18 January 2012

Just Down the Road

Just down the road from where I live, there is a beach.
It's not famous for golden sand or big waves.
Its not famous at all.

The name is not synonymous with sandcastles and sunbathing
{more like mud flats and rock pools}
I wouldn't swim there, no way.

But let me tell you a little secret...
That was Before.

Before the council dumped a load of sand, and made a sandy shore.
And Before the tide came in.

At low tide the mud flats and rock pools reign
But at high tide our humble beach is transformed
The clear water laps at the sand, beckoning the timid.
Calling to me, "Why didn't you bring your swimsuit, silly girl?"

I want to rush and dive headlong into that beckoning sea.

Its perfect now for sailing...

Sailing boats of all kinds...

...perfect for digging holes that fill up magically with the sea.

Darn it! Why O Why did I not bring my togs?
I seem to have brought everything else...

The captain of the Orange ship returns
Come on, he calls. Jump on!

I can't resist.
Too bad about the No Togs and the Wet Bum.
Who cares?
The ocean is calling to me and I surrender...

With the dip of paddles and slosh of waves, we slide past the shore.
Its great! I finally went out on Daddy's kayak and I Love Love Love it.
Can't wait for the next high-tide sunny day...
{this time I'll be bringing my togs*.}

 then, she {snapped}

Our secret gem beach is Pt Chevalier, easy Biking distance from home - or Five minutes drive. Love. {This time we were there with my sweet friend Maya and her family, all the way from England}

*Togs = Kiwinese for "swimsuit"

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Pamela said...

Your beach looks wonderful! Enjoy your summer while I am stuck here in winter.

alicia said...

Crazy how you can be in a completely different season. With warm temps! lol. Love these photos. What a beautiful portrayal of your lovely day at the beach.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous post to read and look at! Glad you got out on the water and had so much fun. It looks like a perfect family outing.

Kimberley said...

Wow - I knew that beach from the house! I can't believe that I have found a local blog in all the blogs on the web! Very local as in live by St Lukes and children at St Francis School!!

Meghan Maloney Photography said...

Ah the quintessential Kiwi summer....lovely. You could link it up to my Love Where You Live linky too, you can be the first to link up! :-) I'm in the process of designing a button for it too!

Neetz said...

YAY for the new beach!! Enjoy! :)

momto8 said...

how fun!! The council made a great decision!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

Fun Place For Kids said...

Your post is very nice and Here are some nice lines in your poem… Like “The clear water laps at the sand, beckoning the timid.
Calling to me, "Why didn't you bring your swimsuit, silly girl?"” when I was reading your post and seeing your pictures, I was just thinking that… I wish, I would be there with my family, and I would also do lots of fun there. All the pictures are looking awesome.

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