Coast holiday

School holidays and time for a few days at our favourite South Coast spot. Work had been super intense, so it was good to have a chance to chill out and relax, read books, play in the surf and spend tome with the family.

There were all the usual #beach activities, plus we hired a surfboard and all the boys started working on their surfing skills.

I enjoyed some reading and watching and a bit of boogie boarding.

I did some shell collecting.

The boys did some sand building.

We went for a walk in a gorgeous sunset.

And there was of course some kayaking.

We ate Mexican food and ice creams.

And played board games.

And all felt much more relaxed when we left.

Beach holiday week

Nothing like a week at the beach to relax and recharge and live the Australian dream. We swapped houses with John and Jackie for a week in Merimbula.

The boys spent time boogie boarding when the surf was appropriate.

I actually gave it a go at the end of the week and was delighted to actually do it effectively for the first time in forever. I guess that means more boogie board tome for me in the future.

We also spent a lot of time at Mitchies Jetty, taking advantage of the calmer waters for swimming and other things.

There was a lot of jumping from the jetty. Here is Sebastian doing some sort of flip.

There was also stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to be done.

Jude and Zac managed to get themselves sunburnt through poor sunscreen application, so Sebastian, James and I went shopping then walked the boardwalk.


We had a visit to Magic Mountain to do the tree climb. I spent the entire time mildly terrified and eventually had yo be rescued when I found an obstacle my brain just would not let me climb. I did regain some dignity by being told I was less terrified than most people they rescued and managed to abseilung down on the first go. There are no photos of this event.

There were a number of other activities undertaken. Jude created a paininting for his Ga.

Sebastian baked a cake, but didn’t quite crack the sponge.

Ribs got eaten.

As did icecreams.

And, of course, there was sleeping in.

It was a lovely break, all in all.

And then it was time to drive home.

Weeks! #5: more holidays

2014-01-27 09.46.07So Monday morning it was up and out on the water. We put a plastic bag over Sebastian’s foot to ensure he didn’t get mud in his injured toe. This time out on the kayak was much more successful and enjoyable and we went around three and a half kilometres around Crooked River.

Following the paddle, it was pretty much straight down to the beach for some time in the surf.

Sebastian had to sit out to give his toe another day to heal. He wasn’t entirely happy, but did build a miniature village in the sand.

After lunch Sebastian and I went for a long walk along the headland.

And then it was time for the pool…

The boys (including James) then spent some time playing cricket with various other holiday park inhabitants. Quite useful to have a big flat stretch of grass right in front of our cabin.

2014-01-27 17.07.10We headed into Kiama for Thai food and Jude got a Shirley Temple.

2014-01-27 19.00.59The next day started much as the last, except this time it was Jude in the kayak with me.

And, back to the beach – this time Sebastian was allowed in the water to his great joy. Zachary ended up building sandcastles after he’d had his fill of boogie boarding.

We had lunched in Gerringong and bought up big at the surf shop.

And more swimming…

2014-01-28 16.23.14Sebastian decided he wanted to swim in the river, so we went and found a spot near the beach.

And some Unexploded Cow to finish off the day.

2014-01-28 20.19.59Guess what? More kayaking the next morning. With both Sebastian and Zachary.

This was rather more challenging, and after some trials, worked best with me in the front. We all enjoyed the various kayaking trips – there were some great water birds and I even spotted a beautiful blue kingfisher at one point. The small part of the river that went around the back of the camp site was rather easier to negotiate (especially with three) than the main channel which was more tidal affected, but both were fun. The boys seem very keen on kayaking again – and certainly there are chances to give it a go in Canberra.

We had had bacon and haloumi for breakfast first though.

2014-01-29 09.08.12Back to the beach.

This time, it was Jude’s turn to go for a long walk with me. He was entraced by the rocks and the way they had been eroded and, especially, by the rock pools and the life inside them.

It is rather a beautiful spot, Seven Mile Beach.

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Back to Kiama for some excellent Japanese for dinner. It was nice being close enough to somewhere with a few good eating spots.

