Tuesday, June 07, 2011

More mutiny

I got the family up on Sunday and we ran away to the coast for the day. Not downwards, towards the parental Ducks, but across, ignoring the boganity of Batepersons Bay and then slightly up, first to South Durras and then to our favorite place in the known world, Depot Beach, where BB and I were married.

I just needed to walk on a wintery beach. Beaches, in my humble opinion, are best when you can walk along them with a crisp breeze around you. I also badly needed to scour all the sloughing skin from my post-scabies feet and I didn't feel like booking myself into a solvent-smelling nail joint to do it.

There was greasy salty fish-and-chip eating; there was walking,

seaweed dragging

with and without seaweed;

there was hole-digging

hole digging

there was stone-skimming

throwing together

and there was the time when I thoughtfully put down my book to take a photo of all of us


it was a really good book, too, so that was quite a sacrifice.

Did I say stone-skimming?

stones throw

I've been sitting and reading in the same spot while Bumblebee stood at that same spot and threw stones lots of times now.


Sigh. Time flies.

By the end of the day we were tired and happy and my feet were silky smooth and craving moisturiser. We went home and cooked up a quick Indian storm followed by apple pie from the Braidwood bakery, and we were all in bed by 9:30pm.

I'm working full-time this week at the Art School, and working all weekend in Sydney teaching at the Warringah Printmakers (feel free to join that class if you're in the vicinity) and then full-time all next week, so Monday will be the only day off I have and that will be spent driving home from Sydney... so I made sure to make that day at the beach count.

For all those Canberrites who love to wear brooches, get thee hence to ANCA tomorrow night for the opening of PIN Wonderwall, with around 70 artists making pin work and most of it at very reasonable prices. The show continues for another ten days, but I can't guarantee that there will be much left to buy... tomorrow I reckon the red dots will be faster than chicken pox.


The Elephant's Child said...

Durras, Depot, Pebbly ... Oh the memories. Wonderful, wonderful places. And they seemed to have worked magic for you and family too. Excellent. Don't work toooo hard.

Ampersand Duck said...

Actually, apart from the workshop, the work isn't very hard, mostly sitting around waiting for the students to need me. I'm having fun making up silly posters to remind them to do their cleaning etc.

I think that coastal corner of the world is a complete treasure. Also the best quick way to show overseas visitors Kangaroos, albeit completely spoilt, fat ones.

genevieve said...

winter beaches are marvellously restoring. Thanks for the great photos, love the skimming sequence.

Another Outspoken Female said...

It's a gorgeous part of the world, so lucky you can do it in a day trip. I'm also Sydney bound but for fun not work. Hope to catch the Livid Festival projections on Sunday night, if it doesn't rain.

Mummy/Crit said...

I always forget about going north from Bateman's, but I have to do it some time soon. We desperately need a holiday! I hope your w'shop goes well this weekend.

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