G’day! How’s it going?
Well we have been away for the weekend, a couple of hours out of Sydney for a life saving carnival.
We have been toasted by the sun, stood spectating on a breathtaking beach, been surrounded by power athletes and witnessed the quitessential Aussie life saver in full gear.
I mentioned before how on one of our first mornings in this lovely place they call Australia how we were presented with a life saving carnival and wondered where on earth it was that we were going to call home…we never thought that being part of life saving competitions would mean we’d get to see the coast and become rather good at spectating in this new to us sport….but somehow we have.
In the early days we were so very inexperienced. We’d turn up to an event without our sunscreen quite applied yet on our pretty little pasty English skin…and in those days we’d sometimes forget the hats and cover-ups…(gasp! ‘slip slap slop’ hear those Aussies roar!)
Today, I thought, as we walked down from the car, sun-lotioned up to the eyeballs, hats firmly pulled on, zinc on our noses and weighed down with equipment, about the distinct little differences between not just then and now but between our old life and what we do in our new life now….now we walk the beach walk…but still with a limp rather than a swagger….there are now, with us no longer, any pathetic little cool bags with a litre of water …now we are armed for combat with an Eski filled with more drink than you thought it would be humanely possible to consume.
And now we have the gear. And, what’s more, we know, that to be a true Aussie, at any event, one must be prepared for any eventuality and one must be able to open the boot of one’s car and pull out of hats anything from a fold up chair to a inflatable boat to a Lamington….unless you have packed the kitchen sink in the back of your car, do not even think that you will be anywhere near as prepared as these pros. You so won’t.
And today, walking along the shore drinking in all the activity going on in my pale, zinced-up little Aussiepom skin, I thought just how lucky I am to be part of this place and too oh the beauty of what is an Australian life saving carnival.
You see what basically happens is that you get to stand surrounded not only by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but alongside amazing coastal dunes and bushland, you will most probably be topped with a deep blue sky, a beaming sun and if you are lucky a coastal breeze.
And then to top it all off, at a surf carnival you will witness not only this breathtaking natural beauty, but also the icon that is the sun-bleached, bronzed, amazonian type gals and guys competing for athletic prowess….the Australian Life Saver.
Today on that beach, I felt almost as if I was on a film set…witnessing what was everything that was almost untouchably perfect on the one hand, so raw and real and exhilaratingly exciting on the other.
And with that my friends, I will leave you, I must go and unpack some gear…my car boot is rather full…
Until next time then…
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