Early this morning my mother roused the family from our sleep to head down to Elephant Rock for the Dawn Service.
Hundreds of people had gathered on the beach to pay their respects and spend time remembering those who gave their lives for our country.
Watching the sun rise over the sea as the bugle played was a moving background for the scenes of Gallipoli that were playing in my mind’s eye.
We Will Remember Them.
After brekkie and a nap I’m now laying on the beach staring at the clouds as they drift on by. They look close enough to touch today!
There’s nowhere I’d rather be than laying on the beach in the last scrap of sunshine before winter is truly upon us.
As a child growing up in the Sunshine State, we spent all of our school holidays by the seaside.
Our home away from home at the Gold Coast brings back memories of evening beach walks, trips to the corner store to spend our pocket money on lollies, and the morning routine of beach -> pool -> lunch. A tried and true recipe for holiday happiness.
I was excited to spend some quality family time on the coast again during my Christmas holidays and relive my youth. The lolly store is now a surfboard shop, and our quiet Currumbin estuary is now a hub of family activity with the development of a play park and a beachside cafe. But some of these new changes have brought with them new family traditions, one example of this is espresso at Barefoot Barista with my brothers.
The traditions may have slightly changed, but the sentiment remains the same 🙂
Photography by Heather Louise
Flower crown: made by me
Custom hair colour: Scissors Paper Rock Salon
Happy New Year!
I was headed home from beautiful Byron Bay today after attending a hens weekend for a good girlfriend of mine. With my trusty Maps app on my iPad I confidently set off, homeward bound!
First off, it took me in the opposite direction than I had anticipated, on a wild goose chase to a road that didn’t exist. I turned around, deciding to head into the heart of Byron and go from there.
On the way, my helpful navigator instructed me to take the next left, and a sign conveniently stated “TO PACIFIC MOTORWAY”. This sounded legit, so left I went!
Cue half an hour of slowly rolling my low to the ground Subaru over a surface that was more pothole than road, but I certainly saw some gorgeous views – it was totally worth taking the long way around (even if my car may never be the same).
This was my favourite view, with the water sparkling on the horizon.
I was very relieved to see this sign!
Home sweet home 🙂