Going away for two days mid-week is a wonderful experience.
I had this opportunity and together with my husband we left Sydney for the
South Coast. We stayed at the Novotel Hotel in Wollongong (1 hour drive south from Sydney) with magnificent ocean views from our tenth storey window. I was determined to be excited by everything and to attempt to achieve a childlike sense of awe about all I saw. Nestled in the frame of our huge window and cradling a cold glass of wine I watched the sunset through ranges of colours, people walking along the yellow sand, birds soaring, palm trees shivering in the ocean breezes.
We decided to walk to dinner through the crisp winter night air. For extra warmth, I wore a scarf and down jacket so I was as warm as toast and loved the feeling of the icy air caressing my exposed face. It was glorious walking along the beach front under the glow of the bright moonlight and street lights. A group of runners passed us on the way, laughing and enjoying the challenge with the cold night air keeping them from overheating and their breaths like ice clouds in front of their faces. Our restaurant was on a lagoon right on the beach front.
When we arrived we ordered cold beers and sat in a lounge area. Then we moved
to our table where we ordered wine and seafood for our meal. We both ordered a
Bloody Mary(vodka, tomato juice and tobacco sauce) with an oyster for a
different choice of entrée. Neither of us had tried this before. It was
fabulous. After the Barramundi, I ordered a white chocolate coffee, a dreamy concoction which felt like a liquid dessert as it contained real melted white chocolate. We strolled home in the embrace of the cold night air and with full bellies, Paul’s hand gently holding mine.
Next morning we walked along the ocean front to find a cafe for brekky. We passed people walking their dogs of all breeds and others cycling and others sitting cosily in cafes sipping their hot coffees and teas to ward off the winter chill. We chose a cafe at the harbour end where boats were moored. Later we walked home along the beach, collecting shells and rocks which looked like petrified wood.
When we returned to our hotel we packed up and headed off on our days adventure up to Minnamurra Falls, through a rainforest walk which took a few hours and contained a myriad of wonderful gifts. We saw twisted roots, hundreds of varieties of green and symbiotic life forms. We heard the sounds of silence, at times punctuated by forest and human sounds, the bird life, the babbling brooks and meandering creeks and roaring falls. We traversed suspension bridges and metal and timber pathways. We stood at the feet of the gigantic trees with their tall canopies and beside boulders thought to be millions of years old. We saw the dead carcasses of trees now housing different life forms, the streams of sunlight, the ever cooling air, the awesome beauty of it all. How blessed to be able to enjoy this all. Being in the moment provided such awesome wonders and nothing of the past or future intruded. The now was more than enough.
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