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The Favourites One



  • Water rushing over the grates at the public pool

  • The warbling of magpies

  • “Take your marks. Bleep.” Before a swimming race

  • The hilariously comforting noises my old dog used to make whenever she was happy

  • My cats' purring

  • Cicadas

  • The ocean

  • Rain

  • Crackling wood in a fire

  • My best friends’ laughter



  • Anything coconut

  • Chanel Mademoiselle

  • Versace Blue Jeans

  • Petrichor

  • Geosmin

  • New cars

  • New and old books

  • Tilley vanilla bean soy candles

  • Freshly baked bread

  • Firewood burning



  • Mangos

  • All berries... blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries...

  • Melbourne breakfast tea

  • Chai latte

  • Cookie dough ice-cream

  • Chocolate, Easter eggs are my favourite but really any chocolate will do

  • Salmon, especially teriyaki salmon

  • Christmas roast with all the trimmings

  • My grandma's sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream

  • Massaman curry



  • The Way You Make Me Feel—Michael Jackson

  • Blue and Yellow—The Used

  • Good Riddance/Time of Your Life—Green Day

  • Cigarettes—Illy Ft. Hue Blanes

  • We Found Love—Calvin Harris Ft. Rihanna

  • Lose Yourself—Eminem

  • Hit or Miss—New Found Glory

  • Mace Spray—The Jezabels

  • The Scientist—Coldplay

  • Mr. Brightside—The Killers



  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

  • A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

  • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

  • Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

  • Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

  • The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett



  • Watching the sun rise when I was swimming training

  • The Southern Highlands

  • Kakadu

  • Flocks of birds taking flight in the outback

  • Coral reefs from sea planes

  • Galloping horses

  • The Rocky Mountains

  • The coast around Whitianga

  • Milford Sound

  • The contours, vectors and accents of beautiful, interesting faces



  • Life As A House

  • The Lion King

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

  • The O.C

  • Friends

  • Outlander

  • Game of Thrones

  • Little Britain

  • Anything Jamie Oliver

  • Anything Nigella



  • When my dog was alive, walking her on the beach was my favourite thing to do

  • Write

  • Read a book with my cat, Batman, curled in my lap

  • Exercise—swimming, boxercise, running and reps

  • Travel

  • Friends

  • Cook

  • Photo shoots

  • Getting a massage after weeks of hard training

  • Walk around the headland, and sunbake (with sunscreen on, of course) at my favourite beach, Look At Me Now, in Coffs Harbour



  • Three roses I pressed, one from my Grandpa’s funeral, another from my Nan’s funeral, and the last was from a bunch of roses my mum bought when my dog died

  • The way chins fit perfectly in the slope of noses when lips press to foreheads

  • Eyes

  • Hands

  • The Easter show

  • Putting up the Christmas tree

  • The period before you first tell someone you love them, but you both know, that you both know

  • Finding a new favourite song and losing yourself in the rhythm and lyrics

  • Making the final, placing (preferably first) and doing a pb at a swimming competition

  • The bittersweet moment of typing the end.

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