Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unexpected Joy

Those who have been following me since I started this blog in July 2011, may remember that I had a prodigal son who left "for good", with his partner and young son 3 1/2 years ago. Since then they have had 2 more children (daughters) and got married in January 2013.
I have only seen my grandson for 5 short weeks, when my son was living with us back in Feb/March 2011.

Dan, Matty & me, March 2011

I have some wonderful, and unexpected news!!

In early September, I received a phone call and, then shortly after, a knock on the door... It was my oldest son, Dan! His return has not been under the best circumstances... He and his wife have separated. I knew deep down that it would have to come to this for us to ever see him again.

He has currently been denied access to his beautiful children, Matthew (4), Annabelle (almost 3) and Sophia (almost 1). I do hope he is able to resolve this for their sake and his! It is always the innocent children who suffer in these situations.
Here is a relatively recent photo of the children (it's all I have):

Bella, Sophia & Matty

The entire situation has been incredibly difficult for him, but I am so glad that he knew that he could turn to his family in any time of need. Although he turned up on the doorstep totally broken and a shell of the young man he once was, it has been wonderful having him home and watching him gradually relax over the last 7 weeks.

He has finally had the time to begin the long process of rebuilding his life and finding himself again. To see him smile and laugh again daily is an incredible gift. His witty and cheeky sense of humour is remarkably intact.  He has so many gifts and talents that had been squashed deep down over the last 7 years; he is a brilliant musician, artist and writer. He also loves surfing... another passion he was forced to give away over the last 7 years. He's looking forward to some visits to the Gold Coast over summer.

This is not my son but I hope to capture some images of him surfing over summer.

His step-Dad & step-siblings are finally getting to know the Daniel we have always described. He is a wonderful, loyal, loving and caring son and brother. He is a survivor, and I know he will make it out the other end; much stronger, happier and more at peace.

The light at the end of the tunnel has finally been switched on...


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Noisy Miner

The Noisy Miner is a bold and curious bird. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill is yellow, as are the legs and the naked skin behind the eye.



Noisy Miners range from northern Queensland along the eastern coast to South Australia and Tasmania. They are found in woodlands and open forests. They have also become well adapted to suburban situations and are a common sight in parks and gardens.


In suburban parklands and lightly timbered agricultural lands, an increase in population numbers may impact on local wildlife by displacing or excluding other native bird species. As a result, some people regard them as a nuisance.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cabarita Blues

Whether you love body-surfing or serious wave riding, swimming in safe, shallow waters or long beach walks, the beaches of the North Coast of NSW are just about perfect. This is the most accessible coastline in Australia, with national parks, nature reserves and headland lookouts.

As I may have mentioned before, one of my favourite beaches on the Northern NSW Coast is Cabarita Beach.
We were blessed with the gift of 4 days away in early September for Michael's birthday. I have posted on Cabarita a few times before but mainly focusing on the headland area & the southern beach or the rocky coves & surf spot just north of the headland.

Staying 4 days at Cabarita Beach gave us the opportunity to explore even more of the area than we have during our day trips in the past.
North of the headland and the rocky coves, there is a long white sandy beach that stretches all the way to Kingscliff. This is the southern end, right near the Cabarita Beach Surf Club.


The beauty of Cabarita is that it's so peaceful.



I even managed a fence for Theresa's meme  "Good Fences".
You can see the headland of Kingscliff in the distance.

All the little coves make it a wonderful and fascinating beach!


There is something about the beach that draws me in. Blue skies, fluffy clouds and the ocean are definitely a happy place for me.
It was a perfect day!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunset at the Lake

"When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?" 
~ Ralph Marston






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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Gap, Watsons Bay, Sydney

I was in Sydney for my brother's 50th birthday in March, and we did a little exploring the day after his party.
We took the ferry from Manly to Watson's Bay on a beautiful sunny day

It's only a short walk from Watson's Bay ferry terminal through Robertson Park, across Military Road to the headland.

The Gap is a spectacular ocean cliff of the South Head peninsula in eastern Sydney, NSW.
These views were taken from the lower lookout...

The cliff is popular for sightseers but has unfortunately also become infamous for suicides.
The views are stunning! I only wish we had more time to walk around this area... We were on our way to another destination.


Next time I am in Sydney, I will take more time to explore the beauty of this area and more...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

London Bridge, Mornington Peninsula National Park, VIC.

A spectacular area of the Mornington Peninsula is the London Bridge area.
The area is the most northern beach in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and borders Point Nepean National Park.
A lookout, only a short walk from the car park, provides stunning views of London Bridge, the beach and the rock platforms below. There are majestic views east towards Portsea and north-west towards Point Nepean National Park. Beach access is via a steep ramp.







A large rock platform provides for great snorkeling and exploring the rock pools at low tide. You can just see some of the rocks, which form the rock pools, at high tide below.

This famous land form is composed of sandstone and has been formed through weathering action of thousands of years of wind, rain and waves.




The large area of native coastal vegetation along the cliff tops provide habitat for large variety of birds and some of the park’s rarest mammals such as Long-nosed bandicoots and White-footed dunnarts.


The area is definitely worth a visit if you are on the Mornington Peninsula.


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