Aug 3, 2017

Lovin' Life 3/8/2017: When Summer Visits Briefly In July.

Baking.  It's one of those winter things, isn't it?

Though it is getting to that time of the season when I'm trying (halfheartedly) to be a little calorie conscious with the baked goods.  Frozen berries in with the muffin batter rather than chocolate, going fifty fifty with wholemeal and white plain flours.  But then I went and ruined it with those white chocolate chips.  Oh well.

What's not quite as quintessentially winter are borderline summer days.  When the mercury hits a lazy 26C or so mid afternoon and the thought on everyone's minds is BEACH.  It was a best of both worlds Sunday when we found ourselves having afternoon tea at one of our local beaches.

It's a bit of a hidden gem, Redleaf.  It's down a few sets of steep stairs from street level and this is the view that greets you as you take those stairs.  It's never that crowded and the people that are there are a lovely mix of locals and tourists.  It's not a place for surfing, vigorous ball games or posing.  I love that you can just plonk yourself anywhere there's a vacant patch of sand and watch the world go by on the water ahead of you and the sky above while everyone around you carries on in their own little beach worlds.  Yet you can chat if you like, there's no pressure either way.

It's not often in the winter that you can sit on the beach with the cuffs of your mum jeans rolled up as you catch a bit of sun through the clouds.

Preschooler SSG mostly made good on his promise to not get too far into the cold water but still managed to have a really good time.

We fearlessly set out on the wraparound pontoon for a bit of a walk.  People were sitting and chatting or lazing and fishing along the way so Preschooler SSG got a quick little lift up and out of the way from time to time.  Being on the beach really brings out the best in every Sydneysider, doesn't it?

My mission this summer is to visit this slice of heaven far more frequently than I have in summers past.  I'm hoping to take my running route up this way once in a while instead of down to Rushcutter's (controversial, I know.  The struggle is real...) and bring Preschooler SSG here on the weekends too.

Do you have a local beach that you just have to visit more often this summer?


  1. Your raspberry muffins look delicious! Yes I saunter over to the beach near where I live most days here at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. The weather has been very unwintery and we've had brilliant sunshine every day for months. I love it because it's not too hot. #TeamLovinLife

  2. We have an island not far from us (ie 10 min drive, 10 min ferry ride) and that is my favourite place for beach adventures. We are toying with the idea of buying a beach shack weekender there ...

  3. I've not heard of Redleaf but I don't know Sydney well at all and not been there for many years. I love the beach in winter but usually stay away from the water! I notice kids don't seem to worry as much though.

    As for the baking I really wish I enjoyed it more.... #teamlovinlife

  4. Oh those muffins look yummy! It's been warm here in Brisbane too. I've had my cuffs up and lying by the pool catching a bit of Vitamin D. The beach would be better though! :-) #TeamLovinLife

  5. I'm severely lacking that feeling of having dug my feet into the sand! Which is ridiculous, as I live by the beach. It's on my list this weekend :)

  6. What a lovely spot SSG! There are so many hidden treasures around Sydney harbour. Alas I left there 30 years ago but love to come back to visit. Good to read you are running!! :)
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  7. We even had a touch of summer on the weekend here in Victoria but we know better than to expect winter is over :-|
    We have beautiful beaches here in Mallacoota and it is well past time that we spend an hour or so on one.

  8. How wonderful that you got to put your feet in the sand and Pre Schooler got to play too. Lovely lovely weekend!

  9. We have a beach less than 10 minutes from us I really want to visit more - have been going there occasionally for a pram walk which is lovely, once the bubs are bigger we might be able to paddle too! :)

  10. I LOVE Redleaf pool, such a pretty part of Sydney. Those muffins look rather scrumptious too SSG!! x :) #TeamLovinLife

  11. Going fifty fifty with the flour TOTALLY cancels out the badness of white choc chips (so says me). You live in such a beautiful part of the world.

  12. Mid winter Sydney on those not so mid winter days is glorious. Living in Castle Hill - as we were - getting to the beach involved at least an hour & a heap of traffic. As a result, it was a rare treat. #TeamLovinLife


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