Saturday, August 10, 2013

Afternoon Out


























A Saturday afternoon with no sport commitments is a rare occurrence in our family. Our late winter weather has been particularly glorious this year with today no exception at 25C / 77F. We decided to grab this opportunity and take a family trip to a nearby coastal village. We have visited this village before (also in winter) - in 2011 and just a few weeks ago as it is where my brother chooses to holiday with his family. 

Today we checked out our previous favourite spots as well as a new-to-us walking track. It was an added bonus to find many naive plants in flower as spring is almost upon us. I've only featured one of these plants (in three photos) which I've not seen before. Can anyone identify it for me?

It was a wonderful afternoon, beautiful weather for exploring without having to contend with the heat of summer. Perhaps we can squeeze in another trip shortly, maybe as a "compulsory school excursion".....     ;)



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52 comments:

Joy said...

A very beautiful place and nice bonding time with family.
Awesome pictures but I dont know the name of the flowers:)

Joy said...

I mean the plants:)

Sarah Lizzie said...

Gosh....it looks like Summer there!! I agree, great destination for a 'school excursion!!

Astridka said...

What a wonderful place!
It's really winter? Unbelievable in good old Europe...
Sincerely
Astrid

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty place to visit, the beach looks wonderful. And the native plants are pretty. Great shots, happy weekend to you!

Catherine said...

It looks like you had a beautiful Winter day too, hasn't the weather been lovely, I love Winter days like today. Lovely spot to explore, such a gorgeous wide beach to walk along. Enjoy your Sunday:)

Henrietta Hassinen said...

Gorgeous place and those beaches, I so envy of those. Your winter temperatures 25C is like our finnish summer, can you believe it:)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a truly beautiful place for a family outing.

I really like your unknown plant with lovely blooms.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

Patchwork and Play said...

Spectacular weather Karen! And you certainly made the most of it! Great photos again!

Jeanne said...

Love your photos Karen and looks like this was a great family outing! Those tide pools look so fascinating to explore. Glad you are having an awesome winter weather wise!

Cinzia said...

A wonderful place, a beautiful sea...I don't know the name of the flowers...but I like very much your photos!
Bye bye from Italy!
Cinzia

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Beautiful pics of a joyful outing!

Filip Demuinck said...

Super pictures, the sand on the first one just looks like ice.

Greetings,
Filip

Steffi said...

Very beautiful place where you was and great plants!

sylvia kirkwood said...

It does look like a wonderful afternoon indeed, Karen! Thanks as always for sharing the fun with us!! Such great captures for the day!!

LisaS said...

Wonderful photos of your excursion and I do love those plants, so unusual for what I typically see. Would love to know the name too ;)

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful day! I am just in awe of the weather where you are at. We are getting towards the end of supper here (another month to go) and the high today is only supposed to be 76˚ F.

Beautiful photos as always, and who doesn't want a "compulsory school excursion" to the beach!

Joop Zand said...

A lovely post Karen..... as usual nice to see.

Thanks.

Greetings, Joop

TheChieftess said...

Looks like a fabulous family outing!!! Are dogs allowed on the beaches down under???

tinajo said...

Looks fantastic, I love seeing pics like these!

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Erin said...

Yes it's like summer already. Our kids have been swimming in the dam twice this week! Brr

geanina said...

Very beautiful place!;)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Chieftess,
Dogs are allowed on some beaches but not the main beach at this village. We did see someone walking a dog on one of the smaller beaches yesterday.

Nancy said...

What a beautiful place to spend a day making memories and exploring with your family.....The different shots are amazing....

Marilyn said...

A beautiful place to visit, and to have a school excursion as well. Interesting plant but I dont know what it is either. Love the first photo.

Fun60 said...

I can see why your brother would choose to holiday there, it looks beautiful even in the winter.

Lisa said...

Looks like such a beautiful place! I would love to live so close to the water. Yes, I think you should go back soon and enjoy it! That 7th photo is so pretty! I would also love to have 77* days in winter! ;)

ladyfi said...

Love the composition of that first shot! Gorgeous series of pictures.

s.c said...

I like the landscape and the strange plants you have captured so beautiful.

Mathilda said...

Was für herrliche Fotos und bei uns ist es kühler geworden, aber ich hoffe noch ein paar sonnige und warme Tage.
Liebe Grüße von Mathilda ♥

flowersandhome said...

Beautiful nature Karen! And o that blue sky!
It's funny you say spring is getting nearer and you could see that on your walk. Today is all rainy and grey and much colder here than it has been and I was actually 'feeling' autumn in the air. I guess we're on the verge of a changing of seasons.
Just read your comment on my last post and you're right, we have to concentrate on the ups and try new things. thanks for reminding me ;)
Marian

E. Ericasta said...

Oh, what a wonderful beach and such a nice place to be with the familiy ... By the way: We have now summer here in Bavaria with circa 38 - 40C the day ... Puuuh ... It`s hot !

Cheers, Heidrun

Jana said...

I can smell the fresh sea air, so refreshing...spent the afternoon on the Dutch costa, was fabulous waling in the warm sand...happy new week from me+tulipland!

sharon said...

wonderful day! what is that fuzzy unusual plant?

Michelle said...

Always nice to have a, "free", Saturday with your family. Those are rare for us as well.

mbartholomew said...

What a beautiful capture of your day. Sounds like one to remember!

Linda said...

Beautiful series of photos. Looks like a great place!

Michael Gatton said...

Lovely photos, I especially like the first and last ones!

Liz said...

It looks like a wonderful day!
I am really looking forward to exploring more of the NSW coast.
I just have to get over my recent knee surgery. I'm really hoping to be back to normal with walking as I'm hoping to go on some long walks.

Gina said...

Beautiful pictures Karen!! The beach is our favorite get away :)

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice post Karen! I just love the sea. We spent our holidays at the Danish coast this year. These are the happiest days of our lifes ;-)

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Gert Jan

Linda R said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful weekend. Looks so pretty there.. I have now idea what kind of plant that is, But it sure does look cool..

Hugs~

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I keep saying you are blessed to be living where you are, you have so much beauty there. Those flower with the fuzzy leaves, the leaves look like deer antlers. OUTstanding!

Dave said...

Looks like you all had a great day at the beach Karen. Yes,it has become very mild early this year in the Southern Hemisphere and I wonder if it will last through to summer? It is the same for us here in NZ - Dave

hydeeannsews said...

Those sports-free Saturdays are SO rare, aren't they? You made good use of yours! That native plant is stunning. It would make a fabulous print, wouldn't it? Hope you identify it.

Nancy said...

That's definitely my kind of winter weather! Beautiful.

PinkOddy said...

I'm glad you had a sports free Saturday as those photos are just beautiful

acreativeharbor.com said...

Fantastic photography of such a beautiful place and delightful for a family outing ~ so glad you took these photos and had fun! ~ thanks, carol, xo

aspiritofsimplicity said...

it looks like a wonderful family outing.

Nell at njschout said...

Visiting from Weekly Top Shot. Your winters must be like our summers here in Canada. : )

Kathy McB said...

Looks like a perfect day :)

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful place to spend the day!

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