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WEEKEND WRAP // watsons wonderland

The weather this winter has been so mild and idyllic, with plenty of sun and clear blue skies. I enjoyed a quintessential Sydney weekend visiting my local haunts in the east and exploring the outdoors.

Saturday started with friends popping over to my house and after hanging out for a while we were then off to Bondi for afternoon drinks at the pub followed by dinner nearby. Sunday was spent at Watsons Bay, walking around South Head taking in the sights of the harbour and city skyline. We ventured around the clifftops with stunning ocean views and saw the historic remnants of the Dunbar shipwreck from 1857. A lunch of fish and chips in the park was an obvious choice, after all we were in Australia’s oldest fishing village. The perfect end to the day was joining the coastal walk and going to Macquarie Lighthouse, which is Australia’s oldest lighthouse and is still operating today.

It’s so easy to take these locations for granted especially when they’re at your doorstep, so it’s nice to play tourist every now and then to rediscover our city. Watsons Bay is not only steeped in history but a natural wonderland by the sea.

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DEAR DIARY // mid-year reset

Everyone is saying that 2019 has flown and how quickly we have hit the mid-year mark already, but I find it’s a great point to reset our lives. A new year feels like a fresh start but halfway in allows us to reflect on what we have done and where we would like to go. All those resolutions and vision boards can be updated with any new goals or dreams.

We are heading into July which has been called an eclipse season since there’s a total solar eclipse and new moon on the 2nd, as well as a partial lunar eclipse and full moon on the 16th. It seems the stars are also giving us signs that it’s time for new beginnings!

INSTA-JAM // 2016 countdown

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I know it’s like wishing time away but I think we all agree that 2016 has been a very interesting year that has been punctuated by loss and turmoil. Now that the end of the year is counting down, I’m looking forward to a new year of hope and beauty. I’m sharing some moments from my Instagram as a reminder of brighter times and moving into the future. Wishing you all a peaceful, fun holiday break and may 2017 shine!

DEAR DIARY // spring has sprung

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There’s nothing like the changing of seasons to give that sense of renewal and inspiration. While I can appreciate the cooler months, I am definitely more of a warm weather lover. Spring is here for the southern hemisphere with the smell of blooming flowers, pretty sorbet skies and clear days. It feels like a good time to not only spring clean the home but also the mind, body and spirit!

STREETSCAPES // double bay

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Double Bay is well known as a stylish suburb with luxury boutiques and a fashionable café scene. It’s easy to get distracted by this, but if you venture a little further you discover the lovely tree-lined streets and grand homes. Heading down to the water you can see how the bay forms this section of Sydney Harbour, where you can admire the uninterrupted harbour and city skyline views. With a picturesque harbourside beach and the classic charm of the cottage-like sailing club you feel transported to another time. The waves lapping the shore drown out the bustle of the city and you can simply sit on the jetty while enjoying the tranquility…

STREETSCAPES // bondi to coogee

 

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Or maybe I should call this post coastscapes? There are plenty of great sights on the streets of these beachside suburbs, but it’s still the beautiful coastline that always steals the show for me.

I feel so grateful that I can regularly take the Bondi to Coogee Walk and it still takes my breath away, especially on a clear winter’s day. Walking down to Bondi and pausing at Bondi Icebergs to take in the stunning views of North Bondi through to Bondi Baths. Then it’s onward with the 6km path through the carved cliffs of Tamarama until reaching Bronte with its picturesque beach and great cafés.

The coastal walk continues to Clovelly which feels entirely different again – for me it’s reminiscent of a European beach situated in a bay surrounded by rocky ridges. Getting back to nature through the lush vegetation revealing the secluded Gordon’s Bay with crystal clear, aqua blue waters. It’s no surprise that this is a protected aquatic reserve and also has an underwater trail, making it a popular dive spot. Reluctant to leave this pristine paradise but the final destination is Coogee which is the quintessential Sydney scene. It has all the makings of a classic with the gorgeous beach and historic ocean baths, within proximity of the promenade with an assortment of restaurants and hotels.

The path keeps going all the way to Maroubra but it’s time to stop and take it all in (feeling very blessed to live here). I also have to summon the energy to walk all the way back home!

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