be taken on the day, with no people (or no one you know), simplicity at its finest. I didn’t think I would get so much pleasure from it. It has been wonderful to see certain things in another perspective.

Favourite… Feeling – The glow

Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s recent Christmas special, I have been feeling all the festive glowy feels. Christmas specials on the TV are really big back home in the UK and they feel like such a part of the season. Aussie TV couldn’t be more different, but they love Jamie here so they broadcast it… and I am so thankful. Oh and hungry… those recipes looked amazing!

Favourite… Purchase – Advent Calendarschase the red grape

Advent Calendars are so hard to find here but I was so happy to find these in one of our local shops (shipped in from Europe!). They are simple but they are perfect. And the chocolate inside transported me back to the chocolate of my childhood… it was such a dejavu moment!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Turkey. Get your Christmas turkey…

Name that movie!

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Our turkey haul from last year… enough for 2 right?

Yes we ordered our free range raw Christmas turkey this week from a local butcher and it makes me so happy. I adore turkey and all the trimmings and yes David and I still cook a whole bird for just the two of us, we have leftovers for days and it’s the best! The past 2 years we have ordered locally (Mondos) and it’s perfect. Pick up on the 22nd!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was a post for you guys to get to know a little bit more about me and my why when it comes to 5 top tips. I want you to help yourselves, after all the only person who knows what’s best for you is you! But if I can help by asking the right questions then I’m where I need to be.chase the red grape

Episode 51 was the first part of our series on travel and how exploring has shaped David and I into who we are today, making the choices we make. A reflective episode but also one filled with great stories! Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Weekend Plans – Saturday– Putting up the Christmas tree, food prep and then off to Crown Resort for an evening of fine dining and cocktails! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, coffee and a local Christmas street festival.

Have a fab weekend folks!

What snack do you think Santa would appreciate?

Do you put in a food order before Christmas?

What do you watch that gives you the Christmas glow?

Friday Favourites!

Hi all,

Are you feeling Christmassy yet?

I am trying. But somehow Christmas excitement doesn’t feel right in November. I can plan and prep but those butterflies in my tummy seem to just be designated for December.

This time next week we will have begun opening our advent calendars and will start to be thinking about the tree and decorations… gosh even writing that makes me feel a little unsure…. are you really sure December is coming?

As I say every year since we arrived here, Christmas, heck December as a whole, is odd in Australia. Hot hot heat, sun cream and salads for dinner but still seeing Christmas trees, Santa and snowmen everywhere… it really blows your mind.

But I will try. We are heading to our local Christmas festival tonight and you never know, maybe the December bug will strike and once I start listening to Christmas FM again I will be all in. I sure hope so!Friday - chase the red grape

But enough Christmas chat, let’s get to Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Saturday coffee datechase the red grape

We had a chilled out Saturday morning planned with only the food shop to do so we decided to sit down and have a coffee. We sat outside, watching the world go by, chatting away until every last drop of this perfect flat white was drunk. It’s nice sometimes not to be so ‘go go go’ with a coffee.

Favourite… Feeling – Doing my own hairchase the red grape

My mum does the best braids ever. When I was home in June I got her to do my hair all the time. But can I braid my own hair? Heck no. David is learning but we aren’t quite there yet. So my mum sent over a tutorial for this hair style and I thought I would give it a go. Twisting rather than braiding. I felt so proud and so pleased with how it turned out.

Favourite… Purchase – Pupusas

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Not the best pic but it was dark!

We headed to the twilight hawkers market in the city last Friday night for dinner and I am so happy that my favourite food stand is back! Made with cornmeal and stuffed to the brim, one with cheese and spinach, the other cheese, pork and beans, they are so amazing. If you find them. Try them!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Mango salsachase the red grape

This salsa recipe from Nom Nom Paleo is easy, quick and so delicious. The recipe calls for pineapple but seen as mangoes are local and in the height of their season right now the fruit of choice was a given. In salads, over burgers, chicken, salmon, basically anything can be made incredible with this salsa.

