Mid-Winter Coast Trip

We decided to have a little getaway a couple of weekends ago, and took ourselves, the toddler and the dogs off down the mountain to Malua Bay. It was bloody freezing! The dogs had a good time though ;)

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So even though it was terribly cold and wet and soggy, I’m still so grateful to the universe that I am lucky enough to have my family and the means to zip down the coast for the weekend to be with them.



A beachy weekend

Last weekend we got up at O-dark-thirty to get JA to the bus station to go pick up his car from Sydney. Raf and I kept going and went down the coast, and JA eventually met us there later in the afternoon. We only had one night there with our lovely friends, but it was glorious to put our toes in the sand and duck our heads under the waves. I love the ocean.

Stretching out legs in Braidwood, aka run away from mummy as fast as I possibly can
Gloomy but wonderful
Buddies on the beach
Practicing his surfing technique
Check out those curls… Don’t get to see them too often in my pics because they’re only at the back ;)
Favourite everything
Last one… Having withdrawals already *sigh*

Brisbane Trip

This past weekend I flew up to Brissy to have a girly weekend with my Besties, Caz and Clo, and a new friend Bianca (who lives in Emerald, North QLD as does Caz). Lets just say, at 26 weeks preggers and not *that* fat yet (though people seem to love telling me I’m huge already – don’t these people have any idea of how BIG a new born actually is??), I won’t be traveling any further than Sydney until 2012 from this point on. It was a fabulous girly weekend, with copious amounts of excellent food, massages, hair cuts, and lots of shopping. The girls went out on the town both nights but I was very happy to go back to the hotel room at 8pm and snuggle in with trash tv (Kardashians) and my baby magazines. Also, it was 19°C in Brissy, and only 7°C in Canberra with feral winds… Guess where this sun-bunny would rather be?

Here’s my instagram run-down of the weekend:

It all started with a morning coffee for JA, who gave Chloé and I a lift to the airport nice and early on Friday morning

This is what I had to say goodbye to, nawwww

Room with a view, Saturday morning

Old building in amongst all the new architecture

Bianca and Caz at the Bavarian Bier Cafe for dinner, Saturday night (big tables!)

My meal, Crackling Pork Belly with nommy potatos and Apple Compote, YUM

I demolished it!

My itty bitty pony tail after getting the layers cut properly in my hair (story of disaster hair cut I haven’t yet shared, but it was frustrating. $40 fixed everything)

Lying on the grass in the sunshine at Southbank after a yummo lunch and looking through the markets made me a happy girl

We walked through the Botanic Gardens that were flooded back in January, I love Bamboo!

And what I was homesick for the whole time, even though it was such a great weekend

Imagine what I’ll be like when I have a human baby to miss!

Our QLD trip roundup

I’ve probably left this a little bit late to post about because I have a memory like a sieve and only a week after returning from our holiday, I can’t remember which day we did what on. Hopeless!

All I know is, Caloundra is a beautiful place, and a helluva lot warmer than chilly Canberra! When we left it was 23ºC during the day. Just a slight contrast to the -4.2ºC I woke up to the other day here =[ I really love Canberra, but it’s winters are enough to make me want to move somewhere warmer.

Anyhoo, back to the holiday: Our first day we arrived and just got settled, then went out for a nice dinner at a Thai place, about 100m from the unit we were staying in (this roundup will be mostly about food, as when we’re on holiday we live one meal to the next!). The next day it felt quite chilly and windy, so we decided to drive to Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza and see Toy Story 3 (what a fun movie) and by the time we got there the sun was out and it was an absolute stunner of a day. I think it was that evening we went to Montezuma’s for dinner, which was enourmous and fantastic. Sunday again the day started out a bit cloudy, and as it wasn’t exactly beach weather we decided to go to Australia Zoo (we saw the Irwin’s from afar). The highlights were the little piglets, the koalas (funnily enough, but these ones were actually awake and doing something, not like the lazy sods at Canberra Zoo), and the alligators were actually kind of cute in their enclosures, one of them was moving around a bit and I wanted to pat it. Kind of.

Monday was glorious. It was lovely weather, and we spent it on the beach. I sunbathed and read my book, we had a nice lunch on the esplanade, then spent the afternoon watching the sun go down and making the inlet look amazing.

