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From the Obelisk in Newcastle

During the school holidays we managed to get a weekend in Newcastle with two of the kids.  We did a lot of walking, some bike riding and managed to find a couple of great places to eat.

From Newcastle's Obelisk by David Ferguson.

360 degree view from the Obelisk in Newcastle

One of the walks took us up to The Obelisk, one of Newcastle’s highest points.  On the day we were there we saw a couple of shows running past offshore with some bright sunlight inland, as always there was activity on the Harbour.

Of the places to eat, we loved Blue Door and returned a couple of times (even visiting their kiosk at Merewether). More shots in their Instagram feed


We also really liked the food at One Two Seven on Darby Street where we sheltered from the rain on a Sunday afternoon. The food was lovely and there were lots of shops to step in and out of the rain as we wandered back to the hotel.

The lunch outlook at @one_two_seven_darby #ontheveranda #darbystreet #newcastle #succulent

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We also visited the Newcastle Museum which had a lovely photography exhibition called ‘The way we see’ exploring ways to empower young women’s self identity and resilience.

Based on this weekend’s experience, I think we’ll be heading back to Newcastle one day to do some more exploring.

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Burleigh sunrise and sunset

It’s been a couple of weeks since our Burleigh holiday finished. Now everyone is back into school and work and the everyday takes over, threatening to push the holiday out of mind.^

Looking back through my photos, one thing that I noticed was a steady stream of sunrise and sunset photos. I’ve gathered a few here for you to enjoy.

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More Moonpar

Here’s some more photos from our stay in Moonpar. 

Heading down to the Nymboida River  
A quick swim 

Liv trying to find the biggest possible stick for Boof 

 Late afternoon back at the house 
 Herding the cows 
Climbing on the tractor  
Finally a composite shot to try and give you a feeling of the afternoon light during ‘golden hour’. It was lovely and peaceful under the giant trees.  

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We stopped at a friend’s farm near Dorrigo for a night. I’ll have some shots of the kids in another post, but for now I’ve got some shots of the farm and the cattle.

Looking down towards the river.   

Down by the Nymboida River which runs along the property boundary. 

Looking past one of the old dog kennels towards the hill where you could hear the cows mooing. 

When we woke there was a little fog… Couldn’t even see the hill from the previous shot.  

The bullock came thundering past with the cows as they were herded to the yard for some spray and vaccinations for the calves.


I like this last shot as you get a sense of how peaceful it was in the evening.

PS: All with no editing

2016: Mix things up

Hello Everyone,

I thought that I’d mix things up in 2016 and post a little more frequently. Not a big ask given my 2 or 3 posts last year, but nevertheless something to aim for. 

This year I’ll try and post more from my phone which should increase the opportunities. 
Afternoon light

I love the deep blue that you get this time of the late afternoon. Throw in a wispy cloud or some of the last rays of light hitting the tree and you can find it quite calming.


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