Saturday, 9 November 2013

Let's Go Beaching!

Hello my friends, I hope you are all feeling bright and cheery - and if not, well, how about a visit to the beach for some lovely golden sands, blue water and sunshiny sky?

The weather here today in Denmark, Western Australia is bright as can be, nicely warm without being hot, and quite still, which makes it a perfect day for visiting Green's Pool and taking some pics! For those of you lovelies who don't know this area let me just explain that we only need take a fifteen minute car trip from home to reach this absolutely delightful spot.

There is just one thing that could put some folks off making the trip from the carpark down to the beach, and that is the steps! Yes, well, perhaps not too bad going down depending on the condition of your knees, but it is a bit of a pull back up again afterwards, especially if you've had a heap of exercise whilst down there! Let me show you .. … 

At the beginning of the path, then around the corner onto the steps, and a couple of pics taken on the way down just to whet your appetite, yes? It's worth the effort, really!


Still on the downwards climb - a bit more pathway to go yet .. ...


Aha! See that first pic there? Well that's the platform where one can stand and peruse the wondrous site that awaits you after the trail down that path - magical water and rocks and boulders that take your breath away!


Now just a half dozen or so steps and you're onto the beach - a few folks have stepped out of their shoes and - well - they're free to walk, paddle, swim, climb rocks, picnic - whatever they choose to do! What delight! By the way that little bit of fencing that looks a bit out of place is there to protect the dunes from damage and is therefore very necessary.



Now we'll take just a little walk today because we really just came down to get pics of this wonderful place to share with you - if we chose to, we could spend hours mooching around clambering over rocks and generally messing about!
The third pic on the left below is where we turned to walk back, and so you can see that we are surrounded by these beautiful mountainous boulders which are a joy to climb if you have a bit of dare about you! The fourth pic here is of the platform again which will take us back up that path and all those steps back to the carpark!!!



And now you can really see what's in front of us - and oh look, there's a bench to rest your weary legs if the going gets too tough! Then we have the big signage again at the beginning (or end) of the pathway, explaining a little bit of what this little adventure is all about! I do hope you enjoyed our little outing, for I certainly enjoyed sharing it with you! Only to share with special friends!

I might add here that this beach is so safe the children's swimming classes are held here every year in January.



On a totally different subject now, Tuesday was 'Melbourne Cup Day' and if you are interested in horse racing then you will no doubt be aware of this special occasion  on the calendar. Here in Australia it's generally recognised as 'the race that stops the nation' and, whether you are a gambler or not (and we are not) most businesses, offices, etc. have a sweepstake for a bit of fun and it's quite acceptable for folks to stop work for the few minutes that it takes to watch the race run! 

On this day our custom is to get together with friends and have a nice lunch after watching the race together on the telly, which we did, and this year it was at our place: we had a lovely salad of rocket, pear, shaved parmesan and roasted 'cashews' (cause I don't care for pine nuts!) along with lovely marinated barbecued chicken breasts. I'm afraid it was devoured before I got the camera into action so you'll have to take my word for it, but I did take snaps of my pavlova which I'm about to show you - yes, pavlova covered in lashings of fresh cream and raspberries - sorry, you're too late, it's all gone!



How about a beautiful rose? This time we have 'William Wordsworth' -  David Austin bred again - isn't it magnificent! It has the most wonderful perfume too!



I think that's it this time folks! Yes, I have done some little stitchies but they are Christmas themed and similar to those already posted in previous weeks so I won't repeat myself. I've also done a bit of the cardigan and this time it looks like the sizing will be okay so I'm happy about that. There are so many crafty projects on my list that it's difficult to decide what to tackle first so I am trying hard to take things as they come and not get stressed, which I'm sure you'll agree is a bit difficult at this time of year, yes?

Do enjoy your weekend and have fun cause life is short and we need to make the most of it!

Many thanks for all your sweet encouraging messages - you are such lovely friends!

