Thursday, November 28, 2013


It is nearly impossible to wake up on the wrong side of bed when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the view from your pillow is this:

It kind of makes you understand why, when the going gets rough, couples tend to take a holiday! I don't underestimate the power of nature and a bit of peace and quiet in helping people jettison the stress they've accumulated and - at the risk of sounding cliched - recharge the ol' batteries. A day at Qualia started out much the same each day we were there. We'd take our time waking up and then slowly make our way to breakfast at the Long Pavilion. While the breakfast was absolutely incredible, I was mostly there for the view...

Happy Camper.

The only time we didn't wake up and plod along to breakast was the morning we played golf. To get to Hamilton Island Golf Club, you have to take a short ferry ride to Dent Island. There's nothing on that island but the golf course and clubhouse and it is one of the most spectacular courses I've ever seen. While I was impressed by the stunning vistas, James was impressed by my golf game. You do know I'm serious, don't you?

When we weren't golfing, you could usually find us at the beach:

Oops. Beach:

That photo was taken at Whitehaven, where the white sands stretch for over seven kilometres and the waters are crystal clear. We caught the ferry over and spent a few hours there one day. While the water was incredibly enticing, we couldn't swim in it because of these stinging nasties:

Instead, we lathered ourselves in sunscreen (believe me, without it you'd end up a blistering mess)

... and behaved like newlyweds

I started reading Tamara Mellon's bio, which I ditched halfway through for Jonathan Dee's latest novel. Suprisingly, James picked up Miss Mellon's book and read it from cover to cover, I think the business elements might have interested him. I'll pick it back up later, for sure.

Speaking of picking things up later... I'm going to go out and enjoy this wonderful weather just now but  I'll be back later to fill you in on the rest of our time away. Are any of you making travel plans just now? Or been anywhere special lately? 

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