We spent much of Easter-Anzac weeks on the Central Coast. Our garden was looking great, with lots of autumn flowers in bloom.
The grevilleas were fabulous.
And it was flowering time for the banksias too.
The native birds were loving the bottle brushes.
But it was the King Protea that took centre stage.
Much of post-Christmas was spent on the Central Coast, and that meant grabbing a view of Broken Bay. We hadn’t taken the Mount Ettalong Walk in nearly 2 years, so it was good to reacquaint ourselves with the view.
Back home, I took time to paint the scene proper. I quite liked how it turned out.
Hello, it’s Bridie Beagle here. It’s been many months since I’ve appeared on the blog. Probably because my parents have been busy travelling here, there and everywhere during the winter. I’ve been at home, sleeping inside when the weather is horrible, and getting a suntan outside when it’s not.
I was really glad to visit the beach though. It’s a rare experience for me these days, so I like to make the most of it.
First, I sniff out a strand of seaweed, and make my mark.
Then I go on to the next one. And then the next, and the next after that, until I’ve sniffed every bit of seaweed along the beach (I have to be thorough).
I get so carried away at times that Mum and Dad think I’ve forgotten them. But I haven’t. I always come back.
The view of Broken Bay was breath-taking as usual.
We noticed changes to the beach since the autumn. The sandbar has grown, so the beach at low tide was expansive. There had also been some regeneration work in the sand dunes which was much needed.
I didn’t get to sketch that afternoon, like I did last summer.
Perhaps when the weather gets warmer.
Umina Beach on a calm winter’s day was the perfect place to be.
We finally reach our (well, my parents’) destination – two lookouts that overlook Broken Bay. You might have seen these before, but it’s my first time here.
The first lookout overlooks Pearl Beach and millionaire’s row.
I preferred the second lookout, which has views of the Central Coast Peninsula…
And Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head.
But I wasn’t exactly enjoying the view, more the scents.
The track wound its way under red gums…
And grass trees.
My parents enjoyed the fresh air and the coolness under the trees. I was too busy sniffing the many, many, many new smells.
Hi everyone, it’s Bridie Beagle here. It’s been a long time between bones but I’m back to take you on a short stroll. As you know, I love going for walks, especially in new places. I love to sniff out every nook and cranny. In this series, Daddy and I (and Mummy) are taking a stroll at Mount Ettalong, a hill between Umina Beach and Pearl Beach on the Central Coast.
What did we see? You have to wait until tomorrow to find out!
We finish the series with an unusual grevillea – unusual because it is a ground cover, crawling grevillea.
Lovely shade of burgundy, though.
Watching a grevillea blossom is fascinating. This one is half way there. See how the stamens emerge from beneath the petals?