Weekending Beach Cottage Style

Tue 19th, Mar, 2013

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Hello lovely Beach Cottage friends, we have been enjoying lovely weather here…warm sunshiney days and cooler evenings…


Come and take a walk with me at the weekend on the beaches of Sydney, I think you might enjoy…this is Beach Cottage Weekending Autumn style…

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I have been really busy lately, since we got back from Bali it’s been like a bit of a roller coaster ride of family events…this past weekend though was quieter and so I decided to get out there and smell the roses.




One of my goals this year was to ‘travel more’ …I really had no idea how I would do that or when I could fit it in, so I decided I would start it at home, exploring places I have never been to – amazing how you can live somewhere for years and not have stopped and seen all the beauty around…travelling in your own back yard, especially here is too easy…

This is one of the local beaches I have never been to before…unbelievable that I haven’t but true…it was a stunning day, the light was amazing…the air was even better…I wish you could do scent on blogs…if I could have bottled up the sea salty fresh crisp coastal air I would be a very very rich woman indeed…

The surf was pounding – sound would be good here too…


I love these little secret paths down to the beaches all along this coastline…the view at the end of this one, did not, in any shape or form, disappoint…


This Autumnal turn has made the colours even better somehow…

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At home in the garden I have been planting more herbs and more lettuce and salads (I picked up these from the farmer’s market)…if you need a herb give me a call I have a few…I am thinking of putting one of those little tables out the front with herbs  for free sitting on it, not sure how long they would last out there in the heat though…


….and on the home front finally we have light fittings up…only been waiting a year to get my act together on this, talk about make a difference


Sigh to the plants and the cliffs….

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This is a sunflower getting ready to open I hope – I threw this in the ground as a seed from a plant that bloomed very early Summer…I have no clue what I am doing with taking seeds from plants, but it seemed pretty obvious that the sunflower head covered in them might work, so I pulled them off and stuck them in the ground with my finger, not expecting anything to happen…pleased to say they are on the way…I am going to take the seeds off these too and go in for a sunflower patch next Summer in the garden…

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Sadly there were two incidents in our area this past weekend with the ocean, and both with disastrous outcomes…the sea is so powerful…my heart goes out to the families involved and as one of my boys headed out on his bike with his board under his arm it made me think you never know what is around the corner…

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The clouds were part of the stunning beauty of nature that seemed to be almost at every turn…

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There’s lots around when you slow down and look…it’s good for the soul this place they call The Lucky Country…

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I hope you enjoyed that breath of Sydney air as Autumn begins to pull us into its arms…

Do you make an effort to get out there and see what’s all around?

See you tomorrow




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44 Responses to “Weekending Beach Cottage Style”

  1. Cheryl says:

    I have never gone any further than reading your Facebook posts and being in awe of the photos that you post. But today, I made my way to your website and what an absolute sensory delight it has been. I love your photos – you are a very talented photographer, and I simply love the simplicity and elegance of your site. I look forward to reading more.

    • sarah says:

      thanks Cheryl and hello, welcome to abeachcottage – I love taking photos and have been on a real journey with photography – it’s the best thing for me that has come from having a blog…going off for the day with a camera slung around my neck is something I never thought could be so good and give me so much in life….

      I hope we see you over here a bit more or on Facebook ;-) x

  2. Selby says:

    Yes finally after seven months of ‘settling in’ at our new house n town I feel I’ve finally got energy to explore further afield & I’m loving it:)

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh my gosh, what stunning photos! It’s amazing how much beauty is right around the corner that we never take the time to explore….I love when you take us on your beachy trips. Your photographs are always amazing and you have totally convinced me that I must travel to Australia. I’m glad it worked out so well for you and your family…you really seem to love it there, I can feel it.

    xo Sarah

    • sarah says:

      oh yes I really do!

      thanks Sarah, if you can make it to Australia I can guarantee it will not disappoint x

  4. Pat says:

    I look forward to reading your blog every day! Seeing things through your lens is amazing. And, the beautiful simple touches you give your home is inspiring. This is my favorite place on the web, bar none.

    • sarah says:

      oh! thanks Pat, such a lovely kind comment :-) …there are some not so nice characters on the web at the moment with not very nice things to say about bloggers so it was lovely to open up my blog and be on the receiving end of a lovely comment x

  5. Michelle says:

    I adore your photographs. I’m a born and bred Sydneysider and have to say that I love the way you capture our home. We quite often (especially those of us who have lived here all our lives) take the colours, the salty air, the cool breeze and warm balmy weather for granted. I have two little kids, and you have inspired me to make more of my weekends. get out, explore, smell, see, laugh, indulge in the beauty that is the lucky country :)

    • sarah says:

      thanks Michelle – I must say I have been here for a while now and it is still something that gets me every time I step onto the beach or explore Australia a bit further… lucky you for having had this place at your disposal for your whole life!

