sunscreen and blts

Ahhhh … you know where we are, don’t you.  Yes, Abby, Sacha and I have made the trek across the Gippsland and are spending a week with Mum in marvellous Merimbula.  Oh how I do love this sweet seaside village.  Only a few more years and our family will be moving up here.  Until then … we will journey back and forth, spend lovely hours at our favourite spots, and soak up all the sunshine, salt and beautiful vistas we can.  Day One … Bar Beach.  We began our afternoon of bliss on the deck of the wee beachside cafe and shared the loveliest lunch … toasted leg ham and cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato chutney.

Then it was down to the water’s edge where the girls swam, frolicked and squealed, whilst Mum and I stretched out in the sun, our feet buried in the soft warm sand, our needlework and knitting on our laps …

the girls



new knitting caddy


wringing wet

Then, as the clouds uhmmed and ahhhed about whether or not they should crash down upon us, the girls decided that to stay in the water any longer would be to risk frost bite.  There were sandcastles to be built and mermaids sculpted …

lowering sky


reinforcing their moat


Oh how I laughed when I met the mermaid … it is a sandy representation of our stoic prime minister, Julia.  Complete with this year’s new glasses, dangly earrings and pearls.  And subtitles in case any passers by didn’t recognise her …  and Oscar sweetie, look who’s cuddled up there with Ms. Julia … it’s your little travelling friend, Flat Stanley!  He had such a lovely time at the beach – and even had a swim with the girls :-)

julia look oscar


It’s such a funny thing … often I find myself lost in daydreams of our future life in the beautiful Bega Valley.  I think of the new hospital being built that I hope to work in.  I think of being close to Mum and being able to share so much more of her days.  I wonder what Abby will pursue once she finishes school.  I marvel at Julian’s big dreams.  And I think, come on, come on, faster, faster, faster, finish this semester, move closer to the end of yet another year in Melbourne.

Then, I realise that I am wishing away these very days I have been blessed with right now.  And I don’t want that.  Yes, they are busy, sometimes stressful, money is often painfully tight ( ah, the joy of new tyres, car maintenance and repairs, and an electricity bill that all arrive in the same week), and frankly, I am getting to the point of being OVER studying … I want to be a real grownup with a job!

Because I also want to savour every moment of Abby’s childhood, especially now as it’s moving into its last years.  I want to find and enjoy the loveliness of everyday.  I want to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to grow and learn and build my skills.

So …. here I sit, making the most of this lovely week away.  Chattering and giggling with Mum.  Delighting in the antics of the girls.  Filling my heart and eyes with the beauty around me.  And tucking the dreams of what will come, away in my heart, knowing that they will arrive sooner than I can imagine.

makes me think of tiny cliff caves shouting
red rock

beach play

4 thoughts on “beach play

  • April 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hello Lily, It’s all delightful and you are being given a special gift of anticipation. Planning, dreaming and preparing for your new life in the future up in this part of our beautiful country. What a joy it is to dream and yet you just want it all to happen right now. I’ve felt those same feelings in my life but now as I’m ageing I’m enjoying just being in the moment. The joy of knowing that each day will bring new joy and challenges. Each day brings you that little bit closer to the dream and you are so wise to enjoy each moment of Abby’s childhood. Sadly many parents miss that joy by being slaves to the mighty dollar. We are constantly being bombarded by a media that would try to convince us that life is somehow defficient if we don’t have this or that. As I open your blog each day I see joy in the simple. A family who can have fun with what others throw away. A family who can make a celebration out of the ordinary and make it so special. I see colour explode on my screen in the quilts and dolls made from very basic materials. I see beauty and happiness in Booteville and I am blessed

  • April 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Sorry Lily after all that I forgot to sign off.

    Blessings Gail

  • April 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Yes, I catch myself wishing years away and then need to remind myself how precious today is. As always your wisdom and honesty is appreciated! Have a wonderful break.

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Hello Lily,
    Happy to have found your lovely blog. (I’m always a pushover for clouds & nature photos!) And I so agree with your sentiment about “don’t wish the day away” because it’s true–time is so fleeting, we should appreciate the moment we’re in right now. It’s hard to master, but worth the try!

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