Miss part one of the weekend? You can find it here.
Sunday morning we woke up early (really early for Ben who had minimal sleep) and cooked up a big breakfast. Ben was excited about the new photography skills I had acquired so he plated everything up me to take pictures of. He is really supportive of the blog and has taken quite the interest in photographing and documenting everything we do. It’s fun for me because it means I have an extra person to capture moments, taste test food, and proof-read posts.
The plan was to go to the Maitland Food and Wine Festival on Sunday afternoon, and try to make it to the high tea at 2:00pm. In the spirit of plans not happening this weekend, we missed the Festival because we were cleaning… and by cleaning I mean POWER CLEANING; the sit on the counter and scrub the heck out of the stove kind of cleaning.
After getting hot and sweaty from cleaning – a house with no air conditioning will do that to you – we headed to the beach to cool off and get some ice cream.
What a drastic change from the house! The wind made it so cold, and the water was not warm either!
I had never been to the beach in Australia, walked along it yes, but never to actually lay out or play in the water. The sand is so nice here. It’s a golden brown color, and so soft when you walk on it. The waves are large too. I can’t compare them to other parts of the world because Florida has no waves, and I have never been to a beach where I have ever seen something comparable or as large. There were tons of guys out on the water surfing, and a few young boys riding their boogie boards on the waves such a sight to see.
I sat on the edge of the water and watched Ben swim out and wave me over… yeah right!
When he came back up we sat on the beach and talked. As I got up to wash the sand off of me I ended up getting covered in more water than expected and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be so I ventured out and played in the waves. It was so much fun playing in waves so big… until it got really cold and we went back up to the beach.
The wind picked up as the sun was beginning to set so we packed up and headed home, opting not to get ice cream on the way because I was craving french fries, aka hot chips, Next stop, McDonalds, aka “Maccas.”
Ben ordered an entire meal, so he could have the burger, I could have the chips, and we split the coke; but we got a few add on items as well. The menus are a bit different here, and so are the sizes. When he ordered a large I was like woah, that’s more food than we need… and then we were handed this large coke.
My American friends, does this look like a large to you? Yeah, didn’t think so.
I started to eat the chips almost immediately until I realized we were not headed in the same direction as our house. Ben said he had a special place for us to eat dinner. A special place that wasn’t the parking lot of Maccas or on our couch? I stopped eating right away and sat quietly (well maybe not quietly) as we continued to drive uphill until we got to this lookout spot.
The air was cold and the views were gorgeous. I could stay up there all day and read a book or just watch the scenery… or eat greasy fast food. Next time I will be prepared for photos with the Canon.
The views coming down the cliff on the way home were just as beautiful. I felt like I had be transported to Hawaii, driving through hills or greenery while looking at a sky full of pinks, oranges, and purples, it was a gorgeous rainbow sunset. I was so in awe of the fact that I now live in a place that produces views like this.
We stopped on the drive home one more time, but this was to rent a movie and buy Tim Tams.
We watched Diana on the couch, ate our cookies, and drank tea until it was time for bed. The perfect end to a perfectly (un)planned weekend.
*Talk about unplanned, this post was going to be one LONG post, until I split it in two.
Have you thought about your weekend plans already?