I was so excited to be involved in the International Blog Swap Day and am very pleased to introduce you to Melissa! She blogs HERE all the way over in Australia and she has written a wonderful blog post for me to share with you!

Today I wanted to introduce myself, my family and my corner of the world. I blog at Bright Side Up and we live in a country town , just one hour north of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

This opportunity has popped up at the best time, as we have just returned from our latest camping trip, and what better way to show you our corner of the world than to share the experience.

My husband and I have always lived in Tasmania and we feel blessed with our surroundings and try to enjoy them as much as . Our family loves the outdoors, whether it is at the beach or the bush. We find it important to get away from the complexity of daily life. It is something I find essential for my Anxiety Disorder, as well as detaching the family from technology and bonding as a family.

We loaded our camper with our camping gear and essentials and headed north to the Highland Lakes region of Tasmania. Once we had reached our campsite, we set about setting up camp as a team. The site was right near the bank of the canal and it was blissfully quiet.

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We stayed five days in total and in true Tasmania style, we experienced Sun, wind, rain, snow and hail in that time. We had everything we needed to enjoy our time though, as we have become quite equipped and came prepared.

We spent a lot of time fishing, and exploring the area, gathering wood, cooking and the kids enjoyed riding their motorbikes. We certainly used the time well and felt fully replenished by the time the five days were up.

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Our six year old son was in his glee to be left by the water to practise casting his fishing rod. There were five trout caught in all, and he wanted to be a part of it all, from baiting the hook to watching the fish being cleaned. Our daughter loves to explore, and if she wasn’t riding her motorbike, she was wandering around with my camera, taking what are gorgeous and creative photos, especially for a ten year old.

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Hubby and I enjoyed cooking in the camp oven over the fire. Whilst hubby fished I was usually reading and managed to finish my book.

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The only real interaction we had was with the local possums, who would visit our camp at night. They nibbled at our offerings of food and entertained us with their antics. They are such curious, cute creatures.

Whilst we certainly basked in the beautiful scenery, breathed in all the fresh, crisp air and enjoyed the serenity, by the fifth day we were ready to head home.

Thank you so much for checking out my post prepared for Lucie at her wonderful blog today, half a world away from mine in Australia. For more tales of our family or to hear of my experience with Anxiety, please come and visit.

Melissa xx

Please visit Melissa at www.mj-brightsideup.blogspot.com

This is such a wonderful experience to be a part of! Thank you so much Melissa for blog swapping with me and giving me and my readers an insight into life in your beautiful country!