Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beach holidays


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a fun time bringing in the new year. We have had a fantastic and luxuriously long holiday on the beach in Glenelg (a beach suburb of Adelaide). Long days spent swimming in the ocean, reading books, walking, bbqs by the beach as the sun sets over the ocean and generally relaxing. The weather here has been divine, even the 44 degrees yesterday didn't seem so bad when the ocean was so calm with just a gentle sea breeze.


I'm sitting in the shade as I blog ... But I'm salt encrusted and almost ready for another swim. I'm going to miss this pace of life when we head up home tomorrow. I think 10 days is almost the perfect length for a holiday though and in some ways it will be good to get home. We all miss our dog lots (he's being house-sat at home by friends) and I'm not sure if he's going to forgive us for leaving him behind.

I have a funny story about Hallett's Cove which is a little south of Glenelg. A friend wrote on my Facebook page that there is a lovely boardwalk down there so we decided to go one afternoon. I showered, washed and dried my hair, wore nice clothes and make up even. I was going to wear nice wedged heel sandals but had broken my toe the day before (anohter broken bone on holidays...I seem to do that!) so just wore thongs. On public transport it took us over an our to get there and it was not at all what I was expecting... It was a nature boardwalk along the ocean (complete with a big sign warning of snakes) ... I had thought it was a boardwalk/esplanade with shops and cafes etc. My husband laughed so much and said he was wondering why I was wearing makeup and doing my hair for a bush walk in the blistering heat! Anyway I slowly relaxed into the walk and it was very beautiful (if not boiling hot, sunburnt shoulders weather).

But it was followed by dinner at the pub on Brighton Beach with a couple of cold beers so it all ended well!


Most nights however we BBQ our dinner on the grass esplanade next to the beach. Free bbqs provided by council is a great thing. It's beautiful sitting there eating our dinner watching as the sun sets.


I could take photos here forever. My Instagram feed is full of summer.


I'll be back soon with more painting projects. Thanks for all your nice words on my last post. I'm feeling the benefits of taking care of myself and slowing down, meditating, walkng along the beach.

Hope you are enjoying summer also...or enjoying this taste of summer if you are in the Northern hemisphere.

Fiona xx

18 comments:

  1. All your pics on IG have been so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!! Mx

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  2. Waw, as it seems u had an unforgetable holiday;) wish u a year which will be full of same tasted great days ,
    Ur instagram friend,
    Missistanbuli

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    1. thanks Miss Instanbul! wishing you the same in beautiful Turkey.
      Fiona xx

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  3. Hi Fiona, Glenelg what a bueatiful place in summer. Sounds like you had a graet time bar the toe. Enjoy being abck home with your pooch karen s

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  4. Hi Fiona, Glenelg what a bueatiful place in summer. Sounds like you had a graet time bar the toe. Enjoy being abck home with your pooch karen s

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    1. hi Karen - Charlie (our dog) was so excited to see it. it's lovely being back with him. off for a big walk with him this morning
      cheers Fiona

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  5. A summery wonderland by the looks...isn't it great to just chill by the sea?
    looking forward to your new projects.
    Bec x

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  6. What a perfect holiday! With the toe excepted of course. X kl

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  7. beautiful photos Fiona, looks like you had a perfect time. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous projects this year.
    Jodie xx

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    1. thanks Jodie, i'm in the middle of painting some furniture now - hard in this hot weather!

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  8. On a totally unrelated (both in topic and temperature), I had to comment and tell you that my husband made you barley lamb soup yesterday and it was yummy!! Supermarket was out of shanks, so we ended up with shoulder, but still delicious! It warmed us on a rather chilly Northern Hemisphere evening. Will definitely be making again - thanks Fiona!!

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    1. hi Lizzie - it's yummy isnt it. I love that recipe although can't fathom cooking or eating it today as it's expected to reach 43 degrees Celsius (which is 109 F) here today. so i think we'll be having a cold salad tonight.
      thanks for letting me know you tried it and good on your husband for cooking! mine is good like that too.
      cheers fiona

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    2. He's really good at it, especially stews and Indian food. We just loved how simple it was! Hope that you'll post more of your gems in the coming year :)

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  9. This is such a wonderful place for summer, I hope my family would get to spend some quality time in beach again just like our lat years beach holidays to Tenerife and Majorca. I'm sure my boys would love this.

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  10. This post is quite poetic--one reason I enjoy your posts--the writing, which is wonderful narrative and elegant prose. I moved just half a mile and I get homesick for roses that are no more, the birds that visited the feeders, my little water garden. I hope the pine cones help you write a new story--a happy one.
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  11. Wow!! cool clicks i am very impressed to see all the pictures.You provide great information about Spain but i just need to know about their beach side beautiful villas. what offers they provide during off season for honeymoon couples.Thanks and regards!!
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