Lighthouse weekend

24 February 2015

I've just come back from an excellent weekend in Green Cape, where I stayed right by a lighthouse with friends. Living inland, it's always exciting to see the ocean and feel the salty sea breeze again.

My friend Vanessa organised the trip for a very special occasion - her baby's first birthday - and four friends joined her mum, husband and son to celebrate as family.

We ate pancakes on the verandah, went swimming in the bay, took turns playing with the baby and told ghost stories at night. I saw the biggest goanna of my life and took lots and lots of photos.

On Sunday afternoon when everyone went off to nap or read and the house fell quiet, I set about making my nephew's first-ever birthday cake. I was totally thrilled to be entrusted with this special task. Vanessa had chosen this flourless chocolate cake, which we ate later that night with strawberries, rich local cream and champagne.

My other contribution to the weekend was a batch of salted choc chip cookies, some homemade muesli bars and a big tub of coconut and cranberry granola. Amazingly, everything survived the flight and the humid 8 hour drive south that followed.

On our last night, I climbed to the top of the lighthouse with my friend Sean and the view was spectacular, if not a little daunting. The lighthouse hadn't looked so high from down below! 

I was so honoured to be part of this special family celebration and am already looking forward to my nephew's next birthday :)

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