As most of you guys would know, I hosted a sneaky Questions & Answers (to read, click here) in celebration of our little Olive & Clo familia reaching 1,500 + subscribers. So today I thought it would be a good a time as any to answer all the incredible, and some very hilarious, questions that I received. Whilst also taking the opportunity to share a few photos from an early morning spent dawdling around Springbrook National Park under beautiful, golden light. If any of you guys are yet to see, or smell, or hear a subtropical rainforest within the first few hours post sunrise, I highly recommend this simple experience gets added to your bucket list.
A Blog by Victoria asked:
Since you’re from Australia, have you ever seen a kangaroo personally? If yes, did you get close to it?
Hahah, V, this question made me laugh. Yes, I have seen a kangaroo and yes, I have patted a few in my time. They are honestly everywhere in our neck of the woods. In fact, I saw a few wallabies (basically small kangaroos – FYI) just the other day at Springbrook.
Do you have a blogger tribe? Like people who you can count on to support you in the blogging community?
Ah yes! You, Asaake, would be the chief of my tribe. But also Angela from Life of Angela, Hazel from Mrs S. LDN, Kelsie from KelsieKristine and Victoria from A Blog by Victoria .. are a few others that would preside on our council.
Would you ever consider blogging full time?
Oh my goodness. I dream of being able to blog full-time. That way I could spend my days talking nonsense with you. And frankly, I honestly couldn’t think of a more worthwhile use of my time. (Wink).
Does Rhett have a brother?
Hahah. You know he does. His name is Nicholas and yes, he knows his way around a DSLR. But unfortunately, my dear Asaake, he also happens to be very, very taken.
Is it even on your radar to come to the US so we can have tea and chat about blogging and be silly?
Is it even on my radar .. bloody oath it is! Is it on YOUR radar to waddle down my way and teach me about organic, wholesome skincare? Uh, because if it’s not, it really should be.
Dippy – Dotty Girl asked:
Which is the most difficult location that you have shot in (so far)?
Ohh. Good question. Rhett and I debated over this question for a long while but we both agreed that Alexandria Bay, the nudist beach on the Sunshine Coast (see post, here) was probably our biggest mission to date. Because not only did we have to hike up 250 plus stairs at 5:30 in the morning with no clear plans and myself harboring a bad attitude, but Rhett, the clumsy koala, slipped once and rolled his ankle twice. But on the other hand, Alexandria Bay was also one of the easiest in the sense that we didn’t have an audience to contend with. I find any place with loads of people very difficult to shoot at.
What’s your favourite song lyric?
Hmm. I actually don’t have one. I’m more of a whatevers-popular-on-the-radio kind of girl. But if I had to choose, it would probably be something from TayTay. Uhm.. “players gunna’ play, play, play and the haters gunna’ hate, hate, hate, but I’mma gunna’ shake, shake, shake. Shake it off. Shake it off.” Hah. Yeah, not sure.
What is something you really want to do but haven’t done yet?
Oh my goodness Pam. That is one loaded question! I have an endless list of ‘want-to-dos’ and it honestly feels impossible to try and narrow it down. But I guess, a big one for me right now would be to go on a one month holiday to anywhere with my hubby-to-be, Rhett.
Do you usually wait for the right time to do something or make your own opportunity happen?
I’m definitely a go-getter and in that respect, I like to think that I make my own opportunities. And to be honest, I’m not really sure what ‘waiting for the right time’ in any aspect of my life would actually look like. Unless I am ‘waiting’ for a potential new job opportunity to open … but even then, I would probably still make some cold calls.
Life of Angela asked:
Staying up late or getting up early?
Most definitely getting up early. I’m usually dead to the world by 9 pm AEST.
How is wedding planning going?
LOL. Hmm. I have written a total of 2 wedding related emails for the month of June and now, at just 5 months out, I am still yet to finalise my guest list. I think it’s safe to say that I have dropped the ball on this one. But .. you know .. I’m confident I’ll get myself sorted soon enough. And Ang, as soon as progress is made, you’ll be the first to know!
How did you and Rhett meet?
In a University Library. We, amongst mutual friends, found ourselves sitting across from one another, and despite myself suffering from a disgusting chest infection, Rhett still seemed to find me attractive. Because not only did we start to play footsies under the table but he also asked for my phone number so that he could “message me and stuff”. LOL.
How do you choose spots to go to for your adventures?
I follow a lot of Brisbane-based photographers on Instagram so I draw a lot of our location ideas from their feed. But I guess what comes after that, is evaluating the location based on its accessibility, potential foot-traffic and whether it would be best photographed at sunrise or sunset.
Any funny road-trip stories?
Hahah. Uhmm. Our road-trips usually don’t go for more than 4 or so hours on any given weekend. But I guess one of the best parts of our road trips so far have been when we stumble across bizarre-named towns such as ‘Humpybong’ and ‘Wonglepong’.
Keri Elaine asked:
I wanted to know what would you do if money was no object?
I absolutely adore this question Keri. And I, myself, often ask this exact same question to the people around me. So thank you, lovely Keri, for asking.
For me. It would honestly be to travel the world and document my adventures and discoveries on Olive & Clo whilst also getting to showcase beautifully-locally-crafted dresses from each and every country that I visit. Haha. Boom! Mic drop.
Where are three places you would love to visit?
If I had to choose only three, it would probably be: Greece, Spain and the Maldives.
Mrs S. LDN asked:
How do your brain storm your ideas and locations. Which comes first and how do you find your locations?
Again, we draw a lot of our inspiration from local Instagrammers but aside from that, as there seems to be no shortage of epic vistas, and stunning landscapes, and hidden waterfalls to explore along South-East Queensland, it’s usually as simple as having a quick chat with a colleague or two to sort out our plans for the weekend. Fingers crossed it remains that easy.
And in terms of finding the locations that we do choose. Uhm, well. So it would turn out that Rhett is pretty nifty with the ol’ Google Maps. Usually I can get away with simply giving him a photo and a general idea of location and more often than not, he’s able to narrow it down. And Haz, as a budding travel blogger, this little trait of his has quickly become one of his most desirable qualities. Haha.
Rhett is always the one behind the camera, have you ever had the urge to be on the other side?
Ehrm. Not really. I usually don’t mind leaving all the photography and post-processing ‘stuff’ to him. But in saying that, when and if we do invest in a second camera, I have no doubt that I will start walking around with a camera in my own hand as well.
What blog(s) inspire you the most? Which ones do you look to the most for inspiration? Do you have any blog crushes?
Hmm. Good question. Victoria Magrath’s Blog from IntheFrow, Jessica Stein from TuulaVintage, Nicola Easterby from PolkadotPassport and Jess Dales from JessWandering instantly come to my mind. But I also tend to draw loads of my inspiration from Instagram-based Influencers such as Emilie Ristevski from @HelloEmilie, and Jason Charles Hill from @JasonCharlesHill, and Leonie Hanne from @OhhCouture. And that’s just naming a few!
And that, my lovely wombats, is all from me today. We’ve finally reached Thursday down here in Australia and I’m not going to lie, my count down has officially been switched on for the upcoming weekend. What’s everybody got planned?
Love Linda, xo