Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Tentsmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach

Thought I'd give my tales from Down Under a bit of a break this week, instead having a wee throwback post to Tentsmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach. At the North East of Fife, Kinshaldy Beach over-looks the River Tay and right across to Broughty Ferry. My childhood is filled with memories of playing there with my uncles, aunts and cousins, making sandcastles and playing in the play parks in the connecting Tentsmuir Forest.

But it wasn't just my childhood there. My Mum still lives very nearby, and I still head out on walks (mainly in the summer - bit windy in winter!). We particularly visited a lot when Jimmy was alive, as he was an avid swimmer!

Monday, 18 January 2016

How a Trip to Australia Changed My Life

Everyone says when you visit Australia it will "change your life", but I always figured that yeah, it'll be incredible, maybe the best holiday ever, but life changing is a little cheesy and over-used. I've wanted to visit Australia since I was a child. Even just before I left, I cracked open a full Terramundi Money Pot that I'd been saving in for since 2011. And what was on the wish I put in at the beginning? Australia!

We headed for Oz in December 2015 for a three and a half week holiday with my godfather. I won't bore you with every single detail about every single place we went and every little thing we did - there's links in this article to other posts if you're interested. I was ridiculously excited - partly because I was heading on holiday (who doesn't love a holiday?!), partly because I was seeing my godfather and his family again for the first time in many years, partly because I'd never visited Australia before. But a large part of my excitement was simply the escape. An escape from everyday life that had been dragging me down for a good while. An escape I feel I needed for my sanity.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Surfing in Perth, WA

SURFING. Before Australia, I'd only attempted it once before in Tiree, whilst on a girls holiday. Even over 10 days, it was knackering and difficult to get the hang of. But MY GOD was it fun! Even before Tiree, I grew up watching Rocket Power on Nickelodeon (anyone else remember that?!), just dreaming of the day I'd live by a sandy beach, with some hot weather and surfer hair, and hit the waves. 4 years on from Tiree, and I still tell everyone about how much I love surfing, even though I have a complete lack of experience. Hence, it was top of my list of things to do in Oz!

We hit the beach several times while in Perth, and I always figured I'd just rent a board or buy some lessons if and when we saw a surf shop or school. But interestingly, they weren't dotted around the beaches quite as numerously as I thought they would have been. Typical tourist assumption in Australia I guess!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Kayaking to Penguin Island, Western Australia


I am writing this while I'm still in my mega-excited, over-the-moon, ecstatic phase, so I apologise if this post becomes a bit chattery!

Today (Wednesday 30th of Dec, as I write the first draft) we decided to head about an hour South of Perth to a place called Rockingham. We aimed to kayak out to Penguin Island, where Australian Sea Lions play around the kayaks, and there is a possibility, but no guarantee, of seeing dolphins!

*From right to left: Penguin Island, Shag Rock and Seal Island*

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