Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Down By The Seaside ...

Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We decided to finish off our holidays with the people we travelled with to Broken Hill, by taking a trip down to the sea ... to Sorrento and Portsea. It was a stunning day, quite warm (although not as warm as it was when we were up north in the Outback !!).

At Sorrento Ocean Beach we went exploring the rock pools. The water was so crystal clear, it was just incredible.

We saw lots of different coloured starfish, as well as sea slugs, and various other critters.

The surf was quite exciting in places (not in this photo, but I loved the spray in this one) ... there were heaps of kids body surfing, and having an absolute ball.

We returned to the carpark via a huge staircase (needless to say, with my level of un-fittness, my legs feel like I have done half-a-dozen step classes in a row!!), and got our lunches and returned to the sand to eat and relax. The kids had fun, playing in the waves.

After a while, we decided to pack up, and head over the Portsea Ocean Beach. The weather coming toward us was looking ominous. We decided against going down onto the beach, and instead headed over to the Portsea Pier and the ice-cream shop !!

The cloud formations were beautiful ... I love taking photos of clouds !!

As we were heading off, the Spirit of Tasmania, which is the ferry which transports people, cars, etc., between Victoria and Tasmania on a regular basis, was passing by.

We had a fabulous day, and a great end to a very full 2 week holiday break. We all exchanged discs with all our photos from our Broken Hill trip, so that if anyone had missed any, hopefully the other had taken a photo of it !!

It is now Tuesday morning, Chicky started back at school yesterday, for her last 10 or so weeks of Primary School ... then she will be a big Secondary School student. Bit scary, for both her and me ... my baby is growing up too fast *boo-hoo*. Hubby started back at work today, so this is the first day I have been all alone for a couple of weeks. I will hopefully be dropping by your blogs during the course of the day.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Take care,



Anonymous said...

The water in those pools (there was water there?) was so clear Meow, just beautiful, as were all the others, it felt like you could reach out and touch the Spirit of Tassie.

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures ! I have only seen such a clear water at the red sea in egypt ! Thanks for the comment in my writer cramps ! I just looked through your 100 points and saw that you are also from german origin !

As I also love cats very much, I started blogging with a cat blog did you have a look on it ? the name is My cats and funny stories.

Meow said...

Peter ... thank you. Yes, there was water there ... clear, wasn't it !! I was astonished with how the photos turned out ... I loooove my camera, and the macro is great.

Gattina ... thank you. We are lucky here, in that our oceans tend to be quite clean. I will come over and have a look at your other blogs shortly. Thanks.

take care, Meow

BarBarA said...

Wow Meow (hey that rhymed!), I just love it where you live - its so beautiful. These photos are unbelievable! Thanks for taking us with you to your seaside visit!

Meow said...

Barbara ... thank you. Glad you liked them. It is easy to take great photos when the subject matter is so wonderful.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

LittleJen said...

It is spectacular at the Sorrento Beaches, neally moved down there at one point of my life.
These days I go down to Torquay with the kids in the summer beautiful beaches there also. You should visit there one day.
Thankyou for visiting my blog.
Have a great week


brian said...

Hi Meow,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love to see your hyper kitty. :) Love the pics of the ocean, even though we live in Florida we don't get to the coast much.

Kish said...

Those pictures are breathtaking!

Anonymous said...

I have visited Portsea many times, it is a beautiful spot, you are a very good photographer, I have enjoyed all your recent posts so much. Thanks for visiting my site, we certainly made every minute count at Tin Can Bay.Memories are such a wonderful thing, we can visit them any time we choose. Cheers Margaret

Chloe said...

the clouds look like flying saucers.
and the starfish look amazing. i am glad you had such a fabulous time kitty. xx

FelineFrisky said...

I just LOVE the ocean - it is SO peaceful and serene. Great pics, love the clear waters. What is that starfish looking creature with the orange, then brown, then blue spot? Such beautiful open country, I need to visit Austrailia! D :}

Dick said...

Great photos and it sounds like you had a very good trip.

Saturday I went to a Miata club BBQ and there were twenty some Australian Miata (they call them MX-5s) owners from a variety of clubs. One of our members is a teacher who has participated in a teacher swap for a couple of school years & met some of these folks while in Australia. He setup the trip entertainment here for them and this BBQ to meet some other members of our club was on the list. They are a neat group of people.

Jamie Dawn said...

After trudging up those stairs, you deserved an ice cream break.
I absolutely LOVE the ocean. I haven't seen it in awhile, but your photos reminded me of all the beautiful places I have seen along the CA coast line. The clear water is remarkable!! I hope to visit Australia some day.
I am glad you enjoyed all your travels.

Tab said...

I know what you mean about the
"boo-hoos" seeing our kids grow up so fast Meow.I have three.All in school fulltime now.We Mom's have to cherish every moment with our
babies:)Blink and they grow up! lol

I just LOVE those seaside pictures Meow..I must really need a vacation or something because all of your vacation pics just soothe me sooo...

Thanks for sharing~

Michael Manning said...

Meow! Chicky still has many years to go before you have to start worrying about the guys. Just thought I'd toss that in. The photos look very cool. What a great holiday! I enjoyed the quality of photography too! You Rock!!!

Meow said...

Littlejen ... thank you. I want to head over to Torquay, and Lorne, and the Great Ocean Road ... next time, hopefully !!