Updates – 5TTT and Podcast updateschase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at why taking a time out right now might just be exactly what you need. It can be in one or many areas of your life but rest assured that it will result in gaining that much needed energy boost back!chase the red grape

There was no podcast this week but have you listened to our special 50th episode yet? We did a random Q&A where neither of us knew the questions beforehand – it was a hoot! ITunes, Stitcher or here on the website if you want to listen. 

Instagram love – Diane Sanfilippo

I have mentioned Diane and the Balanced Bites podcast many times on this site but when she asked for folks to spread the love on Instagram this week I thought I would go one step further. Diane gives so much inspiration that goes way beyond food, a successful business women, she gives many the guidance and kick up the butt they need to succeed themselves. Go give her a follow on Instagram and see what I mean. (Ps always watch her insta stories, this is where the magic happens)

Weekend Plans – Tonight – Our neighbourhood Christmas street party complete with switching on of the lights. Saturday – Watching a strongman competition then meeting friends for drinks. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, food prep and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

Are you feeling Christmassy?

When was the last time you stopped to savour a coffee?

Can you do your own hair?

Friday Favourites + Episode 49 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Well it’s here. As much as I really don’t want to be a broken record with the weather it’s the only thing anyone is talking about. The heat.

I expect this in late December/ January, but we are supposed to have 2 months of sunny, nice temps before we go into the pit of hell that is summer over here (just for reference as to how hot it is…). Gently being warmer and warmer so we can acclimatise. But no.

I feel like my body has been thrown into the jungle and has to be ready to fight aka cool down. Poor wee thing, it’s struggling. The realities of being an expat! Except even the born and bred locals are finding it tough… no hope for me! Ha!

But enough of my moans and groans, you all came here for some joy and I aint gonna let you down. Time for some Friday Favourites!Friday - chase the red grape

Favourite… Moment – Paint Subi

The area where we live are having a week where 4 street artists come and paint 4 murals around our neighbourhood. Seeing the work in progress is amazing, every day they come on so much and look fantastic! Can’t wait to show you some pictures when they are done!

Favourite… Feeling – Iced coffee timechase the red grape

My old friend is back in the game. French press coffee, chilled, then served over ice with milk… or chocolate almond milk if I am feeling flush. Sooths the soul!

Favourite… Purchase – Broccoli Chipschase the red grape

These broccoli chips are so tasty and although you don’t get many of them in the bag, are worth the splurge now and again!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Acai bowls from Acai Brothers in Fremantlechase the red grape

I have no words. But I think this picture says it all. Topped with coconut yoghurt, raw treats and my fruit of choice – yes please!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 49 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips focused on the idea of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’… and how it’s all a heap of nonsense. Rethink the way you feel about this term… compare and wish all you want… just realise that others are doing that to you too.chase the red grape

Episode 49 of the podcast took at look at our daily non negotiables – those things we do in every day life because they make us happy and therefore are simply a must! I love looking at all the little quirks we have and embracing them because that’s what makes us all so awesome! Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s David’s birthday! Happy birthday my love! So we are heading out for breakfast then off to Fremantle for a stroll, lunch and maybe an Aperol spritz! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, food prep, podcasting and a tour with a local street art group!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

What’s your heat limit?

Do you like veggie chips?

What’s your summer cocktail?

Friday Favourites + Episode 48 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

 Hi all,

I love the beach. The smells, the sounds, the general atmosphere…

I am super excited that we are heading there tomorrow for a nice long beach walk in the sun… heaven!

As much as I love the beach (or seaside as we call it back in the UK), is it odd that I am not actually that fussed with going in the water? I love to walk along the sand with my feet in the water, feeling the splash as each wave comes across my ankles. And it’s not that I can’t swim….

