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Diamond Beach - NSW

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About 3.5hrs north of Sydney is a small coastal town called Diamond Beach, and as the name suggests it has the most magnificent beach.
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Dianne and Chris are fortunate to live only a few minutes from the beach in a lovely house with room for two dogs and two horses!
Lily - a Boxer
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and Tasha - a Doberman
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Spirit, an Arabian
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Kaliff, also an Arabian
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Dianne is very knowledgeable about correct saddle fitting, and as a result has found a unique saddle design that was like something space age! The concept is It can be fully adjusted and moulded to fit the horse.
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Chris has built a lovely fire place to cosy round in the evenings
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The house and location are so special that they rent it out for other people to enjoy
and move into their caravan
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It was a great place for a run
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Every morning before 6.30am, we'd be up to take the dogs a long the beach as the sun rose.
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Needless to say the dogs loved it, and the views were spectacular!
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The beach is a very sociable place were local residents met to take the dog for a walk, go for a swim, check out the surf and general have a natter!
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However, the best way to keep Lily and Tasha from having too much fun and running off into the sunrise with the other dogs, was to walk that little bit further around to the next cove, where they could be let off the lead to play and run around
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Some days the sea weed seemed to appear from nowhere and take over the beach
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Tasha loved nothing more than wading into the rock pools hunting for fish
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whereas Lily was always a little bit calmer and actually stood still at times!
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It was always interesting to see what sights we might find along the walk. One day there was a structure that appeared overnight
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Most days we saw dolphins,
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though with the waves so big they'd often be a little further out from the beach
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There were usually signs of the ghost crabs digging holes into the sand
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and occasionally the washed up empty eggs of the Port Jackson Shark
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a couple of times we saw horses being exercised along the beach
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One day we found a snake skin hiding in the brush
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But mostly, it was about the dogs having fun
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there were surfers, of course
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and watching some beautiful sunrises (here follows rather a lot of photos of them!)
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There was the amazing Mangrove Tree, with roots extending up to 10m away from the tree and pointing skywayrds
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The remnant rainforests of the Manning Valley make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of the region. Littoral rainforests once formed an almost continuous strip along our coast at the rear of the dunes. Sandmingin and urban development have reduced this significant vegetation type to a number of small and vulnerable pockets. the rainforest at Redland and Hallidays Ppoint to the south, are important exmaples of littoral rainforest growing on coastal headlands.

But it wasn't all play. We put in a new fence to mark the parking area
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and re-built the chicken run gate, and built an internal fox proof enclosure
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I'm going to miss this very special place...
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and these two very special people
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and their very special dogs!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:10 Archived in Australia Tagged sea_horse diamond_beach Comments (0)

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