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winter days

25 July 2011

Fish and chips in front of us, my dog digging holes to lie in, loved family members seated on the sand, the bluest of blue skies, clear picture-perfect water, a picnic spot out of the wind, peeling off the layers of clothes as we warm up. Yes, winter in my beautiful country can really turn on the charm. I find myself spending more time in the sun in winter than any other time of the year. As with other aspects of my life, it also requires balance. Too much direct sunlight and my eyes get very sore and sensitive for days afterwards. Little snippets that are treasured to warm the body and heart.

These beach photos were taken two weeks ago. This weekend started in the sun too. We visited a friend’s garage sale for a little timber table acquisition and then headed to the markets to meet my mum and grandmother for breakfast. What a superb morning. It was great to show my gran a market that is special to us and a part of our life. It is not very often that my grandparents brave the city life, so it meant so much to me to have a chance to share it with her. We sat on the grass in the sun eating crepes and Japanese, drinking coffees and hot chocolates. My dog captured the attention of an adorable puppy and this prompted a play session that lasted more than an hour. Children from several different families joined our group to play with the dogs. We laughed at the antics and my gran played animatedly with a nine month old “new friend”, happily receiving the gifts of bark and leaves. It moved me to see how much she enjoyed it. We strolled through the markets, bought flowers, French butter and vegies. With my mum holding her hand, my gran enjoyed a browse through the stalls. My dog, my husband and I followed, the small point & shoot camera forever poised in my hand, ready to capture the moments.

In one stall, my mum and I simultaneously ended up on either side of a beautiful, elegant lady wearing a beautiful coat and hat. Without planning, from each side of her we told her that she was gorgeous. She was taken aback and said we had truly made her day. (Her husband jokingly asked if we needed our eyes checked. Ummm. I laughed and said something about how I couldn’t see well but can still see beauty. My husband ended up explaining to him that in fact I am legally blind. He was worried he may have offended me, but my husband assured him that I have a good sense of humour and that I was not offended at all.) Mum has always brought me up to see the beauty in other women and to tell them so. Love her for that. Our market morning continued to the park where we sat on a table and chatted with a second round of coffees until it was afternoon. Local friends walked past and my gran got to hold their baby. I don’t fall in love with all babies but I kind of fell in love with her in the moment I put her to my hip and started rocking, looking at her long eyelashes and her joyful face.

Ah, yes… winter days. Loved ones, good food, warm drinks, dogs, markets, bumping into local friends, making strangers smile, sunshine, and health and happiness. I wish it all for you too my friends.

(I have heard back from my Norwegian friends that we met on our holiday in Oslo last month. So glad to know they are safe. I hope anyone you know there is unharmed too. Just horrible.)

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10 Responses
  1. Miss Connie permalink
    July 25, 2011

    Ooh, I think that’s your next card series right there! Just beautiful :)

  2. July 26, 2011

    WOW! Beautiful post and AMAZING selection of images … I like it especially those words: “Mum has always brought me up to see the beauty in other women and to tell them so. Love her for that.”

    Have a wonderful week with sunshine & smiles too! ^___^

  3. July 26, 2011

    beautiful images. ahhh the ocean and the beach… so nice!!

  4. July 26, 2011

    Great summertime shots at the beach; such a stark contrast to the foggy summers in SF!

  5. July 26, 2011

    I am a fan of any images associated with the beach. I particularly like all the woody textures you have captured. And the driftwood is just gorgeous. And I see the beauty in older women too. I think it is a shame in our society that we often focus so much on youth. Age is beautiful too!

  6. July 27, 2011

    poetry, simply, beautiful poetry

  7. July 27, 2011

    It’s so hot over here, it’s easy to forget that winter is only a hemisphere (or a few months) away! I wish I lived near a beach.

  8. July 29, 2011

    I really liked this post, beautiful words. I also love the part about your mum raising you to appreciate and comment on other women’s beauty. I don’t think this is done enough.
    Lovely beach photos as well, Tom likes them too :)

  9. August 1, 2011

    Love those photos! I love the beach and you’ve captured it wonderfully!

    x Jasmine

  10. August 15, 2011

    these are just WOW! your photos are so inspiring!

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