This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Carerfest 2010...Narooma

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Carerfest at Narooma...
Carerfest is an annual event organized by the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre to give Carers an opportunity to access, for example...education, information, networking...workshops etc

Part of morning tea organized...

and mine...a gluten free biscuit...these had to be put aside for the people who had to have gluten free as most people wanted these chocolate biscuits LOL!!!

This Carerfest was organized with different alternate therapy workshops in mind...
and giving Carers a break from the day to day job of caring...with respite organized as well...
One of the workshops I attended was Belly Dancing...
here is Melanie doing her stuff!!!
This was great fun...and not as easy as it looks!!!

Other therapies organized were Bowen Therapy...Crystal Healing...Massage (giving and receiving)...
all so very relaxing and certainly took our minds off the day to day routine...

During breaks I was able to slip away to a little patchwork shop just doors up from the Carerfest...


And made a few purchases (of course)...
some Beatrix Potter fabric...

a pattern...

some threads and some Christmas ribbon for JoJo!!!

And of course something for the kitchen...some potholders!!!

Also I was able to grab a coffee...

and sat in this little corner...

and tried some Wagonga Coffee from Montague Coffee Roasters...and this Honey and Coconut Gluten Free loaf...delicious!!!

We were all supplied with a pedometer to see who recorded the most steps...and also the least steps taken...
Narooma has a couple of steep hills and I walked up and down them and of course my pedometer kept falling off and resetting itself...
And my total pedometer steps taken...34!!!
And I scored this prize...a gorgeous mug and Toblerone chocolate...
who says you have to do a lot of steps LOL!!!

The Government recently introduced the Carer Recognition Bill 2010. This marks a significant milestone for Carers across Australia. The Bill is part of a broader Carer Recognition Framework, already committed to by the Federal Government. To read more on this Bill go over here
All in all a wonderful relaxing 2 days away...meeting other Carers...trying Therapies I haven't tried before...
Thank you so much to Ros and the team at the Respite Centre for organizing this...and hopefully I will be able to attend again next year...funding permitting...
And now...when's my next massage due, wouldn't mind some of that Crystal Therapy also (as if ha ha!!!)

17 comments:

Kath said...

Ooh fabulous! I spy my favourite choccie- the Toblerone!
I did smile about the belly dancing, my friend Bernice and I tried it once. We thought it's be a snip, having the big bellies an' all, but as you say, it is harden than you think. We were trying to move muscles we probably never had to begin with ha ha :)
Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.

Kiki said...

Beautiful post..full of adventure and so much to see ...how wonderful! thanks for taking us along! fun!
Kiki~

Notjustnat said...

That sounds like fun Dzintra. I like the few steps over to the patchwork shop and coffee on the way, how fantastic was that. I'm glad there are things to take care of the carers as well. You deserved it dear - Have a great weekend - hug Nat

Terry said...

A wonderful respite and lots of things to interest you as well.
A good coffee and patchwork. Just up your ally.
Thankyou for sharing.

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh Dzintra this looks wonderful! Can I go with next time? LOL How perfect is it that they provided GF biscuits! Wow! I wish we had more consideration of people with gluten issues here... its getting better, but not as good as it appears to be Down Under. Pepper Lane!... love that name! How perfect, and the Beatrix Potter fabric... I love Beatrix Potter anything! (: Belly dancing and Crystal Healing... sigh... sounds wonderful~ xxVicki

Fer said...

Looks like a lovely time away, and very fulfilling too!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ahh everything feels so familiar after I've been to Narooma! Looks like a great event :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dzintra
The Carefest looks wonderful and a great idea for giving you a well needed break,.. You know I always wanted to try belly dancing!! and can't remember if I've told you but I studied Remedial Massage many years ago.. and find all these therapies fascinating!!

Ok.. have a great weekend.. xxx Julie

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Dzintra,
Sounds like you had a wonderful time :)plus toblerone LOL
I think i may well have to check out a few of your links too :)
Hugs, Sharon

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra! You know, I missed this post this morning on my blog role....I double checked it, but this did not come up! SOmetimes overseas blogs don't come up right away....WOW! This celebration looked so fun! And all that luscious gluten-free food! I really, really want some of that BP fabric; Peter and his friends are always a favorite! Thank you dear queen, for your kind comments. Teaching has its rewards far and few between, but when they come, they come big and the payoff is for a lifetime, in the lives of these darling students.

Have a magnificent and peaceful day dearest, Anita

Micki said...

What a lovely time you had, and I love Toblerone too!
Micki

A Quilter Awakens said...

Great stuff! And the pictures made me hungry! Karmen

Bev C said...

Dzintra, sounds like a lot of fun especially with the belly dancing lesson!!! So glad to hear that you got to eat your foods have lovely coffee and find a patchwork shop on your carer's retreat. Happy Monday.
Bev.xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Dzintra!!!

Thank you for coming by again to tell me about the BP fabric! Would it be hard to get a yard? Let me know the price and the procedure! Oh yes, yes! Merci!!! Anita

Jeni said...

wow Toblerone! just yumo
and what a pretty patchwork shop
look like you had a wonderful time.......... well done

Pooch Morning Glory said...

sounds like you had a fun and relaxing time. i also belly dance. i love it, and true... its harder than it looks.
crystals etc...all my thing.
you deserve it
~laura x

a good yarn said...

THe CarerFest is such a good idea. Glas you had a chance to pop out to the quilt shop. I think gluten free stuff tastes terrific. I had a Caramel Cupcake the other that was amazing. Lots of wonderful goodies in your post. Enjoy! Ann :-)

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