Beach Cottage – Australia, Ocean, Sea, Beach, Life
Fri 18th, Nov, 2011
G’day Beach Cottage lovelies!
Are you ready for the weekend. Are you landlocked girls ready from some ocean / sea / beach life shots? Well I am here to deliver ;-)
The other day I realised that I needed my passport renewed and pretty quickly.
And so, my first thought was to renew my English passport…after looking into this, it seemed that it was going to be touch and go as to whether or not those pommies would get the passport back to me in time.
Then it hit me.
Sugarbums, you know what Mrs Beach Cottage? You can largely go get yourself an Australian passport now…seeing as you are a fair dinkum Australian with a certificate on the wall to prove it.
What I didn’t realise was that a simple thing like heading to the Post Office would spiral a large and cascading barrage of emotions about our seachange to Australia, our old tatty cottage and our new life by the sea and being near the ocean.
I headed into apply for the passport with my arms full of the necessary documentation…UK passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate…all from the Old Country and clutching in my hot little post-gym-workout hand one of the most significant things to happen to me in my life, apart from the births of those three Beach Cottage kiddos…my Australian Citizenship Certificate .
As I stood there with the lady, ticking, checking, photo-copying and double-checking, I was engulfed by emotion…and as she carried on her official duties all business-like I began to feel less and less business like and more and more like tears were welling up and oh no I was going to be a huge mess here if I wasn’t careful.
‘Woman Cries When Applying for Passport at Local Post Office and is Admitted for Crazy Australia Love’
I survived though and got through that interview tear-less, damp eyed for sure but without any tears.
As I walked out the door, I headed for a coffee and the beach… to sit down by the ocean and its pounding…
And as I sat there with my coffee I indulged with one of my fave pursuits…photographing the sea, drinking my coffee and revelling in my new Australian life.
Our journey has not been an easy one and I certainly wish that I came here before I did, but then again perhaps I wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I do…
You know the best thing about living in Australia though for me?
Contrary to popular opinion it is not the beach or the ocean…well it is living near the sea and all that goes with that…
But for me Australia is about diversity…
this country is so very bursting with things to do, experience and see
We live on the outskirts of one seriously rocking city…Sydney…yet we live at the beach and the ocean is all around
we reside in a multi-cultural country full of amazingly diverse people…who work it oh-so-very-well…
we get to be outdoors a whole lot of the time and the ocean is our downtime
but most of all
our kiddos get to call this country their own
and for that, my friends, I am truly grateful.
See you soon
Yours in Australia, ocean and sea love.
p.s. find more pictures on the beach and our seachange from London to the beaches of Sydney here
p.p.s. it’s like really hard for me to have to sit on the beach & take photos of lifeguards & stuff in the name of this blog ;-), I do hope you are grateful for that & leave me the appropriate comment luv for my efforts? ;-)
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