Monday, January 17, 2011

Piebald people, promenades and pics

I spend a fair amount of time in the sun fully clothed, so I have a brown face and arms and white legs. When I go to town, I see a great many women with white faces and brown legs (arms optional colouring).

Either permutation seems to me to be unnatural, though I doubt I'll begin running around the farm without my trousers on as a result of this notion.

After seeing so many piebald people, it was something of a relief to visit an ice-cream beach and see people who were pretty much the same colour all over. It might be funny when they take their trunks off, but I won't be there (presumably).

** Pic below: What a lot of prohibitions. You mean I can't pull out my gun and take a few pot-shots at dolphins? How about a crossbow then? That seems to be okay - it's nowhere on the sign.

An ice-cream beach is one with lots of people, a promenade and ice-cream shops, as opposed to the wild beaches, which have none of these. I usually go to the wild beaches. The swimming isn't good unless you know where to swim and are cautious, but I like them best.

At this point, I could write a long description of how lovely the wild beaches are, but it's boring and it's a vice (something like paranthesis - another of my habits - and one which I'm cutting down on) so I'll spare you. Suffice to say, there's something about concentrations of coconut oil on the wind that pleaseth me not.

This said, I went to see Herold's Bay: a village with ice-cream beach cradled between magnificent cliffs about 25km from here on Sunday. I know most of the coast around here, but not that spot.

After taking a walk on the wild side of the tame beach, I had ice-cream on the promenade: a proper twirly, melty cone with a choc flake jammed into it. Yum. Sticky.

Couple more pics - for some reason I failed to photograph the bay with it's triple-story hotels in fake-Tuscan style. I wonder why not?


  1. Your wild beaches are beautiful and much like Oregon's beaches. We have 500+ miles of beach and not a single "ice cream beach" to be had!

  2. You are making me so JEALOUS!!!!!!
    I don't know if you realize it or not, but Americans have an enormous fascination with the beauty and history of Africa. I hear the word "Africa" daily. And that was even before I met you. :-))

  3. Beautiful beaches, and pictures.
    We too have some of the best beaches in India, but to find a secluded beach one has travel a little away from the well known beaches. My parents home is very close to the beach in South India. When we first moved to that place it was so nice and peaceful, we could see the beach from our balcony, but soon development started and more and more apartments came and it has become a concrete jungle.
    My wish is to live by the side of a river or sea, and enjoy nature in peace.

  4. Two of my favorite things are ice cream and wild beaches. I should move there! haha ;-)

  5. Why can't Utah have beaches? Oh yeah, we're land locked. Feel lucky. Fell very lucky. :)

  6. hmm. i love the beauty & space of the wild beach, but i have a thing for the convenience of functioning bathrooms that probably aren't available near those wild beaches. it's a conundrum, i tell ya.

  7. Loved reading this. The photos are wonderful. I hardly ever see the ocean, and yours is pure beauty.

  8. Ahhh, choc flake! I had forgotten it...they don't do that here. (Unfortunate.) And I could just feel the breeze coming out of my mac's screen, looking at your pics.

    On parenthesis, how will we know what you're really thinking if you eliminate those little thoughts that can only hold their weight in parenthetical form? Parenthesis are so personal...

  9. Here in lovely Kiwiland, the farthest you can get from a bech is around 70 kilometres. I'm am so glad we're not in Utah. Our West Coast beaches are, in the main, wild - with the East Coast being (in your terms)ice-cream beaches. I work 200 metres from an ice-cream beach. Guess what I do every day after work?

  10. It's hard to imagine you on an ice cream beach--the wild beaches are beautiful.

  11. Awesome pics. It beats the concrete in my city

  12. Awesome - you are not explicitly prohibited from chainsawing pedestrians.

    And I would prefer the ice cream beach, minus the beach.