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Last day of holiday


The morning was perfect, blue sky and a pleasant temperature. The winds of last night were gone. A smoky smell met my nose, obviously blown from the Cessnock fires far, far away. I took a ‘selfie’ of the morning scene.


After breakfast the mercury was soaring so we headed to the beach. The water was not too cold and I had a ‘technical ‘ swim as I did lift my feet from the ground for a few seconds and splashed my arms momentarily. That’s more than I usually do at the beach these days. The area was similar to a scene from Jaws and that unnerves me. The sky was blue but on the horizon past the opposite side of the bay, a series of puffy white clouds lay i n perfect d’Hollywood’ style. Colourful beach umbrellas covered the sand, children paddled boards and floats, squealing with delight. In the middle of the bay a paraglider had a bird’s eye view as its passenger flew behind the fast speed boat to which they were attached. Dolphin cruise boats circled searching for dolphins . The familiar drone of jet skis was absent today. In my mind I could hear the tune …”do -do, do-do-do-do do-do,” and in my mind too, a shark was creating that sound. Yes, I have a vivid imagination 🙂 I chose instead to sit on the waters edge, the cool waves washing lightly ( and some not so kindly as the tide was coming in haha) over my legs. At the time I didn’t know,but arriving back in the apartment I realised the sand of the bay was now very depleted with most caught in my swimmers …lol.

We had a late lunch around 2 pm and it was now really hot. We stayed indoors in the air con instead of being out on the balcony. I kindly let Brian use my ipad to watch some videos from the Sydney Morning Herald website. I napped and on waking an hour later he was still watching them. By the time I got my ipad back I had just 268mb of my 1 GB of data I had just laded in the morning!! Looks like I will be recharging to finish off the holiday. I don’t use 3G only on holidays away. I mostly tap into my home wifi or hotspot it with my phone ‘s data. Lucky Brian wasn’t using my phone data.. That would have been a costly event haha.

I logged onto Facebook when I got my iPad back and felt extremely bad for my kids and pets who were sweltering it out in 45C temp , no air con ! Couldn’t get in touch with them then because they had headed to work ( kids not pets) .Eventually heard from my daughter and offered them to go to a local hotel for the night but she said it wasn’t too extreme now and both pets were running around chasing and playing. The tiles on the back family area floors do tend to keep fairly cool. We must remedy the air conditioning situation!

Ate fish and chips for dinner. A very hot wind was blowing making the walk down less than enjoyable. The beach front was packed despite the sun going down and black clouds coating the sky. People were swimming , while others ate and drank on the sand in the non-existent cool breeze, despite the proximity to the water.


Right now lightning is decorating the sky and thunder is loudly rumbling…so loud it is audible over the TV and Brian has it loud AND the glass doors have been soundproof to traffic. I like watching a good storm. It’s sad packing up as it’s been a relaxing week. It will be good though to be home as there really is no place like home.. Said tapping my black thongs together at the heels 🙂


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 “Last day of holiday

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading about your holiday, it sounds very relaxing and you will be all ready now to return to work 🙂
    It has been hot here, too, we couldn’t do without air con. and me, the air con nazi checking for open windows and doors 😉
    Have a safe trip home xx

    • Im so looking forward to returning to work haha . I’m going straight to get the air on when I get home.im kicking myself for not having it ducted when we built the house. An unnamed member of the household convinced me against it due to the extensive insulation w put in. It ha been good until these heat eve increases in temps but I’m not wanting to take a gamble they won’t happen again.

  2. Last day of holiday is always a little sad but also good to get back home. Sounds like you had a really relaxing holiday all refreshed for a return to work -NOT!!!

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