Warm hugs to you all!
Joy xoxo 


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  1. Oh my, I absolutely love pavlova and roses and beaches. It is so beautiful where you have taken us. I felt like I was right there with you enjoying the sand beneath my toes and the lull of the lapping waves. I do hope you will let us visit again soon ;-)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit Joyful and I certainly will look forward to your company again soon - there's more of it to show you yet! Thank you for your lovely message! Hugs, Joy x

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  2. Thank you for taking me on your walk at the beach Joy, it was beautiful, and I'm glad that you did all of those steps for me!!! I LOVE pavlova, it is probably my favourite dessert, yours looks great. xx

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    1. I was happy to do those steps for you Amy, and they really didn't trouble me at all! I wish you could have had a slice of the pav - I would have been delighted to share it with you! Joy xo

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  3. Hello Joy,

    Thank you, thank you so much for your wonderful post. I so envy you that beach it''s stunning.
    The sky is so blue and well worth the effort of the steps. I live beside the sea but it's nothing in comparison to your beach. What an absolutely mouthwatering pavlova, and such stunning roses
    the collours are beautiful. Thank you for my little visit.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Irene, I am very happy you enjoyed your visit; we are so blessed to have such beauty around us but sometimes we really need to take stock and not take such things for granted! I am trying to be more aware! Thank YOU for your visit! Hugs, Joy xo

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  4. What a beautiful beach Joy stunning views, it's just what I need at the moment, I'm feeling shivery and cold, how lovely to stretch out on that beach and feel the sun on your face, summer feels so long ago already and it's only November! I wouldn't even mind the steps back up, all good exercise another thing I don't do enough of! and then yes why not reward one's self with some of that yummy looking pavlova after such an arduous climb haha. I can smell the scent of that fabulous rose from here...delicious, have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Such a lovely message Linda and I'm so pleased to have it! I thought the beach pics might be uplifting for those of you who are suffering the cold now. I was pleasantly surprised today that the climb back up those steps was not nearly so bad as last time I did it, which was quite a few months ago - I think the daily walk might be doing some good! A great weekend is forecast for you also Linda! Hugs, Joy xo

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  5. Oh joy thank you, thank you for taking me down to my most favourite place in the world, the beach and sea. Going down all those steps tooke down memory lane as we have so many beaches with steps like that, but it's worth every step if you're able to manage it. I love the colour of that water and it looks so inviting too, sigh!! What a beautiful place to spend a day, hopefully we will get there one day. Your rise is gorgeous and yes very Christmassy. I think we are all struggling with choosing what to work in next, but how lovely to busy ourselves preparing gifts for special people. That pavlova looks simply delicious, I love pavlova and need to find a way making it dairy free. Thank you for linking in, I have checked to see whether its worked, but will do soon. Joy thank you also for your lovely and very supportive message, you really touched my heart and I appreciate it more than words can say. Much love xoxo

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    1. Ah lovely Hannapat - you were with me as I walked! Oh gosh, is it not possible yet to get some sort of dairy free 'cream'? Even so, pavlova with just the fruit would be still yummy if it was marshmallowy enough, oh yes!!! You know Hannapat that I really understand and stand with you in your struggle against these awful health problems and am convinced that you will overcome! You have come so far already! Take it easy and have a great weekend lovely! Much love, Joy xoxo

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  6. Thank you for the sunshine, flowers, delicious cake and happiness in your post. It has cheered me greatly on this cold and miserable morning here in the uk. Sam xx

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    1. You're most welcome Sam, and I do hope things brighten up very quickly for you over there!
      Thanks so much for popping in, always lovely to see you here! Hugs, Joy xo

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  7. You lucky lucky thing you! You are surrounded by beauty, no wonder you chose the other side of the world to live!! Thank you for taking me to that breathtaking spot Joy, it's a real gem of a place. I'm green with envy that you live so close. Your Melbourne Cup celebrations sound lovely, glad you enjoyed it. All the best :)

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    1. Hello again lovely Sharron, I've been meaning to leave you a message since seeing your gorgeous blanket - I don't know where the time goes these days: yes, well, maybe MC celebrations and beach days might have something to do with it!!! We really are so fortunate aren't we, but still there is a homesickness for the old country that won't lie down!
      I do hope that your winter is not too long and drab over there and I'd send you some of this lovely warmth if I could! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  8. I just love the beaches you have there joy, the water looks an amazing shade of blue made all the nicer on a beautiful summers day! love!
    do you know, I just cant eat pavlova... I love the look of them so delicious, I keep on trying but for some reason they dont agree with me............ shame really and yours looks magnificent... hope you enjoyed the MC and had a little flutter? or did you have a small sweep?

