Slice of Life Story Challenge Day 2 -Shifting Sands
Summer is over in
All bundled up and consigned to history. Autumn arrived with dramatic wind and
rain and a dive in temperature that demanded attention. Yesterday was a real,
hey notice me kind of day. The new season indulged in some attention seeking.
Much of Australia Australia’s east
coast is currently being lashed by strong winds and torrential storms,
resulting in extensive flooding in New South Wales
and northern .
We are water logged, and there is more to come in the next few days. Welcome to
This morning for no apparent reason I found myself reflecting on a summer that is no more. I looked at my beach bag hanging on the back of the study door and pondered what was still in it. I delved inside, curious to discover a simple truth. The answer- beach sand! It clung to the tips of my fingers in a desperate bid to escape the darkness at the bottom of my bag.
Sand possesses an amazing ability to attach itself to things and travel…
It occurred to me that tiny grains of sand from
(situated at the
end of my street) have found their way all around the world. Anonymous little
granules are continually hitching rides with assorted beach goers, all year
round. Off they go, attached to towels,
feet, swimming costumes, footwear, bags,
bodies, hats, -basically anything that goes to the beach becomes an unknowing
accomplice for sand, enabling grains of sand to escape their natural
environment. Any surface suffices! my local beach
The journey takes them to
France and Freemantle,
Germany and –destinations far
flung and varied. -Shifting sand indeed! Geelong
I took the sand from my beach bag and glued it around the border of a double page in my latest notebook. The journey of these grains has come to end and they now rest in the company of words and pictures. They fulfil a useful purpose.
Without doubt I have brought grains of sand from faraway places to my humble home as a result of my beach excursions over the years. I wonder if they mingle and exchange travel stories?
‘How far have you come?’
‘-About a thouSAND kilometres.’