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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

banksia men and bottle brush velvet

A rainy sunrise car ferry ride saw us safely to our island destination on Saturday morning.

A local piece of paradise right in our own bay.
We ventured to our weekend getaway....camping by the sea.

It was our first beach trip in the 4x4. Our first experience of sand driving....and considering the idyllic destinations that can take you to, we are now yearning for just a little bit more.

We immersed ourselves in two perfectly shiny days to play and then dream to the sounds of moonlit waves only steps away.

We made discoveries too....

and fed fat banksia men.


We scraped fallen bottle brush flowers to make soft natural velvet.

And this Mama sighed under a perfect Sunday sunrise....

and drank jasmine tea on the beach while her little ones frolicked...

and collected pumice to learn how it floats.

There were kookaburra's and a kangaroo visitor.
And there was another beach drive to a freshwater tea tree stained lake to swim in, catch fish...

and just dangle our toes.....

but best of all there were happy faces...

and just one or two banksia men and bottlebrush velvet stems to come home with us as a reminder of our sunny beach days away.

15 comments:

Madeline said...

That looks like the perfect vacation. ...So properly enjoyed too!

Inoureyes said...

Oh what memories! That place looks very familiar. We loved driving on the sand untill i took out a ute with the 4x4. So sad.
Cant wait to get back to it again.
How wonderful was it to wake up to the sound of the ocean not far from where you lay?

Bird Bath said...

oh that sounds absolutely wonderful. I bet you felt totally refreshed after such a holiday. The photos are stunning (esp like the look of those banksias :)

Melissa Ellen (Making Honey) said...

A moment in time to be treasured. It looks glorious, peaceful and nourishing. **sigh**

Jodi said...

Velvet stems was a favorite daydream pastime in my childhood. I remember my first one and how it felt like i'd struck gold. Special

Erin said...

Oh, I love the secret little beach cave. :)

Renée - JoieDeVivre said...

Love the banksia men!

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

What a glorious vaca and beautiful weather. Oh it makes me miss the sea. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos! What a blessed life ;)

gardenmama said...

Leanne, you are surrounded by incredible beauty and a sweet family : ) What a lovely day and lovely treasures you have found!

Sabrina said...

What an amazing spot for a get-away. Sounds like a perfect playground for all. I'm very curious about banksia men and bottlebrush velvet. I don't think there is anything quite like that around here. Love (as always) your magical photos!

Inoureyes said...

Psssst you won!
http://weareallholdinghands.blogspot.com/2009/09/and-winner-is.html

Kelly said...

Oh Leanne, such beauty! What are those incredible looking banksia men?! I've never come across anything like that. I so loved this beautiful, peaceful, warm post.
Have a lovely weekend.

Melissa said...

Hello friend.... Ahhhh... you have been well I see... We must catch up soon... Miss you

Anne said...

What a wonderful time you had.

I love banksias men lol. I striped one back to the stem so it was like a stick with the mouths of the seed pods open and used some embroidery to wrap around the top threaded with some beads it kinda a mobile/charm. I made it years ago when I was a teenager. I found the banksia on holidays with my folks. I have kept it for all theses years..:)

5 orange potaotes said...

Those velvet stems are so gorgeous and the banksias men are very interesting. What a lovely trip and way to welcome spring.

lisa