Before I start, apologies for the hiatus in my blog. Life, especially over the school holiday and festive period, can be hectic but I am back! And to prove we were still exploring our new surroundings at Christmas time, enjoy these now unseasonal photos of the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular!

For those of you who live in Australia, you will know that the East Coast is experiencing quite the heatwave with multiple days in a row over 40 degrees, so as you can imagine getting out and exploring is fairly uncomfortable. I have found the solution to this is trying to spend most time outdoors around sunrise and sunset when the heat of the day is less intense. Going for a run or walk in the morning or evening is much more pleasant and you can easily fit in 10,000 steps in this time. This has the added bonus of allowing us to enjoy some spectacular shots of the sun on Lake Macquarie.

Summer in Australia also means cricket and we decided that it would be un-Austratralian if we didn’t experience the excitement of the KFC Big Bash League, a 20-20 match format where each side only has 120 balls to score as many runs as possible. This leads to big shots, lots of runs and plenty of wickets! We attended the last match of Sydney Thunder‘s season against the Adelaide Strikers. Unfortunately this ended in a defeat for the #ThunderNation but it was a great day out and allowed us to visit the Sydney Olympic Park for the first time. It is fantastic to see the venues from the 2000 Olympic Games being put to such good use. 

With meteorologists predicting that the heatwave is now over for this year, I hope to be able to bring you news of our summer fun in the coming weeks. My sister is visiting from Scotland and we have lots of exciting experiences planned for her to enjoy as much of the Aussie lifestyle as possible so please check back soon for more adventures around the world in 10,000 steps.