Posts tagged ‘ocean’
Bondi Beach is somewhere, even though I lived in Sydney, I didn’t visit all that often….I guess mainly because I lived on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, so didn’t really need to go there, but when ever I did go….it was always a nice change. This shot was taken, when I went to see USA against Australia in a friendly waterpolo match.
A Beach That Goes on Forever
This shot was taken on the same day that I saw dolphins surfing in the waves….which really isn’t something you see every day.
This was taken over Christmas. If I am honest, I prefer this shot to the dolphin one, but like I said, it’s not something you see every day, so this one had to stay on the back burner. I hope you like this.
Grey Skies Looming……Again…
Had a relatively quiet day today. went for a very short ride on my scooter to the local beach, where I took this photo. As you can see, rain was threatening, but as I write this, the sun has come out and so far, there has been no actual sign of rain….perhaps this afternoon, it will brighten up.
Avoca Beach, Central Coast, NSW, Australia
This morning I woke up at 3am! Yes, you heard me right…3am on a Saturday! Too many things on my mind.
I decided to walk to my local beach to watch the sunrise and it was beautiful.
Avoca Beach is so incredibly beautiful and I must say, I have missed witnessing the sun rise over the ocean.
I was very tempted to put one of the sunrise shots up, but as there weren’t many clouds (not that I’m complaining about that….after all the rain we’ve had of late, a clear blue sky is welcome in my day, any day!), the sunrise wasn’t as atmospheric as I had hoped and I actually rather like this capture, of 3 surfers off for their morning surf. Felt rather envious of them actually.
After along day filled with facts and information and what felt like an even longer journey I home, it was nice to see these flowers coming to life in the garden. I am not sure what they are, I think they may belong to the onion family as that is what they smell of.
Today has been a really good day,for we purchased a new BBQ! I hadn’t had a BBQ since last October, when we parted with our old one, so it was high time for us to replace it. Our new one is fabulous, it’s called the WebberQ and it is soooo good!
We did more things around the house today and before our BBQ in the evening, we went to North Avoca, pretty much so that I could take some photos, this photo being one of them. It’s basically at the far end of the beach where we now live, but it’s called North Avoca, rather than Avoca Beach.The light was absolutely beautiful, and the waves were glorious as they rumbled against the rocks.
Good things come to those who wait and my partner made a lovely BBQ tonight, which we ate, out on the verandah underneath the stars, listening to cicadas. All is well!
What a day today has been! So many mixed emotions…from feeling sad to be leaving where we have lived for the past 3 years to moving to my first ever house and a new beginning!
I was hoping and praying that I would be able to see one last sunrise in Manly and this photo is of it. I was able to take this before the removal men arrived (they came at 6:45am). The men were amazing I have to say. Nothing was too much trouble, not once did I here them moan or complain and they were super quick, considering they were being paid an hourly rate.
By 10am, they had finished loading the truck and we said that we would meet them at our new house, as we had to collect the keys for the house from the real estate guy and get the final completion done.
We drove to to Avoca Beach, went into the office, were told by a phone call that the house was indeed ours, then the key was given to us, along with a bucket filled to the brim with goodies from the agent, I then got emotional, gave him a big hug and that was it….I am now a house owner!!
The removal men were there in our garden, lying on the grass waiting for us, we opened up and they moved us in.
Goodbye Manly….hello Avoca Beach
Only a Few Remain
I am very conscious of the fact that I have only a few more days left to watch the sunrise from my apartment, before we move on Thursday. This is something that I am going to massively miss. Time permitting in the mornings, I will hopefully be able to get to my local beach to photograph the sun rising over the ocean, I guess time will tell with routines etc…
For now, I am making the most of what I have got!
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Colour of the Ocean
This morning, more packing was done and then we took the afternoon off, to go to a water polo match and then on our way home, I wanted to get a photo of the ocean, so we stopped off at a place called Freshwater, which is just around the corner from where I live right now. Freshwater is where this photo was taken. I hope you like it.
I ran out of my apartment this morning to watch the sunrise. It dawned on me (pardon the pun) that I’ve only got a week of sunrises to see in Manly. It’s probably going to be one of the greatest things that I am going to miss when we move next week, seeing the ocean from our apartment and seeing sunrises in Manly.
I’ve got to enjoy them whilst I still can!!
I ran in every direction to get this photograph, trying to find a good spot, the sky was absolutely incredible! It’s not very often we get a good sunset in Manly, it’s always sunrises! This was the exception!
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Put Some Sparkle in Your Life
Today was my first day back at work after the Christmas break. At first, it felt strange being back, though by mid morning, I felt like I hadn’t been away.
After a long day, I arrived back in Manly and went for a swim in Sydney Harbour and it was absolutely glorious!!
The water was so incredible clear and warm.
Manly, Sydney, NSW Australia
Today is my last day of my Christmas break, tomorrow I go back to work and there is still so much to do, regarding packing, cleaning, moving etc. I have tried to do as much as I can today, IT ow feel mentally and physically exhausted. It’s true what they say…moving is one of the most stressful times in your life.
I just took 5 minutes out and went across to the beach to take my photo for today. I am going to miss Manly so much.
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Today, we headed up to our new home, the first time we’ve been in it, since it was sold to us. We did a lot of measuring up and spent an hour discovering things. I am going to need to get an Australian gardening book, as there are so many plants in the garden, most of them, I don’t know what they are. We have a huge gum tree in the back garden and 2 large trees in the garden, which instantly make me happy!
We can’t wait to move now… 2 weeks today!!
This photo was taken back in Manly, there was plenty of sheet lightning to be seen and it was a rather dramatic storm, that I was fortunate to look at indoors.
A Time To Relax
Today has been mostly spent consumed with the task of packing….packing up what lives we have lead so far. It’s amazing the amount of things we have, but didn’t realise just how much! We’ll sell a few items and will donate other things to a local charity and the rest…well, that will go to our new home, which we move in to on the 19th January!! Not long now.
We rewarded our efforts with a swim at a local beach…Curl Curl, Sydney, NSW
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
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
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.
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.