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  1. CheezyK

    Seriously?! What a fabulously fantasticamical moment to have captured and enjoyed!

    P.S. love your dress in that last shot.

  2. Johanna GGG

    wow that is magical – and I should know because I spent money and time on a whale watching tour once and it was almost comical that way the boat drove about seeking whales until finally we saw a tail at a great distance – by which time my expectations were so low that I wouldn’t have been surprised if it was one of the staff getting out the emergency tail to wave about at stupid tourists while he held his breath under water. Your experience sounds so much nicer – yay for the whales coming to cheer you up and for the power of seachange!

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I squealed from my computer! (Just a little.) What an amazing sight – I have never seen whales so close in. The trio sounds like just what you needed, and makes me think that the universe really can be magical sometimes.

    I laughed at the swimming story too. In part because two years ago I swam for the first time in about 5 years (although I did have bathers for the experience :)) and in part because the circularity of no pyjamas -> clothes to pyjamas -> ‘pyjamas’ to bathers -> no pyjamas just appealed to my sense of humour 🙂 I hope you had another set of clothes for the second night!

  4. ck

    Maybe the whales shared their beautiful magic with you because of your Gran? I was once kayaking one evening with a good friend who was suffering the worst possible loss and we were surrounded by adult and baby dolphins. My heart nearly exploded with joy. I would dearly love to see whales. You were very lucky, especially since it was a complete surprise. I would have cried. How wonderful.

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh my goodness! Whales! they’re great photos. We are never close enough to get anything but a blurry dark shadow!

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  7. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    How beautiful! I would have been thrilled to see that too.

  8. Louise

    How fantastic. I’m glad the universe sent you some whales to lift your spirits.

    1. Louise

      Oh and real paddlepops are banana flavoured not rainbow coloured, bubblegum-esque creations.

  9. Emma

    That duck looks like it’s searching for a meal, judging by its mouth shape. I hope you fed it a gumball, or perhaps one of these mysterious, but easily debatable, paddlepops.

    I love the ocean more than ALMOST ANYTHING! Except my fella and my cat and my chocolate. And my wayfaring internet acquaintance because she shows off her fluke finds! Get it? Fluke? harharhahrharharharhahararrrrrrrrrrrrRRRgh I didn’t get much sleep last night:)

  10. Three-Cookies

    Priceless! The first two photos looks like a girl – I thought it was a joke but then the later photo looks more like a whale. BTW, don’t want to disappoint you but thats not a real duck.

  11. Mindy

    WOW. That’s about all I can say. Thank you for sharing those images of the whales. I feel like I was there. Very uplifting gift. Thanks.

  12. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    So, so, sooooo very cool! I went on a whale watching cruise a couple of years ago but oh how I wish I just saw them on the beach by surprise! Very fun!

  13. Camille

    I hope the Saga of the Smoke Alarm doesn’t turn out to be the Saga of the Smoke Alarm and the Too-Wet-To-Wear-Pyjamas!

  14. Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City

    those are amazing photos! i would love to do this some day. they are such incredible animals!

  15. Lisa

    oh. my goodness. what a beautifully special moment!

  16. Sig

    Wow….that truly is magical 🙂 The beach always has a calming effect on me – I love being near the water. But to see something so incredibly special, well I can imagine it would have been the icing on the cake (if there was any cake :P)

  17. Iron Chef Shellie

    omg how lucky of you to see such gorgeous animals!!!

  18. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I love this time of year at the south coast. Mum and Dad have spent hours watching the whales this year, they seem to be coming in closer and closer. You really did have luck to see 3 though and a pod of dolphins. What an awesome beach walk that was.

    P.S. I loved SeaChange too, but I’m not sure I can remember all the episodes well enough to discuss them!

  19. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I wouldn’t subject you to my singing but …

    Don’t want to live in the city, my friends tell me I’m changin’ ….

  20. msihua

    OMG.. what an extremely magical awesome moment!! I’M SOOOO JESALOUS!!!! That I can’t spell and I can’t be bothered correcting my mistakes either 😛 (You know why!)

  21. Lou

    Hooray for whales! And rainbow paddlepops! The jelly fish on the beach look like a little map of New Zealand 🙂

  22. Kath Lockett

    Lovely whale pics! And I want that duck for my balcony.

  23. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Amazing!! How beautiful. When we scattered my brother’s ashes in the ocean (he was a surfer), dolphins came. I think they know when you need to be in touch and feel like the universe is all working together for a reason.
    Heidi xo
    p.s. great work on the swimming!

  24. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Wow, those pictures are stunning, I can see exactly why you were speechless!
    Sounds like a lovely day – and gorgeous picture of you 🙂

  25. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Aww, the whales – so lovely! 😀 I never went swimming in a PJ … 😀 But my last swim is also some time ago already … I tink it’s two years by now. I used to swim a lot as a child and even was a member of a swimming club, but with my screwed-up ellbow joint (that doesn’t like to be moved against the resistance of water, or anything else – it’s not possible anymore. 🙁

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