Maybe it’s the unknown for me that I don’t like. Sometimes you can’t see your feet, you don’t know what the next wave will be like… and don’t even get me started on sharks.Friday - chase the red grape

Actually come to think of it, my dislike of being in the actual water seems to make a lot of sense! Just being smart! 😉

But for today, let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Feeling the heat from the sunchase the red grape

Well folks this week really has been the start of the sunshine here. The sweatshirts are being left at home, the shorts are coming out of the wardrobe pair by pair and slowly the duvet is being pushed off the bed every night. This weekend the temps are going to be in the 30’s (Celsius) and it looks like winter is finally behind us!

Favourite… Feeling – Nourishedchase the red grape

On Saturday David and I headed over to Victoria Park in the hunt for some street art. We found a few really cool pieces but the best score of the day was finding the most amazing Vegan café, The Loving Hut. We ate lunch there and it was just the epitome of good food. I love eating tofu on occasion and this combo of GF tofu spring rolls and turmeric veggies just made my tummy smile!

Favourite… Purchase – Wool dusterchase the red grape

Some of you may have seen me document my venture to Bunnings (the DIY store) on Instagram stories. For those who missed it, I was in the hunt for a good duster! I was tempted by the ostrich feather one but instead went for the lambs wool one and it works a treat. Honestly it makes dusting the house easy peasy. Why did it take me so long to get one!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Chocolate soft servechase the red grape

So after that delicious lunch, we saw that the café did Vegan soft serve (made with almond and coconut milk). I adore soft serve and knew we had to try it. Oh. My. Goodness. There are no words to describe how good this was!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 48 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast5 words that guide your life - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 words that guide your life. 5 words that you feel deep down in your core describe the way you live your life. I share mine and encourage you to start thinking about yours.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 48 of the podcast got us thinking about our ideal dinner party. Who would we invite and why? And most interestingly, what do we think this dinner party says about us? Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Weekend Plans – Beach walk tomorrow with coffee and lunch out! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk to a local festival, podcasting and chilling out whilst watching the CrossFit Invitational!

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you like going in the water at the beach?

Have you ever been to a Vegan café?

Who would you invite to your dinner party?

Friday Favourites + Episode 47 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Isn’t it sometimes just the little things in life?

I swear the older I get the more I believe this to be true. Take for example the area that we have moved to. We get two local newspapers delivered for free each week to our door. I’m sure most of it could be local gossip but I love it. It makes me feel like part of a community. I also love that we have roses growing outside right now and a resident wood pigeon who always looks rather elegant.

I love when I can put the washing outside to dry. I love it when we get a really early night. I love it when a film is on the TV (with ad breaks for getting snacks and the like) rather than watching on Netflix. I love it when the chicken we buy each week goes on sale.

Sometimes I just love that I can get so much joy from the little things in life.Friday - chase the red grape

And on that note, lets check out my Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Beauvine Food and Drink Festivalchase the red grape

We had a blast last Saturday at the festival and met many local distillers, wineries and breweries that we didn’t even know existed.

Favourite… Feeling – Streets of Perth Urban Art Talk

As many of you may know, David is a keen street art photographer and when we saw there was going to be a talk at our local library on urban art we grabbed (free) tickets straight away! Not only that, it was going to be presented by ‘Streets of Perth’ an Instagram couple whose passion project has them documenting street art all over Perth. It was fab to finally meet the guys behind it plus learn a little more about the art in Perth.

Favourite… Purchase – Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Maskchase the red grape

Ok so not technically a purchase because I got this as a free sample but it was pretty awesome. My skin was in need of some TLC and this really did the trick. Lovely smell, easy to put on and left my face soft and smooth!

