that was the longest 48 hours ever!
Posted in nature, sydney August 15th, 2008 by piablog


I know, this have been a long wait. But it can all be explained by my mystery location…


… once upon a time, this was home…


and perhaps now you know why I am such a water baby: i was brought up by the seaside, on the sea shore, feet in sand and little body bobbing up and down between these beautiful waves…



and once upon a time i dated surfers, and sea men, I wrestled with sharks (okay, not) and dived with dolphins (okay once)…



isn’t it time for a soundtrack? lets pick this one ( you know the rules by now: click here, and come back to my post as you play this soundtrack in the background)…



This is Newport Beach, in Sydney, Australia. And I just landed. It’s been a whirlwind trip. A very unexpected one.

You see, I’m here to be with my Mum. You know the woman I’m talking about: I’ve mentioned her here, here and here (read bullet point number 4).


I am very thankful to my agency, and my clients back in Amsterdam for being so understanding and letting me postpone my shoots, to be with her.

So for the next few weeks, there will be no harriet (she is waiting for us back in amsterdam), there will be no soundscapes (although I will be collecting some and posting them with French Boy’s help when I get back to Amsterdam), and there will not be a whole lot of time to post. But will you still stop by as I show you where my other home is?

It is a rather emotional time as I meet with friends I have not seen for so long, as I catch up with family that I adore, and as I attempt to enhance my mum’s everyday. Will you come with me?


I have a few ideas of how to enhance my mum’s everyday, and one of them involves you (I shall reveal soon). Also, I’d like to show you the rest of the beaches of where I live – this is just one – there is a whole bunch of them that I call home, and I will show them all to you in the days to come. This next month will be water filled, and author’s note: this is where my dreams were born.

to be continued…

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  1. French Boy says

    C’est magnifique!!!!

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  2. alyson says

    pia, these are amazing photos! I too grew up on the beach, and I miss it dearly sometimes.

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  3. Persephone says

    This was such a lovely post. I hope being home is a comfort to you and your mom.

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  4. Annie says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I too am a water baby and now I live in the Southwest and there is no ocean here! These pictures brought tears to my eyes as I am missing the sea so much. They are stunning!

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  5. Ana says

    The photos are beautiful and make me think of my very own background back in Portugal. I miss the sea so much!

    I hope your Mum is not suffering too much and send you all my best wishes.

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  6. trupeach says

    i’m bursting with anticipation!

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  7. corine says

    French Boy a raison! And I hope your mom’s okay.

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  8. raina says

    So beautiful. I used to live on Vancouver Island and I miss the ocean so much. I am going to go visit my mum in two weeks on the Island as well, to enhance her ‘every day’. I like the way you put that.

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  9. Kristin says

    Happy wishes to your Mum’s everyday and great hope to your days there spent with her. Your blog is truly a smile in one’s day. Photography, well, spectacular!

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  10. nadia says

    Pia….j’espere que tous va allez bien. tu est dans mais pensez. les photos sont magnifiques…(je tes envoyer un an email)

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  11. josephine says

    now we all know where your gorgeous sense of style stems from! so glad you take us with you on your journeys. i’m sending you and your family my best thoughts and wishes.

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  12. sofia says

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time in your land 🙂

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  13. Am says

    you make me smile and my heart flutter. every entry you post is filled with sweetness and nostalgia.

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  14. Carol says

    Oh what a beautiful place Pia… You must be so over joyed to be near your Mum again 🙂

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  15. Kirsty says

    Beautiful Pia. Hope your mum’s ok & that you enjoy the time wrapped in the arms of your “home”.

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  16. stacy says

    Is everything okay with your mom? Just home for a fun visit?

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  17. Jeska says

    Beautiful post, I hope you are enjoying spending your days in the sunshine with your mum. : )

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  18. mollie says

    so lovely a place, no wonder you’re so intriguing. here’s hoping you’re having a wonderful time with you mama.

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  19. The Lil Bee says

    Gorgeous, lovely, moving post. This last photo is breathtaking! Thank you for the Morcheeba song. I forgot how much I like them, and it was so perfect. Have a wonderful time with the loved ones.

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  20. Emily says

    Beautiful Pia. The song perfectly matches the photos and makes me lust to be back on the ocean. There is no question that we will follow you to the beach. Enjoy your time at home with your Mum.

