October 8, 2014

How’s the Serenity

Amidst the madness of the past few weeks that have been chock full of craziness and mayhem, it was sheer bliss to hit up the beach for some much needed down time with my family.

Seriously, is there anything more delightful than the first sighting of the beach after a couple of hours in the car? It gets me every time… I never fail to be amazed by the sparkly beauty of the south coast right on the Berra’s back doorsteps.

Since it was a Canberra only long weekend there was hardly anyone around, pristine beaches, sparkling ocean & no crowds – just the way I like it.

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Nothing more wonderful than the waves crashing against the rocks

Despite all the trimmings of springtime where the sun shone gloriously on us, it wasn’t until the long weekend that there was much warmth in the days, but lucky me, the temperatures climbed & with summer clothing clad we ventured out to enjoy the sun shine & serenity.

I’m a little bit sorry to the onlookers who suffered third degree burns from the reflections from my pasty white skin caused by many months entombed in multi layers of warm dark clothing.

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It’s a Johnston thing….. You wouldn’t understand!

My little family and I headed out for a day of fun in the sun & a leisurely wander through the Aussie bushland.

Something about sunshine and a warmer climate that makes me want to get my smoothie drinking on, so first stop, the café for a cheeky orange, apple, beetroot & ginger juice. #yarm

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Sunshine in a glass – Beetroot Smoothie

We strolled along the beach, cool ocean breezes splashed us with salty water as waves crashed against the rocks and stopped often to admire the rock formations.

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Poking at the blue bottles as we strolled along the beach

Dip our toes in the icy cold water, poke at the blue bottles on the beach.

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Dipping the toes in…. Eeek, it’s chilly!

And filled our lungs with the serenity.

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Pretty flippin serene huh?!

So tell me dear reader, what’s your go to summer smoothie special? And, are you a beach bum or country bumpkin?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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ladies cook - May 1, 2016 Reply

Pretty! What a lovely part of the world.

    Anna - May 2, 2016 Reply

    Yes, the south coast of Australia is a beautiful part of the world to escape too. 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - June 19, 2015 Reply

Gorgeous place with pristine beaches. Loved to see you sat on the Johnston St. sign. 🙂

    Anna - June 19, 2015 Reply

    We are so spoilt with easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches, this one in particular is rather lovely. 🙂
    Haha… Climbing up onto the sign I almost broke my brothers arm, but it was worth it. LOL!

Sophie - October 27, 2014 Reply

Georgous beautiful beaches! What a difference with Belgian beaches! Waw!
Such beauty!

And yes, I saw the Johnston street! 🙂 You sat on the sign! 🙂 hahhahahahha!

    Anna - October 28, 2014 Reply

    I may be a little bias, but I reckon Australia has the best beaches in the world, and this one is right up there as the BEST! 🙂
    Haha…It was totally worth the bruises I scored climbing up on top of my street sign. LOL! 🙂

Anna (Hidden Ponies) - October 17, 2014 Reply

Mmmm….peach berry smoothies and beaches are such a good pair. I love that you can go to the beach right now and, as much as I love fall, I could go for a day of your beaches!

    Anna - October 17, 2014 Reply

    Ooooo peach… Yes, such a delicious fruit that I would totally have not thought to put into a smoothie. Trying that stat. 🙂
    Yep, we sure are lucky having access to such amazing beaches. 🙂

Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong - October 16, 2014 Reply

Wow beaches.. loveee beaches..i am so jealous. .. 🙂 please switch places with me.. the weather here is so so depressing.. it seems like ages that i have seen the sun .. and its pouring down cats and dogs.. 🙁 how i miss summer.. anyways you have a fab summer.. enjoyyyy!!!

    Anna - October 16, 2014 Reply

    Oooo its gorgeous Arpita, one of the best beaches in Australia I think. 🙂
    I’ll be sure to soak up some sun for you, I’m so excited that summer is nearly here for us, its been beyond cold for us.
    Stay warm and dry too. 🙂

Raymund - October 14, 2014 Reply

Our family go to smoothie is either Mango or Avocado, I love them!

    Anna - October 14, 2014 Reply

    Ooo thats a bit different Raymund. I dont know that I have tried avocado in a smoothie before. But massive yum to the mango. 🙂

Susan - October 13, 2014 Reply

What a wonderful trip & we must do it more often. We WILL do it more often 🙂

    Anna - October 14, 2014 Reply

    It really was huh?! And heck yes to more family catch ups. Cant wait! 🙂

Alice - October 12, 2014 Reply

Bliss indeed! Being a Sydney gal, I’m a total beach bum, no surprises there! Sounds like a wonderful getaway and the perfect remedy to the -8C weather, I hear Canberra has (in winter.) The only thing better than the perfect getaway, is great company and I’m sure you had it in droves with your fun loving fam!

    Anna - October 12, 2014 Reply

    Oh thats awesome Alice, totes working a visit into the diary this Summer to catch some sun with you girlfriend. 🙂
    Haha… yes, I’ve pretty well defrosted from the awful cold winter. -8… It should be illegal to be that cold. Ha!
    Yes, it was wonderful to spend some quality time with my faves. Hope you are well my lovely. xox

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - October 12, 2014 Reply

Darling, you don’t look pasty white at all, you look fab! Great photos-it’s a gorgeous sunny day today!

