Beach Cottage Switch Off
Mon 7th, May, 2012
So hello Beach Cottage ladies! Now you will know by my lack of presence here on Saturday before last, and by my lack of hanging out in social media, that I went unplugged recently courtesy of Nuffnang & Kangaroo Island.
I must say I was wondering what would happen when I switched everything off for a day…would I survive or would I go through some hideous withdrawal symptoms from the medium that I love?
Indeed the switching off thing got me thinking – what would I like to do for a whole 24 hours of not being wired for sound, a day of being free? I decided that it would be very nice to do something that I have been meaning to do for a very long time, I would take that day by the scruff of its neck and hang out, not with Twitter or Facebook or this blog, but just diggin’ it with the best girl in the world, the lovely Miss Beach Cottage.
And so we started scheming and came up with a plan… .ferry to the city, check
nice hotel, check, shopping, check, mani & pedi, check, massage, check, dinner, check, drinks & movie check.
(all pics courtesy Miss Beach Cottage)
So that’s what we planned and as the end of the week rolled around we started getting excited…I’ve said before on here one of the reasons I love the beaches is because there’s the beach, but a half an hour ferry ride away there is a beautiful city with some pretty special views – and we took full advantage of that.
Saturday morning we headed off to the city, rode the ferry, sighed at the Harbour Bridge when we turned the corner, gawped at the opera house…checked into our hotel, quite nice, bathroom was a bit art-deco, right up my alley
and then hit the shops…
…whereupon suddenly I was missing social media, you see I was having such a lovely time that I wanted to document it all, for me that’s what it’s all about…I am no literary master, I am not blogging about world peace, for me it’s just about my new little corner of this place they call Australia and my new life by the sea…and in a split second when Miss Beach Cottage and I bought ludicrously expensive fancy schmancy cupcakes
I wanted to snap away and Instagram the heck out of it. (btw we went for Raspberry & white chocolate)
And I couldn’t.
I felt like a part of me was missing…the snapping and sharing of little moments that make life special to me…little things through my eyes that I like to kinda keep.
Know what I mean?
got a mani & pedi
and I wanted to get that out there in cyberspace…for who? Who knows, but I missed it…
And that is why it was interesting for me this whole unplugged thing, because what actually happened is that it gave me a clear view of what is going on with me and this whole plugged-in business…did I miss seeing yet another email about someone wanting a text link or to advertise on my blog, no sirree, did I miss checking into Facebook, errm for 1 day, that would be a no, and even blogging, did I miss my baby for the day…not really no, indeed it was a breath of fresh air!
But what I did miss was Instagram…I don’t know why ladies but that little app in the corner of my phone in the corner of my pocket, in this lovely little corner of the world, well, somehow, it just does it for me…documenting things like a little trip to this bakery in the evening and spending up on sweet stuff… yeah I like that
I would have liked to have instagrammed it to the stars and back
I love love loved the vintage cabinets full of cute Chinese treats
and I think this whole exercise has shown me that’s a very good thing…going unplugged has made me see what I love and what I don’t and from now on weekends will only be about those
I love how our new life means thongs / flip flops for my kiddos in Autumn and I love sticking that on my instagram page
– so expect a million and one Instagrams from the vintage loving, getting a bit vintage herself girl on the beaches come this Saturday…(you can find me as ‘abeachcottage’ on Instagram, if you aren’t at the party yet, but you want to have a look at what I am up to you can follow me here)
you can see more of our pics here
I have received a few emails from you girls letting me know how it went…I’d love to know more if you went unplugged with me, let me know in the comments…and from now on I won’t be answering emails at the weekend
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See you tomorrow, are you ready for that little Nordic Boutique of mine? Oh my IKEA I heart you
How about you? Did you go un-plugged, could you do it, and did you make it?
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(all travel, hotel, Chinese cake, soaks in bath, pedicures, shopping, massages & Peroni courtesy abeachcottage.com)