Tuesday we headed down to the Gold Coast about 2 hours away for a day at Sea World. It’s quite expensive to only go to one of the parks, much cheaper to get a super pass and go to all three (or more), but we were staying too far away to be able to do that. We were so lucky because one of the Dolphins had given birth just in February so we got to see the baby dolphin! So cute and little. We also watched people “swim” with them, which I think would be an incredible experience but again really quite expensive (much cheaper and more amazing in Hawaii, just have to go back there…). Our favourite are the Polar Bears, they are just like big big doggies, so gorgeous. I was also very brave and went on one of the (quite small) roller coasters. I hate to admit it but I’m a bit of a scaredy cat… I will try almost anything but I will be afraid while I’m doing it =P Of course the dolphin show is another highlight, totally cheesy in the presentation but it just so incredible to see how intelligent these animals are and what they have been trained to do.

For our last evening in qld we headed back to Caloundra and went out for a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant a short walk away from our unit, and I stuffed myself silly. Yummy yummy Cabonara followed by a delicious chocolate mud cake, mmmm goood. We went to sleep happy and full!

Wednesday we went for a bit of a wander, I found the local craft store (score!) and JA went hunting for computer bits. Our last day there and we realised if we’d turned right on the main street instead of left, we were smack bang in the middle of all the shops and cafes! Lucky I didn’t realise earlier, I probably would have spent far too much on thing I didn’t need.

We arrived home at about 9pm (thanks dad for picking us up from the airport!) to rainy wet weather and some very muddy happy dogs! Of course glad to be home, we enjoyed our little getaway in the sunshine and I’m now really looking forward to leaving winter behind!

More piccies of our trip can be seen on my flickr stream

Countdown is on, 5.5 weeks til spring!

A day at the beach

I have to say it, today was amazing. The South Coast of Australia is THE place to go. We spent most of the day on a great little beach at Broulee, with the dogs running around freely having a wee of a time. It wasn’t quite warm enough to swim (for the humans), but we went out on the Kayak, saw some dolphins, played fetch with the dogs and just relaxed, it was really great.

I did get sun burnt on the way home in the car though =[

We practically had the beach all to ourselves!
We practically had the beach all to ourselves!
Besides all the other labrodors that were there! All the dogs played fetch together, it was cute
Besides all the other labrodors that were there! All the dogs played fetch together, it was cute
Girds going out to meet JA when he and Nick returned in the Kayak
Girds going out to meet JA when he and Nick returned in the Kayak
Shake shake
Shake shake
Washing Girdler after he had feral dead bird smell on him
Washing Girdler after he had feral dead bird smell on him
Harley telling me to stop taking photos and hurry up
Harley telling me to stop taking photos and hurry up

Do you holiday at the South Coast, or any other coast of Australia? Where do you go?

Our beach holiday was foiled by lots and lots of rain

I even got a spray tan. Which is pretty rare. I had visions of lying on the beach, letting my skin soak up the rays (after slathering loads of sunscreen everywhere, of course), then skipping down to the water to cool off for a few minutes before stretching out again in the nice, warm sunshine.

I love the sun. I love the way it feels and how it seems to make everyone a bit happier. It’s the time of year when the weather is pretty much perfect, no longer chilly but not quite into the dead stinky heat of summer, just nice and warm and sunny.

Not this October long weekend however. The plan was to drive up to Sydney early Friday afternoon, go out to dinner with some friends, spend most of Saturday on Bondi Beach, then drive up to Newcastle for the day on Sunday, where we would again spend most of the day at the beach, followed by NRL Grand Final on TV and a short drive back to Sydney. Monday was open to suggestion, another day of lapping up the sun on Bondi would probably be on the cards… well, all the locations went to plan, it was just the weather that didn’t cooperate.

Dinner on Friday night was great (post here), but halfway through it was bucketing with rain, so much so that hailing a taxi to go home proved saturating. Saturday was spent at Bondi Junction Mall then at our friends’ apartment in Bondi watching movies (and the waves rolling in from the storm). Newcastle on Sunday was cold but the rain held off long enough for us to take a walk down to Bar Beach, then once again, it was buckets. Erin and Sam cooked their second ever bbq, and for the second time had to do so under umbrellas! We also chatted with Sam’s pet yabbie, Bruce.

We watched the football (we were going for Parramatta, but Melbourne Storm won), then headed back to Sydney on the wet road.

By the time Monday rolled around (still wet) we decided we’d had our fill of rainy Sydney weather, so decided to come home to rainy Canberra weather. We were actually pretty lucky on the way home it hardly rained at all, there were even patches of blue sky… By the time we got home to Canberra Monday afternoon, all the raining had stopped and it turned out to be a fairly sunny afternoon. A bit late Mother Nature!