Saturday, 1 December 2007

On the Beach

The sandy beach at Ormond is different every morning, depending on the tide, the weather, the winds. Every morning we walked the seashore, but unfortunately, there's a huge volume of garbage washed up on the sand every day, especially after a stormy night and a high tide. We filled a couple of shopping bags with junk every day. The worst offenders were plastic water bottles and lids. And remnants of balloons attached to indestructible plastic ribbon, just waiting to wrap itself around the legs of seabirds.

The oceans of the world must be full of discarded plastic. How sad.

Sunrise over the Atlantic can be stunning.

Of course, The Space Cadet claims to do his best work by the ocean.

The Atlantic was a bit chilly, but that just makes me scream louder when the big wave hits.

When faced with acres and acres of sandy beach, it's compulsory to build a sand castle, isn't it? Spot was a great help. He carried the heavy buckets of sand and collected the shells for decoration.

And I valiantly defended the castle from the incoming tide, just like fabled King Canute.
Unfortunately, it was gone the next morning, washed away by the waves. Oh well.... easy come, easy go. I hear that Canute didn't have much success either.

Once the castle is built, it's a good excuse to catch up on a bit of light reading.
The view from our little Beach House at night, the full moon illuminating the water and the light of a fishing boat on the horizon.


Old Wom Tigley said...

Fantastic... but that sea made me shiver just looking at it..

photowannabe said...

That looks like a magical place to decompress. Love your sunrise shot and its a shame people are so careless with this beautiful world. I'm always picking up other people's messes.

Luke said...

looks like a fun time on the beach, nice shots!
Wiley Willows

tut-tut said...

Wow! You certainly found the right spot, didn't you?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great photos of all, but that last shot was great,
Looks like you sure had fun, and to think you got a sandcastle done up.
The ocean has to be much warmer there than what ours is in Oregon,Ours is freezing.
Yes it is sad that all that garbage gets on the beaches.

Dogbait said...

I'm spoilt having beach like that less than 2k away. So you got home to snow and we're basking in 33c today.

Vintage to Victorian said...

What a wonderful time you've had. You both look so relaxed. How super to have had that time to reflect on that fabulous wedding and recharge the batteries. But what a weather contrast on your return! Back to reality and the mad pre-Christmas rush I suppose ... you'll soon be wondering if it ever happened!!

Sue x

CanadianSwiss said...

Sounds (and looks) like it was the perfect place to fuel up on energy. I love the last shot!

Welcome back home and thanks for the visit :)

Kerri said...

Looks like a Fabulous place for a little time off! Your pictures are stunning...and I'm glad that I'm not the only grown woman who likes to build sand castles :)

madretz said...

That pic of you in the ocean is awesome! Looks like you guys had a great time playing hard and relaxing. Absolutely wonderful. Love seeing the sunrise over the ocean, can't see that on the west!! And bravo for picking up the garbage, i'd do the same. It's so sad that there's so much of it. Can't stand those balloons and string. I know some people let them go near oceans as symbolism, but they need to think beyond their own intentions and realize that it will effect the reason they are celebrating and enjoying the area.

Ginnie said...

I love it!

Neva said...

I am jealous!

Ming the Merciless said...

Awesome photos and descriptions.

I'm curled up on my sofa, wrapped in a blanket during my one day off. It's freezing cold outside.

There is a pile of Christmas cards sitting on the table calling my name.