Rain, rain, go away!

So you’ve planned a holiday. You’re all psyched up to get away, relax and do some exciting new things …. only to finally be on your holiday and find that the weather is TOTALLY awful. The full shebang! It’s raining, it’s overcast, it’s windy, and just plain crappy. But you’ve waited for this holiday and damn it, you’re going to make the most of it.

Sound familiar? This happened to me only a couple of weeks ago. The rain has been hitting Sydney pretty hard in the past couple of weeks so I know that I’m not the only one pondering what to do on those awful cold and rainy days.

So what exactly are you going to do so that you still get the most out of your break (or weekend)?

Relax! First and most important activity. No matter what the weather, you need to let yourself forget all the stresses of your usually hectic everyday life and just chill out. Both physically and mentally. So try and sleep in a little bit, read a book or magazine, listen to some music, and let yourself enjoy not having to be anywhere or do anything unless you decide that you want to.

Read. There is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book while you’re on a break. Reading is generally something that a lot of people love to do but struggle to actually find the time to do so. It’s relaxing for the body and stimulating for the mind. It’s also great for passing the time quickly if you’re hoping to ride out the rain and catch a glimpse of sun. A winning break time activity for sure.

Pamper yourself.  Light some candles, crack out the aromatherapy bubble bath and take a long and glorious bath. Not only is a bath good for relaxing the body and for hydrating the skin with some glorious bath oils, but also it’s very calming for the mind. If you’re not quite in the mood for a DIY job, make an appointment at a Day Spa to enjoy being pampered the luxurious way.

Fun, indoor activities. For a fun but low key activity, hit up the movies. For a higher intensity activity, try something like TenPin Bowling. It’s a great group activity to consider if there are a few of you and you’ve all been sitting around bored.
If you happen to be in Port Douglas up the north of Queensland (like I was just two weeks ago), definitely hop along to the hilariously amazing cane toad racing at Ironbar  for a bit of fun. The cane toads are colour coded, placed on a long table, and the first toad to reach the end of the table earns their chosen jockey a prize. You can find these races being run at various pubs and taverns throughout Queensland.
OR if you live in Sydney, a bit of smashing comedy might tickle your fancy. The Comedy Store in Moore Park is the home of many a great comedy night. It’s run by the folks who bring us the Sydney Comedy Festival so you can expect some quality laughs from a night out here. It’s knee slappin’ good!

Dinner.  It’s pouring down with rain and you are low on activity ideas. So what do you do?  …. Eat! There are so many lovely cafes and restaurants hanging around these days. You never know, you might just stumble across a new fave lunch/dinner spot.

Do something in the rain. Go for a swim in the rain, it’s super refreshing and fun. Not if there is thunder and lightening going on though. Avoid the outdoor swim in these conditions. Being hit by lightening is not fun.

Is there anything in particular you enjoy doing on a bad weather day?


This little piggy went to market

If you’ve ever woken up early on a Sunday morning feeling fresh and wanting to get out into the beautiful day, you should consider making a visit to the Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Markets.

When you arrive at the Addison Road Centre in Marrickville on a Sunday morning, you just cannot help but be excited for what’s in store. There are rows of stalls filled with luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range eggs and meats. Each stall has a different range of produce so have a look around and take your pick, you will be able to find almost everything that is in season.  If you’re looking for something in particular, just ask. The farmers are very friendly and are always up for a chat or any questions you might have about their produce.

The Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Markets is an amazing place to visit not only for the deliciously fresh, organic fruits and vegies. You can also find some incredible breakfasts and lunches made on the spot, a cup of coffee or a herbal tea, olive oils, breads and pastries, flowers and plants, and also beautiful natural and paraben free skin care. For those of you, like myself, who struggle a little bit in the restricted diet department, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are a plethora of options for those following vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets.

So why are the markets so good??
Not only is the produce fresh and organic, which we all know is the best kind of food for you, but also it’s cheap. A lot cheaper than heading down to your local Woolies. You can fill an entire green bag to the brim with fruits and vegetables for a mere $15. I don’t know about you, but I reckon that $15 for a week’s worth of food is money very well spent.

The parking here is relatively easy. You can park on site in the car park for free, or you can scout out the neighbouring side streets.

Also if you usually take your canine companion out for a walk of a morning, do not fret, as these markets are completely doggy friendly.

Tips on How to Shop the Markets

  • Cash and Bags: Make sure you come prepared. The majority of the stalls only accept cash, so fill up those wallets before you arrive. They also don’t provide plastic bags for your purchases (in keeping with the whole organic and sustainable vibe) so don’t forget to bring along some green bags.
  • Do a walk through: It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed by the amount of choices that stand before you. By doing a walk through you give yourself the chance to take in all the options and decide which ones you would like to hit up.
  • Ask questions: If you’re not sure about a specific product, or you’re looking for something in particular, the farmers and cooks are very friendly and will be more than happy to have a chat with you.

So where can you find these amazing markets –

Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Markets
142 Addison Rd,
Addison Road Centre,
Marrickville 2204

Open every Sunday, 8:30am – 3:00pm

If you’re interested in finding some Farmers Markets that are a little closer to you, take a look here for a list of markets running all over Sydney.

Has anyone visited the Farmer’s Markets before?
What did you think?
Do you have any other tips for shopping the markets?