Thursday, 21 August 2014

Travels | Part 4 East Coast Aussie Road Trip - Newcastle & Unexpected Beauty Spots

Photos by Alex May Photography
Oh hello next installment of our Aussie Road Trip Adventure!! I seem to be on a role with these travel photos. Lets hope it keeps up!

Next up was a quick stop to Newcastle, NSW for a pitstop. We had originally planned to stay a bit longer here but the husband was dying for a surf at Port Macquarie so we pressed on. We headed towards Coffs harbour (where we saw our first 'big' object. This time the banana.) and headed towards Port Macquarie so Alex could relive his youth of surfing here when had visited before.

It was turning out to be a very hot day… one of those days where you can not escape the heat unless you are in the sea. We saw on the map 'Smokey Cape' and headed for it. Luckily we managed to find it as we ended up spending a whole afternoon there having a beach day and having some much needed rest. The water was SO warm, and so turquoise. We even saw Kangaroo's on the beach! A truly Australian experience.  It was a little bit of heaven. It had a beautiful lighthouse with the most amazing look out point seeing stretches of white sandy beaches for miles.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Travel | Part 3 of the East Coast Aussie Road Trip - Blue Mountains

© Photography by Alex May Photography
This my lovelies, was one of my favourites part of our road trip. The oh so beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. What was funny, was we left the most beautiful scenery at the Sea Cliff Bridge to head towards the Blue Mountains via Sydney to be welcomed by long stretches of road full of nothing….! Nothing pretty and most of all nothing inspiring. Just long motorways full of industrial estates! Luckily we prepared ourselves for long stretches like this and thank god for McCafe's supplying us with Coffees along the way!

However this magnified the beauty of the Blue Mountains even more. I wasn't that fussed to visit the Blue Mountains when we were planning our trip (I would of been happy to leave it out) as I thought it would just be a load of scenery and would be a bit of a yawn-fest! How wrong could I be though. This part of the trip was one of my favourite moments. I needed life to show me what was important and to put things into perspective and this was one of those moments. 

Whilst on our travels we met all sorts of people from all over the world. Fellow travellers like ourselves and also local Aussies. When we went to visit 'The Three Sisters' we somehow managed to find ourselves on an old tourist path (me, nosey?! no!) which in turn meant we had a viewing platform all to ourselves compared to the tourist platforms which were full of people. However a lady came to join us a few minutes later and was surprised to find someone else in her 'spot'. She was a local lady and had been visiting the 'three sisters' for many, many years and told us so many stories about that spot in particular. It was so lovely to hear the history of the place from someone who truly knew it.

However, my favourite part of the Blue Mountains had to be 'The Wall'. We just randomly stopped whilst leaving the mountains to stretch our legs after seeing a sign saying viewpoint. We didn't know what to expect but I am so glad we stopped. The views were breathtaking and the photos will never do it justice. It took us a while to trek to the spot and luckily we kept going. It was good to just stop and wallow in the heat and soak up that view. 

The drive through the Blue Mountains also put into perspective how dangerous Bush Fires are. We saw all the dusty remains of the worst bush fire in history at the Blue Mountains. It was devastating to see communities wiped out within hours. The pain that must of been caused to the local people and also the local wildlife all because of mother nature doing it's thing.

See Part 1 & Part 2 here.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Iillustration | Her Lovely Heart Illustration

© Cathryn Nicholson - Pencil Stitches 2014

Oh hello pretty lady!!! I saw this styled shoot by Her Lovely Heart a while back and I knew instantly that I wanted to illustrate this beautiful model. Luckily Marianne of Her Lovely Heart gave me the permission. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Personal | The Husbands 30th Birthday

Last week my very handsome husband turned 30. Happy Birthday Mr May!!! 30 to me is such a big milestone, to my husband Alex, it was just another day. He really wasn't fussed. Luckily I took it into my own hands to well and truly spoil him!!

30 is an age where most people analyse where you are in life… or thats what I thought! However Alex completely took it in his stride and saw it as any other day. I however decided to analyse it for him ;) 

In the eye's of a traditionalist of where we should be by the age of 30 we are not doing so well. We are married, which is a big tick. However the house front & kid front is a big empty box. However in the eyes of us, we are doing good. Alex is in a position where for the first time in his life he is doing something he loves and is passionate about. Photography & Coffee! I am so proud of him for not falling in to the 'daily' trap of life and jobs. He has stood his ground and went after what he wanted. 

Not many people in this world can say they love their job, but that husband of mine can. Yes it means we have had to sacrifice a few things a long the way but I think it's entirely worth it just to hear Alex talk about his day with a smile on his face. He has changed paths and he can see a future thats bright. He is working his astra-barista off (see what I did there Alex ;) ) not just for himself but for his family too. 

We only took a few photos of the evening at Gwithian, where we set camp for the night. We also ended the day with Champers on the beach. 

p.s I heard Thirties are the new Twenties Alex… luckily I have a few years left to find that one out!! 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Travel | Part 2 of the East Coast Aussie Road Trip

Photos by Alex May Photography

Yeh, yeh! I know…… I am a little bit late on the taking with this blog post but I did promise and so I shall deliver!

Our road trip around Australia and our travels around Thailand was six months ago now. I don't know where the time has gone as it has absolutely flown by. It's actually quite good leaving it a few months to look through and organise the photos from the trip as it really does take you back to those moments.

As I said in my first post which ended up at Jervis Bay, this was a trip of a lifetime. The freedom we felt whilst driving up the coast was phenomenal. I can't even begin to tell you the stress that we had on the up coming of this trip. However as each day passed, we got more and more relaxed and settled into our new lives in our Jucy Camper. If only we could be full time travellers!

This part of the trip saw us leaving the oh so beautiful Jervis Bay and heading towards Sydney. We stopped each night along the way, where we lucked in on an amazing camping spot. It was a little bit out of our way in land but it was truly amazing. We had the best pitch on the whole campsite to watch the most amazing sunset and sunrise. 

When we were planning our trip we made a list of 'must-sees & do's' that we had to do. The funny thing is, some of the best sights were the ones we stumbled across whilst getting to these must see's. Such as, we wanted to see the 'Sea Cliff Bridge' which was amazing by the way (and oh so windy!!). However what we didn't think we would get to experience is the beautiful views along the coast line and an outdoor sea water pool which was a very welcome site as it was a particularly warm day.