It’s Here Again

Saturday again.  Do you think they come around more frequently than they used to?  I certainly do.

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I was talking to a friend about going to a health resort in Australia next month.  We have both been several times before and have decided that we need a treat.  A treat I say – well if being wakened at 5.30 am to do tai chi is your idea of a treat.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi at The Golden Door

One doesn’t have to participate but you have to acknowledge the knock on the door.  Who can go back to sleep after that.

Then various activities are offered through the day.  Following (or not) the Tai Chi one has to walk or run through the forest on a designated path.  these paths are of three levels of difficulty – and I always have the easiest although a couple of times I have done the walk twice at one time.

Then breakfast.  This is a joy to behold.  Tables groaning under the weight of bowls of fresh Queensland fruit, Golden Door Muesli, Smoothies and an occasional poached egg.

The regime is quite strict here.  No cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, cell phones or sweets.  The door closes behind you as you arrive and doesn’t open again for you until you are ready to leave.

Dinner and Lunch are mainly vegetables and perhaps some tofu.  Activities are available all through the day and one can choose to attend or not.  There is a series of wonderful treats available, massages, beauty treatments etc some of which are included in the fee and the rest are add ons.

There is plenty of incremental exercise – all activities are either up the hill or down the hill from your chalet.  Even going to the dining room means a hike up the hill.

The five days that I have spent there on three earlier occasions have passed very quickly and I have definitely felt so much better after leaving there.  Leaving there with great promises to myself to make better food choices, to exercise and to treat myself regularly.  How quickly those promises are forgotten.

Both passports

So having agreed to go to The Golden Door once again I looked at my passport and saw that it expired yesterday!  So first thing on Monday morning I am off to get photos taken and then to the Passport Office to renew it.  And then I looked at my British Passport; that too has expired so that will have to be attended to soon.

And from way back in my childhood I remembered this nursery rhyme.  Do you know it?

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme


25 responses to “It’s Here Again

  1. Glad you have such a wonderful place to re-charge.


  2. I hope you won’t get hit withpassport renewal fees Judith. Have a good trip.


  3. Look forward to a great time. (6)


  4. Except for the 5:30 wake-up call, that sounds delightful! I’ve not heard that nursery rhyme, but there is much truth to it. Enjoy!


  5. Sounds perfectly blissful. One of my bucket list places to visit is Australia. To go there and relax for a spell at a spa…oh my mind is wandering! Thanks for this little trip.


  6. The nursey rhyme is wonderful! Funny how directions on living a good life can be translated to such a simple rhyme.
    Happy to hear you are heading to The Golden Door. The trip sounds wonderful. Happy weekend, Judith.


  7. I’d love the T’ai Chi – but not sure about giving up my morning mug of coffee, I am addicted to that! Have a great time 🙂


  8. Christine in Los Angeles

    Are you absolutely sure we grew up in the same family? because I certainly don’t know that rhyme. However, it rings true, and I’ve passed it on to my friends – no need for them to know I’ve completely forgotten it, if indeed I ever knew it. There’s times I don’t know my own name, so …
    God bless, Christine


    • Well there was an older sister called Christine and I seem to recall Grandma Levy reciting this to us. So maybe it wasn’t you and an imposter was there instead. Love JB


  9. I have been trying hard lately to get a class in Tai Chi offered here in our little town. There is a YMCA that doesn’t offer it and Curves doesn’t either. A young woman who gives Zumba classes is considering the idea. How lucky you are to have your escape place Judith!


    • Yes but sometimes when I go there I do think I must be a masochist. It isn’t all fun. Quite a lot of work is involved too. But hey, I keep going back Dor. Good luck in getting your class off the ground.


  10. Never heard that nursery rhyme, but I like it. Sounds like such a relaxing place, Judith.


  11. There’s always a brighter side. Thanks!


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