MEMORIES BY THE OCEAN

October 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Before I tell you anything else from my day at the beach, let me introduce you to my new friend Hannah….IMG_3682-1

Hannah went on an adventure collecting starfish. She came up to me while I was soaking in the sun’s rays and offered me to hold one of her starfish. She had two and they were named ‘Star’ and ‘Starfish’… “You have to be really quiet or they will run away” she cautiously told my friend and I on the beach.

She came up to us again later that day and offered us a starfish for the very special price of $2 each. She was saving up to buy a pet rabbit.IMG_3720-2
I went to explore the rock pools myself but the tide had risen so a lot of it was covered by water. I did manage to catch a glimpse of some crabs though! They ran away sideways very fast when I got my phone out to take a photo.IMG_3712-1
It was a really great day! I spent 5 hours in the sun to make up for the fact that I will barely see the sun for the next 5 days while I am at work. I’m working on getting my Bali tan back.
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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY

October 3, 2014 § 2 Comments

IMG_3594.JPGEverything here is coming together very nicely! I am surrounded by beautiful people and scenery. Can’t ask for much more! Well…. I have a few more wishes. All in good time though.IMG_3579.JPG

WEEKEND IN THE SUN

October 1, 2014 § 5 Comments

IMG_2852.JPGI have had the best luck with the weather in Sydney on a Monday and Tuesday! For the second week in a row for me – it was all sunshine.

It was around 30 degrees hot both days so I spent almost every waking hour in the sun/at the beach. I spent some time around the pool at my apartment and at Balmoral beach in Mosman. It is my latest hang out place since I can confidently drive there with minimal help from a GPS. Now that I don’t get lost driving there, it’s about a 15 minute drive from where I live. IMG_2870.JPGThe weather hasn’t been hot here everyday so the water was still quite cold. I was only brave enough to dip my feet and follow where the waves crash on the shore.IMG_2856.JPGThe beach is beautiful during the day and night. In between two warm days, the night was spectacular for a beach walk! It was so lovely to have time to relax and hear the sounds of the ocean (as corny as that sounds!). There’s just something about the sound of waves that makes everything seem so peaceful.IMG_2823.JPGBut when I don’t feel like going for a drive, I can use the swimming pool at the apartment I live at. It used to be a hotel so the area feels a bit like a resort. I have palm trees right outside the window near my bed with a view of the pool which makes up for the fact that I am not within walking distance of a nice beach or park.

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Overall, it was a very productive weekend tanning-wise. The cooking and laundry I promised myself I would do during those days off? That is now future Evie’s problem. By future I mean after 1pm today when I finish work!

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MANLY & THE MARITIME MUSEUM

September 27, 2014 § 2 Comments

IMG_2369.JPGMonday isn’t too bad when this is the view you get to enjoy! But it’s well deserved after working on the weekend.  I enjoyed the end of my Wednesday-Sunday working week by spending some time in the lovely spring sunshine last week!

I spent some time exploring Manly which was needed after my relaxing trip to Perth two weeks before. I didn’t grow up in a very busy city so it’s nice to get away from the busy ways of Sydney. I love the feeling of being lost. Somewhere completely new and natural.IMG_2536.JPGThe best way to get lost is to not follow the footpath! I wasn’t really lost “lost” but it was enough to make me feel relaxed and to forget about work for a while. I wandered through some trees and rocks for a while with a bit of a sneak peak of the ocean from some spots. The picture above reminded me of Uluwatu in Bali.

IMG_2535.JPGI managed to avoid rolling my ankles for the 100th time in my life so that was an added bonus!IMG_2534.JPGAfter some exploring, it was time for breakfast before hitting the beach. I am absolutely loving the 30 degree spring days in Sydney and I will enjoy it and make the most of it for however long it lasts.IMG_2538.JPGShelley beach provided a really great view on the way to the restaurant. I was envious of the people on paddle boards. Something I will have to cross off while being in Sydney! The water at the beach here was much calmer than what I have grown up seeing at the beaches on the west coast of Australia.IMG_2547.JPGI really love the idea of making a pool within the natural sea water! Right next to the pool is a restaurant with one of the most amazing views in the world! I have eaten at a lot of places.. A LOT.. but the view here comes a very close second to one in Paris with a romantic view of the Eiffel Tower. Paris is always my favourite.IMG_2578.JPGI sat outside and only noticed the picturesque view from the window when I went inside to pay. On such a lovely day, you have to sit outside but what a view! The restaurant was called The Bower and they served food as good as their views. I had the eggs benedict with salmon.IMG_2382.JPGThen it was time to relax at the beach!IMG_2539.JPGAfter exploring the beaches of Manly, I went to Darling Harbour to see some historic boats at the National Maritime Museum.IMG_2530.JPGThe fantastic weather was here to stay for the day and kept providing views too good to be real.IMG_2518.JPGIMG_2540.JPGIMG_2550.JPGAnd this is how one gets around in the ‘living’ spaces of these old boats.IMG_2549.JPGTen people would sleep in this room.IMG_2542.JPGThe tour guide told us how these blankets would be used to keep them warm/to stop them from moving around when the water got rough/would be their coffin when they die. They would sew up the body inside the bag and thread the needle through their nose at the end to make sure they were really dead.IMG_2544.JPGI went inside a submarine for the first time! I really can’t imagine knowing for a long period of time, this would be home. No sunshine or fresh air. Just these tight spaces.IMG_2548.JPG