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  21. Aran says

    pia, it is always good to be home, close to your mom and family and friends. i hope you have a good visit with your mum and that everything goes well. i also grew up near the ocean and also dated some rough surfers (one of them even australian) and i can never be away from it too long. it becomes part of one’s soul, i think.

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  22. lynne says

    have a lovely time and keep those feet bare! i too am a waterbaby and there’s nothing like going home!

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  23. Leslie says

    Funny, I grew up in Newport Beach, California…hope this unexpected trip brings unexpected joys. I send warm gentle thoughts to you ‘across the sea’ during your time there 🙂

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  24. cindy k says

    i’m a waterbaby, too, and would happily follow you to any beach. your photos are beautiful and the song is a great accompaniment. hope your time with your mom, family and friends is wonderful. xo

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  25. pia says

    so nice to see so many water babies amongst us!

    thank you everyone, i love your comments! and i’m so glad you are here with me. as some of you may already know, my mum has not been well which is why i decided to come back. but i do believe she will get better, and i will be doing everything i can to make it true. thank you for all your well wishes.


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  26. A-M says

    Welcome home. I am sure your Mum will cherish every minute with you. A-M xx

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  27. jo says

    one kiss for you and another one for you mum, dear, dear pia.

    of course i will be here always n_n

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  28. Kim Gray says

    Wishing you a peaceful journey Pia! The obvious beauty around you should help feed the peace.

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  29. barbara says

    Welcome home. I adore the water, pool or beach, I don’t mind. I think it is a very Australian thing. I walk on the beach every day now I’m back in Australia.

    I’m sorry to hear you Mum is not well. Your posts about your Mum, which I had not read before, inspired me to write to my son this morning.

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  30. itsasne says

    wooowww…. soo amazing! thank you for bringing us with you…!!! all the best for you and your mum, may she get well soon! (which with your beautiful energy around, should be a snap 🙂 enjoy your time there! x

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  31. manda says

    beautiful beautiful sea. im sure i was once a mermaid.
    hope your time with your mum, and being home, is so very wonderful

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  32. Laura Neulat says

    Wild unspoiled ocean coast. Fantastic.

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  33. dana says

    Pia, the pictures are just lovely…..thank you so much for sharing your home with us. It looks like heaven! Sending you and your mum lots of good energy, and a wonderful time spent together. be well!

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  34. Hayley Rose says

    hello lady

    i hope you had a good flight. Beautiful pictures you will not be surprised that it is raining here! love to your mum and a big hello to Jodie if you manage to catch up. Big gummy smile heading your way from the little man. Cuddles are in order when you get back. Big love x

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  35. Inger says

    Pia, I came across your blog while on a ‘blog trail’, and I just had to stop and read, listen and look. Thank you for sharing all of these beautiful posts. I hope your mum gets well soon.

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  36. katiecrackernuts says

    Lovely shots. I am 10 minutes from Copacbana and Macmasters Beaches and have been wanting to take a wintery walk through Bouddi National Park. I must do it while it’s still wintery wild and before the girls in skimpy bikinis come back. I grew up inland, but live near water now. My memories of water are of muddy squelches and not being able to swim. Enjoy the mother daughter time.

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  37. Terri says

    Hello from Newport Beach, California. I too have swam with the dolphins (ok, just once) but it was a truly spiritual experience. Enoy your respite!

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  38. robin says

    oh yes pia i will come with you. willingly, happily and quietly. i can hear the feelings of home and love in your voice.


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  39. benz says

    This is such a perfect beach set Pia 🙂 Please give my best wishes to your mum too!

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  40. Hyena In Petticoats says

    Ahhhh, Pia.

    I grew up on the Great Ocean Road, which is a little wilder than your childhood beach, but I understand exactly what you mean about coming home.
    Welcome back, dears, and all the best to you and your Mum – I’m sure she’ll be back on track very soon…..
    Good to have you back for a visit!

    Leah xxxx

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  41. Jill says

    beautiful photos Pia! I send my best wishes to you and your mum for a lovely vacation together and hope that your mum will be feeling better soon.

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  42. Tartelette says

    Strangely reminds me of the beaches of Provence where I grew up, the color of the water especially. I hope everything is well with your mother.

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