Sharon's Journey Through Life

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Photo Challenge - FROM AN ANT'S VIEW

Miss Ant is having a lovely holiday at the beach, although it is a bit too windy. She is checking out this very interesting plant. Those lovely spiky leaves would be very good to hide under if something tries to attack her. Good to keep in mind, but she has to remember how to get back there.

Inquisitive Miss Ant is checking out some of the local flora in the sand dunes at the back of the beach for some up-market shelter from the wind. Those lovely furry leaves look very cozy.

Miss Ant is busy at the seashore investigating a sea urchin that has washed upon the beach. Lots of nice smells to investigate here, and maybe some good tucker too. Time for dinner. Bye!

For more Photo Challenge photos go to Brenda's Photo Challenge. Thanks to Jeanne at Life or Something Like It for hosting this round.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Annual Trip to Stockton

Last weekend, we traveled up to Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle, for our annual Blue Mountains 4Weel Drive Club trip up there. Tony and the girls made a long weekend of it, leaving Thursday night. I had to work, so I got a lift up Friday night with friends. A night of quiet and alone time Thursday was a rare treat (not that I don't love them dearly, but I never get the house to myself).

On Saturday morning we went on an adventure down Stockton Beach. Every year we stop at some old huts that were built years ago in the dunes by fishermen. As it is now State Forest you can't build any more but the existing huts can stay as long as they don't get swamped by the shifting dunes. This hut belongs to a friend of the trip leader's and we stop here ever year to take photos. It always looks different, depending on the weather and the amount of sand surrounding it. Last year you needed a gang plank to get to the front door because the sand had eroded away under the verandah that much. This year the sand had returned.

There are a few places where you can still see the tank traps that were laid during WWII to protect the air force base further inland. This row goes for a couple of kilometres and the concrete blocks stand about as tall as me (about 5'2"). There used to be a row of them in the dunes too, but they have been covered in sand over the years. Every time we travel up here we see new things that have been exposed because of the shifting dunes, but some things also disappear. We saw barbed-wire fences and some petrified forest this year that we hadn't before.

The Sygna, off Stockton Beach, is slowly breaking up. It was really miserable when we stopped there - very grey and gloomy and the wreck looked rustier than it's ever been.

This is an old firing range for shells used during WWII, located at the end of Stockton Beach. The sign is up the top of the embankment. Looks like it's seen a lot of target practice.

There are a number of old bunkers at Stockton at the back of the dunes where the scrub takes over. There are practice ranges and bunkers above and below ground. The one that we know of underground was full of water, thanks to the rain up there.

The way out at the end of the day. We were glad to get off the beach, even though it was fun, as it was so windy and we knew that we had to go back to camp and see what havoc the wind had wrought on our camp. The awning on our camper trailer had blown down and it took four adults to get it back up again in the wind.

Dinner was a sociable affair. We ordered fourty-odd pizzas. The poor pizza delivery guy's car was chock-a-block full. The windows had even fogged up :-) We all tucked in to a yummy dinner and raised money for the kids Christmas party.

The next day was a very windy and wet affair. Most people packed up in the morning and went home. A few people were staying Sunday night too, so a few of us headed into Nelson Bay for a drive and a delicious lunch at the RSL Club. When we got back to camp, I bid farewell to my family , as they were staying the extra night and I got a lift home with the friends that had brought me up. Off home to a quiet night at home, alone. Not something that I get to do often, and it's really enjoyable.

Sky Watch Friday

A very agitated sea and sky at Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia last weekend. For more photos from all over the world visit Sky Watch Friday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

Welcome to this week's Skywatch Friday. This photo is again of Port Macquarie - a beautiful old three-mast sailing ship that was used to transport goods along the coast.

Photo Challenge - WATER

Welcome to another Brenda's Photo Challenge. Maria from Let the Good Times Roll has set the theme for this round of the challenge. Check out all the other participants photos too. I hope that you enjoy my water photos, a small selection taken from our holidays over the last few years.

The platypus waterhole in Boonoo Boonoo National Park in New South Wales, right up near the Queensland border. The reflections are so tranquil and clear.

The Fairy Falls in the Victorian High Country, where we spent a week a few years ago enjoying some camping, four-wheel driving and beautiful, rugged country.

The wreck of the Sygna off Stockton Beach, New South Wales. We usually spend a weekend a year up at Stockton playing on the sand dunes.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

This is another shot of the river at Port Macquarie, where we spent a few days recently on holidays. I just love the strength and power of silhouettes against the sky.

Go to Skywatch Friday for more photos from around the world.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween Celebrations

We have celebrated Halloween for the past few years. It's not that big here, but children have started to go trick or treating on Halloween for the last few years. This year was fairly quiet - we didn't get many kids at the door. I found a nice big pumpkin (after some hunting 0 they are hard to get here and a bit pricey) and carved it. The jack-a-lantern was cool, but I forgot to take a photo of it :-(

My girls had a few friends over and they all went tramping around the neighbourhood dressed up and having fun. They didn't find many houses that were participating though and were a little disappointed, especially Shelby (my youngest) and her best friend, Erin.

After the trick or treating, I took the oldest kids (Tegan, her boyfriend and her two best friends) to see Saw IV. Slasher flicks are always good value on Halloween :-)