Archive for the beach


Posted in Stuff with tags , , , on December 27, 2010 by brianestover

The holiday beach trip is over and I survived. There were a few touch and go moments when the kids melted down but all in all it wasn’t too shabby.

Unlike the US where every point that had a cliff that stuck out over the ocean would have been developed, Australia has left the points around Mona Vale natural. In fact one cliff has a 3 tier dog park for dogs to run up and down in. Pretty cool for Clancey, whom we were dog sitting. Except he didn’t listen so well, so after the first day I refused to let him off leash.

Here are a few pics of what I saw everyday. It’s tough having to deal with this day in day out, but fortunately for you 17 readers (My how I’ve grown!) I was able to persevere and in fact, thrive.

The rising sun

From the bluffs

The only bad thing about Australia is the lack of an ozone layer. I’ve been using sun cream as they call it and still have gotten burnt two times already. The first time was just a strip down the center of my chest. That could have been operator error, I’ll have to ask my attorney. The second was on a cloudy day where I spent less then 75 minutes playing with the kids in the surf.

So if you are not reducing your carbon ozone eating footprint, you should figure out how to get smaller shoes. My arms would appreciate it.

Merry Christmas

Posted in Stuff with tags , , , on December 24, 2010 by brianestover

While much of the world is a sleep eagerly awaiting Christmas morning, or sitting down to Christmas Eve dinner, we have already started Christmas Day celebrations. Merry Christmas everyone.

While most of the house was asleep, I snuck out and took a walk down to the beach. Below are some photos from the beach.

Looking North

Across the Cove

Looking across the Cove

Then it was time to open gifts under the bookcase. Hey what can you do when you’re house sitting and there is no tree? But the kids still had a blast.

Presents under the Bookcase?

Then it was time to eat breakfast and walk the dog. I’ve really enjoyed walking the dog, even though he isn’t the best behaved dog I’ve ever walked. It’s been a long time since I’ve dog walked on a daily basis.

Merry Christmas all.