    Anna - October 12, 2014 Reply

    Nawh thanks heaps Lorraine. 🙂
    We had stella weather here in the Berra today too. Oh how I heart Spring. <3 🙂

Catherine - October 12, 2014 Reply

Such a beautiful setting.
The beetroot and ginger drink looks good too.
Lovely photos and memories. ~ Catherine

    Anna - October 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Catherine. 🙂
    Oh yeah, it has been a constant on the menu for me since getting home. Love me a fresh juice.
    Have a wonderful weekend Catherine.

Dedy@Dentist Chef - October 11, 2014 Reply

such a fun beach trip!!!
i really lovin foraging there too….

    Anna - October 12, 2014 Reply

    It was beautiful Dedy! Well, aside from the blue bottles, those little critters are scary. The best bit was hanging with the family and catching the sun. Hope you are well my friend. 🙂

Sue - October 11, 2014 Reply

Oh my goodness you live in paradise! How fabulous to have beaches like this so close by!

    Anna - October 12, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… Yes I do! We are so lucky to have such an amazing beach right at our back door. 🙂

Bam's Kitchen - October 11, 2014 Reply

Gorgeous white sandy beaches and look at that blue sky. I have not seen blue sky in HK for months..

    Anna - October 11, 2014 Reply

    I think Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, and for me, the South coast are some of my faves.
    Does HK ever see clear blue skies?
    Hope your weekend rocks Bam! 🙂

Agness - October 11, 2014 Reply

I’ve never been here but it’s been on my bucket list for ages. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!! Absolutely wonderful pictures!!

    Anna - October 11, 2014 Reply

    Agness, its gorgeous. Let me know when you are in town.
    And I thank you, the new camera takes a beaut picture. 🙂

The Squishy Monster - October 11, 2014 Reply

How lovely to spend such quality time with family—it’s the BEST!

    Anna - October 11, 2014 Reply

    Soooooooo great. Had a ball I did! 🙂

Krista - October 10, 2014 Reply

Oh you make me laugh. 🙂 You may be pasty white but I’ve got a serious farmer’s tan. Not quite sure which is worse. 🙂 What a fabulous day. I’m a happy girl at the beach or the mountains or in the country. I just love being outside in nature. And reading “serenity” made me smile. I do so love that movie. 🙂

    Anna - October 10, 2014 Reply

    Haha Krista. It was scary seeing such white pasty legs. LOL! Id take the farmers tan any day. 🙂
    I really enjoy being out in nature too, especially when there is ocean and waves and warm air. 🙂
    It is rather a classic film huh?!

My Inner Chick - October 10, 2014 Reply

Love the photo of you sitting on the sighs! xx
PS. my smoothie would be strawberry something or other.

    My Inner Chick - October 10, 2014 Reply

    signs, I mean!!!! I’m such a dork.

    Anna - October 10, 2014 Reply

    oh YEAH Kim! It was the perfect way to spend a weekend. Some of my fave ingredients to a perfect life. 🙂
    Haha, it was rather difficult to climb up onto the sign, but worth it!
    Yarm…. strawberry smoothie anything is a goer for me too.
    PS: The dorkier the better! xox

Gourmet Getaways - October 10, 2014 Reply

Whoa, your smoothie combo is the bomb! Orange, apple is common but with beetroot and ginger, I can imagine the twist! I love the sound of water, too. Nice getaway!

Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - October 10, 2014 Reply

    Yes GG, the beetroot and ginger really do give it that extra kick. Sooooo yummy!

Sriprae - October 10, 2014 Reply

Oh what loveliness! To get to escape to the beach and have it all to yourselves without the bustling crowds. That must have been sublime. Glad you got to escape and take a breather from all the business of life and work. Just viewing your pics has brought serenity to my soul. Ahhh…now for a massage…and a facial…with a bubbly beverage in a long stemmed glassware…

Enjoy your weekend, girlfriend. The days are drawing nearer to your big vacation get-away. 😉

Much love! xox

    Anna - October 10, 2014 Reply

    Absolutely amazing Sriprae. Twas great to recharge the batteries.
    Yeah, the pictures bring me back to that serene place too. 🙂
    Oh you lucky duck you, hope the massage, facial and bubbles went down a treat.
    Have a fabulous weekend, and yes… 71 days to go. BOOM!
    Love and hugs to you too. xox

Choc Chip Uru - October 10, 2014 Reply

Seems like such a fun trip to take 😀
And who doesn’t love the beach at any time – its fun in summer, romantic in the rain, and haunting in winter!
Serenity is exactly what we all need in this fast paced world!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - October 10, 2014 Reply

    It was wonderful CCU! Had a blast hanging with my fam and soaking up some much needed sunshine and warmth.
    Oooooo yeah it is, beautifully described.
    And yes, a solid reminder to take time out to enjoy and not spend our lives chasing our tails or in a book studying like you.
    Hope you are well my friend. xo

Hannah - October 9, 2014 Reply

The beach!!!! Always the beach!!! Though a remote country side beach is hard to pass up. Indecisiveness at it’s best!

