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.

2015 weeks! #51: and then it all ended

2015-12-28 10.05.12(I think I must have miscounted a week somewhere, but there you have it)

Started this last week of the year on the beach at Merimbula with a new book. Perfect.

2015-12-28 11.55.58The boys had the boogie boards out.

2015-12-28 14.06.05James and I went for a sneaky cocktail while buying fish for dinner. This is what holidays are about.

2015-12-28 14.29.37Totally summer with beach curly hair and all.

2015-12-28 15.51.22Some more kite flying, though the wind was a bit swirly for it to be totally successful.

2015-12-28 17.31.41James had a whole set of kitchen hands for dinner preparation.

But Sebastian took on the chef role for dessert…which turned out beautifully.

2015-12-28 20.11.24A gorgeous sunset for our final night at the beach.

2015-12-29 15.25.58Strange car companions.

Then to packing up the house. Sorting through boxes in the shed I found some old treasures.

2015-12-30 17.43.35But there is always time for a g&t. I was trying to finish off some of the gin bottles from the freezer. A hard task.

We finished the year is our usual way, with friends and food and alcohol. An added dimension to our New Year’s Eve fun – writing on the walls of our soon to be demolished house. Happy 2016 everyone.

2015 weeks! #50: Christmas and all that jazz

2015-12-21 13.39.03Who can resist a delicious dessert the week before Christmas? It is the time for indulgence.

Also it is definitely negroni time.

2015-12-21 19.57.50The boys, including James, who were all home this week had begun the epic job of packing up the house. Here are some of my old cassette tapes I was finally forced to part with.

2015-12-23 10.50.30Meanwhile, back at work, my staff had decided how they would deal with me spending time working from Adelaide – and RoboMelissa was born.

2015-12-23 11.39.37Because they are also lovely and know me well, they also gave me gin and flowers.

2015-12-23 14.23.07James and I went out to an “Executive” section lunch. it has been absolutely wonderful to have one EA all year, and ideal that that one person was James. He’s totally brilliant and makes me laugh and yes sometimes we get sidetracked talking about everything but we are so awesome we still get it all done.

2015-12-23 17.04.44Christmas cards from Korea are a little bit weird.

2015-12-24 09.48.52Here’s me on Christmas eve with my lovely new present from Natasha contemplating the fact that this is my last official day working in Canberra until the middle of next year. Of course, I’ll be back in the office in Canberra between now and then, but it won’t be quite the same.

2015-12-24 13.44.44Goodbye office!

2015-12-24 14.31.17And straight off to Merimbula. These boys are terribly cheeky.

2015-12-24 14.42.06Some nice clouds on the way.

While the boys were staying at Jackie’s, there wasn’t quite enough space for us, and James and I were more than happy to find ourselves an alternative. We stayed at a little way away at an old converted church. Pretty cool.

2015-12-24 18.23.31We got into Christmas Eve the right way.

Lovely to have Katie back in the country.

Then Katie and Zac stole my phone.

Pavlova for dessert.

2015-12-24 20.15.39The boys played for us.

2015-12-24 20.37.47A good start to the Christmas festivities.

2015-12-24 20.40.36Christmas morning began with breakfast and food preparation.

2015-12-25 10.23.38Then selfies and presents. I am apparently easy to buy for.

Pigs on the Christmas tree.

2015-12-25 11.48.12Then it was time for Christmas Day cricket.

2015-12-25 12.05.03We also got in a Christmas Day beach visit.

And time for champagne.

2015-12-25 16.13.48Sebastian prepared some scallops.

To the table!

And the turkey looked amazing.

2015-12-25 18.00.59Some people…

2015-12-25 19.04.57

And a lovely sunset.

2015-12-25 20.26.14

It dawned fair-ish on Boxing Day, so we went to the beach.

2015-12-26 11.10.55The skies got more threatening and we headed home – just before the torrential rain.

The rest of the afternoon was indoor activities – perfect lazy Boxing Day.

2015-12-27 09.59.42Even Ollie got in on the lazy action.

The next day was lovely weather, so we spent the morning on stand up paddle boards and kayaks and hitting the beach.

And the afternoon was kite flying. I don’t think we expected it to be quite as much fun as it was, and the conditions were perfect for it.

After dinner icecreams.

2015-12-27 20.30.41Then, once the boys headed back to John and Jackie’s, James and I finished off the day with cocktails at Dulcie’s, a very cool little cocktail bar in an old house, named after its original inhabitant. Wonderful.