I’m unsure if I informed you this, however Lily isn’t an enormous fan of the seaside.
She doesn’t thoughts the sand, the folks, the pleasant canine who lollop over to say good day and sniff for sandwiches. The waves are the issue.
She’s a bit fish at residence within the pool and can leap into any creek with abandon. However seaside life isn’t for her. (But, however I’m engaged on it.)
So within the meantime we’ve been in search of quiet watering holes, away from the Easter vacation hoards, for dips and paddles, splashes, and rock gathering and leaping, whereas Mummy wallows within the shallows.
We discovered simply that at Currumbin Rock Swimming pools.
We arrived early, not via any nice planning however simply because when you could have a tiny twister in the home, we discover it is sensible to only get out and get going proper after breakfast.
We had the place nearly totally to ourselves.
We unfold out our marvellous picnic blanket…
…which was instantly deserted and we didn’t use it as soon as till we have been prepared to go away!
The water was nearly glacially chilly, so we took our time acclimatising.
We performed within the shallows and stated good day to our neighbours.
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We fished for imaginary suppers.
Which I ate with glee (fish, chips, ice-cream and tea, should you have been questioning).
For those who’re not Australian you’re in all probability horrified by the thought of us swimming right here.
I don’t blame you. The way in which folks discuss this place, you’ll assume that simply residing here’s a sentence to loss of life by merciless and strange punishment. We’re informed that each physique of water is teaming with crocodiles, the ocean is filled with maneating sharks, the loos are filled with spiders and the timber are dripping with snakes.
And but, by lunchtime the one monsters infesting this creek are the toddler variety.
By the point the solar is excessive within the sky, the waters are full of guffawing, chattering and shrieking littles. Pleased dad and mom sprawled on the grass buying and selling tales.
It feels extremely protected and serene.
Buuuut that doesn’t cease your coronary heart from falling into your abdomen when one thing massive and decidedly slimy brushes previous your leg…
…rapidly adopted by a match of the giggles if you realise it was only a log.
We watched turtles leaping off branches and birds fishing.
They quickly left when crowds of boisterous youngsters arrived with their music and horseplay.
So we did too.
As we drove residence alongside the winding roads, beneath the swaying tunnel of timber, Lily fell into a kind of deep, contented sleeps you bear in mind from your personal childhood. You already know those after a extremely nice journey?