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Adventures in Australia – A night at Whale Beach and a big surprise!

For Boxing Day, Mr Silver had arranged a special treat for me. We would be catching a seaplane to Jonah’s on Whale Beach, here we would be enjoying lunch and a one night stay. The scenic seaplane flight would leave from Rose Bay harbour in Sydney so that morning Mr Silver and I packed a small bag as we would be saying goodbye to the QT for one night. A seaplane is a small aircraft that is capable of landing and alighting on water. Now, the idea of ‘small aircraft’ provoked fear in my heart and I was terrified of our pending flight but I was keen to see the coast of Sydney from the sky and very excited about the prospect of staying at Jonah’s. So intrepidly I boarded the light aircraft…


Sunglasses on so you can’t see the fear in my eyes!

And I’m so glad I did…
When we took off it wasn’t actually *that* scary as the plane was very steady and we were able to take in some astounding views of the Northern beaches.




We landed on the sea in Pittwater and we were picked up in a courtesy boat and then driven up to the hotel. Jonah’s is a intimate boutique hotel clinging to the rocky cliff top with a view directly over Whale Beach.

We arrived quite early so took a seat on the terrace.
‘Shall we get champagne cocktails’ said Mr Silver

I’m not normally one to turn down champagne, but after rich food and lots to drink yesterday, a morning of nervous fear followed by a flight in a light aircraft and bobbing up and down on a choppy sea, I felt a bit worse for wear. But I didn’t want to let Mr Silver down.



Pink drinks duly drunk we moved on into the hotel for lunch.

‘Shall we order champagne’ said Mr Silver

Ummm…. ok, I really wasn’t feeling that well!! But the waiter quickly bought over a bottle of Taittenger.

Jonah’s serves modern Australian cuisine that reflects the seaside location and the food was some of the best that we had on our trip.

Amuse bouche and delicious bread


North Atlantic Scallops




Blue Eye Trevalla with calamari



Main courses eaten, Mr Silver suggested a second bottle of champagne. Was he trying to get me drunk?
‘Would you like to take dessert outside?’ said the waiter, indicating a cliff top garden.
I looked outside, it was freezing and the wind was blowing. No, I definitely wouldn’t. Though adamant I didn’t want to Mr Silver and the waiter convinced me with the promise of a cosy blanket. Once outside and firmly ensconced under my blanket, I was handed the dessert menu. But there was no dessert menu, instead a rather romantic letter from Mr Silver. Ending ‘Be mine forever’
Drunk and a little confused, I said, ‘Thank you that’s very nice, but where’s the desserts?’
‘Do you know what I’m saying’
Suddenly it dawned on me as Mr Silver got down on one knee
‘Will you marry me?’
Well the rest is history and I obviously said ‘Yes’
Here we are feeling very happy and drunk! I also finally got my dessert!
After a celebratory walk to the beach, the lovely people at Jonah’s presented us with a chocolate congratulations platter.
Then it was up to see our room which had been romantically decorated with rose petals


And yes, another bottle of champagne
The room had a lovely relaxed, nautical feel to it and a balcony with view over the ocean. We were then left to enjoy the rest of our day and call family and friends to tell them the happy news. That evening Jonah’s gave us a charcuterie platter to enjoy alone in our room with our THIRD bottle of champagne of the day.
The next morning we happily enjoyed a delicious breakfast and then it was time to get the seaplane back for our final night in Sydney. The views on the way back were even more spectacular as we gazed at Sydney Harbour from our high altitude.


After one more night in Sydney it was time to head home. But we did so with much anticipation of what was ahead and the coming year of enjoying our engagement.
I visited Australia in November / December 2012. Mr Silver and I will be married May 2014.
  • Aw that's such a sweet proposal! I bet you can't wait for your big day! So much to organise but it will all be worth it. I wish I could do it all over again!

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

    P.S. Those scallops look a-mazing!

  • It was amazing! I felt so lucky that he'd put so much thought into it. We chose the ring together when we got back which was a lovely thing to do together. The food at Jonah's was awesome, its a Relais and Chateaux property.

  • Congratulations!! What a cute proposal!!!!

    Rosie xx

  • Thank you! The wedding is now only three months away! The time has really flown!

  • That's so sweet. I love that you just wanted to know what was going on with dessert! Congratulations.

    • Lol!! Well, the dessert was worth the wait 😉 It even said on it 'Princess Angie's Dessert menu'

  • This is the cutest proposal ever! I would have been the same – a bit reluctant to go outside into the cold! how thoughtful of him! xxx


    • It was literally the biggest surprise!! I had totally not expected anything, though when I look back it was kind of obvious from the way he was acting!! It's funny I never thought Australia would be so cold!!

  • But where's my dessert .. HA HA! That would so be me too 🙂

    You're the loveliest girl for agreeing to champagne when you were feeling icky and going outside when it was freezing … so many of my friends ruined their perfectly planned romantic engagements because of refusing to do things .. one of my friends was asked to hike up a massive hill because her other half wanted to propose to her at the top with a lovely view but she point blank refused to climb it! HA HAAAAAAAA! Ooooopsie!

    This story is adorable, I'm such a sap cos engagement stories make me so emotional 😀 x

    • I always find it sooo difficult to turn down champagne even when I'm hungover, so I couldn't really help myself! Lol!! Mr S would know never to ask me to hike up a hill!! He had suggested a helicopter or climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge but I refused both cos I was too scared!!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, it was such a special day, I wish we had even more photos to remember it with. Looking forward to hearing an engagement story from you in the future!!

  • Awwww that's such a cute proposal :)x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    • it was such a happy and wonderful day!

  • Gemma East

    This is amazing!! I have wanted to go to Jonah's for ages…after reading this i must!! Congrats to you both xx

    • Hi Gemma!! Jonah's was an incredible, gorgeous cute hotel and the food was amazing!! It's kind of a shame he proposed so far away from home; it'll be difficult to revisit the spot!! We'll go back with our grandchildren in years to come!
      Lots of love,

  • Aw that is so amazing! How cute:) I would have been the same about the dessert! haha All the best for the big day- I'm sure it will be wonderful! x

    • Thanks Katie! Actually just got home from my hen do! Wedding is now six weeks away!!
      Lots of love,

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