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    1. Yes, they certainly are beautiful - do you visit any around the Perth area?
      It's a pity you can't get away with pavlova - I only ever have a very small portion because of the sweetness, but find raspberries as the topping really balances the overall flavours.
      Re MC - we just had a little sweepstake among ourselves - $1 each - which J won - and I think I got the money in the finish, and why not, haha! Did you? xo

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  9. Dear Joy
    Those colours! Wow! The blues and greens are my absolute favourites. How lucky you are to be able to visit such a beautiful place (despite all the steps!). Those photos are really inspirational...I can just see a felt piece echoing those gorgeous shades...
    The roses are beautiful too and the pavlova made me feel rather hungry.
    Thank you so much for sharing - your post has brightened up rather a drab and grey day here.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hello Ellie - wow I'd love to see you doing something with your gorgeous felt in those shades! I am glad that your day is brighter after a little sunshine and happies!
      Keep smiling and enjoy your weekend and week to follow!
      Very best to you too, Joy x

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  10. Wow!! What a beautiful site Joy! I just love the beach, but the Gulf is not as pretty. Maybe further out but inland....it's muddy and yuck! I've never seen such "blue" water" it's truly beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post with all of us today and that pavlova looks really good..one I've never tried!
    xx Shari

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    1. Hi Shari - I am happy you enjoyed seeing our gorgeous beach and am sorry yours doesn't quite measure up - I am more than happy to share!
      I'm planning on baking your lovely lemon slice this morning Shari - it would be so nice to share a cuppa together! Hugs, Joy xo

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  11. Hello JOY, what fantastic beach photos. I would of taken my shoes off to and ran for the beach and waded around for a long time and then I would of searched for some treasure... The cake looked very very good and of course your flowers are gorgeous.. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos.. Hugs judy

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    1. Hello Judy, oh we could have had an exciting time together down there couldn't we! I trust that you and yours are all well? Hugs, Joy xo

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  12. Good morning Joy, I often see your smiling face in many of the blogs I follow, and have come over to say hello! I've now been reading back through your posts and have enjoyed seeing your embroidery & the beautiful place you call home. Love the beach shots in this post ... how wonderful to live near such a beautiful quiet ocean spot ... the water is such a lovely shade of blue! Have a great weekend! Wendy x

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    1. Hello Wendy, and welcome to my little place, I'm very happy you came by and enjoyed what you saw here - I'll be having a peep at your place soon as I've also noticed you in familiar places! Joy x

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  13. Oh Joy, what amazing photos! The blues at the beach and those beautiful roses <3 so lovely! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend xoxox

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    1. Elisabeth, so good to have your message, thank you! It looks like our Spring has finally decided to settle down and Ist of December will be the official first day of Summer so we can look forward to more gorgeous sunny days filled with bright clear colours - very uplifting!
      I hope everything is bright where you are! Hugs, Joy xo

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  14. Joy, thank you so much for this beautiful post! I am so loving getting to know more and more about your extremely beautiful Australia! I don't think I've ever seen water such a pretty shade of blue/green before, and those rocky cliffs are truly breathtaking! ... I've never had pavlova, but OMG does it ever look yummy! You'll have to share that recipe one of these days!!! Have a great next couple of days my sweet friend! xoxo ...Oh, and your roses are exquisite!

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    1. Ah Sweet Paulette - I would love to show you around our gorgeous countryside, we are truly blessed by its beauty and especially fortunate to be in this particular area where the climate is so kind. I will share the pavlova recipe one day soon Paulette, thank you! I hope everything is well with you and your fantastic crafts. Warm hugs lovely, Joy xo

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  15. Hi Joy, how lucky for you to live so close to such a beautiful beach x

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    1. Hiya Joy - yes, I am blessed to be here, thank you! Joy x

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  16. What a beautiful place, thanks for taking us along with you - that's just what I needed on this bleak wintery day. It reminds me a little of Boulders Beach at Simonstown in the Cape (SA) and your pics gave me a touch of nostalgia for home :-)
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have fun with your Christmassy makes,
    hugs XX

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to our lovely beach Gilly, but sorry about the nostalgia - I suffer from that quite a bit regarding the UK so understand it can be unsettling at times.
      I hope your weekend is going well - did you have the get-together on Saturday or do I have my dates confused? Happy crafting and lovely to see you again! Hugs, Joy xo

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  17. Hello Joy.
    Wowee that one beautiful beach and only 15 mins away! you lucky thing. Well the steps look like a challenge but so worth it! I really enjoyed taking a trip to beach with you it made me feel warm and happy while sat here with the fire burning and snuggled in my cardigan!
    Pavalova looks delish! would love to dig into that yum yum.
    No wonder it's all gone! haha.
    Another gorgeous David Austin rose such a lovely variety!
    Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Hiya FB, I'm so glad you enjoyed your beach trip with me - thanks so much for your lovely company! But a nice warm open fire and lovely cuddly winter woollies are very nice too, so enjoy!
      I'm sure you would have enjoyed the pavlova FB - I only make them occasionally these days - ah the sugar overload, no, no!!!
      I hope your weekend is going well too and the week works out great for you with lots of happy craft times! Warm hugs, Joy xoxo

