A pleasant Sunday Morning

July 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Australia, Gratitude, Leisure activities, Mental Health, Nature, Share Your World | 16 Comments
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We had a lovely morning on Sunday, a beautiful & pleasant winter’s day. We went for a drive, going anti-clockwise from the west side of Lake Macquarie where we live around to Swansea on the east (coastal) side.

We bought coffee at Macdonald’s there & a couple of hash browns each. It’s ages since we had either, as we have avoided Macca’s since the coffee changed to a bitter blend. However, we’d heard that their coffee is back to being good, so we decided to give it a try. It sure is good again, so we can hopefully get a decent coffee whenever we go to any Macca’s.

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After that, we had intended going to nearby Caves Beach but not knowing the way to the caves, we ended up at Swansea Heads instead. It is lovely there where the rock-walled channel links the lake and the sea. We decided to go for a walk on the south side, where we were parked.

03 rock fishermen

There’s a sheltered little sandy beach that would be great for little kids. Walking past the beach we came to where quite a few rock fishermen had rods out and their lines in the sea, hoping to catch dinner. There were also lots of anglers in small boats just outside the channel mouth. Farther out to sea, several colliers waited their turn to get access to Newcastle harbour to load up.

07 Breaking waves

It was picture postcard stuff. And so were the cliffs & the scattered rocks below them, which are so varied as to be amazing – sandstone, conglomerates, coal and others I don’t know. I took lots of photos of everything & used up all my phone battery.

The couple of hours we spent wandering the rocks & the beach were relaxing and yet also invigorating. The cold but gentle breeze was refreshing in the warm winter sunshine. Blue sky, waves breaking against the rocks, & multitudes of seagulls that had gathered on both sides of the channel, made us feel like we were on holidays.

06 Dirk

We set off home happy and content, and by the time we arrived there, we had circumnavigated the whole lake. The circumference of the lake is 147 kilometres. Here is more information on our beautiful lake and the city of Lake Macquarie.

 

I love being near the sea. The crashing waves are a tonic for me. Do love the sea shore?

 

 

 

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #19

May 14, 2015 at 3:00 am | Posted in Gratitude, Share Your World | 9 Comments
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This week’s questions are all about our home, whether it be a house, a mansion, a trailer, an apartment, or treehouse; a mini theme version of Share Your World.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I’ve never lived in a multi-level house. I wouldn’t have minded it when I was young – mainly so that there would be plenty of room to have my own quiet place to read and write. However, we do live on a sloping lot, and now that we are closer to 70 than 60, we notice that it can sometimes be an effort to climb the outside steps to the main door. I wouldn’t want to have to go up and down stairs to get from one room to another, and I am glad the back door is at ground level.

If you have a TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

We do have a TV – only one! It is in the living room, and that’s because both of us want it that way. I wouldn’t want one in the bedroom- bed is for sleeping and cuddling; not for watching TV as far as I’m concerned.

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time? Explain your answer.

We both turn lights off when we move from a room – unless we are going straight back to it. It makes sense not to waste power – and money – by leaving them on. If a light isn’t needed, then it goes off.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

I like several of our rooms and don’t know that I have a particular favourite. It certainly would not be the kitchen, even though we’ve just done it up and it looks great – I do not enjoy cooking. I like the living room because that’s where my reading chair is. However the TV is also there, which is a drawback; Hubby watches TV, but I rarely do. My study, where I am at the moment, is the place where I go to write to get emails and browse the internet, and to do my scrapbooking. If I had room for a comfy chair, I would also read here. I suppose, because I do so much here, and I can also shut the door if I want/need to, that my study would be my favourite room

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week we got most of my new kitchen finished. Now it is the right height and the horrible pink bench tops have been replaced.

Next week, I will be catching up with four of my sons and their families – and hopefully welcoming our 12th grandchild into the world. Happy days.

Linda Visman

Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

March 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Australia, Family History, Gratitude, Share Your World | 8 Comments
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Here are my responses to Cee’s Share Your World questions for Week 11. Thanks again Cee.

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

  1. The hot weather has been tapering off and the humidity isn’t so high now that we are into autumn. That is such a relief!
  2. I am getting a new (albeit basic) kitchen this week. The sink and counters I have had to work on for the past 10+ years were above height, and I am not very tall. It has been difficult at times to prepare food and wash up at the high sink. In a couple of days, I will have counters that will be comfortable for me to work at, and not so painful!

Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?  

I don’t often use condiments, pastes or sauces. When I do, it is Australian tomato sauce on sausages. Otherwise I don’t use any really.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

There would be red for the blood of Catholic martyrs and for my short temper; blue for the Virgin Mary and the beautiful Australian skies; green for the trees and the Australian bush; yellow for the heat of the Australian sun and sand; and black for my depression and feelings of isolation and lack of friends.

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

Definitely a shower. When we came to Australia from England in 1954, we lived in a caravan for 2 years and didn’t have access to either shower or bath – or even a decent toilet. Once we had our tiny cottage, Dad eventually set up a shower in a lean-to attached to the back of it that later became the laundry. That was my first experience of a shower.

We never did have a bath in the house at all, so I grew up with showers. We have a bath now that I have never used in the ten years I’ve been in this house. I get cold in a bath and anyway, I always feel much cleaner after a nice fresh shower.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am very grateful that the huge branches that came down in our back yard in the short sharp and violent storm we had on the weekend didn’t do any more damage than destroying half our rotary clothesline.

This weekend coming up, we are going camping in the bush, away from the world and its problems. I so want to just relax, away from people, and just BE! This is my chance to do that.

Linda Visman

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