Thursday, 28 May 2015

You can't stop the waves......

Life is a series of waves, up and down, up and down.  
One of those 'downs' found my elderly Aunty unexpectedly taken into hospital.
Off I went some 3 hours south to the beach side town of Port Macquarie to visit her.
I arrived in the evening and as visiting hours were not until 10am
 I thought I would catch a beach sunrise the next day.  

Ha! Well, 6 am found me sitting in the car park staring through the rain spattered windscreen,
surrounded by VW campers and panel vans
 with their occupants still hidden from sight in sleeping bags.

 The sun crept tentatively into view, 
and unbeknownst to me so did the surfies .

But it wasn't long before there was a pitter patter and out came the umbrella.  

Those surfers had sneaked past me while I was engrossed in taking photos
 and there they were catching a wave in the rain!

Out popped the sun and for a while things looked up.

Clouds still hung threateningly on the horizon.
You never know what's around the corner.  

There was just time for me to grab a quick coffee and a bite of breakfast 
before heading into the hospital where Aunty was so happy to see me.
She told me how wonderful the ambulance officers had been
and we laughed when I recounted my beach adventures.

"You can't stop the waves  ~   but you can learn to surf."

Quote by John Kabat-Zinn 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Autumn ~ From Balmy to Biting

Stirring the porridge on the wood stove I think back to the beginning of May
 when the full moon was out. 
There was a warmth in the air, moisture too.  
That's what caused the fabulous rainbow ring around the moon.  

I scurried up the hill to the west in the early morning

The light shining on this web was just like the ring around the moon the night before.

 I was just in time to catch that same full moon going down behind the farmland.

The mist lifted to reveal bright autumn foliage on the liquid amber trees.

By afternoon the sun's heat tricked us all into thinking that summer had never left. 
The bugs came out in their masses, great feasts for the birds!

The evening sun slid slowly out of sight leaving us bathed in it's warm glow.

Fast forward a week or so and things are changing fast. 
The wind whooshes through the trees and leaves are defenseless, 
falling falling falling....

A chill fills the air, summer's really gone.  Winter's not here yet,
but from the feel of that bite in the wind, it won't be long.

It's comforting to think that whatever the season, 
wherever we are,
 that same moon shine's down on all of us. 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Peaceful end to a lovely day out.

OK everyone, it really is time to get home. The sun's going down, the chooks need locking up and the dog will be getting hungry.  Hop in and let's go!
(In case you missed parts one and two of our day out in the New England Tablelands of New South Wales, please have a look here )

The last rays of sun stream through the trees to our west, as we drive east

No more roo's to be seen, even around aptly named Kangaroo Hills Creek.  
Early evening is a time you need to be very careful to look out for them on the road.

Too dark for any more photos, and here we are at home now.
 Well, thank you so much for the company.  It's been lovely to have you come along.
Bye Bye, I have to go and feed the dog now, he's not a happy chappy!

Do you have a favourite place to go for a day out that's within reach but still feels like a bit of an adventure?  I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Heading home

Ready to get back in the car and head east towards home?  Good, so am I !  
For those of you who missed the journey so far check it out here

The hint I gave as to what we would be seeing was simply animals, cattle, sheep & horses of course.

Quick or you'll miss them....  
These roos are ready to jump the fence for greener pastures!

Stopping for a photo break beside the road where a side road joins ours.  
It's not as bad as it looks!  The cattle truck waits for the gravel truck to pass...phew!

Drama averted, and oh what a view.  Going on 5.45pm, the light is glorious.

This journey is taking longer than I thought....
 so I think we will have to carry on to a Part Three.
Glad to have you along so far, and hope you'll come back for hopefully the last leg next week.  
See you then!  

Bye for now