Easter, At Our Place

Either late last year, or possibly in one of my early ‘new year resolution’ posts, I know that I said two things I’d like to do more of in 2016 were camping, and walks on the Cape to Cape walk track.

My Easter has involved two of these things. Easter Sunday started with the Easter egg hunt for the kids, and then me baking ‘German Apple Pancakes‘ – a recipe I found on Facebook. I think this will start a tradition because believe me, this was YUMMY! Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 11.15.55 AM

Later, my gorgeous neighbour Carrie and I hiked a 9km section of the Cape To Cape track, from Prevelly (the communication tower at the top of Baudin Drive) to Redgate Beach. As always, it’s a gorgeous walk with views of Boodjidup Creek, a crossing at Frank Mouritz bridge, and views of the stunning coast, but what I find at Easter is that it’s even more special – because of the solitude.

To put that in perspective, Easter in Margaret River/Dunsborough/Busselton/Cowaramup is always a manic holiday time of year. There are people everywhere, and yet once we started this walk we didn’t see a soul all along the most fantastic stretches of beach. We were walking along and talking about the book The Martian, which Carrie is currently reading – and which is the subject of the new Matt Damon movie – and Carrie commented that “we could be on Mars” given the isolation. What is kind of surreal is that you know at the towns north and south and on Caves Rd that runs parallel to the coast only a few kilometres away, it’d be like rush-hour in Manhattan. (Well, almost).

The first half of this part of the walk is fairly easy, and very pretty, putting you at one stage right on top of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge with views left over forest and farmland and right to the coast and a blue horizon.

The second part of the walk is along this isolated stretch of beach, very heavy sand and harder going. As Carrie is younger than me I figured it was fair that I cheated and slip-streamed her most of the way 🙂

Along with countless chocolate eggs and two bottles of champagne (thanks Mum), the Easter Bunny bought us two extra special presents this year. The first was some lovely Cara Ratajczak prints (2 of the 3 I bought pictured above) at the Gracetown Easter Art Exhibition and the second was this Coromal camper/caravan. Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 10.28.41 AM

Add to the last few days a catch up Easter Saturday night with friends, some lovely baby news from neighbours and baby news for one of the card-girls, plus a win for the West Coast Eagles to get AFL season under way, and well, it’s been a darn fine Easter!

Hope yours was awesome too!

Cover Reveal | The Goodbye Ride

Feel like playing a little game of ‘compare the cover?’

This is my new cover for my contemporary novella The Goodbye Ride, out with Escape Publishing on May 5th. Underneath on the right is the old cover, designed for me by the incredibly talented Wendy Johnson of Bright Eyed Owl when The Goodbye Ride was a self-published book. On the left is another version that was all part of the cover design process. How cool to see three versions of the same book!

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You are welcome to let me know which one you prefer, but please make sure you be tactful about it! You do realise it’s kind of like asking me to compare my children 🙂