Compulsory sunrise viewing in paradise

All of a sudden, Baby Boy began to wake up at 5 am everyday.


Enthusiastically persuading myself that I’d rather be up at 5am in paradise, than up early at home in the cold and wet, he and I took some walks on the beach.

Here is the sky before the sun came up.

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And here is one of the little round bamboo boats that bring the fishermen in from their fishing boats each morning.

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Here comes the sun!

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Here is a half built boat being swathed by the morning light.

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And here’s the little boy responsible for us seeing this gloriousness, golden and luscious.

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Here are some other things we enjoyed.

Chris and Tintin had a spin in one of the round boats. Tricky! There’s a very good reason most boats are not round and Chris has the bruise to prove it.

Paradise Resort, Doc Let, is a cheap-as-chips place run by a very eccentric 86 year old French guy.  We had lots of yummy French food.

The children did lots of beach combing…

The local guys played soccer each day at low tide

Sparky made friends with all the staff, here she is using her PODD communication book to chat with them.

And the nights were quiet and still.


After a month in Cambodia, and a week in Vietnam cities, a week on Paradise Beach was just what we needed.

When we left Baby Boy began to sleep in again. Amazing.

When was the last time you were up early enough to enjoy sunrise?

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12 Responses to Compulsory sunrise viewing in paradise

  1. Kara June 28, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I love that Sparky is communicating with the staff with her book. We’ve been working on putting one together for Sebastian. In so many cultures people with disabilities are not integrated into society, even in Western cultures it can be a challenge. She is changing perspectives just by exploring the world around her. It’s awesome.
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    • Laura August 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      Gill, Kara, I couldn’t agree more. Go Sparky! Go Chris for being an awesome communication facilitator, go all of you for forcing society – whichever society you happen to be in – to realise that your gorgeous Sparky girl has soooooooooooooooo much to say. Can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see the pics of her just chatting away. It’s so obvious that PODD is ALWAYS there, always to hand for her to share some ideas or opinions, ask questions, whatever. Huge smile here! xxx

  2. Lisa Wood June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Gosh that is an early sunrise wake up! As I am not a morning person, but a night owl, I get to see the sun set but cant say that I have been up early enough for a sunrise :)

    Looks gorgeous xx
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  3. Aunty deb June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    The beautiful pictures make me almost want to get up to see the sunrise. Fortunately at the moment it is not too early. But cloudy and cold is not as exciting as warm and sunny. AD

  4. Shannon O'Donnell July 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    What a lovely gift Snowy gave you on both ends of the spectrum — a week of beach sunrises is perfect, and then the ability to sleep in again. Ana sends her hellos to the kiddos! :)
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    • Jill July 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Shannon, nice to hear from you! Hi to Ana!

  5. Rose Godfrey July 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Hard to complain about getting up so early when that view is waiting for you.

    • Jill July 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm #


  6. Kristy July 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I love sunrise although I often forget to save those few precious moments of stillness before the day starts running around crazy. Thanks for these pictures.
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  7. Nomadic Samuel July 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Gorgeous captures of the sunrise but I enjoy your candid portraits even more :)

  8. Bron July 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Paradise indeed. Love the pic of you and bb. I also love meenas find! I see the sunrise most mornIngs when woody wakes for a feed x just beautiful… Calm before the storm around 6am…
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