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Life’s a beach

North Avoca beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales

North Avoca beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales

Summer wouldn’t be summer in Australia without a visit to the beach. North Avoca is 1.5 hours drive north of Sydney, and is a glorious, yellow sandy beach. I walked on the beach today, sinking my bare feet into the wet sand at the water’s edge, and then on to the rock pools to see sea anemones and crabs. There is really nothing better, and the best thing? Going to the beach is free! Absolutely. Positively. Free.

And by walking along the beach I put into practice my New Year’s resolution. I’m going to exercise more and lose weight. I’m going to walk home more often from work, and I might start going to a gym again. If I can find a cheap one!

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Front row seats for the fireworks

Happy New Year’s! How did you spend yours?

I could have gone to a party with some friends, but decided to see the fireworks from my parents’ new place instead.

So rather than trekking across town, dressing up in clothes I would have bought, and taking a plate, I settled in with some Boysenberry cider (I bought two large bottles for $18)  and I think I might have had one of the best seats in the house…you decide.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight

Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight

Big red lips graced the Sydney Harbour Bridge this New Year's Eve

Big red lips graced the Sydney Harbour Bridge this New Year’s Eve

So close, I almost felt I could touch the fireworks!

So close, I almost felt I could touch the fireworks!

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What would you change

I’ve been talking to my Mum on Skype. She lives in Sydney. Skype is the most wondrous thing. Instead of paying for a long distance call, we can chat for hours and all it does is use up some of my band width, so basically it’s free.

Today she told me about Gretel Packer, who is Kerry Packer’s daughter. According to someone working on her house in Bellevue Hill in Sydney, Gretel has a trust fund of $1 billion. Imagine that. You could live off the interest alone.

The next obvious question is – what would you do differently if you had $1 billion?

Would you quit your job? Would you live somewhere different? Would you buy some new things? Would you give some money to charity? Would you get a cleaner?

I would probably work part-time in the job I’m already in. I might move back to Sydney though, which would make that a bit tricky! Maybe I’d just travel back home more often to see family and friends. I might buy a new car, one that has airbags. I’d definitely give more money to charity. And yes, I’d get a cleaner!

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