Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bilgola Beach....My Day in Heaven Rubbing Shoulders with the Locals

Yep it's official.  Sydney missed out on Summer this year.  I just accidently wrote 'tear' instead of 'year'.  That's how sad I feel about it....being a beach lover and all.  So last Friday when the sun was shining, and I mean dumping rays, I grabbed the beach bag, the kid and the camera and drove to North Bilgola look out to make a plan.  My dad's ashes are out there somewhere, as this was his beach,  his Bilgola.  He helped start the surf club there in the 1950s, a break away from Avalon, the next beach to the north.  His name is on the honour board in the club and we used to come to this beach all the time when I was a kid.  Lets just say it has traction with me!!!!!

They were complete larrikins in those days, and invented something called the 5 O'clock shark.  That usually cleared the beach, so they could pack up and be at the pub by six.  I didn't hear this story until his memorial service on the beach, where many of his old surfing buddies gathered to watch his ashes be rowed out to sea and scattered to the four winds.

So this is Bilgola.
You've got to love a place that respects it's kids

A place where the mums train all year round.  This is a local school mum, we ended up talking school stuff of course.

We took off our shoes and made foot prints in the sand

and so did others

We shot some Beach House Door love

We negotiated the dangerous bits

Both on land and sea

We did coffee with a view

and we were thankful for where we live.

Then we shot a video.  I never intended to post this on the blog, but the big Beach House Brat is starting to make his own movies.  He wants to know about editing so, I thought I'd give it a go and see if I could use the Movie Maker program and help him a little bit.  It's easy and I encourage you to try it.  I'm going to do some cooking videos soon, if I can work out a way to film myself solo in the kitchen.

So this video was actually about the big seas crashing against the pool, but the daddy and his little girl, like us, were memorised by the sea and they became part of the story.  The chatter in the background is me oohing and aaahing at the waves, which don't look as big in film and the Beach House brat and I negotiating whether to go for a dip or not. I'm sorry to say we did not, as the sea was too rough for me.  The daddy in the story told me his daughter had been doing this since birth and he was alot gamer than I was.

  Actually the best part of this movie is the music and the credits at the end. Mr Beach House just watched it and said great location, not much of a plot and I'd have to agree with him....wonders will never cease.

It was my first go and I promise I'll get better.

 Let me know what you think or maybe not!!!!! Viewers in the States can't see it unfortunately...Believe me, you're not missing much in terms of my cinematography.

Today I am partying here


  1. Ooh your photos are gorgeous! You certainly do live in a beautiful part of the world. I couldn't watch the video, something about it being blocked in my country, I bet it is beautiful though.

  2. Oh poop

    Probably the music is not licensed there.

  3. I was blocked from seeing the video, too. Beautiful photos.

  4. No video for me, either, but I love the pictures, especially of the cottage in the last shot. You definitely live in a beautiful place in the world - I can't wait for my son to be able to experience some of what it was like for me growing up in Australia, when he visits in less than 3 months.

  5. Heyyyy well done. I have been playing around with this program lately too. How much fun is it! Now you go rock the socks off them at the conference girlfriend and have yourself a fabulous time. xxxx

  6. What a wonderful place to visit and share the beauty as well as great memories. That child is adorable.

  7. Beautiful and awesome view. Love your photos.


  8. You live in such a gorgeous part of the world. Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  9. Hiya sweet- well I too have the best memories of the Northern Beaches- mine being Avalon... but I delighted in seeing your movie of that cute daddy and cuter still little lady...

    I'm loving all these movies on blogs at the moment...might try one ;)

    Brilliant *grom crossing* sign...and your little one's a lovely!

    Melissa- Miss Sew & So

  10. gorgeous photos!! such a beautiful area. a lovely pic of your little girl too.

  11. Wow! Your pictures are lovely! You've got me wanting to hit the beach asap! I love your blog, Carolyn, and are happy to follow you on my blog roll!

  12. Beautiful pictures! I would love for you to drop by My Dream Canvas as well :-) I’m visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays. Really like your blog.

  13. Just beautiful, looks like you had a great day:@)

  14. lovely weather at the moment, love hat beach house- just gorgeous!

  15. Even if Sydney didn't get a real summer this year...at least it's better than New Zealand got! Tee Hee! Cheers!

  16. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!!
    Mary Alice

  17. No wonder they call it the Lucky Country. You are so lucky to live there! How beautiful!!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  18. The video was great, love the end credits just so we can hear the song! Great photos too, looks like a wonderful place.

  19. Wonderful story about your Dad, and your little girl is just adorable!
    P.S. I couldn't view the video - a message came up and said WMG has blocked it in my country, whatever that means...


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