Monday, 31 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Western Australia is right now the place to be, and not just for the gorgeous men. It is very much still summer over there and accordingly our Easter Long Weekend was spent along the coast from Perth to the far south, exploring beaches, wineries and diving right in.First and second stop was Cottesloe Beach which, while not the best for catching waves, is a beautiful protected beach just south east of Perth. Good Friday it was jam-packed with people, from families having picnics to friends out for some fun in the sun. The water heated to just perfect degrees and painted bright blue we ventured in again and again. Sylvain managed to find a brightly coloured jellyfish, which I proceeded to spend 10 minutes photographing, and we both spotted a similarly beautiful beach bound beauty who looked like an ad for apple ipods… let me just click the home delivery box. A little later on, something stung me on my last swim for the day - maybe an over photographed jellyfish...
Subiaco fed us dinner, Japanese in a flash, and we headed to the Camelot Outdoor Cinema in Mosman Park to watch Juno under the stars. The warm evening was just perfect for it. I laughed out loud a lot more than once - film and cinema recommended.Afterwards we went for a late night run around the city and along the swan river. I could have kept running it was so good, but we were due to pick up The Frenchman’s family from the airport at midnight. And so Perth welcomed them in summery style. Our Nephew had cried pretty much all the way from France, so sleep was something they all needed. (and possibly the rest of the plane) The Ibis hotel was fine for just that but we won’t be going back there any time soon by choice.
Saturday had me taking the girls out shopping as The Frenchman took his Brother and Dad to get their campervans (not as easy as it sounds). With all the logistics sorted we headed back to Cottesloe where the crowd had thinned, yet the day was even more spectacular. We all hit the water and played in the sand, the Frenchies looking especially stark in contrast to the deeply tanned locals. The atmosphere here so good we stayed and had lunch – Italian by the sea.
Convoy in tow we headed south, to Yallingup – great name – better place. The waves are huge, all shades of blue, green and white, and filled with surfers and body boarders who provide more eye candy than is probably safe for human consumption. My sunset swim here was probably the most spectacular in a long time – I watched as these suddenly huge waves crashed over me – with the tubes of water so incredible I was laughing out loud in this crazy surf. Colours, light, movement – I needed my underwater camera – but it was too late – and given how I was dumped by the first wave I caught – probably safer without it.
The weekend continued with exploration of the Margaret River region, wine tasting, late night dinners and chocolate in so many guises.. Easter eggs, brownies, milkshakes, hot chocolate (just heavenly - from a gourmet vendor at the beach after my early morning swims) home made choc chip cookies, chocolate tasting at the chocolate factory… I think I’ve found my limit. We left the Frenchies at Cape Leeuwin as we headed back to Perth for our Red Eye back to reality.
I hope you all managed a great Easter break.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Today’s the day to find the perfect weekend escape. Find a cheap flight to nowhere – or to somewhere glam. A beach house, a farm house, a camping spot by a river, lake or beach, trekking in the middle of nowhere… a hotel room in your own city, or one far far away.
Click onto your favourite cheap flights site, your wotif.com, ozstayz, or trekking guide and find your way out from wherever you are. Book it for this coming weekend, the next one – or sometime in the not too distant future. You might want to do it alone, with a friend or with a whole group, it’s all good, but now is the time to get it organised. Your Wild Away Wednesday.Where will YOU go?
Friday, 21 March 2008
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Superchilled got to know some other newborn blogs, and some who were already toddlers or older still and learned some good and bad habits through contact with these. Through a process of trial and error superchilled got up onto his feet, encouraged by support from people he never knew existed in all parts of the globe from Colombia to South Africa, The Netherlands to Canada and beyond… Of course he has tripped up and fallen on occasions, and not everyone in the playground has been nice. But for the most part his first year has been fantastic.
Biggest lessons he has learnt in the first 12 months:
Expect the unexpected. Not everything you post will be read the way it was intended.
Blogs are not the way to discuss personal issues with friends.
You have to be yourself, not try to be someone you’re not, and your blog needs to reflect that.
While it’s nice to post regularly – it’s not essential – a good post later is better than a boring post sooner.
Plans for toddlerhood?
When you get up on your feet you want to explore new territory all the time. See what there is out there, and how much of it you can experience. Superchilled is heading wherever he can… predicting his future path is futile.
Above all, have fun with it!
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
What are you going to do?
update: nobody wants to spend $1million?
I'm happy to double the money - $2million - half of which you have to spend for yourself and half on anything that's for anyone else.
What will you do NOW?
Monday, 17 March 2008
I can't breathe and take a minute or two before I can move again- I'm stoked - although not as stoked as when I was told I was 2nd, but they later found out there was a technical glitch... So I manage my aim - a podium finish - and get a prize to boot. The Frenchman has a great swim - his first for the season - and I manage to photograph him (kind of) as he finishes... as you can see below...
I've obviously used all my reflexes for the race... but he still looks cute.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Weather prediction for Sunday:
Mostly Sunny Min: 19°C Max: 25°C
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
I'm sure though, that if this man were in my bed I'd have trouble focussing on the answer to this question...
Your time starts now.
Monday, 10 March 2008
Anyone else have a beach themed weekend?
Saturday, 8 March 2008
- What does one wear to a Cuban themed cocktail party?
- Is there any scientific evidence that there is a god?
- If an obscenely wealthy person buys the house next door - do you get worried or be happy?
- Is there any proof that religious people lead happier or sadder lives than non religious people?
- What is the perfect menu for a brunch?
- Does anyone who reads the blog swim 1km or more most days?
Thursday, 6 March 2008
(only cuter and blonder) walks up from the beach and stands right next to me where he proceeds to takes off his full body wetsuit. I can't say he's the cutest thing since Brad Pitt was a young adult, but in fact, he is. It confirms another reason I like living near the beach, and while I could easily hang around a bit longer I take Norten back home because I have to go to work. And then I post this, making myself even later to work than I really should be. But the story had to be told.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
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