With a forecast for strong winds this afternoon
we decided to head out early for a picnic this morning.
Today might be the only day of the holidays we are all free,
and picnics are few and far between these days.
I whipped up some muffins
and we drove just about 10 minutes,
along the ridge and down into the valley,
where it was sheltered and warm.
There was time for some duck-watching
some strolling with a camera,
(can you believe this beauty avoids the camera?)
and some physical activity of one sort
(this one is also a beauty, but oh, she does clown around for a camera!)
... or another.
After lunch (leftover risotto) we headed home
for a quiet afternoon.
The wind did start blowing in the late afternoon
and there was another amazing sunset.
Tonight Emily has been to a surprise party,
and Laura has been iceskating at the Darling Harbour Winter Festival
(fulfilling one of her dreams to skate outdoors).
The wind is still blowing hard out there.
She won't mind, though.
All in all, it's been a very good start to the winter holidays.