Wednesday 18th May 2022

It’s Great To Be Outdoors. #SundayStills. 78/2021.

It’s Great To Be Outdoors. #SundayStills. 78/2021.

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and I will share this post soon as ‘my’ Sunday becomes Monday here. Terri is in the northern hemisphere. I do enjoy sharing and am happy to wait till Monday.

I would not have said I was an outdoorsy sort of person in my past as I enjoyed cosying up, reading and more at home.

But that has changed BIG time since I retired from teaching over 10 years ago.

I love to be outside….and enjoying the various sensory experiences as I walk, notice and take photos.

Here are some photos from my past life as a Sydney sider,  and some from when we first moved to the Central Coast of NSW, doing exactly that.

Back in 2008, I has the privilege of introducing my grandson to the sand, the water and the experience of being “at the beach” at Manly N.S.W.

And here he is again, before he started school, having a ferry ride around Sydney Harbour. He is enjoying the view at Circular Quay before we started.


Then, below, I had my own solo excursion before we left Sydney for good. Making memories is very important to me.

Back to early years of caring for grandchildren at Glenwood.

We had some great times with Miss R who is featured here:

And when we first moved to the Central Coast we even had three grandkids for short holiday. Quite tiring but memories made!

What a privilege it was to witness this little one’s exploration of a rock pool.


And this is me now, at my happy and meditative place: the great outdoors:

And to wrap this post up, the headland in the distance is that very same place where Miss 2 discovered the rock pools, some 5 years earlier.

Do you enjoy the great outdoors?

I liked getting the chance to share about this too, thanks Terri.

Do follow #SundayStills. Terri’s blog is linked above, it’s fun place to post and share.




  1. I do love the great outdoors. There is nothing like being outside to set your mind and emotions and body straight. Being in the sun lightens my mood. Busying myself outside relieves my mind from run away worries. And exercising outdoors diminishes my stress.

    When the outdoors has water and a beach involved, life is especially good. Enjoyed your photos and your darling grands.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      It is good isn’t it Leslie. I know if I had a day all inside, for whatever reason, I would have to get out onto the grass in the backyard or just to look up at the sky and the clouds to remind me of “the world” out there!

      I have always loved being with the little kids in our lives, watching them enjoy experiences for the first time.

      I am so in agreement about the beach too!

      Yesterday, Sat 26 June 2021, I made a choice to go visit the beach that is about 20 minutes from home and I loved it. Sunny day, waves crashing. walked in the water, collected a few shells and my mood was great…and then later that afternoon our area went into Covid Lockdown. I am so glad I got that time I needed and now I have that memory for a while.

      Thanks so much for popping in the read and comment. I always appreciate that!


  2. Love the outdoors and I think we are truly blessed with the landscape we have! Now to just hope the weather holds out too. Because outdoors in the rain is not much fun!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Yes we are and I know I can take it for granted, living where we do now.

      I longed to be closer to a beach living back in Western Sydney, and it was one of the reasons we chose the Central Coast when we moved.

      Now, it’s 20 minutes to drive and I think “will I?” and I know I need to go more. So, I did exactly that yesterday, got a walk in, splashed in the water…which was still a great temperature…then came home to the lockdown news. Ah, I have that memory now, and I will appreciate it more. Unsure if during this time I will drive over to the beach as it’s one of those grey areas…drive to exercise?

      I hope the weather holds for you to get out and about too. So far so good. Take care, Sanch.


  3. You are the best gramma, Denyse! Not only are those memories cherished by you, but your enthusiasm for the outdoors even then, most likely built a leisure legacy valued by the kids today! Wonderful beach images–I do miss the beach and it’s too hot to go to the lake, ironically! Have a beautiful week and maybe I’ll “see” you on bird weekly this Friday 🙂

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Terri. I am a very enthusiastic grandmother for sure. Making memories is my thing! Sadly four of these grandkids and their Dad were due to visit tomorrow to celebrate one GD’s 8th birthday. Covid and all of us in lockdown has put paid to that. AND it’s school holidays.

      I did miss the beach for a long long time and would visit occasionally. Now it’s 20 minutes from home, when I can, I get there and love to experience it with all the senses!

      Stay safe…these hot days are not great anywhere.


  4. We always go on a ferry ride when we visit Sydney Denyse and it never fails to be a great experience. I enjoyed reading your ‘great outdoors’ post for #SundayStills and love the traditions you have made with your grandchildren before they start school. You are fortunate to have the beach so close by and you definitely make the most of your proximity!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Deb. I never went as far as Manly (having done that many times as a teen) but always one to The Zoo (and stay on board) but this one was to Double Bay which was another area I don’t usually see. As always, stayed on. The round trip is pretty cheap too.

      Making memories is as important for me as it was/is to the grandkids. I remember finding out that mostly kids don’t recall anything until at least 4 or so. ALL those memories before that I have millions of photos and movies for are mine then. Now seriously I am also finding now we have a “digital” divide with the grandkids. First 5 their early days and till school age onwards all captured on real cameras and video cameras. Now all via iphone. The trouble with earlier lot is everything is on VHS and other tapes and we are considering getting a few copied to disc. We started grandparenting in 1996!! Technology shifts have been huge.

      Yes we are fortunate to have the beach close by but no-one goes when they visit us, unless afterwards because of time trip home takes.


  5. These were fun Denyse.