Brian ... thank you. I love visiting the ocean, but my real love is inland ... lakes, rivers and such.

KIsh ... thank you.

Margaret ... thank you. I think memories are so important ... we continue to make lots of them !!

Chloe ... thank you. The clouds were fascinating. It was a lovely day.

Felinefrisky ... thank you. That creature is some sort of starfish. Australia is a huge country, heaps to see.

Dick ... thank you. Sounds like you had a nice time with the Miata club people. Glad you liked the Aussies ... we're a fun mob !!

Jamie ... thank you. I agree ... the ice cream was well deserved. I hope you get to visit us over here one day. I'm sure you'll love it.

Michael ... thank you. I hope you are right about Chicky. She already has a boy-friend !! (But they are just buddies at this stage ... as far as I know !!)

Thanks everyone, glad you are enjoying my photos.

Take care, Meow

Meow said...

Tab ... ooops, I didn't really forget you ... sorry !!
Yep, we need to cherish every minute with our kids ... they grow up too fast. My "baby" is now 12, and is becoming a young lady quite quickly !!
I am glad you are enjoying the photos ... I had heaps of fun taking them.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

PEA said...

Such beautiful pictures, every one of them!! I really can't believe how clear the water was, to be able to see the sea life so clearly! WOW! Sounds like you had a fantastic end to your holiday:-) The cloud formations certainly were gorgeous!! Hugs xox

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

Hi there Meow
what beautiful coastline you have and the water is so very different from here , it is so clear and sandy , lots of critters too , so colourful ,great job on taking the snaps ! (as Usual!!!)I am so glad you made it up the steps teehhee , I would have been holding on to your waist to help pull me along , we would have made it in a day or so !LOL
Chicky is growing up , enjoy it it as it changes ,,,,,,,new experiences along the way make wonderful memories for a later day! It all happens so quick ,enjoy it ,every sec. Hi to Hubby and Chicky , hope all your family are well
Your friend

Bossy♥'s YOU said...


so nice..i am so jelous

LoraLoo said...

Oh my goodness. I haven't seen water that beautiful and clear since I lived in Hawaii (many, MANY moons ago...). As always, stunning photographs!! Australia keeps moving up my to-do list!

Hope you are having a fantastic week.

*~Tey~* said...

I just love the sea. I've spent a few tims looking through the little rock pools for starfish and the like while my brother and Dad go fishing. Those pictures captivate it well. Keep up the good work!

Gazza said...

Wow!!! sensational photos. I love being down by the sea, sure did bring back some nice memories

DayByDay4-2Day said...

I once did a painting with a splash like that.

Those pictures are so clear, amazing.

Nicole said...

Connie, those photos are glorious. You really are getting the most out of life. Thankyou for sharing your amazing life with us.... we are all very lucky to have you in our lives.

I showed Christopher the photos of your trick through Broken Hill and it brought back alot of memories for him too.

Lots of love, Nicole xox.

Debbie (Fruitful Spirit) said...

I like the shots of the starfish! And the water is so clear! You are right about the shot with the water spray in it, that is a good catch! Sounds like a very busy fast, fun filled 2 weeks.

Badoozie said...

awwwww don't be lonely! we are all here for you!

Cazz said...

Absolutley awesome photo's. Sounds like you had a great time, and did so much in so short a time.

May I ask, what camera you use, I'm looking at updating mine, and have gotten so darn confused with it all !!!


Jean-Luc Picard said...

Beautifully clear pictures!

Meow said...

Pea ... thank you. It was a wonderful holiday ... shame it had to end !!

Greeneyes ... thank you. I don't know, I think you would've been dragging me up the stairs. My family are all well, and yes ... Chicky is growing up, but it is all an adventure that we are sharing together. Hugs to you and your family.

Bossy Britches ... thank you ... teehee.

Loraloo ... thank you. Hope Australia makes it to the top of your list.

Tey ... thank you. We are fortunate in Australia to have such beautiful beaches, don't you think.

Gazza ... thank you.

Daybyday ... thank you. I would love to see your painting.

Nicole ... thank you. I am the lucky one, being able to share my world with all of you. It's amazing the people I am meeting ... I'm glad Christopher enjoyed the photos of Broken Hill. Hugs to you.

Debbie ... thank you. It was a very busy fun filled week, you are so right. Would do it all again in a flash.

Susie ... thank you.

Cazz ... thank you. It's just a simple Kodak DX 6490, which I usually use on auto function. It has 4 megapixels, and 10 optical zoom ... I am very, very happy with it.

Jean-luc ... thank you.

Hope your week is going well.

Take care, hugs, Meow

Viamarie said...

Very beautiful images. Wish I could see them one day.

Cheers to a new day!

Meow said...

Viamarie ... thank you. Hopefully you will see them some day !!
Take care, Meow

HeiressChild said...

hi meow,

these pics are soooooo beautiful. the color is really awesome. sometimes people's pics are a bit blurry/fuzzy, but these are sooooo clear. isn't it nice to be someplace like this and just relax and enjoy the different sceneries? i'm so glad you and your family and friends had such a wonderful time, and thank you for sharing your adventures with us here.

Meow said...

Heiresschild ... thank you so much. I'm really pleased with the quality of pictures my camera takes ... glad you like them. Hope you have a great weekend. Take care, Meow