Sunday 17th December, 2006

  1. g'day from "down under!" it's sunday! really! it is!!

    here's how we started our sunday in the land "down under!" ............


    up close and personal ...............

    ............... with dolphins! that's what we were this morning! dh and i drove to the beach at 0630, took the two dogs with us and started out walking along the shoreline.

    we came across a flock of seagulls in a frenzy on the surface of the water. there must have been literally hundreds of them. flapping their wings, diving into the water and fluttering and flipping
    all over the place. reminded me of a scene from the movie; "the birds". it was awesome and amazing to see. i was wishing i'd brought the camera.
    dh recognised this behaviour as a feeding frenzy. he was right! those birds were feasting on little fish called "white bait".
    dh made the comment; "no wonder the great white sharks come in close and attack people with such a smorgasboard of fish available".
    just then we noticed a fin in the water. then two, then three, then four!
    they weren't sharks. they were beautiful dolphins! right there within approx 10 yards of the waters edge! absolutely gorgeous! they frolicked and swam around jumping up out the water
    and back down again. you could almost reach out and touch them! it was the most fantastic thing!
    we watched this display for awhile then continued our walk along the beach. and you know what? ...... those beautiful animals swam parallel with us! it was as if they were following us as we walked along the beach! incredible! truly one of those rare moments in time and life. the kind you want to bookmark in your brain and memory forever.
    if only i'd brought the camera!

    we walked 5 kilometres, ( aprrox. 3-4 miles), round trip! and the dolphins swam parallel for the first half of our walk! simply amazing and just wonderful! what a privilege to see!
    one exciting moment was when one of them took off like a rocket, just skimming beneath the surface of the water. it propelled itself like a torpedo through the water! awesome!

    as you might imagine, we were oh a 'high' after this incredible display by nature at it's best.

    no wonder i so love my early morning beach walks! on their own they're invigorating and life nourishing. when something like this happens .................. wow!
    makes getting up at 0600 on a sunday, when you don't have to, worth every minute!

    we finished off our morning by sitting on a bench overlooking the ocean, sipping the coffee i'd made before leaving home.
    no better way to start the day!
    hope your sunday starts off as joyful! stay safe and well!
    cheers..............
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  2. 232 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    good morning grace
    sounds like a beautiful way to start the day
    its bedtime sat nite soon here !
  4. by   bethin
    Grace, what a great way to start a day!! I envy you - I love the beach and always imagine living close enough so I can take quiet walks in the early morning and night.

    Good night muffie!

    I'm currently doing Christmas cards. I made some but then decided they didn't look good enough so I went and bought some. You need a valium to go to Wal Mart now. Never seen so many people in one place. It's mayhem.
  5. by   dianah
    Ohhhhhh, Grace, how special was THAT!!!! I could just imagine it,--- the way you wrote it, I was RIGHT THERE with you!!! What a wonderful, memorable experience!!!

    Hope one and all have a special day in some way, today! Grace has set the example!! See you later!!
  6. by   sirI
    i really enjoyed reading that, gracie. how peaceful!!!! thanks for sharing. hope the rest of your sunday is as good as your above experience.

    love ya much. thanks for starting the gm thread today. hi, muffie, di and bethy. see ya'll and everyone else in my sunday reality.

    nighty night!!!! ..... i know.....my bad!!!
  7. by   leslie :-D
    gracie- that sounds heavenly.
    there are boats we can take, for whale watches, but no dolphins around here.
    by any chance, do you remember the show "flipper"?

    my dining room table is stacked w/wrapped presents and presents and presents.
    will finish trimming the tree today and put the gifts underneath.
    today my youngest ds and i hung out for a few hrs alone, trimming and talking.
    he loved my authentic vintage ornaments-approx 60-70 yo.
    and i love it when my kids hang out with mum.
    i'm walking on air. :redpinkhe

    hoping everyone is de-stressed and ready for Christmas in 8 more days.

    love to all....

    leslie xo
  8. by   donsterRN
    Hiya Grace! I could just see what you were writing about; what a wonderful experience for you all! What part of Australia are you located? Visiting Australia is a dream trip for me; I'll get there eventually!

    Have a great day down under!

    And hey to the rest of the irregulars still on Saturday...!
  9. by   Grace Oz
    hi leslie,
    yes i used to watch "flipper" on tv. really used to enjoyt hat show back then!
    sounds like you're all set for christmas. enjoy!
    i'm about to log off and head off across to our local 'westfield' shopping centre and complete my shopping for the big day. might even treat myself to a book or two and also a garment or two at the 50% off sale! oh.... and, not to forget a donut or two! heehee!
    cheers.............
  10. by   Grace Oz
    g'day don!
    i'm in south australia. adelaide is the capital city. beautiful part of the country it is! come on down! you'll love it!
    enjoy your night! i'm off out to hit the shops! it'll probably be bedlam over there! :icon_rolleyes: :icon_eek: :icon_cry: wish me luck!!
    cheers ..............
  11. by   donsterRN
    Quote from grace oz
    g'day don!
    i'm in south australia. adelaide is the capital city. beautiful part of the country it is! come on down! you'll love it!
    enjoy your night! i'm off out to hit the shops! it'll probably be bedlam over there! :icon_rolleyes: :icon_eek: :icon_cry: wish me luck!!
    cheers ..............
    you know i do (wish you luck!)! have a great day!
  12. by   Mimi2RN
    Gracie, I loved your story. Did the dogs pay attention to the dolphins? The dolphins may have been curious about them.

    I still would love to visit Australia. I nearly emigrated to Victoria years ago, but came to the US instead.
  13. by   bethin
    I would love to visit Australia. Worried about the snakes.

    Do you see alot of snakes Gracie? Just can't stand the slithering low lifes - I mean the snakes not my ex boyfriend.
  14. by   compassion1
    Have a good time, Grace. I was going to have a quiet laid back day today when my Dd decided she had to make Christmas cookies. I foolishly went to WalMart. What a nightmare! They didn't have all the stuff she wanted so we went to the mall! Then Linens and Things, Bed Bath and Beyond, Publix and Cash and Carry! We're INSANE. We ended up laughing like lunatics over the silliest stuff. I can testify to the fact that the stores are mobbed. Now I'm melting into the bed, trying to get caught up in all the goings on here. I think my sniffles are a bit better. ColdMD and Zicam. Nope. Can't be sick for Christmas. Besides, I'm working on Christmas. Sleep well, all. I'm going to go nighty-nite.
    Last edit by compassion1 on Dec 16, '06

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