Hello dear friends
Life here at Cabarita Caravan Park can change so quickly from one moment to the next … but isn’t all of life a bit like that anyway? One minute in the doldrums, the next all is going swimmingly well? One goes on holiday and the exact same thing happens there!
A few residents moving out and dismantling their vans had brought a sombre mood to the park, but one former resident Warren (who owns the bird who beeps like a smoke alarm going off) turns up every day to clean the shower and toilets until the park closes. So once again, his loud voice booms throughout the park and we feel as if ‘old times’ have returned … however, the bird remains at home in his new unit nearby. Geoff , always annoyed by the beeping adds, “thank goodness for that!”
Yesterday we were sheltering from the heat, today we are under our doona reading, keeping warm as the rain pours down. See what I mean about things changing from moment to moment? Luckily we had managed a walk around town earlier in the day or else we would feel quite ‘van bound’ now.
Things also changed with the weather in the afternoon yesterday. The heat lifted as quickly as it had come on, and the wind began blowing and howling. Honestly, we were beginning to wonder which way was up. However, we braved the wind and managed a lovely Sunday afternoon walk along Cabarita Beach late in the day.
Families were still out and about enjoying the last of their weekend break regardless of the weather. As we walked we took in all the sights and sounds of the beach. It is amazing how much broader your vision becomes when you move out from your own little world and join the wider world outside. You immediately forget yourself and your own petty annoyances and you grow larger. You begin to really care about others that you see. I swear you do folks!
For example, yesterday’s blowy conditions were annoying us something fearsome until we went for our walk and watched with delight as people para-sailed on small surf boards, riding furiously along the waves with the breeze. They were going so fast that they passed us quite quickly and were carried further north up the coast. Heavens knows where they were going to end up! Or how they were going to get back either?
We did see one para-sailer still on the beach who looked as if he was practising his skills. The sail was almost lifting him up in the air as the wind was so strong.
We eventually met him, a young man from Germany called Arnie who is studying something scientific at the University of Queensland for three years. And yes, he WAS practising. He was happy to chat and have his photo taken; he smiled so nicely for us and thanked us for our interest. How lovely!
Oh, it was all very splendid. As we walked, we became involved in all that was happening on the beach: fishermen trying to catch supper; children digging and playing; young girls doing aerobics and even older people, just like ourselves, enjoying the activities of the beach. A ‘hello’ here and there made for a lovely time.
When we returned from our walk, we felt uplifted – all cares totally gone. We were no longer bothered by the wind and were taken out of ourselves by the spirit of joy we had seen on our afternoon walk.
See, it just goes to show how quickly the tide can turn … as the day turned into an afternoon delight.