Favourite… Food/Drink – English Tea Shop Christmas Teaschase the red grape

I spotted these in the store last week and had to pick them up for Christmas. All organic and naturally flavoured they will be really yummy for Christmas… maybe made into iced tea though… December is usually HOT!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 47 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

5 top tips this week was a bit of a blunt subject – Jen, you’re a loser. How an ultimatum I placed on myself came to turn around my view on me and my competitive streak.Chase the Red Grape

This weeks episode of the podcast looked at what is in our self care kit. David and I listed our go to’s for when we have a bad day, week or month and encourage you to do the same! Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Book – The Four Tendencies – Gretchen RubinChase the Red Grape

I finally got a copy of The Four Tendencies from the library and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be. In fact I finished it in 2 days! Want to know you and the people around you better? Read this book. Honestly it has changed how I view myself and others so very much.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – We are going to take a walk around an area of town we have never really explored before and hunt out some street art. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

What are some of the little things you enjoy in life?

Have you bought anything for Christmas so far?

Is there a lot of street art where you live?

Friday Favourites + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast!

Hi all,

Today is a good day. The sun is shining, I’m sitting on my balcony while I write this and I can feel the warmth in the air.

As much as it always sucks coming back from holiday, it is always made infinitely better when a) the place you actually live is pretty awesome and b) summer is coming in!

Right now is the sweet spot, not too hot, not too cold and I know it will flip a switch at any time to ‘Oh my god this is so hot I never want to leave my air con’. So I intend to make the most of it!

As if I didn’t drink enough wine on my holiday, tomorrow we are off to the Beauvine Food and Drink Festival. We went last year and it was awesome. Collect your glass at the entrance and sample over 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries – all local business. Partner that with some entertainment, local food suppliers and stalls and you have a winning afternoon my friend.Friday - chase the red grape

So if you don’t already hate me enough right now, here are my Friday Favourites! And the past week has rocked!

Favourite… Moment – Sugarloaf Rockchase the red grape

I call our place we visit down south ‘Paradise’, because it truly is. David and I walked to Sugarloaf Rock and it was so beautiful. I know it’s going to sound kooky/corny/cheesy but I just felt so at ease and calm, like something had just waved over me. Kind of like a spiritual connection to myself, the nature around me and the view. It was breath-taking.

Favourite… Feeling – Holiday in Paradisechase the red grape

This really is an easy one. The entire time we were away we felt relaxed and calm. We got to know new people on a wine tour and visit new to us wineries. We explored new local producers and saw new sights along the Indian Ocean. I saw a snake, whales, dolphins, a blue wren and dozens of kookaburras and kangaroos (could do without the snake again though…). I spent time with David relaxing, talking, walking and collecting special moments.

Favourite… Purchase – Summer winechase the red grape

I only buy something if I really like it. Honestly, me parting with money is a mean feat. I knew we were going to get a few bottles of the above because it is the most amazing, small batch, cellar door only, summer wine. But what I didn’t expect was to pick up a few other bottles along the way. But I’m pretty happy to be stocked up, including picking up a special bottle to have on Christmas Day.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Rosemary infused G&Tchase the red grape

Ok yes more booze but this was really good. I don’t know if it was the company, atmosphere (the sun was setting) or this combo but this drink was amazing. I would never have thought to infuse my gin with rosemary but it worked so well and I actually loved the savoury nature about it. Obviously you have to be a big rosemary lover though!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

This weeks 5 top tips focused on why you should start thinking about the holiday season NOW. I guarantee even those who have their blinkers on about Christmas etc right now will agree with my points!chase the red grape podcast

There was no podcast this week due to our holiday but the one last week focussed on coming together. We got political and talked openly about how we feel right now, and how we can all make a difference if there are things we want to change. Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or listen here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – I’m going to switch this up…

Yes I train 4 times per week but this question always has me thinking too hard. Right now I think I have too many thoughts about different aspects of my training, so from next week onwards I will change this to an alternating favourite. It could be a podcast, recipe, piece of street art… just see what takes my fancy!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Beauvine! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and food prep!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Have you been to a food/ drink festival?

Have you been anywhere where you felt that spiritual connection?

