We have come to learn that beaches are living things.
In the summertime, at one of our local beaches, the sand is soft and warm and goes on forever. But in winter, it all disappears!!! It’s a little alarming the first time you experience it.
I have no idea where it goes (…maybe south…). But I do know that we can count on it to return when the weather warms up.
In the meantime, there is no shortage of exposed, beautiful, smooth beach stones. In fact, the beach is crowded with them!
“Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy” – Guillaume Apollinare
If you challenge me to state my “happy place” I won’t do it. It’s not because I’m being difficult, or because I am unhappy. But rather because I have found happiness in so many “places” I couldn’t possibly pin down just one. I am happy in all the usual places like in my home especially (like this weekend) when my kids are around or in my garden, or touring on my bicycle. I have found great happiness in the most unlikely places such as stuck in traffic with a good friend, or in a hospital (specifically in a delivery room when my sons were born). So, I think happiness has little to do with place.
This weekend our boys (plus one girlfriend) and a group of our friends gathered here at our place to help us harvest our grapes. That generosity made me happy. Seeing those grapes off to the winery, taking all the fretting and worrying with them, made me very happy indeed.
Today, with all that work behind us, and weather feeling more like summer than mid autumn, Son #1 and I drove to his favourite beach, just to look at the water. It’s only 10 minutes from home. This boy has just graduated from university and is in the process of sorting out the next steps in his journey – trying so hard to get it just right.
We are lucky to live in a place that is literally surrounded by beaches. But this one. This beautiful place with more than three kilometres of sand facing the North Atlantic is a pretty special spot.
For a moment this afternoon, standing there together, with our feet in the sand and the sun on our faces, drinking in the gentle surf and the breeze …… well, that was a lovely moment of happiness.
Happy Place – weekly photo challenge
Rising to the photo challenge: INSPIRATION….
According to the OED, the word ‘Inspiration’ comes from the Middle English (in the sense of divine guidance): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio (n-), and from the verb inspirare. I looked it up because nailing down exactly what inspires me was a challenge in itself.
My first inclination is to say that the views and the ever-changing light of the world around me is inspiring……. Or at least, divine.
Rose Bay Beach (affectionately known by some as Sand Dollar Beach). Photo taken just after sunrise last October.
Rose Bay looking very rosey indeed during a summer sunset. Taken last week with my iPad (no filters).
Vivid: Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind. Mid-17th century: from Latin vividus, from vivere “to live” (OED)
Overlooking the vineyard and the beach on a November afternoon.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep – Rumi
Dawn over that Atlantic on the very first morning of our holiday on the beautiful Island of Barbados – February 2014 (Oh my! I could go back there….)
Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Bird