A trip to the seaside

What does this week mean to you? For me it sees a return to the office for the first time since before the Easter break, so I am very grateful that it is only a four-day working week for me. Thank goodness I had a lovely weekend to prepare me for the thought of work …

The Mr celebrated another birthday on Saturday, so we thought we’d take a little drive down to the seaside. We didn’t go to any of the major beaches, they’re a bit further away and would have been much busier. Instead, we just headed to our closest section of coastline, which is only 20 minutes away.

There's nothing like a bit of sun, sand and sea

It was wonderful to see the ocean and smell that fantastic sea air (not to mention get a little bit of autumn sun on my legs). Incidentally, this is my oldest and favourite pair of Birkenstocks … they’re so comfortable. And what about those puffy white clouds? Don’t they look delightful as they float across that bright blue sky?

No visit to the seaside is surely complete without a disgustingly unhealthy meal of hot chips and potato scallops wrapped in paper … and so of course we had to indulge.

Eating chips by the ocean

How do you finish such a delightful meal? Well with gelati of course! I went for the two scoops (burnt caramel on the top, and toasted coconut below) … it tasted so good! Is it just me, or do you put almost as much emphasis on the combination of gelati flavours as you do the selection of individual flavours? I personally always choose flavours that seem like a perfect complementary match … caramel just belongs with coconut.

Dessert simply must be gelati

Just so you know I really was at the beach, I thought it best to include an obligatory ‘seagull’ shot … this cheeky little fellow was quite accommodating. Just look at those lovely orange legs. I think he’s rather dashing.

Obligatory seagull shot

I love the ocean … there’s something about that vast body of water and that fresh salty breeze that makes you feel wonderfully alive. I really shouldn’t leave so much time between my visits to the beach. After all, feeling alive is a rather nice way to feel.

How is your week looking? Hopefully it’s a case of, ‘so far, so good’. Was your weekend fantastic enough to make the working week a little easier to bear?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    Isn’t the ocean such a special place? I think it’s the nature and the sound and maybe the piece. 🙂 Looks like it was a beautiful time at the beach with that sunshine.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I think the ocean must have a little magic in it … Whenever I visit it I always feel much better. I look forward to going back again soon, perhaps when it’s high tide next time so I can hear the crashing waves … I love that part too.

      It was a lovely day to go to the beach … the weather was a delight! 🙂
      I hope HK is treating you well! xx

  2. Krystal/Village

    today was my first day back in two weeks…although, life is not rough since i only work 2 days a week (at the moment). if your beach trip was as relaxing as it looks and sounds, you are one lucky girl!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Hey there, fellow return-to-work-buddy … I hope your first day back wasn’t too painful (mine was generally OK). Working two days a week must give you the time to focus on all the other wonderful things you fill your life with! 🙂

      It was a lovely trip to the beach … I have to try my best to hold onto that relaxed feeling during the rest of the week. Have a great one Krystal! 🙂

  3. ejorpin

    This looks like the perfect day! And thank goodness I’m in Sydney on Friday and have already planned a visit to our favourite fish and chipper, because those deliciously greasy delights are making me drool! I find a visit to the sea is so good for refreshing and clear the mind, it’s that fresh air and the horizon stretching away forever. Today is a bit of a bleurgh day, so a virtual trip to the beach was just what I needed – thank you!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – How lovely to hear you’ll be in Sydney later this week, so you can indulge in some yummy fried goodness. Are you in the country for long? Or is it just a flying visit?

      I love visiting the beach. I’m thinking next time I might go a bit further afield and walk along a beautiful sandy beach somewhere … I love tiring my legs out like that. 🙂

      I’m happy to give you a virtual beach visit in lieu of the real thing … I hope your day became a little less bleurgh.

  4. Gabrielle Bryden

    That photo with your feet is fantastic – looks like a cartoon almost 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful day for you. The weather was perfect up here – autumn blue skies and mild days.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m glad you liked that photo by the sea … I couldn’t resist taking it as we sat relaxing after our lunch. It was such a lovely day … I really adore the weather Brisbane gets at this time of year. It sounds pretty wonderful in your world too! 🙂

  5. fairchildstreet

    i think when you do something different on the weekend it makes it easier to get through the week. A trip to the seaside with fish and chips, gelati and a cheeky seagul – wonderful!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Oh that’s so true … I should remember that observation about doing something different each weekend … it sure does keep things interesting. 🙂

  6. louise

    Looks like a delightful trip. Your description of fish and chips followed by gelati sounds perfect and has made me crave doing the very same. xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – It was a lovely trip to the seaside. There’s something about the autumn and winter months that have me craving the ocean with renewed urgency …

  7. ninjagaiden78

    These are cool pictures. I love fries.


