The great thing about living where I do is that it’s got some beautiful places to visit. And since those places are prone to the elements, (changing tides, storm surges, erosion etc), the landscape is constantly changing.
Take the coloured sands, for example. Erosion along the western side of the beach causes the cliff faces to drop away, sometimes in quite dramatic fashion, making the colours of the sands exposed change. Sometimes the colours will be lighter, as you can see in my photo taken on the weekend, but sometimes that sand is a deep orange, almost red.
On the eastern side of the beach, king tides and storm surges wash away sand dunes creating drop-offs. Then just a few weeks later, the tides will drop sand back onto the beach, allowing the dunes to reform as if nothing ever happened.
A few weeks ago, due to some storms and high king tides, the remains of a container shipwreck were exposed for the first time in over a decade. The Cherry Venture became stuck on the beach in 1973 after a huge storm and remained there for decades until safety concerns saw it removed and buried.
We didn’t stop to get photos of it but we did drive through it and I managed to grab a quick video, which I’ve posted up on my facebook page. You can check it out here.
It’s quiet at the moment, due to school holidays being finished, but we’ve got some public holidays coming up, which means the population will increase by a few hundred to a few thousand people, depending on the weather. (People love camping in my neck of the woods).
We stopped off on the eastern side of the beach for a bit of a sit session and snacks, watching the world (and very few cars) pass us by, before heading off back to the western side, back down the beach and then stopping in to find a geocache on our way home.
After a relaxing morning watching the world go by, we indulged in our geocaching hobby and stopped in to find one on our way home. It was a cool little find, though we did overthink where it could be hidden and missed the absolutely obvious.
We still have a few caches to find around where we live, so more adventures to come, I’m sure.
This next week will see me getting stuck into the next Girls of Summer novel, which has been plotted to within an inch of its life. I did more pre-writing work on this story than I’ve done before, so I’m pretty sure where things are going. I’m a little unsure of where to start it though, so I’m just going to pick a scene as a jumping off point and get writing.
Once I’m into the story more, I’m sure the beginning will come to me. Stay tuned for the working title reveal, as well as the cover. If I can get my butt into gear, this one should be ready to go by some time in June, just in time for the northern summer.
Next week will be the first Reader Spotlight post on the blog, showcasing one of my readers. I’m planning on highlighting one of my readers each month, so if you want to be involved, you’ll need to sign up for my Reader Newsletter. Click here to head over to the sign-up page.
See you next week!