  6. I totally agree with Michelle…you really do get us looking at our gorgeous country in a fresh light. Xx

  7. merilyn says:

    you are an inspiration sarah!
    always positive and experimenting with your talent … lovely work as you grow more every day.
    yes i love to travel around my area and elsewhere and i’m aware of my journey and your creativity adds
    to my own.
    all is good in the world of the painter and photographer! my motto is ‘create or die!’
    love to learn and grow thats what it’s about isn’t it!
    love m :)

    • sarah says:

      yes it’s very interesting to journey along a more creative path too – I must say I never new of this creative world before I started a blog…I always dabbled with craft here and there, and sewing but I was never really good enough and nearly always disappointed…it’s different with taking photos…even the rubbish ones seem to speak to me x

      I am glad to provide some inspiration, I must say positivity is something I have always struggled with – this blog has brought out what I wanted to change in my life x

  8. Wonderful pictures. I believe I just fixed some vitamin D just looking at them!

    • sarah says:

      I sure got a big dose of Vit D when I was out on this walk – I must say the sun was so strong, I had a heap of sunscreen on and of course hat, sunnies etc…


  9. MDN says:

    Thank you for the guided tour! Even tho we don’t have smellivision or audio, your descriptions practically make one right beside you! It’s easy to see the power of the ocean in your shots. Am anxious to watch your sunflowers’ progress! What is the plant w/ the black berries? (We had something similar growing by a little stream when I was little and recall Mom admonishing not to eat any, as they were poisonous to humans.mammals. When we’d squeeze them, they’d bring forth a black juice which beckoned – like grape juice, but we heeded are parents’ warnings and didn’t imbibe.) By the way, the shot of the gull walking almost makes him seem as tho he has a human personality and that he’d answer if a conversation with him was started. Love your capture of his “pace”! Terrific shots!

    • sarah says:

      thanks very much! I am not sure what the berries are???

      yes I hope the sunflowers do well!


  10. I just love your blog, it always inspires and lifts me… it’s a taste of another part of our wonderful world…your photos are so real, I can hear the crash of the waves and feel the wam air! it’s cold and snowy here in the uk …can’t wait to feel some hot sun…

  11. Oh what a beautiful morning to wake up on the beaches of Australia. In 2 weeks I will be in the Outer Banks with family on Spring break, I simply cannot wait. So sorry for the families as well, involved in the tragedy. Another reason to live life everyday, as we never know what will happen next. Thank you Sarah!

  12. Just so you know, with your descriptions and pics one can always taste and hear the sounds of the beaches.

  13. shelley says:

    Mmmmm…so rejuvenating. I feel as though I’ve truly been to the beach, laid in the sun, and heard the waves!!

  14. Mimi says:

    Lovely pictures— they just make you smile !

  15. Diana says:

    Oh what a nice stroll along your beach ~ wonderful!
    Will forever miss the California beaches from my childhood.

  16. Rowen says:

    What gorgeous photographs! The light is amazing, what camera do you use? I mostly use my iPhone as I usually have it with me but I would love to upgrade to a better, but fairly simple camera. Just bought your introduction to blogging, but not read it all yet, does it say anything on there? Thanks, Rowen@Coastal Colours

  17. Miss Sew & So says:

    Sarah- we have very special Englush friends- my sons best friend and family, arriving in Sydney from Northern England next week.
    We were plotting endless days of adventure and then one of our kids said- “they ate going to be blown away by the simplest things if living by the beach- just our everyday life…let alone the Harbour Bridge!”.
    Of course she is right…and these photos of yours have made me even more excited as they will see what you saw when you first arrived!
    It snowed for them last week, and now they’re on their way to Thailand and then our little coastline!
    Have a happy Wednesday Sarah!
    Melissa x

    • sarah says:

      I know they will have the time of their lives!

      the weather couldn’t be better for visitors either x

  18. Deb says:

    Yes, this is the best place on the web — homey, inviting, funny, real. Look forward to it every day.

    The photos are very professional, so amazing. Are those your shoes in the sand?

    Debbie in Texas

    • sarah says:

      yes they are my shoes in the sand – I like to take them off and leave them on the path…always wonder if they will be there when I get back :-)

      thanks for your lovely comment, very kind x

  19. Neen says:

    A white feather in a spidersweb………..be still my beating heart ;) LUUUUURVLY as always Sarah, Neen

  20. Kim says:

    Hi there Sarah, I love your blog and want to sign up for your course. I am always uplifted when I see your photos of your lovely home and all things Beachy! Best of all is your natural, friendly, honest personality which Shines through!
    Myself and my husband went to Sydney in 1988 and stayed for nearly a decade! Our three sons were born there and it was a lovely outdoor life. I missed our family in Dublin and we came home. Now our boys have grown up and just gone to Australia for an adventure. It’s great nowadays we have so many ways to keep in touch with them. I am excited to have the freedom again to be true to myself and be more creative again. Thank you for your inspiration and for sharing your gifts and talents! Kim

  21. Anonymous says:

    Those secret pathway to the beach photos made me tear up. Don’t know why, but I associate them with great times when my heart sings.

    I went to Gerringong last weekend. The temperature, blue sky, gentle breeze, the views, stopped me in my tracks at one stage. It was absolutley beautiful and so so special. I treasure these days and moments. Does anyone else get blown away by the ambience of a moment??

    Yes Sarah. I was sad about the incidents over your side of the Bridge.

    alison x

    • Anonymous says:

      PS I did a Beach Cottage jig this afternoon. My frangipani cutting I brought from Lord Howe Island (I did ask if it was ok) is about to blossom after about 5 years.

      • sarah says:

        wow that’s a long time! I have cuttings all over from my frangi and they are all doing well x

    • sarah says:

      yes very terrible over here for that to happen…

      I love the pathways too x

  22. Tabby says:

    Absolutely what I needed today… a breath of beach air.
    Thank you… :o)

  23. heather says:

    Sarah, you never disappoint – and a view into your ‘secret’ world is the perfect way to end the week! Hx

  24. Chris says:

    Beautiful Pictures. You really capture the feeling.

  25. These photos are just lovely. Besides the beach scenes (sigh), I particularly like the blue and white striped tablecloths hanging on the hooks. They are so evocative of a beach cottage.

  26. Amelia says:

    Where can I get those scarves/blankets hanging from the hooks! They are gorgeous!