My Perfect Nirvana

Yesterday was one of the best days of my life.  I could relive that day over and over, many times and then some.

It began peacefully.  I was up first and slipped out for a stroll along the beach.walk to beach 15-8-13 This is the beach looking towards Port Douglas.  Behind the palm trees are sprawling resorts which you can’t see from the beach so on the beach you have a great view, unspoilt by developments.  Plus a few people to keep you company. look left This is the beach at about 7:30 am.look right I strolled back from the beach,beach to beach house past the little playground the children enjoybeach house play ground and back to our beach house and its pool which is shared with several of our neighbours.beach house pool Fruit, yogurt and coffee.breakfast 15-8-13 Then back to the docks for another day on the Great Barrier Reef.L and H at Marina in PD This is Wavedancer, the 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran we went on to the Low Isles.Wavedancer aug 2013 Coffee and biscuits on board.Wavedancer biscuits Farewell beautiful Port Douglas.leaving PD This is the view inside the catamaran.inside the cabin This is sitting on the front deck where we listened to the safety talk given by the lifeguards.front of Wavedancer That perfect little desert island is our destination for the day.Arriving in FI The views from the island were spectacular.  The green mountains appeared blue.  It was so beautiful and enchanting I could have cried with happiness.rock and Pelicans palm tree view from FI 1 The catamaran moors offshore and little shuttle boats delivered us to the island where we snorkelled from the beach.Wavedancer

This is one of 2 shuttle boats.

Quicksilver shuttleBack to the catamaran for lunch,

Wavedancer lunch which was eaten on the back deck of the boat.lunch on Wavedancer We then hopped on to the glass bottomed boat for a short tour and saw fish and turtles.  The coral was better here than on the outer reef; more varieties including soft corals which wave around in the water.  This photo was taken from the side of the boat looking down, not through the glass bottom.  Such clear water 🙂coral from boat We could see Helen, Henrietta and Lara relaxing on the beach.back to FI A huge shoal of fish has been in the Low Isles for a week or so.shoal of fish These attract Lemon Sharks which we were assured are perfectly safe to swim with as they have small teeth and feed on small fish.lemon shark shark in fish arriving back at FI view of FI view from FI Back on the island I decided to walk across it which took about 10 minutes.  There is a light house in the centre.lighthouse 1 sign on lighthouse I then walked all the way round which took about 25 minutes.  I watched the Pelicans for ages – they are one of my favourite birds.Pelicans 1 Pelican The island is mainly sandy with some wonderfully weathered iron and bleached driftwood.rusty metal droftwood 2 driftwood FI 1 They are watching the sharks swim in the large shoal of fish.   Harvey was straight in to the sea to snorkle amongst the sharks which he remains completely excited about.watching sharksThis is the large shoal.

large shoal

Happy smiling faces – testament to such an amazing day.H and H with snorkel L and H in Coral Sea H and shell Helen Back on the catamaran a small shoal of Bat Fish entertained us until departure.Bat fishMore sharks 🙂
shark sparkling sea We were so sad to leave the low Isles.  It was the most perfect day for snorkelling; sunny and bright and with calm seas so visibility was excellent.  The large shoal of fish attracted bigger fish so there was plenty to see.  We could all have happily stayed here overnight but you get counted on and off the boat so no chance of a Robinson Crusoe evening.Fair Isles lighthouse Cheese and biscuits with fresh fruit and tea before we sailed back to Port Douglas.Wavedancer c and b Wavedancer fruit Farewell Low Isles.Farewell Low Isles We settled on to the Catamaran to enjoy the sail back to shore but then came the cry from the top deck.On Wavedancer Dolphins.  A large pod of playful dolphins escorted us for a while, adding the cherry to the icing of the most perfect day.dolphins H and H on boatI am so lucky to have spent such an amazing day in the Coral Sea and with such delightful company.  I certainly felt very blessed.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to My Perfect Nirvana

  1. Kathryn says:

    FAB U LOUS! Lucky lucky family!

  2. Bruce Gamble says:

    Looks quite wonderful, Zoe!

  3. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, those days that make you so happy you could cry, or do, are forever etched in our minds. It looks positively heavenly with a mystic charm to it. Enchanting was a perfect word to describe Paradise.

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