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Room with a view – and what a view it is!



Monday afternoon after the kids went home it was very quiet . I enjoyed having all the family together.

After the kids left we headed to the beach. The water was crisp and a pretty aqua colour, a reflection of the fine white sand beneath the water. Watched Brian submerge himself , I was only able to wade waist deep. Sunburnt shoulders are difficult to slide under the cool waves. Enjoyed the quiet time reading aTake 5 magazine full of lightweight stories and puzzles. I hadn’t noticed though when purchasing it, it contained a very gross section ” Back to School Special” . Oh no! Can it really be that in just two weeks I will be back at work??? I quickly flicked over that section with averted eyes. If I don’t see it it might not be true ha ha ! !

Late Monday afternoon the clouds rolled in with a light sprinkle of rain producing a beautiful rainbow over the bay. Tried capturing it on the iPad camera but as always with rainbows they are much better viewed direct through the eyes. This one had its pot of gold in the water so I guess there is a lucky dolphin swimming around now 🙂


Dinner was a meat pizza from the Pizzeria next door. We had some garlic and herb bread as well. As we consumed our pizza we watched what we think must be a local running group, go for a run. It’s odd fun to watch such an event from the luxury of a balcony consuming junk food! On their return they gathered for conversation, food and drinks laid out on a park table. There were a lot of glass bottles crashing into the park’s recycle bin. Seems a bit odd for a fitness group , maybe it wasn’t ‘that type of glass’ they had 🙂



Slept in Tuesday morning until around 9am , waking to blue sky appearing as the fluffy white clouds burnt off in the increasing heat. Seems as far back as I can remember ( and we have been coming here in January for many years) this is quite the norm ( for white clouds, not the gloomy grey ones though). Sat out on the balcony eating breakfast. Check out the view!!


We took a long time over breakfast , stretching it out reading. We were going to head to the water but by around 12pm ( yes a VERY long breakfast , book and paper reading) the wind had whipped up and white caps rolled on the usually near still water. Decided to instead spend our time on the balcony in the sun, somewhat sheltered from the winds. I even prepared us a fruit platter as a treat.


Around 4pm the winds increased and we moved indoors. We watched some old tv…Cheers , Family Ties, Happy Days and the Brady Bunch. I even got through an ebook today….speed reading hahaha. I have to learn to relax!!

For dinner we strolled to the Shoal Bay Hotel. Brian had an Hawaiian schnitzel . It was a golden crispy crumbed chicken schnitzel. A pineapple ring was hidden under soft melted cheese that was sprinkled with chunky ham. Accompanying it were thin chips and a small side salad with a balsamic dressing. I had creamy garlic prawns. Eight juicy prawns sat atop a bed of fettuccine. Finely diced basil leaves were sprinkled atop with shaved parmesan.The sauce was delicious! Mine was served in a large flat white bowl and Brian’s on a large square while plate. Had to describe these for you as I forgot to take photos prior to eating ha ha .

We blew back to our apartment aided by strong winds from behind. This made walking faster but I was blindfolded by my hair 🙂 Tonight we will be tv watchers and I’ll try reading another ebook. Out on the balcony the wind is making the sun umbrella sing a song of flapping . Tomorrow the weather predictions are for a warm day with a light breeze. Sounds like a beach day !


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

4 thoughts on “Room with a view – and what a view it is!

  1. Love your food descriptions – we make a good pair 😉 Enjoy the relaxing time, will be work time again before we know it 😦

  2. Thanks:) yes making the most of the relaxing time. Hope you are too

  3. Glad you are relaxing! It is a lovely spot!

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