Monthly Archives: February 2010

When was the last time you went on an adventure?

The kind of adventure that takes just a little effort to get out of the house but that when you return home leaves you feeling utterly cleansed and relaxed. Many of us might describe ourselves as the “outdoor type” but on reflection probably spend more time working, cooking, shopping, cleaning up after kids and doing all the stuff we’re supposed to do before we can have fun. And that includes you single twenty something “genYers” too, we all know how much time you spend on facebook!

 Why am I writing this blog?

My name is Charley Jones. I’m an English expat turned Australian citizen with a passion for getting on the water and being in the great outdoors. I love sailing and was lured from the beautiful and enchanting coast of Cornwall in the UK, to the equally beautiful shores of Australia by the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. I also love food (which always tastes better outdoors) and my faithful Labrador Rhubarb, who is never far behind me. I am keen to pass on and share my passion with my family through our adventures in the great outdoors. I hope that this blog will inspire you to do the same.

When I became a mother at the end of 2007 I spent more time at home than I had ever done in my life. This is not always a bad thing as there is nothing like a cosy and welcoming home in which to take refuge from modern life. But I also continue to crave the relaxation that only a dose of salt water and fresh air can provide. So in 2010 my mission is to get out more and record my adventures on Secret Water, so that family, friends and likeminded people can share and benefit from my experiences on the water and great outdoors with a two year old and a Labrador in tow.

Tessa and Rhubarb

Part of my renewed motivation to go on more adventures has been fuelled by the purchase of a small tinny (12 foot aluminum boat) and outboard motor which has provided a new sense of freedom and ability to explore.  If you are still reading this blog in five months time you may notice a drop in blogging activity as baby Jones number two is due to arrive on the scene. Nevertheless, I am still determined to get on the water; but this time around I’ll be armed with the knowledge of the limitations that small babies can place on the best laid plans for adventure!


What will you read about on Secret Water?

  • Practical information for successful outdoor adventures with (or without)  kids (including the furry four legged kind)
  • Great places to take your tinny
  • Great places to go without your tinny
  • My foray into amateur fishing (I’ve been watching too much River Cottage and am convinced I can one day catch a Cray fish myself)
  • Rhubarb’s Dog Blog; the outdoor dog’s life
  • Alfresco Food; inspiration for “eating out”
  • Safety related information (from reliable sources)
  • Useful things;  reviews of useful gear that you can take on your adventures
  • Beautiful things; that we hope to capture on camera
  • Guest blogs from inspiring people
  • What’s on: a directory or inspiring and adventurous things to do and see

Hopefully you will also get to read about other people’s experiences and share yours with us too. We look forward to hearing your comments, feedback and the topics you’d like to discuss. You can also get in touch via the email addresses listed on the contacts page.

When was the last time you went on an adventure?

On the way up to Mt Kosciuszko

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