Slice of Life Story Challenge March 9 -A Day Not Fit For Revolution
Yes, we gather up our beach gear and hit the waves. Towels, hats, sunscreen, a pair of sunnies, swimming gear, umbrella, bucket and spade, a ball, flippers and goggles, surfboards, skimmer boards –check! Cool drinks, fruit, maybe something to read (book, magazine, newspaper) beach chairs –check! An army needs to be well equipped, even when storming the beach.
On this Saturday, we targeted the beach. Such an easy target. The weather dictated that the beach was a great place to spend a portion of our day. The sun was shining. The air was clear. The temperature had reached 30 degrees (Celsius) by midday. We live within walking distance of the beach. The jigsaw was complete.
Bright umbrellas dot the beach with spectacular colour. Family groups gather close to the shoreline and small children squeal with delight as they frolic in the shallows. Further out young boys throw a ball and dive spectacularly to pull miracle catches. Seagulls sit patiently in groups on the sand in the hope of discarded morsels of food. A scrawny necked gannet dips and dives along the shoreline in search of the abundant fry that frequent the warmer shallows. A lone Pacific Gull takes off from the beach and quickly distances itself high above the commotion around the line of the bay.
The sun dazzles and light glistens across the surface of the water. This is surely a bonus. -A summer- like day in autumn. A breeze blows soothingly off the water, blunting the power of the sun. This protracted hot spell has its benefits. The sight of all this water washes away the stress of the working week.
As the tide goes out,sandbars emerge in the latter afternoon. These tiny islands in the bay attract beach goers of all ages, who seek out the dry in a wet world. We play beach cricket on the hard, wet sand the tide has provided.
Late in the day, we reluctantly pack up our little patch of sand, and return home. We enjoy an easy dinner tonight –fish and chips in the park. To be able to sit and watch the sunset from the headland at Linley Point overlooking the bay provides glorious bookend to the day. -And yes, another day without the slightest hint of revolution.