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  18. Wow! Look at that sunshine! Look at that beach! And with the roses and pavlova, I'm tempted to pack up and move to your side of the world! :-) Chrissie x

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    1. Hi Chrissie - yes it's so nice to have the weather settled a bit after all its ups and downs; looks like another good day coming up today too so we are blessed! You can come over here any time lovely - we'll help you settle in a treat!
      I'm so looking forward to hearing about Little Flower's birthday party - you'll have had an excitingly busy few days - and that glass (or two) of bubbly to finish things off? Sleep well with your angels, hugs, Joy xo

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  19. Hi Joy, thank you for your comments over at mine. I'm so pleased I popped over to your blog. Your beach is totally stunning and I love the walk down to the shore. Those rock formations are so interesting and the colours of the sea and sky are stunning. You are very lucky to live there.
    Jacquie x

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    1. Hello Jacquie and welcome, I'm very happy to see you here! Yes, aren't we so fortunate to have made the choices we made - Green's Pool is wonderful, as is most of our surrounding countryside, but I still miss the UK and it's beauty and am always to happy to see your lovely pics, thank you! Hugs, Joy xo

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  20. We certainly do live in a wonderful country Joy.. and of course I'm just a wee bit biased about WA being the best :) Denmark is such a special place, haven't been down for a while and must amend this soon. Your Pavlova beats my Lime Pie hands down, most delicious thing I've seen for ages! David Austin roses are so romantic and what a wonderful colour. You really are lucky to be that bit further down the coast, it's been horribly hot up here today..

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    1. Yes we certainly are very fortunate Grace and I hope you can have a trip down soon - maybe at a time when it's steaming hot in Perth and we're ten degrees cooler; making you jealous now? It would be lovely to say hello when you're down so if you have time please do let me know. Have a great week and happy snapping! Joy x

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  21. Joy that is the most wonderful looking place, you have warmed me up. I thought I was actually there for a moment and then looked outside realised it was getting dusk at 4.30pm and I need to finish jacket potatoes for tea.... but you know for a minute I was there. Thanks Jo x

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    1. Hi Jo - I'm so glad our beach scenes warmed you - I wish you could enjoy it in person, you'd never want to leave! I hope your week is a really good one Jo! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  22. The beach is beautiful! I can't get over the color of the water. It looks like perfect postcard ocean scene. Your pavlova looks delicious! I have made pavlova a few times but yours looks much better than any I ever made. I had some excellent pavlova in New Zealand when visiting my husband's parents and I have always wanted to find, or make, one as good as the real thing. Thank you for sharing these delightful, happy items with us. :)

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    1. It is beautiful indeed Jennifer, and it was perfect timing for taking the pics, being warm and sunny with very little breeze. Pavlova can be tricky to get just right, or, I should say, just as my family and friends like it best - marshmallowy middle and crisp outer shell - the recipe can vary a bit and oven temps. are so important. I will share my take on it soon and you may like to give it a go. Have a lovely week my friend, hugs, Joy xo

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  23. Thanks so much for showing your beaches! It looks quite similar to where we spend out summer holidays and suddenly I cant wait!! only 4 weeks (and exams!!) to go. The colour of that rose is just magnificent...have a great week.

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    1. Hi Leeanne, ah well with holidays coming up at a lovely destination perhaps the thought of exams looming up won't look so bad! All the best with them and a great week to you too. Hugs, Joy x

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  24. Oh Lovely Joy you live in a heavenly place, no wonder you are always so sunny. I have always wanted to live near the sea but sadly don't and seeing your lovely photographs showed me how much I have missed. Your home is just gorgeous - thank you for these special pictures Joy, it is so wonderful to share them with you. Big hugs to a special person
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Dear Dorothy, thank you so much for your sweet message - perhaps one day the beach will be on your doorstep. It's a strange thing about we humans though, that often we have such beauty within close proximity and don't take advantage of it anyway, and I have to say that until Saturday it had been quite a while since we visited Green's Pool! Of course we can blame the weather as not having been conducive to such excursions - there's always an excuse eh!!! Warm hugs and happy week to you lovely, Joy xoox