IMG_2543.JPGIt was also incredible to see the technical side of everything!IMG_2545.JPGAnd then it was time to go home and catch up on some rest after completing so many activities in one day! It was one of my favourite days in Sydney.IMG_2541.JPG

EXPLORING BEAUTIFUL SYDNEY

August 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

img_11801With the distraction of all the negative energy in the world, it can be easy to forget that I am living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But then I have days like today and I remember that I am extremely lucky to have the life I do!IMG_1161.JPGI went to The Boathouse today at Balmoral beach for lunch with a lovely co-worker, Danielle. It was what I needed. I haven’t seen the beach in so long! I love it so much, even in winter. Not that you would know it from these pictures.IMG_1172.JPGIt has been raining a lot in Sydney this week and it was raining this morning. But not a single drop fell from the sky while I was out at the beach today! But before we explored the beach and rock pools, it was time to eat and feed my craving for fish and chips.IMG_1163.JPGI loved this place from the second I walked in! It reminded me of my favourite suburb, Fremantle, back home with the boats and cafes around the beach. The theme inside the restaurant was quirky and amazing! There was a lot of detail and so much to look in between enjoying the beach views.IMG_1170.JPGSo after wandering around taking photos of everything, it was time to sit down and enjoy my fish and chips and coconut water. I used to have coconut water everyday back home in Perth because it is so healthy for you…. and I had someone who could cut the coconut open for me. Another thing I have to add to the list of things to learn to do for myself now that I am on the other side of the country!IMG_1169.JPGThe food was as good as I imagined it would be! The fish batter was great and reminded me of my favourite ones that use a bit of beer to add crunchiness. One of my favourite things in life is when the chips I eat are fat and made of real potatoes. It’s the little things in life that brings me happiness…. mainly food.IMG_1177.JPGI think this bear cup deserved to star on my blog….IMG_1171.JPGIMG_1166.JPGThat was the food part of the adventure covered. Now that my belly was far too full from fried food goodness, it was time to walk it off. There was a jetty that went from the restaurant to another part of the beach. It was relaxing to walk above the water and talk about life….IMG_1165.JPGAfter all, who doesn’t like long walks on the beach and deep conversation? Ha! This was the first time in a very long time that I spent a decent amount of time in the sun since being in Sydney. At least I now know where to go in summer after my 5am-1pm shifts.IMG_1164.JPGAfter walking along the boardwalk, we walked across the sand towards the rock pools. I was keen to see some starfish but I didn’t have any luck. It was a lot of fun walking across the rocks and seeing the waves crash on them. I don’t think there is anything much more relaxing than the sound of the ocean!IMG_1162.JPGI enjoyed getting to know my new Sydney ‘state-expat’ friend! (Is state-expat a thing when you move interstate? Haha.)IMG_1090.JPGSo that’s Balmoral beach in Mosman! I can’t wait to come back!

VENICE MEMORIES

August 19, 2014 § 4 Comments

IMG_0016.JPGNow that things have settled, I really want to create more paintings.

This one of Venice is my favourite creation, inspired by a postcard I picked up while I was there. When I traveled around Europe I really wanted a souvenir from each city so I thought postcards were a great idea since they are easy to carry around. I was happy I decided on postcards because they now inspire my new art creations.

This painting was the first time I used water colour palettes along with water colour pencils. I have struggled to paint with just the palettes but I want to practice more. The colours from the palettes are so vibrant and blends really well. But I might have to stick to the pencils for the finer details in things such as the buildings until I start using proper paper and brushes.

I haven’t drawn anything new since I arrived in Sydney but I have recently started a painting of the Sacre Coeur in Paris. I’m excited to finish it!

BLESSED

August 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

IMG_9275.JPGMoving to Sydney is the best decision I have ever made for myself.

It’s the city that now represents adult Evie (well – I’m getting there!). All my childhood memories are back in Perth and all the exciting things I dreamt about doing “when I grow up” is reality. Now that things are settled, I can appreciate everything that I have earned through so much hard work; and the homesickness tears and negative thoughts have stopped many weeks ago.IMG_9458.JPGMy work shifts have been very intense so I haven’t explored the city very much at all.

I had an 8 hour gap between my work shifts last night and when I do have a day off I usually have to do chores and then I am too tired to go out anywhere. I also don’t have any close friends or any family here to spend time with. Making new friends is a challenge when work takes up so much time. My favourite people in Sydney so far are people I work with.

But the chances I have had to see the city, I have loved! It feels like it has been a while since my last overseas holiday, but getting lost in a strange place and exploring is my favourite thing. People have told me about so many great places I haven’t seen yet. Hopefully when time is on my side and I start developing closer relationships here in Sydney, I will get the chance to see it all.IMG_9335.JPGBringing my car across from Western Australia turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made…. If only I wasn’t too scared to drive anywhere else besides the local shopping centre and work.

Admittedly, I have got a lot better at driving in a big city. My parking skills have significantly improved, however I still make decisions on whether I should drive somewhere or not based on my chances of having to reverse parallel park.

Some day I will master the skill to absolute perfection. But for now, I will circle the block for as long as possible until I find a spot big enough for my car to easily go into. IMG_9531.JPG 5am views of the antenna at Channel Nine, Sydney is now familiar.

As much as I love working here, I am looking forward to having 6 days off next month to visit my home town, Perth.