Postcards from the Blue Mountains

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Blue Mountains?

As soon as you see it, you understand it.

A theory is that it is the Eucalyptus oil combining with dust particles and water vapour that creates the famous Blue haze.

In August I came across the opportunity to attend a workshop with Luisa Brimble. I had been wanting to attend one with her for years, and finally the stars aligned, and the workshop just so happened to be in the town of Lawson, in the Blue Mountains.

I had always wanted to visit so I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a road trip out of it and explore the region while I was there.

With my Mum to accompany me, we set off on the 8 hour drive from our Yamba apartment on a Wednesday morning and arrived in Katoomba just in time for sunset over the Three Sisters.

I decided to stay in Katoomba purely based on the fact that the cheapest non-dodgy-looking Airbnb that I could find was there. And it was very close to the Three Sisters.

The workshop went for two days, so in the few daylight hours outside of my time there we visited lookouts, drove the Mountain Drive and planned our Saturday, which was the day I had set aside for exploring.

I will share the results of the workshop with you another day, as the images that we took will be going into an Recipe E-Book for Lyttleton Stores (yet to be released). Keep your eyes peeled for that as there are some seriously drool-worthy scenes.

The Saturday was very windy and cold! But we didn’t let this stop us from exploring. First we fuelled up with breakfast and coffee in Leura, followed by a quick wander around the quaint Main Street.

Everglades, a house and garden owned by the National Trust was next on our list.

The garden was expansive and thoughtfully planned out. As our visit was timed on the cusp of spring we missed out on the blossoming trees, azaleas, rhododendrons and more. However we were pleased to be witness to hosts of daffodils and hellebores throughout the gardens.

Next we headed up the range to Blackheath. We had good word via Instagram that Govett’s Leap Lookout was worth a trip and it didn’t disappoint.

Whilst in Blackheath we stopped for lunch and a poke around in the antique centre and also visited a wonderful book shop.

We checked out a bunch of lookouts along the way before heading back to our cottage for a cosy night in before our trip home the next day.

Next time, I hope to stay in Leura and go closer to the end of September instead for their open gardens weekend.

We all know how hard it can be to find a decent meal or work out what exactly to do when in a new place. So below are the places we loved, and are definitely worth mentioning. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations to share!

BLUE MOUNTAINS FAVOURITES

Postcards from France

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The final instalment in my postcards from our European holiday in July.

We were not sure if we would visit France this time around, but made the effort to visit Jean’s family in the south for 4 days.

As a photographer I find an immense amount of pressure upon myself to be taking photographs when I am on holidays.

I used to let it really get to me, to the detriment of my time off, and find myself stressed about getting great photographs of my time to share later on social media and so on.

These days, while I carry my camera with me most of the time. I try to just enjoy the moments as they are, and as a result I only have a few images from our time in France.

We spent two days in Paris so as not to miss our flight home to Brisbane. We mostly just wandered around (our favourite thing to do) and I made sure we visited Jardin Du Luxembourg, as I fell in love with it on our last visit in 2016.

And so, as I mentioned, not many images this time around, but at least I have my memories.

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