Thursday, 20 December 2012

Beyond the Books Blog Hop!

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It’s always a bit scary writing about one’s self. Seriously! Give be a book to read and review any day. But the gorgeous Lauren Reidy from A Little Bit of R&R can be one persuasive lady. So welcome to my review post for Beyond the Books Giveaway Hop!


Westward Ho!
Yes, I’m sure by now that you all know that apart from my slightly insane family, reading and reviewing is such a huge part of my life; it excites, relaxes and inspires me. Particularly when helping amazing authors to share the news of their wonderful pieces of writing, that’s what I get a real buzz out of! But there is something else that I truly love to do. And that my lovelies is surfing. I bet you never saw that one coming did you!

When I was 18, my parents attempted to run and hide from me when I was at University in Staffordshire, UK. Of course they were unsuccessful; I can be a bit of a blood hound when I want to be. I tracked them down to Devon, UK. For those of you who don’t know this is in the South-West of England, a part of the country which I think is the most beautiful. We have the luxury of sea and country on our doorstep.

Me and my gorgeous family
I know now you’re confused. I thought you were Australian I hear you cry. Nope, not yet anyway! I migrated to the good old Land of Oz in 2010 and there’s been no looking back since. But I digress! (I do that a lot) In the lovely county of Devon is where I discovered my love of surfing, but not until my mid 20s after buying my hunky husband a surfboard for his birthday (yep, I fell in love with Keanu in Point Break and wanted my hubby to look as hot). From there we would often frequent the beautiful beaches of Westward Ho! (The only town with an exclamation mark in it - cool huh!). Not only is this a gorgeous beach, but it has some pretty amazing surf.

Me and my hubby many moons ago!
Surfing is an adrenaline like no other. The calmness before a big set comes in, the build up of anticipation, not knowing whether or not this would be a beautiful ride, or (most likely) a battering that will have me twirling ungracefully in the waves. Oh the sweet release!

Regardless of catching a wave or being pummelled (which to be honest it mainly was, I said I loved it, not that I was any good at it! lol!) the beauty and freedom of the sea is an incredible feeling, most certainly on par with an excellent read. A shock I know.

At the moment I live in the Queensland Outback, a far cry from the glorious beaches of East Coast Australia, but I have managed to get quite a bit of surfing in whilst living in Oz. I love the Gold Coast and the beautiful Byron Bay can be a dream to surf. We’re heading to the Sunshine Coast for a family holiday in the New Year. Both our sexy long boards will be stowed safely on our truck and once again, I’ll be choking on sea water and loving every minute of it. 

Having fun  at Westward Ho!
My hubby and I have made a promise to one another that we’ll survive  just two more years in no man’s land before we race towards the coast once again. We can constantly hear the surf calling to us.

Who’d have ‘thunk’ it! Almost 600 words and I thought talking about myself was going to be hard. Yes, I know I do have an excellent subject ~ mwah!

So thanks for reading my ramblings, and good luck in our fabulous Beyond the Books Blog Giveaway Hop!

A couple of fun surf themed books for you to check out!
Surf's UpAngel Beach (Vacation Romance Collection)
 
Today I'm giving away this lovely prize...
But there are many more lovely prizes to be won via the rafflecopter - good luck!

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4 comments:

  1. What a tiny world... I live on those very beaches in the beautiful and usually sunny Queensland.. Whats odder is I too migrated here in 2010... If you say you moved here in August I will think we are somehow living a parallel life... :)

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  2. What a tiny world... I live on those very beaches in the beautiful and usually sunny Queensland.. Whats odder is I too migrated here in 2010... If you say you moved here in August I will think we are somehow living a parallel life... :)

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  3. I love the picture of your family!! Adorable lol. I can't surf to save my life

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  4. I love the dancing on the beach pic!

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