Well, Spring arrives on September 1. Winter hasn’t been cold…so much so that I am still in my summer clothes. I live in Queensland, the sunshine state of Australia, where the temps are never as low as those of our southern cousins. Since I arrived back home 13 years ago, I’ve never felt cold — because the 10 years I had living in the USA in a cold climate made an Aussie winter feel quite tame. I wonder sometimes if I should have been born in the USA as I prefer the cold weather to the scorching summers we get here. My preferred time here is Sept – Nov (spring). Though I would say that spring seems to be shorter every year, with summer temperatures coming mid-way through the time.
I took this photo a while back, on the protected side of the island, in the Pumicestone Passage – which runs between the island and the Australian mainland. I loved the pattern on the crest of the incoming swell. Also the delicate bubbles. Their more powerful cousins are on the other side of the island, at Woorim Beach, where I live.
We haven’t seen rain for most of this year, and very little in 2018. There’s a storm blowing in from the ocean right now, but it seems to be all lights, sound and no action. Best I shut down in case of a power outage.
This morning I got up fairly early and went for a slow meander along the beach, pondering life. I only took my cell phone with me for photos (I may have mentioned in a previous post that I have severe tendonitis in both hands, making it impossible to use my DSLR — I just don’t have the manual dexterity to be able to hold it nor change settings. Even carrying a tripod is not feasible right now).
It’s winter here, but the temp was warm enough for me to be in shorts and a shirt without a sweater. We don’t get that cold here on the island anyway, but it’s certainly not normal to be having the temperatures we are right now. Probably should get used to it, given global warming. I live on a small island off the Queensland mainland — Bribie Island. It used to be a sleepy place with a lot of beachy types of people. Some of them are still here, but also there are young families and retirees. Sadly, with an increase in population, comes big city issues, such as littering and angry drivers. The latter seems to be more exemplified by young men in 4WDs (SUVs) who love to tailgate. One day they’ll learn to slow down (hopefully).
I live on the surf side of the island – in fact, I just walk across the street, over the sand dunes and there is the beach. On the other side of the island it is protected waterways. Both have their own beauty. The surf is supposed to pick up in intensity the next few days and a number of beaches south of here were closed today.
This photo I took on the walk this morning. Not many others there at the time, probably having a sleep in on a Sunday morning.
Enough for now — I’m pleased with myself for doing a post. More to come.
Cheers from Australia!
In the theme of Where’s Wally, I write this thinking about everything that I’ve had come through my life these past few years.
A quick glance at my previous posts shows that I have somewhat dropped off in the regularity of posting that I once provided. 6 months since my last post, at a time when I thought I could get back to posting…well, the thought was there anyway. Not to make excuses, because that’s life I guess. It’s the ebb and flow. In addition, I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block. Lots of ideas for posts, but just couldn’t get started.
Here I am, Saturday afternoon in Australia, and thinking of posting. We’ll see. For now, I need to get off here, and get my act into gear as I am going to a friend’s home for dinner.
Let’s hope I post tomorrow.
Best wishes, dear “starved for posts” followers. 🙂
Hello to anyone still following me.
It’s been a while (again) since I posted.
A health issue has curtailed my ability to take photographs and also to type. For a year I have been battling horrid pain in my dominant hand and it has finally been determined that I have a severe case of tendonitis. Initially, a cortisone injection into the hand was successful in reducing the inflammation which was the major cause of the pain. That was in March and it lasted till October, when the pain became severe again. 2 subsequent injections have failed, and I am now set to see an orthopedic specialist in the new year.
This experience has shown what it is like for people who lose the use of something. We take so much for granted.
For now, I’ll browse others’ posts and see what you are up to in your lives.
I wish all a happy holiday and a peaceful 2019.