Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Rooney used to be on 60 Minutes t.v. show.I've learned ....That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.I've learned . That when you're in love, it shows.I've learned ....That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.I've learned ....That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.I've learned ....That being kind is more important than being right.I've learned ....That you should never say no to a gift from a child.I've learned ....That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to helphim in any other way.I've learned ....That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs afriend to act goofy with.I've learned ....That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart tounderstand.I've learned ....That simple walks with my father around the block on summernights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.I've learned ....That life is like a roll of toilet paper.The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.I've learned ....That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.I've learned .... That money doesn't buy class.I've learned ....That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.I've learned ...That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciatedand loved.I've learned ....That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.I've learned ....That when you plan to get even with someone,you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.I've learned .. That love, not time, heals all wounds.I've learned ....That the easiest way for me to grow as a personis to surround myself with people smarter than I am.I've learned ....That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.I've learned ....That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.I've learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.I've learned ....That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.I've learned ....That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.I've learned ....That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love herone more time before she passed away.I've learned ....That one should keep his words both soft and tender,because tomorrow he may have to eat them.I've learned ....That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve yourlooks.I've learned ....That when your newly born grandchild holds your littlefinger in his little fist, you're hooked for life.I've learned ....That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.I've learned ....That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
Good life lessons!!
Ok now today...
Up at 7am and it was so lovely outside so I took my book and had breakfast outside in the front garden on roo watch but no sightings!!!
Today I was going to do something I used to do lots of but in recent years have not...I was going to have a day at the beach.
About 10 minute drive from the house is a series of beaches with a walking path connecting them so the plan was start at the first and walk right to the end beach spend some time there and hike back ...and that is exactly what I did.
The forecast was for another scorcher around 34 degrees so I had 5 bottles of different liquids, some fruit and a sandwich and lots on sunscreen and away I went to the first beach
This beach was just voted in some magazine I do not know which one of the top 12 for whitest beaches in the world...
it was quite lovely and it seems all the beaches have that screechy sound when you walk on the sand it sounds like when we were kids running around the gym at school in our “runners” as they were called then you could do sudden halts and make this nasty screechy sound..well this is the same!!
The next beach was very similar
and then I came to Greensfield beach which I was told was just voted again I do not know by who as one of the top 20 beaches in the world...
again it was a really nice beach!!!
My last stop was Nelsons beach which I think is lovely...
that point at the far headland is where I am headed
here I am and looking back in my humble opinion this beach is the best of the lot
....so lovely and clean and white sand and the ocean almost Caribbean like and it was safe to swim, no rip tides or rocks..this would take my vote...
I swam lots and lazed around, people and dog watched and then had a chuckle as a family with a young girl maybe 7 years old and she had a rubber ring around her but after coming out of the ocean she decided to take the ring off and put it next to her as she sat in the surf...well there was a bit of a blustery wind and it picked up her ring and it just rolled away down the beach at a good rate of knots...the girl saw this and got up and gave chase but it was way too fast for her...her Dad caught her up and together they ran down the beach maybe 300 yards where a woman saw what was going on and got a hold of the ring...when she came back she was all smiles!!
When it was time to head back I had another last swim and then retraced my steps through the lovely forest
back to Silver Streak who was parked in the shade.
Back home around 5pm and did the same as yesterday made tea and sat out front and started a new novel on my Kobo...this is a Harlen Corben novel, another of my favourite writers.
Had left overs from yesterday for dinner and it was just as tasty and then went back to the same spot a little earlier to get these sunset shots!!
On the walk back to the house there was a lady walking her dogs and even though I am very shy and reserved I did say hello and we stopped and talked...she was really nice and married to an Englishman for 41 years and he comes from Hull....a really small world as that is where my Brother and his family live!!!!!
I have really enjoyed my two days here just what I needed.
Tomorrow I only have about 120 km to drive and my hostess Judie has invited me to go with her tomorrow morning to her favorite beach in a National park where you need a pass and she has one and she wanted to show me the beach then she said I can come back have a shower and then check out mid afternoon...so I will do that!!
On the beach my mind wondered in a 1000 directions but one thought remained constant throughout...I want to thank most sincerely all the people who are in my life...you are spread all over the world and I care and miss you all and thank you for your caring!!!Yashi Kochi!!!