Stunning views

Today I decided to take the day off and finally do the beach walk up along the coast. It’s been on my mind for so long but I could never really allow myself the time to do it. And today I finally did it!

I walked to the blue dot from the red dot on the map, passing 5 beaches on my way there: Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why and Collaroy.

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Freshwater beach and the houses clinging to the rock.

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The surfhouse.

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The other side of the beach – looking towards Manly.

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Cliffs that the kids will love to jump around on and getting sprayed by the waves crashing into the rocks.

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Curl Curl beach and pool (think there was at least one at each beach).

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Looking towards Manly again (this time from the other end of Curl Curl beach).

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Magnificent views on the way to Dee Why beach on top of the cliffs.

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And Dee Why beach (it was a loooong beach), looking towards Manly.

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And further up the coast (will have to wait for another day).

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Then I took the bus home again. Happy and tired.

Magical sunset over Manly

It’s fabulous weather these days (26° today) and we’ve been to the beach every day after school these past 3 days.

And tonight we went to the rock pool by the Bower too and witnessed first hand this spectacular sunset.

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See how high the tide is, almost level with the pool?!

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Fresh water was flowing into the pool making it more fun than usual to swim in it.

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It’s getting dark quickly these days. But it’s still warm.

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Getting colder

Autumn is very much here. The biggest change is the temperature – indoors. It’s freezing indoors while it’s t-shirt warm outside.

I’m not kidding. It’s 2 layers of fleece indoors and still I’m cold. But I think it just takes time to get used to the difference. And not to judge outside temperatures by indoor temperature. I tend to get stuck in front of the open fire place (gas) in one of the hammocks. Best place to be these days.

Today I left our cold apartment to soak up some sun. It was summer warm in the sun and all the layers of fleece quickly came off. Knew I should have brought my swimmers and went for a snorkeling tour (it’s a great place for it – saw plenty of fish and a shark the other day).

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Sydney – Manly

One of the great things with Manly is the ferry that locals and tourists use to go to and from Sydney.

How about commuting like this?

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One of my favorite views inside the Wharf.

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Today, there was some big waves which made the trip into the city a lot more interesting.

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And finally Sydney, in it’s morning glory at Circular Quay.

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End of the term

Friday meant last day of the term, Easter hat parade and grandfriends day.

The kids had made their own hats and the school yard was filled with colors. On top of this, the kids didn’t need to wear their uniforms which added to the colors.

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There was a big performance for the grand parents and a parade with all the gorgeous hats.

We are now officially on vacation. Or the kids are…

Spider

Today I caught my first, big spider.

I saw something move and thought it was a big cockroach but turned out to be this spider.

I think it’s a Huntsman spider. They are big and fast but not poisonous. Actually, they are handy to have around as the eat the bad spiders.

I’m going to let it out in the garden once the kids get to look at it. They’ll love it. And securely in a glass cage, it is really interesting to look at.

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Cross country running

This week is the last week of the term and 2 weeks of vacation are waiting for us. But before that happens we still have Cross country running and Easter Hat Parade.

Today all classes 3-6 had a cross country running competition. Where? On the beach of course.
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There was a lot of running and cheering. Think the kids ran anywhere between 2km to 4km depending on the age group.

I am immensely proud of this one:

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