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20 March 2014 @ 09:40 pm
Road trip! part two  
Saturday was a lovely lazy day, starting with meeting an old workmate for brunch. And would you believe, I drove all the way down to the jetty, jumped out of my car, took two steps then stopped dead. "Um, this isn't actually where the Shearwater is," I explained, embarrassed, before getting back in car and heading back up Harbour Drive to the real location of the restaurant, where my friend was patiently waiting. Okay, my excuse is that it's 10 years since I've lived there and the old memory isn't what it used to be!

After that we explored the city centre, and had our astrology charts done at a little alternative shop - the same one where I had my belly button pierced years ago. What I didn't expect was that the astrologist would plug our birthdates and places into a computer, and analyse the charts produced. I guess it beats the old days where you sent your info off and then waited a fortnight for the results! It was just an interesting juxtaposition of technology with the arcane. He recorded the sessions onto a CD, too, so that we could take them with us. I'm going to transcribe mine this weekend as there were a lot of dates mentioned.

Later in the afternoon we headed back down to the jetty, bought icecreams then took a stroll along the breakwater to Muttonbird Island.

Muttonbird Island, taken from the headland on the southern end of Jetty Beach:

Muttonbird Island photo MuttonbirdIslandandinnerharbourwall_zps8f6662da.jpg You can just make out the masts of the boats in the harbour marina.

The marina, looking back from Muttonbird Island:

marina from muttonbird island photo lookingbacktomarina_zps947c3b93.jpg

And this is why we got soaking wet on our walk along the breakwall!

Breakwall waves photo marinawave2_zps1aeda941.jpg

Looking south from the island, across Boambee Beach:

Boambee Beach photo Boambeebeach_zps35b2654b.jpg

And looking back to Jetty Beach, with the sun gilding the water:

sun on water photo sunlightonwaterandjetty_zpsfc072587.jpg There's a breakwall on the seaward side of the harbour, too, resulting in a very calm surf at Jetty Beach. It's a good beach for families with young kids.

The path up Muttonbird Island is really steep but for the first time ever I made it all the way without having to stop for breath. Which could have something to do with the fact that it's the first time I've done it as a non-smoker (13 years this month!).
Path up Muttonbird Island photo pathupmuttonbird_zps5e776124.jpg

Took the opportunity to take a photo of the Deep Sea Fishing Club, which sits on the Boambee headland opposite, and where we later went for dinner:

Deep Sea Fishing Club photo DeepSeaFishingClub_zps10672838.jpg

Up, over the top and down the other side, to the easternmost point:

Eastern end of Muttonbird photo easternendofmuttonbirdisland_zps309376ea.jpg

We were hungry after the trek up and back, so we drove around to the Fishing Club for dinner. By the time we came out it was full night, although the full moon stopped it from being totally dark. It also cast a silver path across the sea that was truly stunning. I tried to capture it but didn't do a good job - shutter stayed open for a couple of seconds and it was blowing a gale on the headland, making it hard to keep the camera steady. Still, it made for an interesting effect with the taillights of a car at the bottom.

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Last little bit tomorrow night, it's already past my bedtime. :-)
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moonlightmead on March 20th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, I love seeing the world through friends' trips. Have to laugh about the 'oh, not here...' - I do that when I go back to where I grew up too.

Congratulations on the hill ascent *and* the thirteen years. Also on the belly button ring - I wanted to piece my nipples and I couldn't, so perhaps I should do that! Is it still pierced, btw, or did you let it close up?

I remember one of the very first time I saw computers in action was for astrology! I had forgotten all about that. Thanks for reminding me! It was some kind of county fair, I think, and you paid either £2 or £5 (it was a *lot*) and got a print-out of attributes and predictions. Very strange mixing of old and super-new.
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on March 23rd, 2014 06:24 am (UTC)
Navel still pierced. It was one of those "break-free" things you do - I'd split with my husband after more than 20 years of being told what I could and couldn't do, and then lost a lot of weight AND gave up smoking, all at the same time. He had always hated pierced navels and reckoned that only sluts would do it (yes you're beginning to see why I finally woke up to myself) so I went out and got it done, firstly as a reward for giving up the fags, but secondly as an "up yours" moment. *g* Go get it done, if you still want to. I didn't have any trouble with mine (although I know people who have) and it's fun having this little secret under my professional clothes.

My astrologer experience was a bit different in that he spent 30 minutes talking about my chart, then gave me a cd recording of the talk. It was just strange to see him bring up the chart on the PC to start with. And I kept wondering how it would change things if he wasn't still factoring Pluto in as a planet.
moonlightmead on March 24th, 2014 09:54 am (UTC)
Right, I am doing it. Need to do the same as you and lose some weight again, and then it can be a reward. Congratulations on the weight and the smoking at the same time - I know how hard the latter is myself: ugh!

I am definitely getting the impression from this and from other comments you have made that your husband fitted the external you far more than the actual you. If you see what I mean!
miwahni: Pros Never far awaymiwahni on March 24th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
It took me a long time to work out who the actual me is, and I'm still finding out. *g*
Good on you for giving up smoking, too. I'll never criticise a smoker, knowing how hard it is to get off them.
ali15sonali15son on March 20th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
Well it all looks very stunning thankyou for sharing your pictures xxx
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on March 23rd, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I'd forgotten just how stunning the coast is, myself.
mrua7mrua7 on March 20th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
What a spectacular walkabout! Good for you and fun reconnecting with old friends and memories.
miwahni: Random Darwin sunsetmiwahni on March 23rd, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
It is spectacular, when you get to the top of the island and all you can see, stretching away on either side of you, are the long sweeps of sandy beaches, while the horizon is a shimmering blue in front of you. It was a lot of fun, too, catching up with people.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on March 21st, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)

It's always lovely to see new parts of the world. There's always this thing where the landscape looks familiar and yet not, both at the same time.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on March 23rd, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
I had that same feeling throughout most of the UK, although I put it down to my consumption of British TV throughout my life.