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Monday, September 10, 2012

Bottom of the Harbour, NSW

Plus lots of beachy pictures!

Fish and chips, calamari and the fresh salty sea breeze in the air.

That's all one could ask for on a day off work and with that semi-spring weather we've been having - why not take advantage of spending it at a beach?

So, that's what we did.

Mrs Helpful and I drove downwards towards Mosman to Balmoral beach today mostly for a little relaxation time away from home and also because I wanted to take some photographs of the beachside for my latest photography assignment.

Mrs Helpful played a part in my photographic escapades... becoming my model and photographic assistant whilst we walked along the beach and got our daily dosage of Vitamin D from the sun.

I called it a day once I was content with my beachy pictures and also because we could feel our tummies rumbling.

Going to Bottom of the Harbour, a corner store cafe and fish-and-chip shop that's been open for years was an ideal stopover before the drive back home.

Bottom of the Harbour is set upon the Esplanade and used to look like a really shabby Aussie "fish and chips" shop many years ago. It's gotten a revamp now with darker tones of black walls and modernized it's tables and chairs section for a cafe next to their take-away section.

We order from the take-away section a couple of fish fillets that are beer battered into a fried golden crispy shell and when pulled apart, offers you it's white soft fish flesh that goes well with the tartare sauce and a squeezing of lemon.

Chips are a seagulls favourite as is mine, which are underneath the two large chunky fish fillets. Mrs Helpful orders herself a serve of calamari rings and chips, which I can't help but sneakily take a few calamari rings for my own to munch upon.

Balmoral Beach directly opposite the Bottom of the Harbour shop is such a divine slice of nature to behold. Unlike the gnarly but awesome waves of places like Coogee and Bondi, there is a serene calmness to the waves (which are just small, soft little bumps of water that go towards the shore) and as you walk around the shoreline there's a Bather's Pavillion next to a cove of rock pools. The small bridge that connects towards an isle which is great for a family picnic day out and then there's also the netted baths with a promenade to walk about.

Here's a few pictures I took of the day:

 The Bather's Pavillion

 Cute little bridge towards the small island 

 a day well spent.

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