Two perfect winter days.

Time and Space.

Space and Time.

It’s all I need really….time to heal, to reflect and recharge. Space to feel, to breathe, and to explore. To recalibrate and grow new ideas. Or simply, the opportunity to spend some quality time immersed in the pristine, calming world of Mother Nature.

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I hate to overuse the work “perfect” – but that’s what it was. Last week, I spent two nights at Wilson’s Promontory for the first time in about 20 years…when I was last there you could still buy a big bag of bird seed from the general store to feed the birds. Holidays as a kid were chaos in tents, icy cold swims and (equally) icy cold showers. Changeable weather, adventures up the creeks and across squeaky sand.

As a kid this was an endless wonderland.
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This trip it felt like I was transported to a different era – where the measure of time was not a watch but the waves carving into granite cliffs. Or the tidal river engulfing moss-covered boulders and trespassing into the wetlands. The sun peeking up over the mountains, fanning out to light the sky and sparkle on the seas. Where your eyes cast out across the ocean…to nothingness – so close to the edge of the universe.

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If you haven’t been there yourself, do. Put it one your list to visit and soon – winter is kind to this part of the world (if you bring your woolies and hiking boots!!).

The days seemed to start brighter and crisper than what I am used to.

The sun rises gently but firmly, changing the landscape and bringing the world to life.

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It really was just me and the birds on the beach that morning.

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Squeaky beach wasn’t as squeaky as I remembered, but I had it all to myself.

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face, or stop thinking just how lucky I am to live in this part of the world.

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If you’re blessed as we were, the weather will be kind. The days will feel long and glorious. The views will not disappoint.

We chose an ambitious 17km day walk, and didn’t regret a minute of it.

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There were chats and laughter (mostly on the downhill parts). Jokes and some serious debate.

A lunch picnic in the sun.

Wildlife spotting – poor little thing, didn’t like being the centre of attention really!

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Many beach strolls – the water blue and the sky bluer. The clouds all pretty and wispy.

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Obstacles to negotiate, icy waters to test.

Photos to take, and [more] food to eat.

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And sunsets to melt your heart and give strength to weary legs.

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Time and space – two days in paradise really is proof that the simple things in life give such pleasure.

How blessed I truly am.

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2011 in Pictures

What does Christmas, Boxing Day and the holidays mean to you? How do you celebrate and farewell one year, at the same time marking the beginning of a new one?
Maybe time to catch up with friends and family for a few drinks…share presents and stories of the past 12 months, watch some fireworks or maybe just a quiet night on the couch with your favourite movie?
For me, it’s about reflecting on the ups and downs of a year passed – faster than the blink of an eye – muse over how close you came to achieving those lofty goals you made way back in January….

This time, I decided to do it in pictures.

Summer and Christmas rolled into one

Autumn in Canberra

 

Easter and some winter fun!

A visit to Adelaide, a flourishing early spring garden

San Francisco, north California
More Californian adventures

Autumn time take two…Yosemite and Vermont
Vermont, New Hampshire
Exploring New York

It really was a busy and challenging year. But when I look back through the photos I have, I can only be thankful of the great opportunities I was gifted. And be grateful that there always is a silver lining to the cloud. I may not have met all my goals for 2011, but I sure did have a great deal of fun along the way.