Inspired by a trip back to the beach shack. We went through the countryside this time rather than the freeway. Over an hour of wet road and beautiful countryside.
Bennetts beach is about 2-3 hrs north of Sydney depending on the traffic. The beach gets busy on school holidays. With a 4WD permit beach fishermen take advantage of these beautiful waters. It is an area of natural beauty…with limited mobile phone reception. You really feel like you are away.
Dingo at my window. I watch you chase seagulls on the beach.
It is such a rare opportunity. Dingos here generally are out and about when there are no people around. They are still wild which is why I have the window up a bit.
Christmas in Australia has always been about holidays, sunscreen, and bushfires. Summer holidays seem to go hand in hand with bushfires.
Fires last year were so fierce they gained international attention. A year or so before that we packed up the car for fires had reach our suburb on the outskirts of the city. We lived near the bush.
What most people don’t know is that our trees naturally regenerate. Their blackened trunks after a couple of months begin to sprout leaves. It’s pretty weird but they actually germinate through fire.Continue reading
It’s a ‘rip snorter’ of a day. We’re up the coast at a small beachside town getting a bit of ‘R&R’ with a few of our friends.
Up ‘this neck of the woods’ you can get a 4WD permit to drive on the beach so that’s the go for today. This beach goes for miles and miles. It’s such a pretty spot with a few islands dotted off the beach. The 4WDs are ready, the fishing rods are loaded up, there’s the ‘barbie’, some beach chairs, and some ‘trashy mags’ for those of us that just want to chill. Let’s go!
Thus the adventure begins. You know what they say though, ‘the best laid plans’….aargh. We get on the beach and it’s like ‘bloomin Pitt Street’. There’s 4WDs everywhere and the sand is so mushy from all the tyre tracks. It’s like bouncing up and down on a jet ski as we drive along. So annoying. Should’ve gotten up at ‘the crack of dawn’.
It was great to catch up though. Haven’t seen everyone for ages. One friend’s ‘stoked’ on catching a flathead. Another mate pulls in his line and traipses further down the beach to see if he can ‘get a piece of the action’. Meanwhile, the rest of us relax over a good read and soak up the suns rays.
Now anyone that has spent a bit of time on the beach knows you need to keep an eye out for changes in the tide. You wouldn’t want to get caught out if the tide comes in too far. You might not have room to get the car off. We start to head off. Then the worst happens. Our car gets ‘bogged’ in the sand.
The sand is deep and loose and the car can’t get any traction. The tide is coming in and the longer I look the less sand there is. Waves are getting closer and closer as the high tide approaches. I can see just a narrow stretch of beach left to be able to exit. Still the tyres spin deeper and deeper. By now my mind is reeling. I’m seeing a king tide coming in and us being swept away.
‘I’m not grabbing at straws’ here but maybe I’m just ‘being a bit of a drama queen’. Come on, ‘get a grip’. What about some positive self talk rather than ‘losing the plot’. What’s the worst that could happen?
- Rip snorter – extremely good
- R&R – rest and relaxation
- This neck of the woods – here
- Barbie – BBQ
- Trashy mags – magazines with gossip and unreliable news
- The best laid plans… – some plans don’t succeed
- Bloomin Pitt Street – busy, Pitt Street is one of the busy main streets of Sydney
- The crack of dawn – early, before the crowds.
- Stoked – very happy
- Get a piece of the action – get some success
- Bogged – stuck
- I’m not grabbing at straws – there is some truth to it
- Being a bit of a drama queen – panicking, overly emotional
- Get a grip – get some self control
- Losing the plot – out of control