In a holiday tradition that began many years ago now, and that will continue for many a year to come I hope, we recently spent a couple of weeks on the beautiful island affectionately known as "Straddie". On a clear day, we can just see a tiny sliver of this island from our back deck. Many a time, I have wished for a gigantic flying fox to take me over the land and sea to Straddie's shores. Instead, we wait for the early weeks of December to roll around and then we go, not by flying fox though!
Looking back towards a distant mainland.
Straddie is ocean and sand, wind and waves, seaweed and shells, cliffs and rockpools. For us, this beautiful island is also family and time, happiness and memories, nature and bliss. My young son would tell you that it's gelati "up the point" too!
White-crested waves rolling in to Main Beach.
Just one tiny shell upon the shore.
Tiny "caves" in wave-carved rocks.
Silvery and strappy leaves protecting the dunes.
A clinging cluster of barnacles.
Light and shadow forms a sandy crescent "moon".
Blue sky beyond the Pandanus Palms.
Fading light at the end of the day.
It will be a little less than a year before we go back again... if next year goes as quickly as this year has seemed to, it won't be long to wait!
May your new year roll on in as smoothly as the waves on Straddie!