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Whole Roasted Pumpkin stuffed with Cous-cous yumminess.

So I woke up yesterday and saw that we had a pumpkin in our kitchen that my mum had mentioned to me needed to be used. Oh yeah I’m back from my travels now and I have a real life oven. It’s amazing to be home and be able to eat whatever haha! I googled a recipe and adapted the ingredients I had lying about. Instead of breadcrumbs I used Cous Cous and I also added sultanas,mushrooms and cashew nuts and substituted Swiss cheese for red Lester. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it was so so yummy. My friend Georgie came over and we had it for lunch! There was enough left over that my parents had it for dinner too. Smiles all round. So simple to do as well! I have attached the method I followed :):)

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Happy cooking

here’s a link to the recipe I used from online >Β http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/3427/whole+baked+pumpkin

C

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The Great Barrier Reef Review and Introductory Dive!

This post is probably surprisingly coming from someone who actually has a fear of swimming in the ocean. I absolutely love being at the beach but i usually panic when anything touches my foot and come straight back out again. As you will know, Australia is home to some of the most deadly sea creatures that do actually make an appearance from time to time where people swim. A week after I was paddling on a beach in Byron bay a man was killed by a shark . Not exactly the most comforting of news! Before I set off for Oz The Reef was something at the top of my list of things I wanted to do, yet once we had booked it I couldn’t stop having nightmares about it! No jokes, I kept dreaming that Luke lost the camera under water and dived right down to get it and gets taken by a shark, it was really stressing me out lol !

It takes about an hour and a half to get to the outer reef from Cairns on the boat. The day was started by being given tea and bacon sandwiches on board and then followed by me sitting there quietly with Luke asking me if I was ok every five minuets. I wasn’t sure haha!
It was nice to see that Our boat wasn’t packed full, everyone had a seat and enough room to move about. Luke and I sat opposite a lovely German couple who looked so young for their age. Apparently being a gymnast can stop you ageing by about ten years! ha !

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So let’s get down to the bit you want to really hear about- I was in group 1 for the scuba dive. I got dressed into my wet suit, put my googles on and was told to sit down at the edge of the platform at the back of the boat. One of the crew put a belted weight around my waist and placed the oxygen tank etc on my back. It was so heavy!! I placed the regulator in my mouth and plonked myself in the water. Dylan the instructor took my hand and led me down to a bar to hold onto under the boat.reef bar

I could hear myself breathing , extremely quickly. I looked out in front of me and just saw a vast expanse of blue. My heart was pounding. Dylan looked at me and did the ‘ok’ hand signal, I did it back. You can tell from my eyes I was trying my best to remain calm haha.

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In front of me was a rather large fish with small teeth, it was getting nearer and nearer and I started to panic. I pushed myself up to the surface and managed to calm myself down. Once I was ready I made my way back down to the bar. After a few minuets of getting used to not breathing through your nose and relaxing into it all, Dylan then led me further down. I could see all the coral infront of me, it was a lightish brown colour with some patches of light pink and a brighter blue. Not like the illumines pictures you see on the internet but still beautiful all the same. The water was such a Lovely clear blue colour. If it had been cloudy I don’t think I could have done it. Being able to see so clearly made me feel safer.

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As we got deeper more and more fish began to swim past us. Up close Parrot fish look so big. They have incredible colours! It’s easy to see how they got their name, they move their fins in a way like a bird up and down and their faces really do resemble beaks.parott fish

Shawls of tiny blue fish whirled past us and I held on to Dylan’s arm for dear life. He signalled to me that I could go off on my own but I wasn’t ready for that! I felt safe knowing he knew what he was doing, concentrating on breathing and looking at the fish was enough multitasking for me right now. We ventured lower together and he pointed to a clown fish doing little circles of his house. It was so amazing. For any first time diver we all want to say ‘I found Nemo’ Β Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture. Big shout out to Luke for taking all of these lovely photos by the way! I was too busy concentrating on breathing and looking at things in-front of me i couldn’t Β multitask taking photos of it too!