Rosemary – are you a lover?

Friday Favourites + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?

If I had to use 3 words to describe this week it would be cold, damp and dark. Yup Perth is definitely making the most out of those ‘Spring showers’!

Yesterday was crazy though. I did a little Instagram story rant about how dark and cold it was at 11am… honestly you would have thought it was bedtime. Thunder rolling outside and I was snuggled up with a blanket permanently attached to me all day. It’s hard to be your cheery self when you are dealing with this kind of atmosphere.

Isn’t it amazing how the weather and the change of season can affect us on such a personal level? It really intrigues me and I’m fascinated on how my whole personality can change based on this one output. Going to chat about it on the podcast next week… should be a good topic to delve into!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Public holidaychase the red grape

Monday was a public holiday here in Perth and it was great to spend an extra day with David chilling out. We went for a short stroll to one of our local coffee shops, sat, chatted, read the papers and came home to an afternoon of napping and puzzles. It was super relaxing and just what we needed!

Favourite… Feeling – Puzzle timechase the red grape

So we started this 1000 piece puzzle on Sunday and finished it yesterday! We were totally into it and this whole week when David came home from work we cracked back into it. There was lots going on which made it a really do-able puzzle and I learnt all about The Wild West along the way 😉

Favourite… Purchase – Alter Eco Salted Almond Dark Chocolatechase the red grape

I don’t usually tend to go for almonds in chocolate. 1 – because hazelnuts and chocolate will always be my true love and 2 – because you never seem to taste the nut. But in this bar the almond shines, I think because of the ‘salted’ aspect. It’s a very welcomed punch of salt which makes the bar shine. Would definitely recommend.

Favourite… Food/ Drink – Greek food at Zeus!chase the red grape

I have wanted to try Zeus Street Greek ever since I found out they did GF pita… and oh boy was it incredible. This pita had lamb souvla, baba ghanoush, caramelised onions and crunchy red cabbage and my taste buds were alive. We also split some halloumi too which they cooked very well. (I am a bit of a halloumi snob… I have been eating it since I was a toddler as my parents lived in Cyprus years ago and I know how it is meant to be cooked and taste!)chase the red grape

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastless best - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 areas of your life where less often best. Stop the more more more, go go go mentality see how less in life can be so much more rewarding.chase the red grape

Episode 44 of the podcast was a mixed bag, catching you all up with the details of our move, how we feel in our new apartment and community, the bloody long walk and taking responsibility for ourselves during training. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen right here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – Doing something different.

Can I tell you what it wasn’t? Doing Karen (150 wall balls). I have never enjoyed it but then again I don’t know who would. But today we did a lot of overhead work which was great because my legs hurt from Karen and we haven’t done a lot of overhead work recently so it was good to awaken my shoulders a bit!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s that time of year again, off strawberry picking! Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Are you affected dramatically by the weather outside?

What do you like to do on a public holiday?

Do you go fruit/ berry picking during the season?

Friday Favourites!

Hi all,

How has your week been?

We are slowly starting to get into the swing of things at the new apartment. Slightly new routines but in the best possible way.

I think the area of Perth we have moved to is perfect for us. A small community, lots going on, has it’s own personality, a mix of ages, oh and a vast array of wonderful coffee shops!

Have you ever had the experience where you only realised you were missing something in your life when you actually gained it? This definitely happened to us. We never realised how much we needed a local ‘buzz’ and to feel a part of a community where we live. I can honestly say this is the first time, since my hometown, where I have felt this… and it feels good.Friday - chase the red grape

So let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Finishing The Bloody Long WalkThe bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Everything hurt. I was so tired… but I was still smiling! We had done it! 37.5km in the bag!

Favourite… Feeling – Cider, burger and sweet potato fry time!chase the red grape

After our walk (and gelato, see below) we headed to our favourite burger restaurant (now conveniently located around the corner from our house) to refuel and recover. This cool, crisp cider was music to my lips and made all those aches disappear.

