I have been missing in action for a few weeks. Thank you for checking in on me - I am doing well. My sister, my aunt and I (and the kids) have been down at Eden sorting out the remains of Mum's processions. What a week it was! Besides dividing up her treasures - vintage linens, kitchen paraphernalia from our childhood, the wedding cutlery and crockery, etc - we also took 3 carloads of fabric and sewing stuff to a patch working friend and numerous carloads to the Op Shop. We also took two huge carloads to the tip, as humans we really need to find a better way to dispose of rubbish as it was very confronting and rather grim.
I came home with a carload of my mother's treasures and many of my grandfather's orchids - that are now at least 40 years old and still doing well. Grandad used to spend hours in his orchid house tending to them so I'm glad to be able to carry on the tradition. I have several bits of furniture for sale from her house as well as a few pieces I am keeping -it's going to be a shuffle here to fit them in but I can't part with all of them! I'll share them soon but today I'm going to share some photos of the beautiful township of Eden. Eden is such a lovely place - very unpretentious - not like some other coastal towns, it's roots are steeped in logging and fishing and while there's some tourism it's not the mainstay of the town which is surprising as it's so beautiful. It's one of those towns though that is easy to drive through - the highway does not go past the beautiful little port or past the beaches so I am sure people who don't know the area or don't explore would drive quickly through the town and just think well that's not much.
The wharves at Snug Cove are picturesque especially with Mount Imlay rising over the bay. My dad and his wife had a house overlooking cove and I loved it's busy-ness - although it seems much quieter these days. One of my very good friends and her husband have a cafe and a restaurant at the wharves - a taste of Eden and the Wheelhouse Restaurant - both are fabulous if you are in town.
Twofold Bay is majestic and dotted with beautiful pristine beaches. It is very easy to get away from it all. When I was growing up, we mainly went to Ben Boyd National Park to Long beach and spent the whole day playing on the beach and in the wild surf while our parents cooked a BBQ on the sand using rocks and twigs from the surrounding bush, drank their wine and read their books. My sister and I would explore, rock hop, make intricate sandcastles and get sunburnt. Children of the 70's.
Down the hill from Mum's place is Cocora Beach. It usually has gentle waves and is a great spot for picnicking and families. Although we have fun memories of a huge storm one afternoon that created a massive surf at Cocora - there must have been 50 kids swimming in the rain and loving the change in this usually mild beach.
We found this wonderful driftwood cubby house that someone had made. I'd like to camp here!
...sending a little coastal love your way