Monday, January 25, 2010

and now we are back

putting up the tent

it seems like a distant memory now and yet we've been back less than 24 hours.
it was a fantastic spot to camp - especially in summer

there was a pool for the kids and a fantastic playground - so they were never bored!

we caught up with friends on our first night - it was cold and blowy but we managed to have fish and chips at the beach and have a play in the water - well, the kids played whilst we adults stayed as warm as possible.

we saw the beach in so many guises - it's hard to capture it's true beauty but there was rain in the distance by the hills and yet the water in front of us was beautifully blue.

we had a little paddle but it was a bit cold and we weren't really prepared for swimming.

our campsite - louis took this photo in the early evening after dinner. that's david and me sitting to the left - relaxed after dinner.

we took a stroll up this path one evening, to go kangaroo spotting. we saw at least three kangaroos - one baby too.
can you see it? i know it's a bit dark but there is definately a kangaroo there and he is staring right at you!
our campsite was just across the road from the aldinga conservation park which you had to go through to get to the beach. it was a leisurely 15 minute stroll, marred only by the flies. we found this tree branch that had obviously come down and had started growing where it lay - amazing really.
ahhh - camp food - fried sandwiches made with homegrown tomatoes - nothing better after a long walk!

early morning - still waking
a breakfast of french toast - mmmmmm
the boys didn't realise they liked french toast!

day three - our last day :(
we packed up camp and headed for the beach. the kids were very excited to be able to drive onto the beach!

that's us in there - the waves were great for body surfing and jumping (note to self, must take boogy boards next time).

and here we are, tired but exhilarated! it was so much fun in there.
the holiday was great - it used to be a bit of a hassel having to pack everything to go camping, but the more you do it, the better you get at it - so it becomes second nature.
everytime we go away, i swear i am going to do it again sooner - it's great for the soul.



Anonymous said...

I've never had a good time camping but with a big tent and a pool I think it would be lots of fun! Never heard anyone use the term 'cold' in an Aussie summer though!

Kris said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! We went to the beach on Saturday arvo and I thought of you. (Not to swim, too blowy and cool for that.) The water was choppy (well, for Adelaide!) and we just enjoyed the scenery. Lots of sailboarders too. It was a beautiful day! And you're right - camping does get better with practise!

Jelly Wares said...

What great pix!!! It sure does sound like you had an awesome time..

Jodie :)

tea with lucy said...

Nothing like camping to completely relax and live life simply! We haven't done much since The Little One entered our life. These picture make me want to dust off the old tent!

Mary said...

Great photos. I always loved camping. We haven't gone in years because of Mark's back, but I did love it.

Madi said...

Looks awesome! Such a shame I couldn't make it as well. Next time perhaps :-)

Kate said...

Great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time. You are making me think about camping again which we haven't done since our 9 year old was 3 months old. Hmmm maybe a trial run in the back paddock.

Karen said...

Great photos Levineke! Which caravan park were you in? Looks awesome, especially the pool ;)

We camped for 12 days over Christmas and didn't want to come home...can't wait to get out again, the kids love it.

Must catch up very very soon


corry said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time camping by the beach! I love the sea, summer, camping...wish it was summer!

Leanne said...

It's just wonderful to get away from the routine of life. I love the bottom picture.

Leanne said...

Ah looks like some serious unwinding! What a lovely spot....just looking at your pictures makes me long for the tent!

Puck said...

Levien I am so glad you had such lovely days at the beach made me think of Port Mc.Donnell
The boys really look as if they are enjoying themselves love mum

Anonymous said...

beautiful vacation. Such perfect pix of it all too. thanx for sharing.

Chookyblue...... said...

sounds like a wonderful holiday.........beautiful spot.......

Bird Bath said...

I love these photos of your camping trip - it looks like so much fun! I've never been into roughing it or going away for holidays but I think I might be changing my mind. Now that our youngest is over 3 years old - I feel we could manage it.
(the kids have even been practising 'camping' in the backyard:)
And I do love the coast,going for a daytrip to the beach is just not long enough.

victoria said...

It looks like a perfect perfect perfect camping holiday - so good!
Nice to "meet" you.