Sunday was fun-filled. It was a beautiful warm and windless day. After receiving a lovely card from daughter, plus chocolates (she does know me after all these years!) I took the first morning swim I have had for a number of weeks, as my lingering cold has made it seem a bad idea. Then the pooch pack and I went to the beach. R decided not to come but regretted it when I told her I had met a neighbour, plus little daughter who is a school friend of hers, there.

Cowrie find.


The shell-ection was very poor until I suddenly came upon this cowrie – it can be seen that by comparison with others of a more normal size I have found lately it is a lovely large specimen.

After my return we set out for Rocky Bay on the South Coast, where the two fathers were stood lunch at the Wrecked Heron. It gets the name from the Knysna-built boat rescued from rotting away on Durban Bay and now ashore as a bar built into the restaurant.

The Wrecked Heron


We had a table right at the window overlooking the sea, and could step out of the low window to get to the beach. A pleasant meal, indeed.


After lunch there was some excitement evidenced, and it transpired that the fisherman on the extreme right had a ray on his line.


A ray on the line!

It was giving him a good fight, and although he beached it for long enough for me to take this picture and identify it as, I think, a spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) the next wave took it out again and he was still fighting it when we left.

Spotted Eagle Ray


I gathered (and hope) that it was his intention to release it again after having proved the catch. A beautiful creature, although I would hate to be stung by one and scoot if I see them in the same patch of water as I happen to be messing about in.

© June 2012 Colonialist (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Tokeloshe says:

    Wow, you must have some collection already !
    Love the bar counter 😉


  2. I am so glad that you enjoyed a great Father’s day, Col! I can not believe that you are still swimming – it is icey cold here! Beautiful large cowrie shell!


  3. Patti says:

    What a gorgeous idea for a bar – a wonderful find and restoration. nice picture of the ray as well! I’ve never seen one of those.


  4. footsy2 says:

    Hi Col. Still desperately short of time for blogging but getting around as best I can. Rays are amazing and I suspect super intelligent 🙂


  5. adinparadise says:

    What a great way to spend Fathers’ Day, Col. That ray is very impressive. Love the name of that restaurant. 😉


  6. Ruth2Day says:

    I also hope they released him. glad you had a good day 🙂


  7. Roly says:

    My family has always spent many hours scouring the eastern and western cape beaches for interesting shells and goodies 🙂


  8. optie says:

    Sounds like a perfect Father’s Day Col


  9. Granny Blossom says:

    Wow it looks like you really had a great Fathers Day. Hope you were really spoilt!

    So glad to hear your cold is starting to leave you. It does linger, mine has now been holding my hand for 5 weeks, just wish it would let go.

    Take care and hugs for the Girls!


    • colonialist says:

      it was lovely, indeed – more pix of it in due course.
      These colds are like the one good thing the Scots saint had to say about the devil –
      ‘Verra per-r-rsistent!’


    Love your post…miss the beach. Oklahoma isn’t exactly a beach comber’s haven… 😀 I have to settle for hiking…but that’s ok. again…thanks for the visual post.


    • colonialist says:

      Hiking is great, whether on a beach or far inland. There is obviously much of interest in Oklahoma!


      • I enjoy hiking….love the outdoors… miss the beach. the mountains are lovely too. Would love a vacation in the mountains in the spring time. We usually go in the winter for skiing.


        • colonialist says:

          Skiing is one pleasure very few of us here get to enjoy. It is only possible here for a few days a year – maybe! Then one has to go right up into the mountains. It must be enormous fun.


          • skiing is great fun…but i enjoy the slower sports…I think i enjoy cross country skiing more…i get to see and enjoy more of nature that way (depending on where you are skiing of course)…but all in all it is very enjoyable.


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