Five Sentence Fiction – Bedtime

'And they all lived happily ever after'
 
She knew that line meant her Father's bedtime story was over yet she was 
far from ready for lights out.
 
'Daddy, tell me another, the one about the princess who slept for 100 years!'
 
He yawned, whilst he was certainly ready for bed, his daughter's beautiful big 
blue eyes sparkled....sleep for her was light years away.
 
Resigning to the fact even this recital may not be the last of the 
evening he began....'Once upon a time.....'

Five Sentence Fiction – Abandon

It was found on the street, a puzzle box, containing tiny pieces that when placed together were to form a map of inner city Sydney circa 1960.

A house hold clean up, 70 years in the making, had resulted in items being abandoned street side.

The death of her elderly neighbour and the real estate auction sign that appeared soon after, signalled that change was in the air.

That was more than a year ago, and only yesterday, had the time felt right to assemble the puzzle.

Family and true ‘ Aussie’ friends gathered around the table, and piece by piece the jig saw was placed into position, a most memorable way to herald in Australia Day 2015.

Sydney

Sydney in puzzle form

Five Sentence Fiction – Offering

Word prompt Offerings

She did know the little boy, who at just  eight years of age, had succumbed to cancer.

It took her by surprise, the usual suspects in the classified section were the elderly , the aged, not someone who’s life had just begun.

What kind of cruel world was this? What kind of offering could be made to set this injustice right.

She knew their was nothing to be done, nothing but be thankful.

As the gentle stream of tears subsided, she made a promise with herself to view each day as a privilege, not a right….it was the only way to honor the little boy and the gift called ‘ life’.

Little Bay

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….the first beach of Christmas, Little Bay, a gorgeous stretch of coastline in South Eastern Sydney.

Little Bay, looking North

Little Bay, looking North

Beautiful Little Bay

Beautiful Little Bay

Little Bay….a place so magical I could not sleep the night before!! The Randwick council newsletter that arrived in my mailbox late November last year had you splashed across the front cover, the heading read ‘ Little Bay- Randwick Council’s best kept secret’

Setting up for the day at Little Bay

Setting up for the day at Little Bay

Little Bay… Listed in Time Out Magazine as one of the ‘ Top Five Secret Beaches’ of Sydney….but someone needs to let those in printed media know….the secret is OUT!!

Beautiful Little Bay

Beautiful Little Bay

And that my friends is the end of the 2014-2015 12 Beaches of Christmas……I hope I have inspired you to get out there and enjoy summer, a dip in the ocean, a post dip mango, a beach swim with a friend, family member, special someone. A summer swim & the joy it brings is heightened when shared…..Happy New Year. Xx

Summer Friendship

Summer Friendship

 

Malabar Beach

Whilst I am overcome with excitement about my first beach of Christmas….one must do justice to the second beach…it too is deserving of attention. With Sydney’s weather forecast of grey clouds & storms for the next week, I indulged in what may be the last day of blue sky & sunshine for sometime…reviewing two beaches in ONE day.

The second beach of Christmas…..Malabar Beach. Located in South Sydney, it is one of the cities lesser known swimming spots, and apparently just how the locals like it. But now I am in the know….and whilst it took me 10 years of city living to venture to Malabar for my first swim….it won’t be the last.

Malabar Beach

Malabar Beach

Malabar Beach, formally known as Long Bay, was named after the ship ‘ Malabar’ that was shipwrecked in the area in the early 19th century. The beach, situated in close proximity to Sydney’s Long Bay Jail , Randwick Golf course and national parkland…is almost to good to be true….Malabar & it’s beach is a place where time appears to stand still, it is reminiscent of a sleepy South Coast Holiday town circa 1980….yet it is 2015…

In under 12kms one finds themselves in Sydney’s  Central Business district…..Give me Malabar any day….

Malabar Beach

Malabar Beach

Paddle Boarder- Malabar Beach

Paddle Boarder- Malabar Beach

The second beach of Christmas….such a treat, a gift from the city if Sydney to us all….made sweeter by the consumption of a mango and the realisation that one of my all time favourite TV show’s, ‘ Love My Way’ , was set in thus idyllic suburb. And then there was the first beach of Christmas…a beach so beautiful it demands the 2014-2015 crown…. I can’t wait to share it with you…..just two more sleeps ( one if your good!!)

 

 

Victoria Park Pool

Back in Sydney…. back to work…..back to routine…..Boring.

But the Beaches of Christmas will save me….Be gone routine…I have beaches to review!!

TheThird Beach of Christmas…a pool….Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown, Sydney.

Victoria Park Pool

Victoria Park Pool

Having spent the last eight years of my life working close by….it was high time I took a dip, my first ever, in this pool of chlorine goodness.

An admission cost of $6.00 might signify why I have put lap swimming during my lunch break on the back burner…but keen to do justice to the last three reviews of the Christmas Campaign 2014-2015…. It was money well spent.

Life Aquatic- Victoria Park Pool

Life Aquatic- Victoria Park Pool

And lap swim I did….. 6 in total, $1 a lap..what a bargain! And then I took a cold shower, put my work clothes back on & returned to work as if the lap swimming session had never happened.

But as the working day nears its end, I can still catch a faint whiff of chlorine on my skin, a reminder that this swim was I fact real….and very enjoyable, 8 years in the making, a most memorable work day indeed.

Life Aquatic- Victoria Park Pool

Life Aquatic- Victoria Park Pool

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