December 2016 - January 2017
  • Day25

    New years day

    January 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We kicked of 2017 on a action packed pace. We continued our tradition to run on Jan 1st. We explored ran on the walkway from Alexandra Head to Maroochydore, a part of where the Gold Coast Marathon is hosted. After a healthy brekkie we headed to the beach. Andy gave Roedolf some surf lessons. I chilled with the extended Westwoods, I read my book and watched all the holiday makers go by.

    Me and Roedolf did a mini roadtrip on the coastal road no 6, all the way up the Sunshine coast to Noosa Heads, a posh holiday town which reminded me off Knysna. We stopped at all the beaches and viewpoints along the way. I like the trees growing on the rocks at Coolum.

    Ended the afternoon with a homemade gelato in Noosa heads.

    {Issy}
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  • Day25

    Surfing

    January 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Andy was nice enough to give me a quick surfing lesson.

    I managed to get up on the board fairly quickly, but I am still struggling to read the waves, but apparently that comes with time.

    The biggest lesson I learned was, to never surf without a rash vest. After an hour and a bit of surfing my chest and nipples was raw from the scratchy surface of the board.

    Great fun, and one more tick off the bucket list.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day25

    Start 2017 right

    January 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    For the second year in a row we did a little New Years morning run.

    This is a great start to a year of good choices.

    Unlike last year we did not try to run around the world but did a nice and easy 7km with lots of walking in between.

    Even at 8am the sun had no mercy, apart from the annoying running shirt tan, we took about 2 hours to completely cool down after.

    Nothing tastes as good as feeling fit!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day24

    Happy new year

    December 31, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Fantastic to celebrate New Years with the Westwood's in Alexandra Headland. Wonderful people like them you don't kick out behind every corner, we were lucky enough to meet them just over 2 months ago on our transpacific cruise and it was like we have known each other for years. No doubt we will have loads more Westwood tours, somewhere in the world in the future.

    We enjoyed a BBQ picnic and a couple of cold one's next to the beach while watching the fireworks. A near perfect night.

    Until we retired home we realized that it was going to be hot night without the ocean breeze we have enjoyed, but did not quite expect the sauna awaiting us in our room without AC or fan. I woke up at 3 am in a puddle of sweat just to realize Isabel was gone, I walked downstairs to the living room where I found Isabel asleep on the floor under the cealing fan, needless to say I grabbed a pillow and joined her for a more comfortable couple of hour sleep.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day23

    Roadtrip Maleny

    December 30, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We made our way back to Brisbane after the wonderful relaxing week at Rainbow beach. Me and Roedolf decided to take the scenic route through the glasshouse mountains to Maleny. We got really excited when we spotted a South african shop, needless to say we got carried away, bought Roodeberg, Chutney Simba chips, Fizzers and a huge stash of biltong and droëwors.

    We had lunch at a cute little spot in Maleny. We hiked a small loop in the Mary Cairns-cross scenic reserve and I was lucky enough to spot us a wallaby in the wild. There was also loads of nasty Aussie bats hanging in the trees. The rainforest was really lush and beautiful and it was great to do a unplanned hike.

    {Issy}
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  • Day22

    Late afternoon beach sessh

    December 29, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    It was really hot today, so we made the call to only head to beach at 4pm. We found another cool rugged spot close to the ferry to Fraser island. We went for a stroll and enjoyed the beach with all the trees and washed out logs on it.

    We saw loads of tiny crabs running about, as I chased them they created perfect tiny holes in the sand where they disappeared into. It was fascinating to literally watch millions of them.

    Another highlight was watching the fisherman catch some bait and Connor being overly excited about it. We ended the day with a crisp sauvignon blanc and some good company.

    {Issy}
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  • Day21

    Carlo Sand blow

    December 28, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    This natural phenomenon at rainbow beach see the wind blow sand through the cliffs to create a beach away from the ocean.

    Carlo Sand Blow was named by Captain Cook after one of his deck crew named Carlo. The unique "moonscape" sand mass covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sands.

    A short little track from the town gets you to this beautiful scenic vantage point, ideal at sunrise or sunset.

    While the parents was going through the bathing and putting kids to bed rituals we took the opportunity for some alone QT.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day20

    Beach fun

    December 27, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We spend the afternoon on the beach, I taught Alyssa and Connor how to do star jumps over the waves while Roedolf finished the final touches of the gigantic sand castle. The kids helped to build the sandcastle but at some point it became more fun breaking it down, so I distracted them.Read more

  • Day20

    Seary's creek

    December 27, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Fresh water lake in the middle of Cooloola reserve. The boys went for a swim in the freezing cold water. I went in about knee depth and was scared by a freshwater eel. A Pretty cool outing