Last Sunday we spent a beautiful sunny morning at a citrus farm picking oranges. We picked 8kg of beautiful sweet oranges and since then we’ve enjoyed fresh oranges in lunch boxes, sweet orange juice, chocolate chip orange biscuits, orange crackle biscuits and today we made an orange poppyseed cake. It was such a lovely experience.
We are halfway through the Winter school holidays and we haven’t done a lot. A few plays with friends, catching up on some jobs around the house and some shopping. Who knew how hard it would be to buy bedroom furniture for a teenager. I’m surprised at how fussy she is but I’m sure we’ll find something suitable one of these days.
Linden and Alice went for a bushwalk with our friend Pete and his bushwalking group. They met the group halfway and walked Cowan to Brooklyn, stopping at the picturesque Jerusalem Bay. That spot holds a special place for Linden and I as it’s the place where he proposed. I let Alice take the Gopro with her and she took some great snaps. I think she’s been enjoying some time alone with her Dad and away from her sister!
June was spent with more walks in our beautiful National Parks. We went searching for aboriginal carvings that we remembered from years ago that are at the top of Patonga. It took a bit of bush bashing and clearing of leaf litter but we were thrilled to find them. Oh and Alice turned 13!!
May was a busy month with lots of bike rides, bushwalks and my 49th birthday! We are all enjoying being back on the Central Coast with so many National Parks and beaches to fall in love with again.
An old bushwalking buddy of ours advertised he was going out to Pindar Cave on the Saturday before my birthday. Linden and I calculated it back to probably 20 years when we last did that walk and it was likely that it was the first time we met each other so we thought it would be great to spend the day reliving a previous life of ours and showing the girls what we love. I remembered parts of the walk but not much of it and wasn’t sure how the girls would go on a full day bushwalk with lots of hills but they surprised us and we all had a great day. The weather was kind, the cave was as lovely as I remembered and we were all exhausted by the time we got home.
It felt so good to be in the bush and away from the busy-ness of life for a day.
I started photographing the girls with these Autumn trees 10 years ago. We have missed out on doing one every year with our time living in Tabulam but the girls were super keen to get back there this year for our Autumn photos. Check out the last photo for comparison of how they’ve changed over the years.
It’s becoming a popular spot now and we had to change days and then rush through it with a professional photographer doing family portraits on the days we had chosen but we got a few good shots.