Favourite… Purchase – New Bodum Cafetierechase the red grape

Bodum make the best French presses and they are the only ones I will buy – always worth the investment. So we got a new steel and racing car green one this week and I am in love. Note our wonderful fridge in the background – we buy a magnet from everywhere we visit!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Gelatochase the red grape

Finish line. Cross the road. Gelato. My only regret? Not getting a 3rd scoop!

Updates – 5TTT

This weeks 5 top tips was how to survive a bloody long walk! Whether that be a 37km walk, a hike, beach stroll or country ramble, be prepared!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

No new podcast this week but remember we have 43 episodes ready and waiting for you on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website.

Favourite… Moment of training – Partner WOD!

Love a good partner WOD! David and I teamed up for a killer on Thursday but that’s the great thing about teaming up with your husband for a WOD – you can tell them to move their butt (to put it nicely) throughout without having to be polite.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – little bit of shopping, little bit of lunch, lots of Saturday chill. Sunday – pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill. Monday – public holiday! Wahoo!

How do you make your coffee?

Last time you got ice cream – what did you get?

Do you like training/ working out with your partner?

How to survive a bloody long walk! #5TTT

Hi all,

On Sunday David and I participated in The Bloody Long Walk – Perth. Oh boy was it something!

Our 35km challenge (which in reality was 37.5km (23 miles) due to the nature of the course) took us a little over 8 hours to complete. Starting with a loop around the city and following the river through to the ocean, we saw so many sights Perth had to offer. It was a glorious day!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

But what a challenge it was! By the end our legs were toast, our feet throbbed, our minds were fried and we just wanted to sleep! But I feel so proud for achieving what we did.

For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I want to bring you 5 tips on how to survive a bloody long walk. Whether this be the 37km walk I did, trekking, hiking or just a days ramble in the countryside, be prepared for your walk!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Don’t underestimate the challenge of a walk

I knew it was going to be a long walk. But I don’t think I fully understood just how long and how it would impact me. I walk all the time, everywhere, everyday and I have done lots of hikes in my time. But 8 hours straight walking? Up and down hills. From pavements to grass to roads to sand. This challenge takes it’s toll physically but also mentally. You have to want to go on. You have to want to finish. But this is what makes this challenge all the more rewarding at the end.

Do it with someone you actually like

A physical and mental challenge. Folks you are going to go through all the emotions and strains. Because of this you must do the challenge with folk you like and can be honest with. You have to be on the same page pacing wise and when you want to take breaks. You need to talk about how you feel throughout – both the highs and the lows. 8 hours is a long time.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Be prepared for the elements

37km is a long distance and you are going to hit various types of weather. For us it stayed dry the whole time (but I still brought my waterproof just in case). The menace for us was the sun. The temperature said one thing but having the sun beating down on you directly for 8 hours kept us very hot. We drank water during and at every checkpoint we met. We reapplied sun cream and wore the very stylish hats they provided us with. Actually I think my hat was my saviour of the day – a wide brim protects your face and eyes from direct and harsh sunlight.

Know your shoes – can you trust them?

You may think you have the comfiest pair of trainers, but are they 37km comfortable? I’m not suggesting you do a test run to find out! No, simply be prepared for the worst. Plasters, thicker socks, padding, even a spare pair of shoes might be handy. I took my Birkenstocks with me to change into at the finish line – best decision ever.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Hand sanitizer

One I had to end on! This was the one thing I wish I had with me on the day. Port-a-loos, public toilets, lots of drinking water… yup you get the idea. Hand sanitizer will be your best friend, trust me.

And on that bum note (ha!) I will end by saying a massive well done to everyone who has completed the walk and a big good luck to those in the other Australian cites who are yet to walk!

What was the longest walk you have ever done?

Do you like to walk or do you prefer a run or cycle?

Have you ever underestimated a challenge before?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape