Lake Macquarie

Is that a pineapple?

We visited Catherine Hill Bay (here on in known as ‘Catho’) yesterday afternoon after work.

And while there’s nothing particularly new about visiting Catho and the surrounding beaches (I would call us weekend regulars), it was certainly unusual for me to get down there ‘on a school night’.

So, in keeping with the vague theme of this blog (i.e. making the most of where we live though new experiences) I think the thing to take away from this is simply how good it was to be doing anything after work that’s not just going home and collapsing on the couch!

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Late afternoon sea mist – atmospheric!

The second thing was the puffer fish! Tons of them were washed up in the northern corner of the beach. From a distance (and perhaps due to my notoriously bad eyesight!) the first and biggest one I saw appeared very pineapple-esque until I took a closer look. Having never seen anything like it, I eagerly informed my boyfriend once he was out of the water. But being the local, surfed-before-he-walked kinda boy he is, he didn’t even bat an eyelid.

Aside from the pineapple/fish mix-up, it was great just to be blown about by the cool ocean breeze and catch the last few rays of sunshine. It was invigorating and it certainly helped to put the day’s goings-on into perspective. I will definitely be making more and more after-work visits to the beach as the summer goes on…

– Ellie

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