Monday 27th March 2017

Time To Say Goodbye. 320/365.

Time To Say Goodbye. 320/365.

Tomorrow we leave the house at Empire Bay to go and live in another past of the Central Coast.

There have been many wonderful moments where I have been able to capture shots here at Empire Bay and I value that time.

This photo which popped up as I looked back at the year, was taken the last day of the awful week where we endured the Super Storms of the East Coast Low. I wrote about this  here and here.

What I like about this photo is the way in which the sun managed to come out and shine its brightness on a very soggy little tinny….and showed the sky and its clouds reflected on the waters of the bay.
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Do you like saying goodbye?

This song is both poignant and beautiful at the same time for me. Here it is:

 


Denyse xx
Joining Jess for I Blog On Tuesdays.

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Flowers Always Impress Me. 300/365.

Flowers Always Impress Me. 300/365.

Do you notice flowers? I do and especially this year as we are living in a new area.

Here are some of those which have impressed me recently.

Spring is awesome!

 

Denyse xx

Joining Trish for Wordless Wednesday
My Little Drummer Boys

and Image-in-Ing too.

 

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Rumbalara 293/365.

Rumbalara 293/365.

We’ve been living on NSW Central Coast for 2015 and I’m visiting new places. Today I followed the sign to Rumbalara. Where?? Ok, can barely pronounce it but when I drove to the top it was so worth it.

The views looking south of East Gosford and the waterways of Brisbane Waters.  The natural Aussie Bush both burned and not.

To find out more check out Rumbalara  here 

Joining Trish for Aussie Wordless Wednesday,
My Little Drummer Boys

Jen for Photo Friday and Image-in-ing.

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Sunday’s Sea Scenes from Saturday. 228/365.

Sunday’s Sea Scenes from Saturday. 228/365.

Yesterday I wrote about what my Saturday would be about. Here’s some of Saturday on Sunday.

It is my love of both the beach, the sea and capturing the nature that abound that takes me back at least once a week….to do this:

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Macmasters Beach NSW.

 

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Watching the waves….

 

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Breaking waves!

 

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Crash! Here comes the wave.

 

I sat. walked and watched and absorbed the wonderful ‘atmosphere’ and the noise that is the beach and the sea during Australian winter.

There were 2 people in having a surf…I managed to capture just one reasonable shot!

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One Perfect Moment. 208/365

One Perfect Moment. 208/365.

We’ve been spending Sunday mornings here visiting places that are interesting and new.

This usually means finding something that’s nature-based.

This past Sunday it was to a ‘strangely named’ Crackneck Lookout at Bateau Bay.

I accidentally found it a while back and today was the day to show my husband.

Whilst we didn’t get a ‘perfect moment’ for a whale shot, it was a ‘perfect moment just to be out and taking in new scenes with my camera and the husband. He wouldn’t ‘make my Sunday’ by doing a ‘Sunday selfie’ though. Boo.

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Joining my friend Kylie Purtell for One Perfect Moment and lovely Eva at The Multitasking Mummy too.

Hope your Monday is awesome!

Denyse xx

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Seagull-In-Charge. 206/365.

Seagull-In-Charge. 206/365.

I visited Ocean Beach Umina twice this week to check out how the sand has been eroded thanks to the storms making it very, very difficult to access the beach.

However, I am always on the lookout for an unusual photo opportunity and this seagull provided it for me twice.

At least I “think” it’s the same one as it was in the same place and very very tame.

It even stayed in place and patient while I shot a few pics.

These amused me no end!

How’s your weekend going?

Denyse xx

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Why are you ‘looking at me’?

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Facing the right way to see that NO dogs are on the beach!

 

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6 Months. Pt 1. 195/365.

6 Months. Pt 1. 195/365.

This week it is 6 months since we left Sydney and moved to the Central Coast, specifically Empire Bay.

Today I’m looking back on what it meant to ‘move on’ and how it is working (or not!)

It’s a personal look at this move of ours, through my lens only.

Next week I will be writing about the ways in which the next 6 months may look.

What has it meant to ‘move on’?

  • mortgage paid off = financial security quite a bit better
  • new cars purchased once house in Sydney settled = very safe and reliable vehicles each which fit our individual needs as drivers, beach goers, grandparents, renovators very well!
  • no longer city-centric with its traffic, long waits in queues to get car parks, not so crowded on the roads and less than 10 minutes to the beach
  • fewer sources of access to reliable wi-fi and none to natural gas and no kerb and guttering where we live which means localised and yard flooding often..in a suburb where houses on the waterfront (we rent one) fetch over $1million
  • simplifying our day to day lives….this has actually been hard for me as I have been accustomed to busy-ness and working (even though it was part-time at Uni) and caring for grandkids
  • not having ‘control’ over the maintenance and use of the house we live in as we are renting until we can afford to buy somewhere (not here, too expensive)
  • missing the ability to have more frequent physical contact with my family..I miss catching up for a coffee with the adults and having the little ones come and play or stay. It’s probably the one which challenges me most as we have been a very ‘close’ family in some ways.

These are some which came to mind.

Tell me your stories about ‘moving on’ be it in a job, a relationship or a place….

Denyse xx

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Have you ever made ‘ a big move’ in your life? I know Jess from Essentially Jess did and I’m joining the I Blog On Tuesdays meme over there today.

 

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Finding This Place.178/365.

Finding This Place. 178/365.

I was determined to photograph sunrise during the week at a local beach. Despite getting up at 5.20 and to the beach in the dark, the sun decided to rise behind the clouds. Boo!

On the way back along the drive home on the scenic drive I took a look at this..it was a beautiful and mystical misty morning here and so glad I stopped.

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The place is near MacMasters Beach on NSW Central Coast and is called Cockrone Lagoon Wetlands.

Do you find that sometimes a photo shoot can turn out better than you thought?

Denyse xx

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