Looking south towards Southport and Surfers Paradise, with hopeful fisherman on the groyne in the foreground and Wave Break Island on the left.
I glanced up and caught the eye of a man sitting further up the carriage with a huge grin on his face... From Old Age and Villainy
I wasn't particularly motivated to go for a walk this morning but something inside me insisted and I was glad I listened. The sun was shining and there was a gentle breeze blowing off the Broadwater. It was about 6.30 am and there were a number of other walkers, joggers and amblers along with various dogs...all enjoying the balmy morning.
I was moving relatively quickly...I'm a fast walker...and soon reached the esplanade after passing the marina which had several million dollars worth of watercraft cradled in its protective embrace. This was the part where I liked to slow down to listen to the sshhh sshhh of the water as it lapped the sand. I gave into temptation...I do that very easily...and slipped off my shoes to paddle along the shore. The water was refreshing yet not chilly and I enjoyed the feel of the sand beneath my bare feet with the water splashing as I walked. I glanced at those fishing and wondered if they'd had any luck, the tide had just turned and was on the way out. There were a couple of hopeful pelicans swimming nearby looking for an opportunity for breakfast involving no effort on their part.
I turned my attention to the apartment buildings across the road...not enormous high rises, only three storeys at the most. All had balconies facing the water but they were empty of their residents who were no doubt still sleeping, it being the start of the weekend. There's one apartment I particularly admire on the corner on a building, on the third floor. It has a larger balcony than the others as it covers both sides. The residents have a lovely timber outdoor setting, some greenery and loungers, all situated to make the most of the view. The building itself is white stucco with aquamarine trim and it particularly appeals to me. I'd love to have a look inside.
I walked along to the end of the esplanade and sat looking over to South Stradbroke Island and up to Currigee. There was a huge launch heading up the Broadwater...unfortunately it was too far away to see any particular definition. A few jet ski riders gave their presence away by the rooster tails their craft threw up. A couple of fixed wing aircraft flew overhead on their way from Coolangatta airport to wherever.
I sat for about 20 minutes letting the peaceful morning flow over me after which I decided to continue on my way. I had passed a garage sale on the opposite side of the main road on my way to the beach and wanted to have a look to see what they had. I had no cash with me but wasn't too worried about that as I only lived about 20 metres further on. I didn't see anything I wanted although there was some lovely furniture for sale. Maybe they were selling up and going overseas...how exciting for them if that were the case.
I made my way home, up the stairs and inside where I wasn't greeted by two cats. Oh, Bella deigned to open one eye from the top of the sofa where she was sleeping but Mitzi didn't bother to appear from wherever she was snoozing. They'd been fed, had their morning walk performing their neighbourhood check from the balcony earlier so as far as they were concerned, all was right with the world.
I hope you enjoyed the morning with me...now it's back to the real world and household chores.