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Day 276 Friday 30th December 2011

Sunset at Forster

Just an hour ago, I published a post for today, which was a photo of where we had spent the day, on the beach at Seal Rocks. No sooner had I clicked the publish button, I could see that it was going to be a rather beautiful sunset. So, I have deleted the post I added anhur ago and I have replaced it with this one, which was just taken at Forster, near Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia. I hope you like it.

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Day 275 Thursday 29th December 2011

Abstract Aqua

I was in awe of the beautiful shades of blue in the ocean today, I almost felt transfixed.

This shot was taken at a beach called Boomerang Beach, approximately 20 kilometres away from where we are staying.

On our way back, we stopped at one of the beaches at Seal Rocks and had a much needed swim. Whilst drying off, on the beach we couldn’t help but watch and smile at a local dog (which we had seen at the same beach before) which was running the entire length of the beach too and fro – chasing a flying seagull! It was if they were playing a game together, for the gull, every now and again would land on the beach, allow the dog to almost reach it and would then start flying again, teasing the dog. This went on for about an hour, even as we left the beach, we left the dog chasing the gull. They really seemed like, in some way or another, they were connected…friends, well, that’s the conclusion I came to anyhow!!

Boomerang Beach, NSW, Australia

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Day 274 Wednesday 28th December 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes

Goodbye grey skies….hello blue!!!

Had a very chilled out day today, spent at Seal Rocks, there were some pretty amazing waves out there today and some pretty fine surfers too! Wish every day was like this! Enjoy!!

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Day 273 Tuesday 27th December 2011

And the Waves Rolled In

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Today, it has pretty much rained all day, which is OK with us, it’s given us even more time to relax.

This photo was just taken at Seal Rocks, the surf was amazing to watch, plenty of great surfing on some big waves. I kind of thought that the grey skies made this photo rather atmospheric.

Day 272 Monday 26th December 2011

Mini Road-trip

Today, we decided to go on a mini road-trip a couple hundred kilometres in all. We didn’t have a destination in mind, just thought we’d see where the road would take us.

We ended up in another National Park called Crowdy Bay, which was really lovely, lots of beautiful coastline.

Part of the National Park is a place called Diamond Head, which is another beach area. We went for a short walk, on a track that ended up at a viewing platform.

Upon our return, as we were walking along the track we had company! This female kangaroo and her joey decided to accompany us for quite a lot of the way. They actually dictated our speed as we didn’t want to startle them. We must have stayed with them for a good ten minutes. How lucky we’re we!!

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Day 271 Sunday 25th December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Firstly, apologies for the lengthy post, but it is Christmas after all!

After last nights clear sky, this morning we awoke to grey clouds. As we sat outside eating our breakfast under the little canopy of our tent, the rain got heavier and heavier. I then decided to do something that I have never done before and would highly recommend… I put on my bikini (this, I have obviously done before and is not a first ha-ha!) and took a rain shower!!

There are no showers where we are camping, no real facilities other than drop-toilets, it really is back to Mother Nature here.

I held my arms out wide and just embraced the rain and it was fantastic! The funny thing is, opposite our site, there is another couple who have a tent also, they were here before we arrived. And the lady was laughing in a nice way (I think) at what I was doing. Next thing I know, she’s in her bikini and her partner was in his swimmers doing what I’d just done!! Later in the day, they actually thanked me for inspiring them!! Oh, by the way I encouraged my partner to do it as well and he reluctantly did, though be it through gritted teeth. I somehow got the impression that he didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did.

We opened our presents, which were all lovely. We are also lucky enough to have some to look forward to opening when go home.

Thankfully, the rain passed and the sky cleared to a beautiful blue and we walked to our local beach for a Christmas day swim/surf.

When we arrived back at our tent, we had neighbours! A family of 5. I think they are Dutch, 2 young boys and a girl about 8 years old, who likes playing with her dolls, toys. Seeing her in her own little world, reminded me of me when I was her age.

We had a box of Christmas crackers (they call them bonbons here in Australia) and I took out 2 for us and then gave each of the children and their parents a cracker for them to pull. They didn’t know what they were for, so I explained that it’s a Christmas tradition, that 2 people pull the cracker, it makes a bang noise and inside is a gift, a paper hat and a joke. The children all seemed really excited and the family sat there wearing their paper crowns and instantly became a royal family, just for a moment in time.

The highlight of my day though, was for the first time in almost 3 years I was able to see my Mum! Unfortunately my Mum has yet to embrace technology, though I am hoping that in 2012 this will change. Anyway, she was staying at my Aunts over Christmas and we managed to Skype them! I even watched Mum open up my Christmas present, which was a really large framed photograph (for those who may be curious as to which one, It’s the photo that I took back sometime in April, of the clouds reflecting on the beach, which was taken where we are staying right now. I would put a link on here, if I could but I don’t have much battery left, it shouldn’t be too hard to find, just go to the calendar to the right hand side of this page and click on April). She loved it. It’s the first photograph of mine that I have given her.

