28 January 2009

a room with a view

breakfast at Wye

A long lazy beach weekend with friends finished up our series of Amazing Beach Holidays.

after a swim

We swam and skiffle boarded and boogie boarded and laughed like loons.

they dug quite deep

The children dug a tunnel to Russia. At the end of the day we made them fill it in, turned to leave the beach and one suddenly said Where are my sandals? Uh oh.

Now it's back to reality. I'm at work this week (except for today), the children are making the most of their last week of freedom before the school year begins, and the forecast is for Melbourne's hottest heatwave in 100 years with four or five (I'm not counting any more) of days over 40C in a row. Today it's going to hit 41C and I'm planning on ignoring the weeks and weeks worth of housework, laundry, errands, phone calls and paperwork that have built up into a teetering tottering tower of intimidation and guilt, and meet friends at the river.

I hope you're surviving the weather this week, whatever it is in your part of the globe.

25 comments:

Betsy said...

I was really confused about the date for a minute or two..but then I figured it out..Hope you're staying cool!

Dianne said...

Wow-those beach scenes seem like a dream. We are in the midst of an ice storm and praying that we don't lose our electricity! As long as the power stays on, I'm okay with it. I complain more in the hot,humid Kentucky summers we have. Beautiful pictures!

Jean said...

It's funny, we are supposed to be in the middle of winter, yet had a heatwave that lasted about a week, finally back to a little cooler weather, but supposed to heat up again this weekend. California weather has just gotten stranger, it definately makes it hard to knit any larger projects. The beach photo is lovely and I got a good laugh out of the large pit your children dug.

Fiona said...

The river seems the only sensible option when it's so hot. We're having the heatwave, too - 44 here today! 44! My daughter said to me this morning "why would the sun do this to us, mummy?" Indeed. Keep cool!

willowcaroline said...

Ohhh.... I was so jealous at the beginning of the post.. all that sand and sun and I was thinking how I would love to be there right now... and then I saw the temps. I think I will stick with my 39F, instead of your 41C. Afterall, when the chill hits me, I can put on more layers. At a certain point in the heat, when you are already down to the skin, what else can you do? LOL...

Enjoy those last vacation day - I would be in the river til the heat breaks. I feel for those students and teachers!

ThirdCat said...

Sometimes, when the smog clears enough, I can see the sea from my window too. Between the cracks of the skyscrapers that I can see smog or not.

eurolush said...

I've been living vicariously through those beach photos of yours, Suse...feeling the sand between my toes and the sun on my shoulders.

Sigh.

Time to bundle-up and take the dog for a walk in the TUNDRA.

meggie said...

I wish you cool! I wish you calm!

sueeeus said...

Oh, I KNOW that view! Sigh... Nearly a year ago, can you believe it? A YEAR!

Global warming is running amok, your highs, our lows, and all sorts of crazy weather in between. Hang in there! I like what Fiona's daughter said!

rhubarbwhine said...

It passes way too fast, doesn't it? I m back tomorrow. (sigh)

peppermintpatcher said...

I will gladly send you several hundred mms of rain - we've had enough.

Your kids surely must have gills or fins by now!

herhimnbryn said...

Having recently had some of those 40 plus days here, may I make a suggestion? Chop up vast amounts of bananas and mangos and freeze them. When the heat becomes unbearable, chuck a handful of each in a blender and add a cup and a half of skimmed milk. Blend the bejabbers out of it and pour into a tall glass. This smoothy, will cool you down to your central core! Good luck.

cathleen said...

That view....oh, my, goodness....it's exquisite. I am 'blue'with envy. We have huge snowflakes falling right now with 5 or 6 inches already on the ground....I need me some sea!

Julia said...

Myself, I love the view and the marmalade toast. Potentially not in that order. Yum.

As a confused northern hemispherean may I ask - when are summer holidays down yonder?

My float said...

What a glorious photograph. I can't believe you are all sweltering down there. Not so bad here, thank goodnesss.

A visit to the river sounds mighty fine indeed.

docwitch said...

Gorgeous! Great Ocean rd perhaps? I have to admit to a pang of jealousy at this point. Could do with an escape to the beach (the real beach like this) amidst this stinker of a heat-wave.

fifi said...

oh, seaside pea, I really must get along to those places down there.

(It looks like the Amalfi coast!)

Isabelle said...

I too spent quite a lot of this post thinking: why am I me, and not Suse? And then I got to the bit about 41 degrees. I can't even imagine this. The only things I know about Celsius is that 10 is cold and 20 is warm and 30 is very hot. We never get to 30. So, yes, you all have lovely brown legs but I would die.

Sarah said...

We dug and dug for the sandals, but didn't find them.... take a look.

Fioleta said...

they predicting a cold snap in London. I wish we could mix your heat with our cold to achieve nice equilibrium.

Di said...

Wow it looks like the most amazing view. And sun and warmth - could do with some of that around here right now!

Amy said...

Ohhhhh I'm jealous of warm sun and sand! Beautiful photos! Thank you!

Stacey said...

What a gorgeous view. I bet that water at Wye River was cold, though!
I thought of you the other day, I was in the shopping centre at Frankston and heartily concur with your opinion of the locals.

Stomper Girl said...

I hope you made it through the heatwave! That picture of your tea and marmalade toast made me very hungry, despite having just had a most satisfying dinner.

Shan said...

You have me dreaming of beach vacations! We are in a deep freeze and summer weather seems very far away.