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ninjagaiden – Thanks! Glad you liked the photos! 🙂

  8. Signe

    Oh yum, is that fish and chips? Just about the best thing I know!
    Hugs and a happy first week in May to you!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – Haha, it’s only chips without the fish unfortunately (I don’t eat meat of any kind) … it was a delicious meal and just perfect for eating by the sea. 🙂

  9. Galit

    Your post made me hungry. For disgustingly unhealthy meal of hot chips and potato scallops eaten on a back of a ute near the beach, listening to loud music and the ocean roars. And for an holiday in general. We didn’t had one during Easter as the man was working but hopefully next weekend.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – I’m sorry I filled your mind with thoughts of food (especially when you’re hungry). Oh yum, your unhealthy meal eaten on the back of the ute sounds AMAZING!

      I hope you’ve taken a little time out recently … just you and your wonderful man! 🙂

  10. Katyha

    what a perfect weekend and THAT gelati looks so yummy *drool*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katyha – It was pretty close to a perfect weekend for sure … the gelati was incredible (I’m a sucker for coconut flavoured treats). 🙂

  11. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    Awesome you had a great time at the coast, cloud watching, enjoying the sea air, sights and a portion of chips also! Time at the seaside can be so refreshing and recharge weary batteries.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – It was lovely to get away to the coast, even if it wasn’t too far away (we might go somewhere with a more traditional white sandy beach next time). It was wonderful to just sit and enjoy the water and the sunshine (and the food too of course). 😉

      Take care.

  12. Lynne

    How lovely to be able to visit the ocean. Unfortunately it’s too far away from us here. My husband just loves that sort of food, I prefer an ice cream myself.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – I do feel lucky to be able to duck away to the beach if I so get the urge … funnily enough though, I don’t do it all that often. On good days I don’t go for the fried foods, but there’s something about that sea air that makes me crave it … here’s to the delights of ice cream! 🙂

  13. gracia

    By the beach. Ocean before me. I miss it when I am not there. That brilliant blue and open expanse.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia – There’s is something magical, calming and invigorating about the sea … I do so love those wide open spaces and the sparkling of the sunlight on water’s edge.

  14. Camila F.

    Well, you’re returning from a trip and I’m going to travel tomorrow. I’m very excited and I plan to have an amazing time. I’m off to Russia then Paris, so I guess I’ll not be seeing the sea!

    And now I’m craving for a gelati! 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – I’m so excited about your trip to Russia and Paris!! I’m so looking forward to hearing all about what you get up to (and seeing lots of photos too I hope). Safe travels my dear.

  15. Rol

    You’ve made me hungry for the sea air… good job I’ll be going on holiday in a couple of weeks!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – The sea air does all sorts of wonderful things to one’s soul (and it also helps fuel creativity I think). I hope you have a wonderful trip when you leave for your holiday … holidays are close to my mind at the moment too.

  16. hila

    this is perfect, I really need a day like this sometime soon – it’s been stress, stress, stress for me! Glad you took the time out to relax tracey 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Oh it was wonderful … just a whole lot of relaxing and nothingness (a lovely combination). I hope you’ve managed to find a little down time somewhere amongst all your busy days (or at least managed to avoid more of that stress). You are so sweet Hila. xx

  17. danica

    i agree with galit – this post makes one very hungry! i am now longing for a quick break at the seaside accompanied by fish and chip and followed by ice cream.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Oops, sorry for making everyone so hungry … though perhaps it will lead to a mass exodus of everyone to the ocean for some lovely relaxation and delicious food? 😉

  18. bobbi

    the sea is the best place ever. NO matter what, just watching the waves makes me feel at peace. I miss it so much. I hope to live on the coast one day.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I love the sea too … it’s lovely to just do nothing and watch the waves, and walk across the sand. I think I’d like to have a home in each kind of environment so that I can pick and choose where I stay depending on mood and time of year.

  19. Narnie

    My beach is very unsimilar, haha. We have pebbles and loathe seagulls and especially hate clouds. But this was a lovely taster of your trip. My weekends were full of sunshine and lots of things I didn’t really have to do so they weren’t done. Perfect.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Haha. Oh dear, you must come to Australia and try our beaches on for size! 😉
      I love a weekend filled with sunshine and things that don’t really need doing … I do so love to be lazy. 🙂

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