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Nothing but blue skies…smiling at me


The usual grey cloud morning was nowhere to be seen this morning. Instead I was greeted by an azure sky with just a few wispy curls of transparent white clouds. The boats bobbed on the tiny waves as the tide came in. At the headland, entrance to the ocean , large waves crashed on the rocks, spraying white bubbles up so high they were visible from here.
This is definitely the way to enjoy another leisurely breakfast. I am going to miss having time to linger over breakfast when I return to work.

We headed over to the beach around 11am. I lathered on the block out cause I was still wearing red hues from yesterday’s sunshine. My skin must burn in seconds. I wear a good coating of 30 + sunblock but 30 minutes can see me quite burnt. Today I used my sarong as a cape …the best block out. Brian swam while I waded , still not willing to dive in . At 22C the water s still a bit cool for this wuss! I still had my magazine to read too.

I watched families zip around on their jet skis, kids making sandcastles quickly gobbled by the incoming tide, and cautiously watched a seagull that circled overhead ( didn’t want him to leave a calling card on my head hahaa) . I gazed at the boats , I’d love one to sail around in. The peaceful scene was broken only by a boat, towing a donut rider, racing at a ‘rate of knots ‘ ( appropriate term here lol) within the swimming zone. It’s carefully signposted by a series of yellow buoys. Some people think rules are for others I think. It created some waves -literally- and the kids near me lost their castle , built dangerously close to the water’s edge.

Around 2pm we left the beach, strolled to the bakery for one bread rolls for lunch. Brian was tempted by a cheese, tomato and beef pie. I found myself nodding off after lunch in the warm day , under our beach umbrella on the balcony, after having checked my Facebook and read a little of a new ebook.

Brian took off for a walk later in the afternoon and I read a little this time my eyes weren’t so heavy 🙂

For dinner we went to the Jumbo Palace Chinese restaurant in Nelson Bay. We have dined there once in every holiday w have ad in Shoal Bay. An anonymous writer penned this review on the Menufeast website …
“If you want the real traditional Chinese food that you used to eat back in your early childhood then this is the place to come. The wonderful old style Chinese cusine where the vegetables and meats are big and chunky and very tastyey. [sic] ”

This is so true. When I was a little girl , on Fridays of school holidays , my mum , nanna, my two sisters and I would go shopping to a local shopping centre. At lunchtime we would eat at the Chinese Restaurant. We would always order chicken chow mien, sweet and sour chicken and fried rice. I don’t know if we ordered other things too, for these were my favourites and they stayed in my mind. We also drank orange cordial with our lunch , and I remember my nanna always encouraged us to ave a second cordial. We didn’t get cordial much ( I remember milk being served more much to my dismay) so this was part of the treat. I also remember two little girls around my age used to sit in a corner of the restaurant while their family served and cooked. When I started high school I became friends with one of those little girls. we were in the same class in first year ( as it was known in those days… Now year 7). But, I digress for what I wanted to write was the sweet and sour chicken and fried rice at the Jumbo Palace has always reminded me of those childhood meals…but the orange credal is no where to be seen replaced by soft drinks.

We brought home the left over food , the meals were reminiscent of the size of yesteryears and so were the prices.

TV here is not the greatest. I have my iPad to play with so I don’t mind. Brian loves tv and finds the channels somewhat disappointing, so much so he has resorted to one of the DVDs provided about Jesse James. I might let him play on my iPad when I finish this and I’ll complete some of the puzzles in his Sydney Morning Herald .

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. :)

3 thoughts on “Nothing but blue skies…smiling at me

  1. Nooooo…don’t let him have your iPad, he will want to keep it :). Your holiday sounds very relaxing, the sort that we like as well.

  2. I loved the Chinese food Fridays we used to have 🙂 I think we did only order Chicken Chow Mein (no noodles!) and Sweet and Sour Pork with Fried Rice. I remember a restaurant in Albury doing the same food, in the same way as the Jumbo palace.

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