Beachcombing at Bramston Beach

Today was Good Friday so we took the opportunity to visit my parents, who live in Innisfail – approximately an hour from Cairns.

The kids were really excited to be visiting Grandma, particularly as she was recently in hospital with heart problems. She had looked so tired and drawn when we visited her in hospital after her angiogram and we are all very relieved that she is on the mend.  As we prepared for the drive to Grandma’s house, Mr J told me several times just how much he loves Grandma.

Grandpa G was in charge of lunch, and prepared Pan Fried Salmon and Chips (cooked to perfection!) and Salad. Mr J and Mr S ate everything on their plate!  I was very impressed.

Before we left home I had made a batch of chocolate mini muffins, and a chocolate cake topped with chocolate sauce and caramel, so we had these decadent delights with cream for dessert.  Everything was devoured but for a few of the mini muffins.

Then Grandma gave the kids their Easter Eggs, which they were very excited to receive. They were all allowed to open one each, so were suitably bouncing off the walls for the next hour or so.

Eventually it was time to leave and my hubster was feeling great after such a relaxing afternoon and wanted to go for a drive ‘somewhere’.

I was not feeling inclined to go driving around as my tummy was feeling full and although I was feeling relaxed, I was feeling rather tired. (…This could be because I was on twitter until 1.30 this morning… but I will not admit to that at all…)

So we headed towards home,  the hubster pouting ever so slightly.  After driving for about 15 minutes as we headed into Mirriwinni, I had a change of heart.

I was thinking about Hands Free Mama and her mission to ditch the ‘to-do’ lists and go “Hands Free” – making use of as many opportunities as possible to make memories for her family.

I started feeling inspired and also reminded myself when I decided to begin my journey towards becoming a better mother and a better person, I had pledged to myself that I was going to make time to create experiences, breathe it all in, and enjoy the view.

On several recent trips to Innisfail, Hubster and I had discussed checking out Bramston Beach. Even though I had grown up only half an hour away, I didn’t remember ever going there, so we had wanted to check it out for a while.

As we reached Mirriwinni, on the spur of the moment, without announcing anything to anyone, I decided to take the 17 kilometre detour and turned onto the road to Bramston Beach.

After a couple of minutes the hubster realised we weren’t on the highway and looked up from the book he was reading.  He asked what I was doing, so I explained I changed my mind and decided that we would check out Bramston Beach. I think that he might think I am fickle. I think he found that adorable.

When we arrived at Bramston Beach, I was totally surprised.  There was virtually no commercial development.  One or two streets of modest looking houses, a caravan park and a cute little resort.  It reminded me of the beaches that I used to visit in my childhood, before the Cairns and Cassowary Coast beaches became popular tourist destinations.

The tide was out and as we went for a walk along the beach the kids were in their element!

Due to the recent strong weather there were a lot of shells, driftwood and all kinds of interesting things at the high tide mark.  We all spent a good hour together, discovering cool things like different types of shells, seeds, and the shapes in the driftwood.

Here are some of the sights…

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There are so many things that I can take from todays experience.

What have I learned?

I now know that a spur of moment decision can lead to the most amazing time just being with and bonding with your kids.

I know that I will remember my experience today and use it to inspire me to create more ‘spur of the moment’ experiences more often.

I know that kids will pick up all kinds of crap and try to bring it home will consider all kinds of unusual items to be special treasures and if you let them bring it home you will be the best mummy in the world  and by accepting and validating their choice of a special treasure to bring home they can feel like they are bringing home a special memory of the day.  (Mr J has even lovingly displayed his piece of driftwood on the bookshelf above his bed. I hope there are no creepy crawlies in it).

I know that if I had not made the effort to take a detour today, I would not have been able to make this ‘hands free’ memory.

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