Friday, April 25, 2014

Day - Pet Porpoise Pool

Want to get up close and personal with a dolphin?

The Pet Porpoise Pool, Coffs Harbour

As a beach loving family we respect and admire everything that the ocean has to offer. Sure I may shit myself as my legs dangle in the sea, but it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the creatures within.  Tahlia in particular has always had a big love for dolphins which is why she had her first dolphin encounter t the age of 6 at the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour.  Fast forward eight years and she did it again yesterday with her younger brother in tow.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Day 1661 - Dolphins

It doesn't get better than this!

So grateful our children can have experiences like this one.  Sneak peek.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 1660 - Byron Bay

On this Wordless Wednesday I give you BYRON

Byron Bay
This post was going to be all about how we spent the morning on Byron Bay beach before heading south on the next leg of our homeward stretch.  It was going to be all pictures of us in the surf and lots of lovely landscape shots. A total Wordless Wednesday feast of sun, surf and sand, and Australiana. But despite what my pic monkey collage suggests, there was no time on the beach for us today. Instead we spent the morning at the Byron Bay ER.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 1659 - Freeways

Today I am grateful for freeways.

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As we start our journey south I would like to pay homage to freeways.  I forget how spoiled we are in the ACT with a now finished freeway to Melbourne and a well established freeway system to Sydney, Newcastle and beyond.  It shocks me when we head elsewhere to discover that as far as Aussie freeways are concerned, they're relatively few and far between.  From Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour (for example) the roads are slow and dangerous.  Sure, they are starting to build better roads in that direction but it's already been years in the making and I'm getting a little impatient. As for Brisbane ... actually Noosa .... to Gladstone there is no such thing as a freeway and we're back to the two way single lane "highways" of thirty years ago.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day 1658 - Baby Lola

Nanny Lea, Aunty Tahlia, Uncle Darby and Grand D ....

One little baby and a family with a bunch of new titles. Lovely Lola!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day 1657 - Happy Easter

What does Easter mean for you?

Deep Fried Easter - chocolate and pyjamas

For us it's about family, chocolate, gratitude, relaxation, winter pyjamas and breathing deeply in the knowledge that life is good.

Happy Easter everyone. What does Easter mean for you?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 1656 - Growing Up

Is this the end of actually "playing"?

A boy and his cape
As I sat on the beach at Tannum Sands (near Gladstone) today I watched my youngest play.  He was using a bucket and spade, then dug a big hole with Dad, then played ball in the water with his brother-in-law, then wore his towel as a Superman cape, the talked about "if money grew on trees", then he dug another hole and filled it with water.  Last night the tooth fairy came and tomorrow the Easter Bunny will come.  As I watched him I thought that this might be the last year of this.  It might be one of the last times I see him play and have magical kid experiences. Even Superman has to grow up eventually ....

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 1655 - Proof Reading

It's time for that final proof read! 

The Cheer Charlie Children's book series.
When it comes to self publishing, the most nerve wracking component of the whole exercise is going to print.  It's the day when you say "GO" and you know that once that process starts there is no turning back.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 1654 - Noosa Surf Club

The quest for a table with a view ....

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This quick stop over in Noosa is super important to Derek.  He HAD to spend quality and quantity time on the beach, he HAD to stay in a nice hotel and he HAD to have dinner at the Surf Club with a view of the ocean as the sun went down.  He got it all. Even the view .... after much table hopping.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 1653 - Noosa

We have lots of favourite beaches - Noosa is among them ...

Noosa Beach

We are having a one night stop over in Noosa as we head north.  Noosa is one of Derek's favourite places so it it's important to him that we make the most of our one night stay.  That means a super early start leaving the Gold Coast and a super special hotel at a not-so-super-special price.