Winter, whales, ruins and bones

Winter is certainly upon us here but Jervis Bay - and its surrounding coastline - is no less beautiful for it. There really is nothing like rugging up and exploring, and the presence of migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales off the coast makes the prospect of a good South Coast wind-lashing and salt-spraying even more appealing. We ('we' being a collective term for my husband, myself and our two hobbits) headed out to Jervis Bay (Booderee) National Park last weekend for a spot of wandering.

It was cold and, when we reached the sea, quite windy, but the urge to explore was upon us. We wrapped ourselves in hoodies, beanies and scarves, armed ourselves with a picnic, backpack and camera, and set off.

There is a place here where the beach is completely covered by layers of tiny sea shells, in whites, purples, pinks and blues. I always feel awful walking on them- but each time we come back, the sea has offered up more, and they are as perfect and delicate as ever.

It was so windy we had little hope of spotting passing whales- even though we knew they were undoubtedly out there, the wind and rough seas, dotted with whitecaps and fleams of foam and spray, would make make seeing them almost impossible.

Luckily there were plenty of other interesting things to look at. As well as amazing shells, we always find interesting bones and other oddments washed up on the shore here.

The boys climbed down to the edge of the rocks.    

And then, miraculously, whales!