Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Hazards - Coles Bay from Friendly Beaches

The Hazards – Coles Bay from Friendly Beaches

This is also a photo I’ve used on cards for Catapult Earth! I really love this shot and it fits with the challenge for the week!

Enjoy your week!

Nomewome

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A Warm Winter Glow and Crisp Sparkling Stars!

What is going on up there? It looks like I was missing something spectacular. Or is it the ominous black cloud that makes the sky look so amazing?

What is going on up there? It looks like I was missing something spectacular. Or is it the ominous black cloud that makes the sky look so amazing?

Not much happening at the moment. Too tied up with family commitments to walk much. Well that is walk much during daylight hours. Though I have to share, the longer dark and the colder days are giving us an amazing natural display from our own patch of earth.

What  a wonderful show everyday as the temperatures drop to 0 overnight. The diamonds that form on the ground and shimmer in the occasional appearance of an early morning traffic light I reflect are always a pleasant reminder of the beauty the cold brings….. as I walk in the dark.

Only a month tomorrow until the winter solstice and the shortest day! Then it will get colder but the days will start to return! Happens so fast I can’t believe it. I’ve missed the best of the autumn leaves already! But I am appreciating the clear nights that allow star gazing. The Aurora Australis is meant to be at the peak of it’s cycle this year. But we haven’t managed to catch a glimpse of it yet! Lets hope the darkness over the next few months will bring it our of hiding. I have an eager family waiting to meet it!

All the best and enjoy your week!

Nomewome

Garden lights at night are a happy sight now it gets dark so early!

Garden lights at night are a happy sight now it gets dark so early!

How about this. A warm winter glow without a hint of a warm fire. It's amazing what reds and oranges can make of a scene on dusk!

How about this. A warm winter glow without a hint of a warm fire. It’s amazing what reds and oranges can make of a scene on dusk!

Overnight Camp a Big Success at the Beach: Part One

Twilight frolicking beneath the Hazard Mountains at Coles Bay

Twilight frolicking beneath the Hazard Mountains at Coles Bay

Long weekend and never a dull moment in our household. Between dancing and sporting activities, parties and daytime naps there never seems enough time in the year to have a guilt free night away.

But night away we did have. Nappies and all!

Hubby had been hinting for quite sometime now that instead of just taking big kids he would like me to start coming again on these amazing experiences. Of course, sleep depraved and irritable there was no way I could be convinced of staying in a tent with all its discomforts until I was feeling up to it.

I have been there and done that for 6 months hardcore through Europe with him! Locally we have braved it with the other two. I love it don’t get me wrong. But there are certain things that hubby has made clear that he does without the rest of us if he is given an inch!

One example being that if we are anywhere near a mountain, he is up at 4am to climb it. One trip I realised upon finally arising at 7am with a vomiting 4 year old and two year old of whom I had been trying to keep quiet since 4am due to her Father’s unsuccessful quiet departure from the campsite. (He pipped the horn!) That he had left me without water and transport. It was too early for our neighbours and too early for the camp operators that had their shop at the entrance at least a kilometre away! And yes I did run down to check!

Another time it pelted with rain on pack-up shortly after our beach walk to a cafe that had ended with the 3 year old throwing strawberry milkshake all over herself until she was so wet that at first glance anyone on the beach may have thought we had thrown her in the ocean! Of course come a little closer and she smelt of sore strawberry milk! The rain on this day was drenching and cold! Then the car wouldn’t start!

Anyway there has been other instances too but I wont elaborate as I feel this will deflate my argument somewhat by ‘over doing-it a bit’.

Now you may say “oh that’s all the fun of it”. True! But I can limit the fun thanks. When I have the energy to deal with it all …… and the washing!

But this weekend we were all good to go!……….

We did have to revise how we catered for the big girls though. The $10 boogie boards were not going to cut-the-mustard in the bay, so we brought $15 blow-up boats from Kmart! We looked at $400 kayaks and the like and decided the girls needed to see whether it was likely to be something they enjoyed first. Then maybe they might need to talk to Santa?

….And so we set ourselves up for the first drama! Second child fitted 2 oars and decided when Mum said it was time to turn around and row back in the opposite direction, that she would panic and start to float away…. Sigh…. Super Dad to the rescue! Not without a lot of screaming and tears mind you! Of which continued as the ‘flavour of the moment’ for at LEAST half and hour afterwards!….. Get my drift??? (Pardon the pun!)

Enjoying a peaceful paddle before number two decided to panic and start "very slowly" to drift away!

Enjoying a peaceful paddle before number two decided to panic and start “very slowly” to drift away!

That sorted, we moved on to beach combing. We found an octopus in the sand. It was definitely a highlight. We moved him into the ocean as he was at risk of being trodden on in the sand where he was hiding! He was amazing to watch and as he was quite keen to wrap his tentacles around anything. We found two big chunky pieces of wood to move him with. He wasn’t a blue-ringed octopus but we have read that all octopus are venomous. We weren’t taking ANY chances. Toddler was very cautious and followed her big sisters lead in this situation! That was pleasing to see.

We cartwheeled our way back to camp and thought about cooking dinner.

But I will have to continue tomorrow………….

Until then

Nomewome

With two sticks we moved him back into the ocean and watched him swim off.

With two sticks we moved him back into the ocean and watched him swim off.