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Chicki and the Sea-gulls

15 Sep

Once in a while we take Chicki to the sea-side. It’s quite a different experience  than that of her usual time by the river. Sure, there are Sea-gulls there, too, but only a handful. It must be quite a revelation to her to see the huge numbers that flock by the ocean.

Here she is at Sydney’s Ramsgate Beach. I wonder what she makes of it…

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Chicki, me and the Sea-gulls

Chicki, me and the Sea-gulls

A Tree Grows at Ramsgate

27 Feb

A Tree Grows at Ramsgate

A Tree Grows at Ramsgate

A tree grows at Ramsgate…

Well, actually, *many* trees grow at Ramsgate, but this beauty has become a focal point in this photo taken overlooking Ramsgate Beach.

For those unfamiliar, Ramsgate Beach is one of many lovely beaches that form part of the Botany Bay foreshores. I used to swim there quite often, until a sign warning me of the potential presence of stingrays seriously deterred me. Actually meeting and speaking with one of its victims put the finishing touches on my decision…

Nevertheless, it’s a delightful place to visit, and for those brave enough to expose themselves to the risk, it’s a wonderful place to swim.

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Another Day, Another Beach…

29 Dec

Another day, another beach…

Is that what’s in Chicki’s mind?

The neighbours must surely hear her excited barks as she waits for the opening of our car door.

My guess is that this little beach and all its enticing smells are the highlight of her day.

All in a (dog) day’s work, and play!

Chicki at the beach

Chicki at the beach

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Scavengers on the Shore…

23 Oct

Scavengers on the shore…

Attractive though they are, the seagull is noted for its voracious appetite. Who hasn’t been flocked by these hungry hoards at a picnic?

 

Seagulls on the Shore

Seagulls on the Shore

Nevertheless, don’t you think that these make a charming site on the shores of this  river beach?

Life’s a Beach…

14 Oct

Life’s a beach….

Is that what Chicki’s thinking?

Doesn’t she look relaxed as she takes in the beautiful surroundings?

It’s a far cry from the animal shelter where we first met, almost two years ago…..

Life's a Beach...

Life’s a Beach…

By the Seaside: Late Winter in Sydney

14 Aug

After the furious winds of the last few days, a calm, mild day made a welcome change. Tired of being cooped up indoors, I went to visit the seaside.

Uncommonly calm, the waves gently lapped the shores. No swimmers braved the cold, despite the water’s enticing appearance. Scarcely a soul walked on the sands.

On the promenade, however, it was another story. Young and old, and those in between, made the most of the day. What a charming variety of dogs accompanied so many of them.

Add sea-gulls, black birds, swallows, pigeons, and Corellas, and that’s it. A Botany Bay foreshore beach-side scene. Where else would you see such diversity?

A Great, Grey Day at the Beach!

22 Apr

Why is it that everyone, well, almost everyone, thinks that you need blue skies to have a great day at the beach?

Rubbish. With barely a streak of blue amongst the stunning shades of grey in the sky, I spent a few delightful hours at one of Sydney’s beaches today.

The day was warm and almost windless, and the sea was calm. For a while, I was swimming solo in the baths: until someone else, perhaps spurred on by my presence, or perhaps aware that all was well anyway: swam out into the depths.

The wonderful thing about being alone in the water is that you need never fear collisions with others, and can concentrate fully on the underwater scenery. The shells, the rocks, the sea-plants were all in better focus! In short, I had a very relaxing time!

And, back on dry land, what was their to complain about? The cloudy sky brought with it lovely patterns of muted colours, and soft, misty light in the distance. No glare, no squinting, no harshness: just tranquility!

I’m the first to admit that I, too, like a day in the sun, but realistically, what’s wrong with this subtle, soothing contrast that a cloudy day provides?

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