Life can (still) be a real beach!


One of the saddest things about losing our old home was the lack of access to an unspoilt beach through the fascinating dune forest.  I had forgotten that I am one of the custodians of a conservancy which has just such access, and today when I fetched young J from playschool we took a very slight detour, let ourselves in through the locked gate, and wandered down the 130 steps through the greenery.

Beach path 3

Then, over the dune:

Beach path 1

Beyond that – the beach!  An attractive one, with an area free of rocks, a sandbank (that will come and go), then some good rock pools, and situated in one of my favourite shell-collecting areas where cowries are often found.  YAHOO!

Beach Path 2

As may be seen from the white horses, the day was too windy for the beach to be pleasant, but soon … 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

On the way back, I dutifully filled a bag with whatever wind-blown litter I could find, while four-year-old J verified the number of steps.

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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.
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52 Responses to Life can (still) be a real beach!

  1. That’s such a beautiful beach. 🙂

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  2. beeblu says:

    A sight for sore eyes and a weary soul.

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  3. Jou foto’s laat my die see hoor en die duineplante ruik…

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  4. There’s nothing like wandering a stretch of beach and having it all to oneself. Lovely shots.

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  5. gipsika says:

    Wonderful!!

    Btw we’re in the Book Club right now launching Andrea – come & join if you like?
    P’kaboo Book Club

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  6. Tamsin says:

    It looks and sounds lovely 🙂

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  7. Sonel says:

    Now that was quite a find Col. A treasure for sure. I can see you and J are going to have lots of fun in the summer. Great shots! 😀

    PS: Little J is not so little anymore. They do grow up so quickly. 😀

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  8. disperser says:

    Nice to hear the kids will have such a place to enjoy.

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  9. Tokeloshe says:

    What a lovely beach 😉

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  10. susielindau says:

    Nice! I wish I was there!

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  11. it may not be ‘the old beach’ but at least you do have a beach….I live in the middle of Bulgaria and there is only one beach which is 200k away….so I enjoyed your photos

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  12. TBM says:

    Wow. I miss being close to a beach. Enjoy it and I’m impressed she verified the step count. Numbers have never been my strong suit 🙂

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    • colonialist says:

      I would hate not to have one nearby.
      She has been given a boost on counting from hearing her sister, good at reading and English, battling with numbers a bit and needing to practise!

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  13. Grannymar says:

    I love the ‘secret place’ just waiting for adventures to unfold. My dad found one (not as picturesque, but full of mystery for us youngsters) and it became a regular Sunday afternoon outing.

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    • colonialist says:

      Things like that stick In the memory. I found a number of them as a young boy inclined to go on solitary explorations of the coastline near The Heads, Knysna, where there were cliffs, and caves, and coves, and pools, and buck, and coneys, and I even saw a leopard.

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  14. What a lovely memory. Such an approach to the beach would have the sudden appearance of the ocean seem magical. I miss beaches like that. When I moved from Florida to Washington, I found the beaches here are rocky, windy and cold.

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  15. How could you forget your duty as custodian of such a perfect paradise? Young R looks positively joyous as she skips down the sandy path. I’m sure you’ll be visiting there quite often. 🙂

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  16. A wonderland! I love the way you have to go through the sculptural trees, down a little path, then theres the beach sitting like a lady in wide skirts spread out for a visit and a picnic. Hope you’ll show us more pictures from time tot time – even though it’s the same spot, that sort of environment is always changing. Lucky you!

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  17. wow, terrific beach 😀 reminds me of where I used to live (but different trees) #fun

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  18. Tom Merriman says:

    What a hidden treasure, Col!

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  19. Arkenaten says:

    Looks truly beautiful Mr. N.

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  20. What a wonderful thing to recall, and a peach of a beach at the end of the path.

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