Summer is all about mangoes for me! a smoothy with mangoes and passion fruit pulp is always a win!

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Where does one find a remote country side beach? I want in on that action. 🙂
    Yep, mango smoothy alllll the way.

      Hannah - October 9, 2014 Reply

      Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road is a good one. Amazing beach that’s never crowded and the beautiful Otway Ranges all in one tiny town.

      Port Fairy also on the Great Ocean Road (I just maybe might be from Victoria). Historic buildings, a lighthouse, wonderful beach and surrounding farms.

      Bermagui on the NSW South Coast comes close… So does Tathra i guess…

      And basically all of Tasmania.

      On the list they go!

        Hannah - October 9, 2014 Reply

        Denmark in WA is supposed to be amazing! Lets go!

        Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

        Oooooh Yes, I have been to Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, they have the coolest glamping sites. And crafty cute towns. So lovely. 🙂

        And anywhere that has a lighthouse works for me.

        You know all the fantastic places.

        Haha! That list is getting rather large. Cant wait to cross some of them off. ‘shenHANNAHgans do Tasmania’ … BOOM! So fun.

Tim | UrbanDuniya - October 9, 2014 Reply

Summer smoothie special: Watermelon crush in Australia (I know it’s boring, but I love the crisp cool flavour of it), Mango shake in Pakistan (there’s something about Pakistani mangoes whipped up with fresh yogurt!)

And I’m definitely more of a beach bum… or a city slicker!! Maybe both?

I haven’t been to the NSW south cost for a couple of years now… I’ll need to plan a trip – it’s really such a beautiful part of the world. Maybe over the summer 🙂

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Oooooooo YARM Tim… With you all the way with the Mango Shake Pakistani style. 🙂 Absolutely delish.
    A city slicker beach bum. Me too! Haha!
    Get on a visit to the NSW South Coast stat my friend, before Canberra migrates for the Summer. LOL! Let me know if you are headed to the coast, Ill pop down for a visit. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - October 9, 2014 Reply

That looks really special, Anna, and what a great way to relax. Yes, we all need times like this when we head out of town to somewhere with a much slower pace and stop to find the serenity. The water is icy cold at the moment but very refreshing. I can do without the blue bottles though! xx

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    It was exactly what I needed Charlie, some quality family time in the sun to recharge the batteries. 🙂
    You guys were actually swimming, waaaaay too cold for this little bunny.
    Yep, the blue bottles do make the ocean a less enjoyable experience.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - October 9, 2014 Reply

Oh, I love the South Coast. I always say I am better for seeing the sea everyday:)

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Isn’t it gorgeous Rachel. 🙂 I think we have some of the best beaches in the world, right at our door step too. Its brilliant. 🙂

Kris J - October 8, 2014 Reply

We were so spoilt with the preview of the summer that is coming that weekend.

Another trip that you will have to make more often hey? Beach equals amazing.
Thanks for sharing another adventure with us.

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    We were SUPER spoilt with the stella weather huh Nizz. I had such a great weekend, I loved being able to soak in some rays and hang with my fave people too.
    YEAS please to another trip, sounds great. Beach does = AMAZING! 🙂
    Thanks for helping to make the adventure so fun! xox

Sam @ Travelling King - October 8, 2014 Reply

haha! You arent that pasty white!!
i love the beach but i dont go in the ocean… because of sharks.. i dont want to be eaten alive!!
it does look like a really nice beach though!

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    I was in the shade so I look more tanned than I am Sam. Haha! 🙂
    One of my good mates is exactly the same about being in the ocean, although he says ALL sea life is dangerous. HA! Its not the sharks that get me, its those damn pesky waves that dunk me. LOL!
    Its a gorgeous beach, nice and quiet and very pretty.

Elizabeth - October 8, 2014 Reply

I’m a green smoothie girl, and I would say that I’m a beach girl in summer and a bush girl in winter (love me a good fire) thanks for sharing 🙂
Liz x

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Liz… You are impressive. I want to be a green smoothie girl, but I find them hard to get down. LOL!
    Beach in the summer, bush in the winter works for me too. Oh yeah… A good fire is wonderful huh?!

Mandy - The Complete Book - October 8, 2014 Reply

How awesome to spend some down time with the family Anna! Always the best time. Pete and I also love the quiet tranquil times before all the holiday makers make their way to our serene village.
Have a beautiful day hon.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Yes, I really am very lucky being able to spend the time with my family. It was wonderful. 🙂
    Wishing you a beautiful day too sweet Mandy. Love and hugs. xox

lizzygoodthings - October 8, 2014 Reply

Nice one… that’s my kind of delicious weekend, Anna… I love a mango smoothie… and in terms of a getaway… I do love the ocean, always have, but a country weekend is also nice.

    Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

    It was absolutely perfect Lizzy. 🙂 So relaxing and rejuvenating. And heck yes, Mango smoothie is a fave of mine too. 🙂

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