And the next morning it was time to pack up and head home, stopping off in Kangaroo Valley en route home.

2014-01-30 09.47.25Lots and lots of washing to do of course.

2014-01-30 20.08.21And a lovely Canberra sunset.

2014-01-30 20.05.58Friday was another super hot day so we went to the pool and the boys caught up with friends.

It was then time for the Back-To-School hair cut.

The boys went to Jackie’s for the weekend, and James and I embarked on a derby road trip to the Central Coast – James was reffing in an Outcast-University of Sydney game – I NSOed. Nice to be involved in a game without being in charge!

It was a co-ed game and Outcast came up on top. I made use of the after party to recruit University of Sydney to come and play a coed game against us later in the year.

2014-02-02 08.49.57On Sunday morning, James had researched good breakfast spots, so after a day of fast food we ate well.

While we waited for a message from T-Ref and Sleaze who we were driving, we checked out the Toowoon beach and found a surf lifesaving carnival.

Back in Canberra we were in time for scrim – then it was a chance to sample the delicious cupcakes the boys had made, as well as be fed by Jackie and John. A pleasant end to the weekend and the holidays – before home to bed to contemplate the return to work.

Weeks! #4: holidays

2014-01-20 12.31.16A week off! Actually, two weeks off! Starting slowly, the boys and I spent Monday mostly at home – though we did have a walk to the shops.

Getting pocket money made Jude and Zac go for immediate ice cream purchases, while Sebastian ended up checking out new wheels on line.

2014-01-20 13.10.49It is good to be at home – bare feet and shorts.

2014-01-20 15.02.40Sebastian made mango creams for dessert. Perfect for a summer’s day.

2014-01-20 15.27.02My excursion out on Tuesday was to the hairdresser.

And holidays mean lego time! perfect now the boys have their own room for lego and games and tv following the summer’s house rearrangement.

2014-01-21 16.53.13-1A post-physio treat of lunch at Cornucopia.

2014-01-22 13.15.13We also went for a visit to Sarah’s and the boys got to catch up with Ryan and Imogen.

Wednesday night really seems to have become Arkham Horror night of late.

2014-01-22 20.06.16Time for the real holidays to begin! Off to the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park near Gerringong for a week. Hurrah!

2014-01-23 12.45.50Ready for some beach time.

..and some pool time

…some general hanging about time..

..beach food

…and the boys of course were fans of the jumping pillow – in small doses.

2014-01-25 13.01.32Sebastian got very enthusiastic about the opportunity to go kayaking, so we gave that a go too.

2014-01-25 10.50.22The problem was our timing – we chose to go out when the tide was low and this meant we needed to push the kayak a bit more, and got stuck in the sand a couple of times. All this would not have been the end of the world, but that on one of these occasions Sebastian managed to cut his foot on an oyster shell in the mud – and when we stopped to look at it there was a lot of blood and it looked quite nasty and eventually the mother in me decided it should probably get checked out and treated. Fortunately it didn’t need stitches but it did need cleaning and antibiotic cream and the doctor advised that Sebastian should stay out of the water for a couple of days – news which was received with much chagrin – displayed here when he and I went on a walk together.

This is also what you do when you get bad news apparently – take comfort in a blanket and a movie.

2014-01-25 16.16.58On Sunday we had a day away from beach holiday activities – we drove up to Wollongong for a day of derby. It was a coed event with pot luck teams – James was reffing his first games and I was playing mine. I also ended up benching for two coed games – although I played in a all girl game. It was a lot of fun – the floor was quite strange and because I had benched the game before I played I didn’t have time to really warm up. So for the first part of the game I really didn’t feel like I had a lot of control. Eventually I got into it though and was reasonably happy with my game. I was especially happy to have managed to push Shortstop – one of Australia’s best players – out twice! I guess I will feel more relaxed after playing more games, bound to get better!

We ended the day stopping in Kiama for some delicious Vietnamese food, before James fell asleep on the couch back at our cabin (he reffed two games) and I wasn’t far behind him.

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