Thursday, February 2, 2012

The beach and the bruise.

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Well hello! If you hadn't guessed by my lack of tweets and comments we have been away.
Tripping the light fantastic down by the beach.

It was fantastic timing. 
Home was unbearably hot and dry.
The beach was perfect beachy weather.


I spent some time, hanging out with my favourite people.



There was some surfing involved.
The kids and Mr M took lessons.
I attempted a try or two on hired boards.
Oh blimey!
It hurt.
I have a massive bruise,
rather spoilt the look of my new groovy shorts!

Next year I am going to suck it up and have a lesson!



We camped with a big group of friends.

On of the best bits about camping, is people watching.
We had the whole area around us pegged.
We had the Yummy Mummy group, perfect hair, perfectly dressed kids, buff looking Dads. We had the daggy travelling campers, single dad on an access with two kids and independent mum with little ones and grey nomads in various states depending on whether the sun was over the yard arm or not.

From under the protective canopy of shade we watched them all come and go. 
We saw the experienced ones who set up and get organised quickly,
the fuss pots who took ages and the thoroughly disorganised ones who took forever to get their act together.

I am sure they thought we were the loud daggy ones.



And they probably wondered how that poor lady got that terrible bruise on her leg!



22 comments:

  1. Ha, you've got it all worked out! Love people watching. So where is this bruise? no show and tell? A-M xx

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    1. NO way, it is in upper shorts territory. No show and tell.

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  2. The bruise will fade Deb, but those great surfboard shots will live on! Glad you had a good time :)

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  3. Hehehe, I love your descriptions! And that does seem to be the sterotypes when camping doesn't it! I like that shade sale thingy you've got it looks very cool and sturdy. And yes, where is the bruise pic?
    Glad you had a great time away Deb,
    Jxx

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    1. Janette, we had wicked pleasure watching the Yummy Mummys packing up. Tempers frayed, chairs were thrown, the whole perfect scenario went out the window and we realised underneath, they were Mum's just trying to get through the day.(with better hair though).

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    2. I forgot to say, the shade thing is a Coleman event 14. We had two and they are fantastic. They come with additional walls, they stood up to some major winds and rain.

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  4. Yeah, where's the bruise picture? Love the different types who camp. One year we had the single attractive girls in sports car set doing a bit of "roughing it". So funny. They were so attractive and so out of place at the camp ground! xx

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    1. Ok next time I will photograph the bruise in all its glory, just for you blogging ladies. Now it just looks yellow and slightly pathetic.

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  5. Sounds like a nice break. We do the same at camp sites, you soon have everyone pegged. Glad you had a nice time and I hope the bruise isn't hurting too much. ;-)

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    1. Surprisingly no pain except to my ego!

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  6. Oh...you are SO funny, Deb! We do the same people watching thing at restaurants, trying to figure out the lives of people at surrounding tables. This sounds like so much more fun!

    So glad you had fun, I could use a little sun and surf!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. I must say we all do feel better for some sun and salt water. Apart from the bruises that is!

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  8. I'm forever covered in bruises Deb so I'm glad to have some company! What a great place to see a microcosm of our Aussie culture, never thought the Yummy Mummy brigade would do camping. Took them more for the 6 star resort hotels. All those GHD hair straighteners lined up in the communal ablution block would have been a sight to behold!
    Millie xx

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    1. Millie, the Yummy Mummy Brigade actually live 10 to 15 mins away. The bought truck loads of stuff. It was amazing. Straighteners and very large pearl earrings were definitely the go!

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  9. I love people watching. I love putting people in groups. So funny! Love it. Annnnd am jealous you were at the beach! X

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    1. Nothing better than not knowing anything about a person and then making up their whole life story.

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  10. Glad you had such a fun time away. You must give the surfing lessons a go. Paul and I did it for a bit of fun a few years back and loved it!

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    1. I will, next year I am going to secretly book in and just do it. Hopefully without an audience.

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  11. You have been having a lot of fun, apart from the bruise that is! I've never surfed, I think I'd be a danger to those around me! Happy Friday :)

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  12. Hi deb,

    You wouldn't have been the loud ones you should have had a sign bearing you were the professionals!
    You know, the ones that just get in and do it, live it - and love it.

    A cool ale on the bruise might help :)

    x. Loulou

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  13. Oh gorgeous weather & fun in the sun. My daughter learnt to surf in Brisbane these holidays, not with this 'indepedent mum with 4 children' but her other family - her boy-who-is-a-friend's family of 4 boys (2 parents, lucky, no scandal there). It's so funny people watching, i just wish i had a big sticker on my car saying "Army wife" which would explain the 4 bikes, dog, children, zero male adult passengers - looking like we've fleed a bad marriage, but really, just he's never home & we like to travel so we go solo.
    As for bruises, unless my children beat me up, i can hardly explain half of the bruises on my legs, i also had a shiner on my knee which ruined the sight of my new board shorts too. I now have a fabulous one on my calf where some debris from the mower (mowing neglected Summer grass lawns left alone for 5 weeks while i was enjoying Queensland) it really hurt!! Happy surfing, one day i'll try too, in the mean time, i've got my husband & first 3 children lined up to do a session with my husband next Christmas in Brisbane. I'll keep the 9 year old boy with me, gosh my baby will be 9 soon enough, eepp. Love Posie

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    1. My baby will be nine later this year too. Double eepp. I am eating bananas like crazy hoping they will help. The bruise is nearly gone.

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