Saturday, January 09, 2010

An afternoon at the beach

This afternoon, just after lunch, Adam decided to bake bread rolls. I do like that he's impulsive sometimes but it would be nice if he didn't so frequently decide that he can do something in x minutes when in actual fact it is going to take x minutes + 1 hour. Anyway, Tom had a great time helping to make the rolls so it was totally worth it!

The bread rolls came with us to the beach, filling the car with the scent of freshly baked bread for the 40 minute drive. I completely failed to take a photo of them because we were in a hurry to get going once they were cooked and by the time we were sitting around the picnic table with dinner laid out before us everyone was way too hungry to allow for such frivolities as blog photography.

We took both Adam's and my mum along with us and, when we arrived at Avalon beach, were able to plonk ourselves down in the shade of one of the huge pine trees that overlook the sand.

Avalon Beach

Avalon beach

Sunscreen was applied and Tom, Caitlin and Grandma made a bee-line for the water. David had decided that being sandy and salty was over-rated and settled down to sit with Nan.

David has engaged his anti-camera device.

Adam, David and Nanna

Adam and I wandered down to the water's edge and stood knee deep in the waves watching the kids in the water with my mum. We ended up staying there, talking about stuff, with only the occasional larger wave interrupting us, for most of an hour. It was probably the best conversation time we've had in weeks. Eventually we thought we'd better go back and be friendly to Nan and Dave. A little later Adam and Tom headed over to the ocean pool and Dave and I followed.

The ocean pool is down where the sand meets the rocks at the base of the headland.

Avalon beach

Ha! Got him before he could engage anti-camera device!

David

I was planning on just walking in far enough to get the sand out of the legs of my boardies but ended up going in for a swim after all, the water was just too enticing. We swam over to the edge where the waves of the incoming tide were just beginning to slosh over the concrete wall and rested there watching the surf break on the rocks. I'd have taken some photos but my camera was in David's pocket and he'd got fed up with watching us in the pool and had buggered off back to our spot on the beach.

After all that swimming and walking over soft sand and floating in the pool Tom was exhausted.

All worn out

Grandma, David and Caitlin, however, were still going strong.

Grandma, David and Caitlin

Adam and his mum went off in search of dinner while the rest of us lounged about on the beach, Grandma and Tom did go back for one last surf before the food arrived. Fish and chips and prawns and, of course, the rolls. At the end of the meal, after having devoured a huge amount of food including 4 of the, admittedly small, bread rolls, Tom asked "Seeing as we've been so good, can we have ice-cream?"

So we did.

12 comments:

Ariane said...

It was clearly an ice cream kind of day.

Nice day in Sydney really, as long as getting wet was on the agenda. :)

Alix said...

That sky! That water! OMG.... warmth!

It might snow in Florida today. So if you don't mind, I'm hopping a jet and coming right over for freshly baked bread rolls and a slosh in the ocean.

Is the water warm? I do love me some warm ocean water. But preferably without sharks. And seeing as how Australia is the headquarters for Great White's, I might just have to cool off in the ocean pool instead. I know I'm not quite as beefy as I used to be, but I'm "Delicious." Braja told me so!

Awesome post Mim. You truly made me wish I were there!

Casa Hice ♥'s you!

Eternal Lizdom said...

What a wonderful day for the family! That first pic- what a beautiful spot!

Cathy said...

Love Dave's 'anti camera device'. Love Tom's comment about the ice-cream. That is a great way to finish off time at the beach. And your photos are gorgeous. Sounds and looks like you all had a fabulous time. Pea green with envy!

Mel said...

What a lovely day - could you send one of them here? I spent the last 2 days painting the fence in the sun. Now that I have finished I woke up today and it is rainy and windy. Bah humbug! Just when a trip to the beach would be nice.

Unknown Mami said...

I'm happy for you, but a little bit jealous.

mimbles said...

@Alix - I would love nothing better than have you come visit :-) The water is fairly warm at the moment, 22C (72F) today apparently. We rely on fear of sharks to stop Tom heading too far out to sea, we tell him he's safe as long as there are lots of other people between him and the open ocean ;-)

@Liz - we do have some gorgeous beaches in Sydney and we don't get to them nearly often enough. Adam asked Tom if we should do it every weekend - he was all for it!

@Cathy - Tom remembered getting ice-cream the last time we were at Avalon, which I'm pretty sure was about 3 years ago!

@Mel - Bummer :-( You deserve beach after all that painting.

@UM - don't worry, you can gloat at me in 6 months time :-)

Karen MEG said...

Anti-camera device - how funny! That beach looks so lovely as I sit here with -18 deg. C weather outside..brrr!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

The 'anti-camera device' cracked me up! Glad you got a shot before he could engage it - it's a great shot! :) All the pictures warmed me up on this very cold day... ;)

Penny said...

mmmm nice beach....
and ice cream is essential.

Eternal Lizdom said...

If you could... swing by Monday... have a little something for you!

cat said...

As you should! What is a day at the beach without ice-cream.