Christmas is a time when I feel very far away, when the rest of my family are in Europe, so having 40 minutes talking to my Mum face to face and also my Aunt, Uncle and their dog was the best Christmas present I could ask for.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia

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Day 270 Saturday 24th December 2011

My Wish Became a Star

Relaxation….I am slowly slowly starting to relax and unwind from every day life, Seal Rocks has that effect on you, it’s pretty difficult to feel stressed out here.

We’ve been so fortunate that it’s been really quiet where we are camping, I think the weather has a lot to do with it, as it has been raining a lot during the night, except for tonight…tonight was different…

Last Christmas, we were given a couple of Chinese lanterns which we still hadn’t used, so I brought them along with us on this trip. Tonight was the perfect night to set them free, as the night was calm and as we walked to the beach in the dark with only a little torch to guide our way, our eyes adjusted to the darkness. I was sure to not look at anything other than my partners legs as he walked in front of me as I didn’t want to know what else was out there watching us as we walked through the dark dark forest, even though it was only a 5 minute walk, a lot can happen in 5 minutes!!! Did I mention that Seal Rocks also has a way of playing with your imagination?!!!

Once we cleared the forest, we came to the sand dunes that decorate the side of the beach with wild vegetation and upon arriving at these, all we could see was a sky full of stars. It was so so beautiful.

We sat down on the beach and proceeded to light our lanterns one by one. We lit my partners one first, I lit the wick and he held the top of the lantern and as it gradually filled with air and got lighter and lighter, he set it free whilst making a wish. It gradually rose and then drifted out to sea, high above the water until it actually looked liked the twinkliest of all the stars and as the wind gently guided it to where ever the wind wanted it to go, it slowly faded out of sight.

We then lit mine and this time, I held the top and I set it free when it was ready. I Made my wish. I hope that it comes true! My lantern almost followed exactly the same route.

We then lay on the towel that we had brought with us and watched the billions of stars twinkling above us and saw several shooting stars dance across the sky.

All in all it was a Christmas Eve night that I will never forget. We felt so peaceful and relaxed watching the lanterns drift away high above the ocean, it had such a calming effect on us.

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Day 269 Friday 23rd December 2011

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Surfing Dolphins

Today has been such a relaxing day, spent mostly on the beach.

As I was preparing breakfast, my partner called me outside. High up in a tree was a goanna, which looked like he’d got himself stuck, well, maybe not stuck, but he was having a bit of a hard time deciding how he was going to get himself down! It turns out that whilst eating breakfast, we saw a couple of other goannas, this time safely on the ground. One got spooked by something and ran right towards a tree that was next to our tent, so that he could scurry up it, out of harms way. The only problem for the goanna was that we had propped a surfboard at the base of the tree and a bodyboard against the trunk, so the poor goanna ended trying to scramble across the surfboard, but he wasn’t going anywhere, because it was slippery! Eventually he managed to make his way up the tree. It was pretty funny, like a cartoon.

As we arrived on the beach (which is a 5 minute walk from our tent) I looked out at the ocean and straight away, the first thing I saw was a pod of dolphins surfing in the waves! They were so beautiful to watch. We were so lucky! especially as the beach goes on for as far as the eye can see and we were the only people there.

At the moment, as I write this, there are only a few other tents here, though I’m sure as Christmas day gets closer, it will inevitably get busier, so for now, we are going to enjoy the peace and quiet whilst we have it.

Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia

Day 268 Thursday 22nd December 2011

My Holiday Has Just Begun

Today, is the start of my Christmas break. It took several hours to get here, but the journey was worth it. This is the beauitful Seal Rocks that will be our temporary home for the next week or so, camping in a National Park. So peaceful here. It’s getting late, time for dinner and rest, for the new day that awaits tomorrow.

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Day 267 Wednesday 21st December 2011

It’s Going to be a good day…

Today is my last day at work until 09th January! I’m so excited and looking forward to having some time out. I don’t think that there’ll be toooo much work going on today mind, as this afternoon, my department are heading off to play golf, which will be a first for me as I have never in my life played golf before, so this afternoon should be interesting!!! We’re then heading to Sydney Harbour for a meal, so all in all, it should be a good day, especially starting like this, it was so great to watch the sunrise this morning.

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Day 266 Tuesday 20th December 2011

Almost Christmas

I was hoping on a nice sunny start to my day, alas….this is all I have to give I’m afraid.

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Day 265 Monday 19th December 2011

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100 Days to Go…

Today, it has been quite a milestone….as I only have 100 days left of this project! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and I can’t believe what a journey this has been, it has become part of my life as have the people who have followed me on my trials and tribulations and I just wanted to say a big thank you to you, it means a lot to me that my photographs mean something to someone else other than me. This blog and those who read it has/have really impacted my life in such a positive way, thank you!

Now going back to today’s photograph, this was taken after a very long at work. I made it home just in time because a few moments after this was taken, the heavens opened, thankfully, I could see that there was a large storm brewing, however, there was a small group of unsuspecting people, who got soaked.

Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Day 264 Sunday 18th December 2011

Starfish in Numbers

You may recall a post of mine from a few weeks ago that showed 3 starfish….well, today I went back to the same place andI was greeted by these beautiful starfish, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw them.

Clontarf, Sydney HArbour, NSW, Australia

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Day 263 Saturday 17th December 2011

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Strength

Today, I spent the day with my partner in Sydney which was followed by me being a spectator for 2 hours as he played 2 consecutive games of water polo. I admire the strength and determination required by each player.

Day 262 Friday 16th December 2011



I wish more days were like this…

Today, I started my day on the Manly Ferry, which is where I took this photo, as I waited for the ferry to depart. Sitting on a ferry for half an hour as it sailed across Sydney Harbour was a good start to my day!

Day 261 Thursday 15th December 2011

Where Summer Belongs

This is how each day should begin at this time of year…afterall, it is Summer here, in the Southern hemisphere. However, of late, the weather has been pretty awful, most days have been filled with grey clouds and rain. I wonder when Summer is planning on making an appearance.

Manly Beach, Sydney NSW, Australia

Day 260 Wednesday 14th December 2011

Waiting for a Train

I was waiting for a train this afternoon when I saw this cockatoo in the tree nearby, perhaps it was tired of flying and wanted to catch a train too?!

Day 259 Tuesday 13th December 2011

Peace & Quiet

I was fortunate to be here during my working day taking photographs for my work. Wish every day was like this!!

Day 258 Monday 12th December 2011

Flying Low

Sorry not very good photo today…didn’t have any inspiration and I took this as I walked home after I finished work.

Manly Beach, Sydney NSW, Australia

Day 257 Sunday 11th December 2011

Take Shelter Whilst you Can

Today has been one looooooong day. I have been awake since 3:15am!

In this time I have…

I have watched the moon, saw dawn appear, heard 1 lone bird sing – the first birdsong of the day, watched the sunrise, saw blue sky appear, watched blue sky and little fluffy clouds disappear and within 2 hours this monster of a cloud replaced them whilst I was on the beach with a beach umbrella because 2 hours prior to this cloud it was really hot and sunny. This storm cloud moved so quickly and got bigger and bigger. Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to pack up my stuff and ‘run for the hills’ (I didn’t want to get my camera wet!!)

Pretty impressive sky I think. Today, the sky made me feel so small…I felt like an ant!

Taken at Bungan Beach, Sydney Northern Beaches, NSW, Australia

Day 256 Saturday 10th December 2011



Big Sky over Sydney

This was taken this evening, around 7:30pm. I loved the clouds in the sky and wanted to focus more on the sky than of Sydney City, which are the building that you can see.

This was taken from North Head. This spot is one of the best vantage points by the way, to view the Sydney to Hobart boat race on boxing day.

Hope you like this.

Day 255 Friday 09th December 2011

The calming effect the ocean has on me…

Today, I had a rather long, busy day – followed by a mad dash to see the mortgage people, for us to sign our mortgage papers. It’s all done. I posted it in the letterbox, whilst my partner went to fetch the car. For a split second, I hesitated about posting it…as I feel like I have just signed my life away (this I know is just jitters, because it’s the first house for me) I am really excited, but my heart was racing and to be honest, I felt rather emotional. Sorry for mentioning buying the house yet again, but it is a pretty big step in my life.

On our way home, we stopped so that I could look at the ocean. By watching the waves rolling in, it calmed me incredibly, nothing else in my life – has such an effect on me. Like I have mentioned so many times in previous posts, I feel so content and alive when I am near the ocean.

Day 254 Thursday 08th December 2011

Wet & Hungry

I felt so sorry for this little fella, he was absolutely soaked in raindrops. At first, I thought he wasn’t alive, because he was just soaked through. He was on the table that I was sat at, in the local park close to my work.

After last weeks poor butterfly, I saw this caterpillar and I sighed quietly to myself.

About ten minutes later – he started hurrying towards me, as I was eating my salad sandwich. A piece of lettuce had dropped on to the table and this little chap decided that he was going to get a free meal.

Day 253 Wednesday 07th December 2011

As the Day Begins…

Today is going to be a good day…I can feel it in my bones.

I didn’t have to set my alarm to go off this morning quite as early as I have to most days and I still woke up at 5:15am!! I do this nearly every day, I wake up before my alarm goes off. It drives me crazy, I’d give anything for a sleep-in.

On a plus note, if I hadn’t woken up when I did, I would have missed out on this beauty of a sunrise – so every cloud has a silver lining!

Day 252 Tuesday 06th December 2011

The Only Sun I’ll See

This was taken about 20 minutes ago – about 05:45am. As I write this, the clouds are gathering and getting darker and darker, I think I am going to be seeing a lot of rain today and not much sunshine.

Oh well, at least I started my day off well and got to see some sun, even if it was just for a short while, it’s better than nothing.

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