Friday, November 11, 2005

summer holiday


I've just returned from having some blonde streaks put in my hair. This is an important pre-holiday step as far as I'm concerned because 1) there will be many photos taken by the snap-happy Fatty, and I am a vain creature (not vain as in, 'good golly I'm gorgeous' - more vain as in, 'if I have to look at photos of myself, I'd like to at least try to look moderately attractive'-type vain), and 2) there is no chance of me achieving any kind of natural, sun-kissed look, when I am fair and freckly and must shun the sun like a vampire.

So why, then, am I about to go for a week at the beach? Because that's what you DO in Australia (besides, that's what suncream, hats, sunshirts and sarongs are for, right?!). It's what I look forward to all the rest of the year. There is nothing like a holiday by the water for soothing the soul. I love the waves - splashing with my half-frightened kids in the shallows, or going out further and half-terrifying myself with waves that are so big I must dive under them or be forced down & tossed about. I love the sandcastling and sandpool-digging. I love lying half-asleep on a towel (for short periods of time, so as to not become lobstery).Even better, though, than the beach itself, is just being near the beach. You can hear the soft crash and recede, crash and recede, especially in the quiet of the night. You can breathe that salty air. From where we stay, we can sit on our back balcony and survey that infinite blue ocean. It honestly is the happiest time in my life - each year at the beach.

So tomorrow I'm off for a week. When I return, I'll be so laid back I'll be horizontal. Instead of being a mildly-uptight harried housewife/worker, I'll be the quintessential laconic Aussie... stunning everyone with my lazily-delivered highly amusing prose. Just you wait.

13 comments:

shellyC said...

Have a GREAT holiday!! I can't wait to get my bum to the beach for the very same reasons as you.

Alice said...

Hope you have a great holiday. We are going to the coast for a few days next week and I was a bit ambivalent about it. But after reading your description, I'm rearing to go. Do you go somewhere along the Vic. coast, or further afield? We usually go to the NSW South Coast.

mackeydoodle said...

I am so envious! Have a great holiday!

Motherkitty said...

I know you and the family will have a great time at the beach. Nothing like it. Enjoy your vacation. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Sharon said...

Enjoy the vacation!! It sounds marvelous!

Serena said...

Ooooo Blonde streaks, fun! Hope the holidays for you will be awesome and warm.

Haha, in response to your comment. Yeah I guess I'm still young and in my early 20's. I was sheltered as a child so all of these problems I'm facing I learning first time. I sometimes feel like I know everything, haha! I know I don't though. Well I am longing for the days where I'll be more confident and things will fall into place, such as a super nice guy thats wants me as much as I want him. Live and learn ey? Okay well I'll talk to you later.

fatty said...

Jellyhead

Love your blog. Kepp up he good work.

Fatty

jellyhead said...

Thank you all so much for your good wishes. I think I'll miss 'talking' to you all - is that weird?!

Alice, hope you have a delightful few days next week - glad to hear I got you a bit 'inspired'!

Thank you, too, Fatty:)

Heather said...

It's not weird Jelly! We will miss talking to you too!

Have a great vacation!

susan said...

There's no place like the beach, I agree, just the thought of sand between my toes is heaven. Looking forward to the laid back prose next week.

donna y said...

Oh, am I jealous! I wish I could go to the nice warm beach. We're heading into winter here in the states and we had our first snow flurries last night. I guess I'll have to live through you vicariously.

Carnival said...

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thisisme said...

I wasn't going to comment, just wish for beach time, but then I saw the word verification of ohsii - and it summed up what I was doing perfectly :)