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It was a great way to practice keeping calm in life actually! It sounds so silly but you don’t really have a choice to allow yourself to be overwhelmed down there, otherwise you might swallow water and start to drown! I think so much of the time in life we think we have the option to start ‘swallowing’ water and allow ourselves to ‘drown’ if you will… I think most of us our stronger than we realize. Everyone should go diving to realize that haha!!

For anyone who is considering going I really would recommend the company we went with ( obviously not being paid to say that and don’t have any mates that work there lol !)

REEF EXPERIENCE COMPANY
http://reefexperience.com.au

C

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Airlie Beach pit stop

Visiting Airlie Beach has been really lovely today. It’s a small beach town full of backpackers and touristy things to do. We cheekily rang one of the hostels when we got there and asked them to pick us up, they didn’t ask our names or anything, so we got a lift and stored our luggage all day for free. When in need n’that πŸ™‚ ha! We spent most of the day sunbathing and swimming at the lagoon. I was happy that I had made my ‘Airlie Beach stuff’ easy to access at the top of my bag. We placed our towels down and l lay there like a non moving seal for about 4 hours haha. We also used this opportunity to shower πŸ™‚ 18 hours on a coach up here did no wonders for us both. The beach here is really nice. We sat on a nice bench on looking the marina. I couldn’t believe how blue the water was! The sand wasn’t that great, It looked like it had been imported there or something, as it was really corse. But that’s me being really picky πŸ˜‰ oh a little fun fact for you, apparently there had been a recent crocodile sighting there. I spotted a little sign advising us not to go in the water or too near the edge! I know that there was another Beach we didn’t get a chance to go to that was a bit further out. I was told that was nicer. We were so tired and sunburnt by the end of the day and we needed to shower again and have dinner before our coach.
Throughout the day there were numerous singers and bands performing in the local shops and bars. I was told this was a normal sight. So lovely to just drift from one tune to another, there should be more of this in the world!
We grabbed dinner at the bar next to ‘our’ hostel.Steak, medium Rare with chips and mushroom sauce for me:) it was cheap and cheerful. When ordering we bumped into someone Luke used to work with in Sydney at the hostel. I reminisced with him about my funniest memory in Sydney when me and my room mates ( the ones that I laughed with hysterically until 4am with in Sydney) hid a plastic spider in Luke’s bed and convinced him it was real, so much so that he went down to reception to get this guy to kill it. He came up with hair pray and a lighter and was psyching himself to go near it for about, I kid you not, an hour. Their faces when they realised it was fake.Too funny.
We then dragged all our stuff back to the coach terminal. Just as Luke and me were starting to argue with each other about not knowing the way there and not having much time to spare, we luckily bumped into a couple who did ! Another 12 hours or so on the coach and we would be in Cairns. Again the Coach was packed but atleast we got seats next to each other πŸ™‚ I will admit, every journey I buy a pack of biscuits for a snack. It makes
Me feel sad when I know food isn’t available. Haha !! Come on I can’t be the only one πŸ˜‰
The day we spent in Airlie was also the day my older sister got married, Why an earth weren’t you at the wedding I hear you cry… Well infact non of my family were! She got married in America after quiet a quick engagement and no one could afford to go. She set the date knowing this would be the case but I completely understand why as her now husband still has visa issues getting to the UK permanatly! I know they are just desperate to be with each other all the time and I am so happy for them. Best couple ever. I spent most of the journey messaging her and my mum and being excited for her. Such a Surreal feeling not being there, I know my mum especially was feeling it. It was lovely speaking to Cariad ( that’s my sister) and seeing how happy she was. That’s what’s important πŸ™‚ Also I’m hoping this now means a trip to America for me quiet soon… Hehe.

Speak soon you Sassy bunch

C

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