Adventure, baby!

NSW

Kiama

We checked out of our house at Callala beach this morning and slowly drove home via Berry, Kiama and Stanwell Tops. The rain started bucketing down after we left Kiama so unfortunately it wasn’t nice enough to take any pics.

Kiama – the little blowhole.


Oh hai!


Wonky self-portrait.


Kiama lighthouse.


Big blowhole. Thar she blows!



Snuggles.


“I love my dad!”



I had such a great weekend. The girls were amazingly well-behaved! Such a pleasant surprise – both my wonderful Alec for taking me away and my loving dogs for not being painful!

Callala Beach Getaway

Alec surprised me with a beach weekend down south at Callala beach. He rented a dog-friendly house and spirited me away after work on Friday night for a lovely weekend.

Beach!



Buffy’s first time on sand.


Kahlua has a bad hair day.


Freedom! First time off leash in public.

















Hunter Valley Offsite

Occasionally I get sent to cool places like the Sebel Kirkton Park Hotel in the Hunter Valley for an offsite.

The hotel was stunning, set in beautiful rollings hills. The property had a few dams and I saw some kangaroos hopping in the distance.

This is the room I shared with Katia. Another thing about offsites – they’re kind of like having a sleepover in high school again. I always get great roommates so it’s a lot of fun.


Bird of paradise flowers.


Where are our rooms?


Pretty balcony view.



Close-up of roses.


Piece of wood I smashed into three pieces using the palm of my hand. Yeah!


Me and Katia with Olympic gold medal winner Lauren Burns, who gave us a bit of a martial arts lesson.


Sun setting.




All prettied up at the Casino Royal-themed dinner.



Even under duress, I won’t give up my lip gloss.


Retribution is swift.



View from my window the next morning.



Going for a walk around the property with Katia and Shaden.





I also stopped at a winery on the way home and stocked up on some red, white and dessert wine. Does an offsite get much better than this?!

Port Stephens Holiday – Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast, Alec and I checked out of the hotel. We went to lunch at the Inner Light Tea Rooms with Lisa and Alan before heading back to Sydney.

The tea house is on the site of the old light house and has amazing views of the bays.


Lisa and Alan and their root beer spiders.
Magpie on the lookout.
Mmmm quiche.

Tasty scones.


This little fellow caught a worm right at my feet. Having people around didn’t bother him in the slightest.


Port Stephens Holiday – Day 2

We both slept badly, so had a big sleep in, then drove down to Fingal Bay to spend a cruisy day lying on the beach.





By a total co-incidence, Alec’s dad and his wife were staying at the same hotel as us, so we met up with them for dinner that night. After dinner we went down to the marina at Solder’s Point to watch the sun set.


Port Stephens Holiday – Day 1

After several weeks of being sick, spending a few days relaxing at Port Stephens with Alec was just what I needed.

We stayed at Salamander Shores on Soldier’s Point. Since we booked last minute, we didn’t have much of a choice of places. We had a “garden view” room, which overlooked a rainforest type of fernery. It was really pretty, like being in a rainforest canopy, along with the kookaburras that woke me up the following morning.

View from the balcony.

Our room – it came complete with a headless Alec.

The storm started rolling in in the late afternoon. This pic is taken from Soldier’s Point – you can see the storm in the distance.

Alec on the wharf. He loves having his picture taken.

Self-portrait. I am addicted.

Wandering around the garden at the hotel.

Hugest rainbow I have ever seen.

Amazing sunset over Nelson Bay.




We found a delicious noodle place at Nelson Bay – fast, delicious veges and noodles… mmmmmm.

Snow Dreaming

I was picked up at 3am on Thursday morning for our trip to Thredbo. It’s been seven years since my last trip to the snow. I decided to snowboard again – several runs and awesome stacks later, I was back linking turns and belly flopping in the ice all over again.

On my feet finally!

Oh-oh!

Splat!

Two days later, I was back, with plenty of bruises to show for my little adventure. Can’t wait for next season!

Hunter Valley Birthday Getaway

Alec took me to the Hunter to celebrate my birthday.

We stayed at The Carriages guest house … beautiful, quiet and cosy.

The Smelly Cheese shop. Yuuuuummmmmm.

Chocolate …



Accidental romantic self-portraits.

Peppers Winery – buying tasty dessert wine.

The Peppers Convent.

At Hunter Valley Central Gardens.

It was such a lovely weekend. Full of great food, tasty wine and the best company. Awesome birthday week! Thanks Alec 🙂