2018 Highlights Week 14: Easter coast visit

We spent half pur Easter visiting Merimbula, heading down Thursday afternoon to arrive just as the sun was beginning to set.

Usual activities of SUPing, hanging out at the beach and boogie boarding ensued.

Nice to get away for a couple of days and see John and Jackie – and the sea!

The boys also had some fun in the spa. Must admit I gave it a go myself.

And always nice to have an Easter champagne.

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.

A year in the life 2016 #258: Bateau Bay

While Sebastian and my day involved a bit of the above, we also managed the below.

Unlike my trip to the Gold Coast during the week, this time I actually got to stand on the sand.

And a compulsory beach selfie, with compulsory teenage mugging.

A year in the life 2016 #115: castles in the sand

2016-04-27 12.14.27We did a day trip to Horseshoe Bay. Rowan, Emilie and Scarlett came and met us there. The water was very cold so swimming was minimal, but enthusiastic activities soon turned to the construction of sand cities, often to be wiped away by the rising waters.

2016-04-27 14.28.56The fantasy stories of the sand creations were many and varied. Towers were built for James and Rowan. Whole civilisations rose and fell. And everyone stayed entertained for hours.

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To swim with sea lions and other Eyre Peninsula adventures

2016-04-19 12.56.01On the road, this time for a journey up one peninsula and down another.

2016-04-19 11.38.47First rest stop was the infamous Snowtown. We didn’t stay long, and we didn’t go to the bank.

2016-04-19 13.36.28For lunch we stopped at the top of Spencer’s Gulf – Port Augusta.

Visiting this part of the state gave me the chance to recall all my primary school geography to understand the industry in the area. It was fascinating to see the landscape change as we got further north, and the soil go red as we reached the iron rich areas. And then, as we drove south, for it all to change in reverse again.

Afternoon tea icecreams were had in Cowell. We made it to Port Lincoln as dusk was falling, ready for dinner.

James’ usual magic of finding the most hipster place nearby worked again and it was fancy milkshakes and haloumi for breakfast.

We did a compulsory jetty walk and the boys were fascinated by the large cargo ship being filled with grain over at the port area.

2016-04-20 12.03.15Despite the fact that the weather was rather grey, we went and checked out Fishery Bay. The boys loved the sandhills – there was sliding down them galore, leading to some very sandy boys.

2016-04-20 13.14.30The boys also caught some waves.

It was a bit cold me for so I went for a walk and collected shells.

We also stopped by Coffin Bay to admire its picturesqueness and, of course, walk on a jetty.

Managed to try out some local delicacies at dinner – the kingfish and blue fin tuna sashimi was an absolute highlight. The staff weren’t entirely used to children who eat sashimi and mussels.

We went and said hi to Makybe Diva on our walk home.

2016-04-20 20.09.28Breakfast again. The serves of pancakes were large enough to feed a small army. Sebastian managed to eat most of them though.

We headed to the marina and checked out the fishing trawlers.

2016-04-21 12.38.04Then it was time to get on board our boat and head out to meet the sealions.

We got thick wetsuits and so I didn’t feel cold at all really during our hour or so in the water. The small boys wetsuits weren’t as thick, and they are a bit more susceptible to the cold. Nonetheless, it was lovely fun swimming around with the sea lions. One of them chose to dance with me – we swam around each other in a circle and looked one another in the eye. They would chase, then disappear. It was fun to watch them wrestle under water together. A lovely experience.


It was then back on the boat and the ride home.

There was a beautiful moon and we ate take away pizza outside at the house where we were staying.

2016-04-21 18.22.04The next day we headed home again.

2016-04-22 11.09.02Our one stop was to eat lunch on the foreshore at Whyalla. Rarely have I seen a sea so flat.

We arrived home with lots of ideas about our next car trip adventure, so stay tuned!


A year in the life 2016 #71: beach times


The boys and I decided to enjoy the late summer weather and head down to the beach for the afternoon. The water was warm, there was some digging about in the sand and of course there was ice cream.