Tuesday 19th December 2017

Beach or Bush. #LifeThisWeek 37/52. 2017.109.

Beach or Bush. #LifeThisWeek 37/52. 2017.109.

People talk of, and actually do in some cases, making ‘sea-changes’ and ‘tree-changes’ in life.

In our case we moved away from the hustle, bustle and mortgage-laden house in Sydney’s north-western suburbs to retire closer to the east coast. We both came from coastal upbringings as kids and teens and then our careers took us to the NSW countryside…the Bush as it is affectionately known. When we moved TO Sydney in 1978 it was to be closer to medical services, buy a house, settle into new roles at schools in the area and to be somewhat closer to family and, as it turned out, to have a second child.

The reasons to STAY there after almost 30 years dissipated so it was time for us. In renting on the NSW Central Coast – it’s a large regional area about 1.5 hours from the heart of Sydney – we have found the northern end where we are now, preferable for us in terms of cost of living and access to what we need. Nevertheless, we really have NO IDEA of where will eventually BUY again as we do not yet have the final funds. So, the idea of doing some investigating, via here for our choice of Beach or Bush was born.

Enjoy the pics and the words and see if you can work out what is my preference by the end!

 

If you had to make a choice of Beach or Bush what would yours be?

Denyse.

I link up here too on Mondays: Alicia’s Open Slather and Kell’s Mummy Mondays.

Life This Week kicks off for the remaining 3 months of the year with this: Beach or Bush. 37/52.

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Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Yesterday I would have said generally, yes.

Until this…the great (and latest) East Coast Low. This was earlier on Sunday 5 June. We live between Wyong and Norah Head. Top of photo.

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I am writing this and scheduling the post ‘just in case we lose power’ so…here is a link to what has been happening in the local area called The Central Coast of NSW. The east coast low went from Queensland, down through northern NSW, here then onto Sydney and inner parts of the metropolitan area, south coast and further. It remains a menacing and awful event. Let’s hope by the time this is published tomorrow it’s gone!

I have horrid memories of the last #eastcoastlow and that wasn’t even in Winter! Remember this?

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So, I guess I am more of a winter person as I am more physically comfortable being cool. I love a temperate time of year, like most people, and so I dislike the extremes of summer. I could live in a colder clime – I think – but my hub endured too many Armidale winters to want to do that again.

We will stick to the more temperate climes in our older age and keep comfy with a jacket or jumper and the heater set at about 23 degrees when it gets too cold even here.

I like the comfort foods of winter, but I have to cook them still. I also like the warm cosy nights in bed but then again, the nights are pretty long aren’t they? I enjoy being at home on a winter’s day with sunshine pouring in through the windows but keeping wind and rain at bay.

What about you?

Are you a winter person?

Denyse.

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Joining Kirsty, whose idea this was…and wondering what she will have to say over here at My Home Truths.

UPDATE: We did not lose power. Phew. So many people I know living in areas majorly affected by this east coast low system and I feel for them. Many have had house damage, cannot get to work or school and some schools and businesses are closed. Take care, everyone. Hope all is well wherever you are. 

 

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Far South Coast Views. 366/113.

Far South Coast Views. 366/113.

In late 2013 I was employed to go to the Far South Coast of New South Wales to visit a school for a professional observation of a teacher. As it was a long way from Sydney, I was flown there and got to stay for 2 nights. Before my official day of work, I drove to Eden a bit further down the coast from where I was staying. I had been there as a child. With a rich history of Australia this place has been part of the fishing and whaling industry. Now the fishing remains and the whales are for ‘sight seeing’. I did go on a whale watching cruise but I was also fascinated by the rugged nature of the far south coast so here are some photos I took then.

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There is a lot to see and do. The hinterland is also rich in Australia’s heritage.

Have you been to the Far South Coast of NSW?

Denyse.

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Adding my posts here: Trish for Wordless Wednesday, Sue for Image-in-Ing, Jen at Pierced Wonderings.

 

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What A Difference! 366/8.

What A Difference! 366/8.

Each Friday is a photography-based post for Topic of The Day here.

I will also use this day to link up three times to different sites and I am grateful for their support!

Aussie Wordless Wednesday with Trish at here 

Photo Friday with Jen here along with Image-In-Ing here.

 

Background To The Photographs Shared:

The Australian continent experiences many different ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of weather and recently it has seen bushfires (wildfires for US readers) destroy a huge number of houses along the Victorian surf coast, droughts ravage inland Queensland, temperatures over well over the ‘old 100degF’ and the current 37degC in South Australia and Western Australia.

The combinations of weather patterns all made for a ‘perfect storm’ called an East Coast Low this past few days on the New South Wales coast line and that’s where we live now. I’ve been out today (as I was yesterday) trying to capture some shots in the howling winds and driving rain. I only used the iPhone in the end as I could protect it against the elements.

Today’s group of photos is from the high tide and flooding of the local Tuggerah Lakes, contrasted with shots taken in a very similar spot about 8 weeks ago when we first moved here and the temperature was rising to over 40degC.

What a land we live in here in Australia!

Denyse

 

 

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Education Work Trip. 363/365.

Education Work Trip. 363/365.

Until I retired officially and ‘forever’ from the paid workforce mid 2015 I got to do some interesting professional work around New South Wales for two years.

My qualifications and experience as a leader in K-6 schools and a teacher in the most recent past match the employment criteria to carry our ‘external observations’ for those aspiring to gain accreditation via the (then) NSW Institute of Teachers – now BOSTES.

The one I remember with great interest was when I got to fly to the far south coast on the weekend prior to my day in a remote school.

I spent some time in a rental car sightseeing and came upon the various sights via the water when I went on a whale watching cruise and on land when I stopped for pics.

I paid my way of course for the leisure activities and the extra two days.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit schools in this role and it was always a bonus if I got to stay over and check out places too.

Denyse xx

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Coastal area Eden from the whale watching boat

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Merimbula evening

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Flight home delayed, Talked with Frankie J Holden about his wife Michelle going into teaching!

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Blue Mountains Re-Visited. 302/365.

Blue Mountains Re-Visited. 302/365.

Before we left Sydney (forever) in January 2015, I took time in the months preceding to visit areas which would not be so easy to see after moving.

The Blue Mountains, beyond the city of Sydney, was about 1 hour (in good traffic!) to around 2 hours from our place in western Sydney.

I know visitors from overseas who view my blog enjoy scenes like these, and might like to check out the Tourism website here.

Today I am dedicating this post to  Jen from Pierced Wonderings who shares her part of the world from North America.

Enjoy!

Denyse xx

It’s time for Flog Your Blog Friday too, over at Grace’s blog here.

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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
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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,
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Jen for Photo Friday and Image-in-ing.

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