It was swell.

Just when the temperature finally heats up, all Sydney beaches are most miserably closed! It’s just not right! It’s just not summer! High winds in Queensland have severely affected Sydney beaches. The news reports that all beaches from Queensland to Sydney are closed! 

 This is completely bad news for my beach faring family! So far this season we have cancelled a couple of trips down to the beach due to the rough surf and hazardous conditions. We have sensibly resisted the powerful urge to swim in the unrelenting heat, till now.  Today we finally succumbed.   

My brother took the boys to see the first day of the second test at the SCG while I met up with a friend. It was a hot day. So hot that you couldn’t sit in your car for a minute without the aircon on. So hot that your clothes stuck to your skin, the air felt thick around you and sapped your mind of rational thought. Perhaps that’s why the promise of cool water was too much to resist. By 4:30 we had all found our way to Bronte.   (Photos of Bronte here).   

 The beach was mush. Most of it was white water. Churning white water frothing on the surface hiding the terrible undertow. The beach was closed. I had walked down earlier in the day and had checked out the state of the surf. The beach was certainly too dangerous to swim in. Despite the hot day, no one was in the water. Actually, when I say “no one was in the water”, I mean no one was in the surf. Some people were paddling in the areas that were protected by the rocks. However the tow there was still quite strong and most people only went in up to their knees. The dangerous surf sign was up and the flags were down.*sigh*However, the Ocean Pool was open! 

Waves periodically crashed over the walls turning the usually calm lap pool into a wave pool but it was safe. I walked down the steps and dipped my toes into the water expecting it to be refreshing but warm. It might as well have been ice. The water was sooooo cooooold but so enticing.   

 As I said, by 4:30 we were all at the Ocean Pool and while it took us some time to jump in, once we were in it was divine! Oh how I love the sea! We swam across the pool and climbed up onto the wall closest to the surf. Holding onto the ropes we braced ourselves for the crashing waves that splashed a spangled shower of salt and bubbles over our heads and into the pool. While the waves were of a frightening size they were not as strong as I expected them to be once they reached us having lost a lot of their power on the rocks (they would push you into the water if you were not holding on but were not strong enough to pull you free of your grip on the rope). Thus we spent the afternoon splashing but mostly being splashed by the beautiful ocean. [Ooh! and I just found out Rebecca’s theme for the month is weather! I guess now I can safely confess to having a few weather widgets on my dashboard! ] 

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7 Responses to “It was swell.”

  1. kim from hiraeth Says:

    How odd it is that, while you are enjoying the beach as best you can, we are enjoying a white landscape and a severe weather warning:

    “SINGLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES AND 10 TO 20 MPH WINDS WILL CAUSE WIND
    CHILL READINGS TO DROP TO 15 TO 20 BELOW ZERO.

    A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
    WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
    FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
    IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
    GLOVES.”

    Venture outdoors? Me? Not likely.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    It’s -20c here today. Indoors it is!

  3. Islandsparrow Says:

    hmm you’re at the beach and we’re having our 4th storm in a week – a lot of white here but not surf…

    I love the pictures of Bronte beach- how fun to swim in that rock pool!!

    Happy New Year K! Enjoy the beach for me.

  4. Ellen Says:

    Hope you are safe from some bad weather etc. reports we’re getting from Australia….

  5. missmellifluous Says:

    I’m safe, Ellen. The bad weather is pretty far north of us. We have received some of the effects of it – rain & some wind – but they have not been dangerous, except for the turbulent surf. Thanks for your care, Ellen. & wow! Our weather made international news! Ha!

  6. Radagast Says:

    Hope you’ve had some swimming now…

  7. loyal builders Says:

    loyal builders

    It was swell. | regainingparadise

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