Saturday, January 24, 2015

To the Is-Land: A summer holiday in pictures

Beach selfie!

Ahhhhh, Phillip Island. Beloved holiday spot of my childhood, and still as lovely now. We returned last night from a six-day stay, and we are all the better for it. We hit the beach, the market and the coastal walks; we visited the penguins, the koalas and the historic Churchill Island Farm. We went to the Chocolate Factory (oh yes we did!) and we shopped at the secondhand book sale in the church hall, and picked up some superb gems. We mostly cooked and ate at the holiday house we'd rented, but had one superlative lunch at a beachside cafe in Rhyll.

When I was little, I used to call this place "the Is-Land", which seems still quite apt in many ways. It has a solidity, a lack of pretension to it that doesn't seem to attach to most beach resorts. Tourists come and go, but this little dolphin-shaped piece of turf is, and will be, I hope for a very long time to come.

It's back to work for me on Tuesday, and back to school for the kids on Thursday, but at least we'll go in carrying a little stalwart piece of sunshine with us.

At Kitty Miller Bay

The Cowes front beach

Beauty at Churchill Island Farm

Making sandcastles at Red Rock Beach

Looking over The Nobbies

The Nobbies in view

Lamb, artichoke and asparagus salad at The Foreshore in Rhyll ... so very good

At Pyramid Rock, being photographed by husband as I am photographing the kids and the view. 
How meta can you get.

Pyramid Rock in the distance

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