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  25. Thank you for this lovely, cheery, sunny post. The beach looks really wonderful, so lovely to see these photos as it has been very chilly here this weekend. Your pavlova looks so gorgeous!! A lady I used to work with used to make the most gorgeous raspberry and cream pavlovas every Christmas...they made having to work Christmas Day much more bearable!!
    Marianne x

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    1. Hi Marianne and thank you for your lovely message - after your busy weekend I really appreciate you taking time to be here. Yes, the pavlova really is a special occasion dessert but so yummy. I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing our sunny beach after a cool weekend - before long I'll probably be longing for some of that cool! Do enjoy your week lovely!
      Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  26. Joy, you have shared such beaity with us today, the beach area is spectacular. Oh my goodness it must be truly amazing in person. Love you roses and the sounds of you fantastic lunch.
    hugs to you my friend,
    Meredith

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    1. Hello Dear Meredith, I hope you've recovered from all that party preparation and hopefully fun!
      Glad to know you enjoyed sharing our beach for a moment or two, it really is an amazing place. Have a wonderful and not too busy week. Warm hugs for you too, Joy xo

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  27. Joy... Those pictures gave made me feel so happy this morning. What stunning views. Thank you so much. Also for popping over to Chalky's and leaving such a kind comment about my stay in Dubai.
    Love linda

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    1. Thank you too Linda, for leaving me your sweet message. Hugs, Joy xo

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  28. Wow! It looks like paradise. You are so lucky to have that on your doorstep. Thank you for an insight into your beautiful area of Australia.
    S xx

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  29. You're most welcome Sarah and I'm glad you enjoyed your little trip. Joy xo

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  30. Hello again lovely Joy, thank you for joining in the Christmas swap! I have paired everyone up today and you have been partnered with Leanne from Craftyfatcat - more details on my blog. Happy swapping!
    Marianne x

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    1. Thanks so much Marianne - I'll be in touch with Leeanne soon and have left a message for you on your blog! Such fun! Joy xo

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  31. You have such a nice space here...I love that you are very positive and uplifting.
    Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures of the beach, I just felt re-energized.
    Have a wonderful week Joy...I am sending greetings from California :D

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    1. Hello Juliana, and welcome - I'm very pleased to see you here and happy you enjoyed your visit. Please drop by again soon!
      Happy week to you too, Joy x

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  32. Hi Joy...it's me again!
    I couldn't find your email address for some reason so I will leave you my updated blog address here. Thanks so much for your sweet comment concerning my blog...your such a sweetheart and I am so glad we are friends!
    Hugs....Shari @ sundaysnotes.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Shari and thanks for your new address - at the moment I can't seem to get it to work though, but will keep trying .. .. ..
      I am very happy also that we are friends! Hugs, Joy xo

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  33. What gorgeous beach shots you show us here as we are in the depths of November in Europe with short days and icy winds! I've just finished crocheting a winter scarf!!!
    That Pavlova looks just wonderful! Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Hello Sandra and thank you so much. I remember how cold it can become over there, and some of the effects of same - like frozen pipes and washing stiff on the lines - I hope it isn't too severe this winter for you. On the other hand, I always hope that the sun doesn't beat down too scorchingly hot over here - it has a tendency to fry brains, haha! Joy x

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  34. Stunning photo's and views and lunch sounds delicious. Deb x

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    1. Thanks Deb - all very enjoyable! Joy x

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  35. Thank you so much for leaving such a kind comment about Charlie's story. It is lovely ins' it.

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  36. Oh that beach, that beach ... I want to be there, now! Gorgeous pics Joy :)

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    1. Hello Annie - oh yes, it gets you in doesn't it, so clean and bright and blue - good for the soul! Joy x

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  37. How stunning. I love the beach (though ours aren't quite the same as yours), and it's so cold and dreary here, I can feel the warmth in the pictures - beautiful :) xx

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    1. I wish you could be here and enjoy it for a while too Cheryl - maybe then it would be easier to go back and put up with winter! Joy xo

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  38. Oh my word, that turquoise water is the most beautiful thing I've seen all week. Here it is grey and windy and drippy. Summer seems a long way away - now I know why - it has gone all the way to the other side of the world!

    What a stunningly lovely rose. I can almost smell it from here. :)

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    1. Ah yes, but it hasn't settled itself yet Sue - today has been windy and cool again, so please give Summer back again and don't be greedy!
      I am so happy with my roses, thank you, we are blessed! Joy x

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  39. stunning beach scenery, you are so lucky! Heather x

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    1. We certainly are Heather - it does the soul good just to gaze on those views, don't you think? Thanks so much for your visit, hugs, Joy x

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