Sand, salt water and sun! My favourite time of the year is here, and although I know it’s only going to get hotter, I’ve been missing the warm weather. So do yourself a favour and lock in some time over these summer holidays to take time off work, pack some friends or family into the car, and head down to the pools or beach.
My family has bought half a dozen Wet’n’Wild passes, which I guarantee will be fought over on a regular basis. I recommend looking into it if you’re stuck for ideas on summer activities — you could get a good deal. Honestly, overpriced food and drinks aside, who doesn’t like water parks? A great family outing that everyone can enjoy.
As for me personally, I’ve recently picked up my new car from the shop after getting it modified for wheelchair use, and I can’t wait to break it in with a long road trip up the central coast to my preferred beach locations, away from the hustle and bustle that can be found in the suburbs of Sydney.
I can picture it now, driving up to Carl’s Jr in Bateau Bay to grab a burger before heading over to Shelly beach to stick my feet in the sand. So now you all know where to find me this summer, but for those of you who like to stay closer to home the pools at Stanhope Gardens or Riverstone get the job done very well.
Oh, and just the other week I was introduced to The Baron café at Castle Hill, and I must say their sourdough toast is heavenly! If you’re looking for a place to eat out for breakfast or brunch, I’d recommend going there.
I’m finding the growth and development in the Hills to be quite exciting at the moment, particularly with the new train line being built, which will impact greatly on commuters in the area and, quite frankly, still surprises me with its progress every time I pass Old Windsor Road.
However, the cost of living in the Hills is still quite steep, making it an easier decision for university students to move to areas closer to their university. The Hills population is estimated to rise by 50% in the next 20 years, and I can only imagine what price a first-home owner will be looking at by then.
Anyway, for now it’s the holiday season and since I always leave these kinds of things to the last minute I’m really feeling the damage this year’s Christmas shopping is going to do. But I am looking forward to driving around to look at everyone’s Christmas lights.
Which reminds me, I should start pestering Mum to put ours up! So goodbye for now, and I wish you all a wonderful summer, a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. ❐

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