My South African blog friend sidey, has a regular weekend challenge, and this week it’s ‘Happiness’.
This morning, we woke up to the most amazing mid winter weather; blue sky, a slight breeze and a promise of 29C. This, combined with the fact that we had nothing else to do but wander down to the beach, was certainly a recipe for a very happy Saturday. I made a scrambled egg and bacon breakfast, and then we were off on our walk, down the steps and onto the beach.
Which way to go was the question. This way towards the lighthouse?
or this way towards Durban?
My shadow said, “This way,” so we obeyed.
Our next door neighbour’s son and his mates were really having fun out there in the waves,
and a bit farther along, there was a morning meeting of the local seagull society. Way in the distance, you can see the Durban sports stadium which was built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
A brightly coloured AMS (Red Cross Air Mercy Service) helicopter flew overhead, and I wondered what its mission was, or whether it was just out for a joy ride.
Our beach patrol guy was zooming along on his quad bike.
We actually saw a few more people, but you could hardly call this a crowded beach, now could you?
On our return, we popped in home for a cup of coffee and a chocolate brownie, and then collected the beach umbrella, a chair, a couple of towels and my kindle, and headed back down to sit in blissful solitude until lunchtime.
Happiness is a beach, for sure.
Of course, South African rugby fans would argue that happiness is our brilliant Springbok 42-10 win over Italy today in Durban. I saw their green and gold bus outside the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday. Our boys only stay in the best hotel here, probably because they’re simply the best. 🙂
For more takes on sidey’s weekend theme, just click here.
I missed out on the beach that day. Drat.
Sad for you, Col. 😦
Enjoyed the walk. Life’s a beach! 🙂
Thanks, Marsha. Glad you did. 🙂
As our glorious weather has left after putting in an appearance just for a couple of days, I have to admit to being more than a tad envious
It was a really exceptional day here, Dallas. I’m glad we made the most of it. 🙂
Lovely photos AD and what a lovely way to spend a sunny winter’s day
Thanks, optie. Yes it was the only way to make the most of the beautiful weather. 🙂
I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world
Thank you for that..
Thank you so much for the lovely award, Summer. 🙂
You’re welcome. Thanks to you to! Have a peaceful day : )
Looks like a beautiful and very relaxing day! 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. It certainly was. 🙂
Hello! Have a good week!
Thanks so much, Marko. 🙂
I remember when we won the World Cup in 1995 – now THAT was a happy day!
Yes it was a great day, and Mandela was looking so well then. 🙂
It’s always nice to have the beach “all to yourself.” And told you this before, but I LOVE DISNEY PRINCESS AND PRINCESSES!!
Woops. Princes I meant.
Yes it is. I knew exactly what you meant to type. 😀
Great pics of the seaside, AD. I would be lost without my Kindle too. Far less bulky than a book and I DON’T NEED MY GLASSES!
Thanks, adee. Yes it’s great to have a kindle, especially for travelling and sitting on the beach.
I’m glad to have you back to happy memories, and also for appreciation to photos … to give them a way you can use the translator, don’t you think?
This is for your visit in my home
lr pictures I just saw I introduce in places unknown to me and that’s why I appreciate even more
Some are truly spectacular
Thanks so much for your comment, ventisqueras. 🙂
Life IS a beach!
So they say. 😀
Happiness for me is a walk on the beach or standing on the bluff listening to the pounding surf.
Absolutely, LuAnn. 🙂
I’m with you on a day at the beach Sylvia, can’t beat it!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
Love that shot with the umbrella!
Thanks so much, Madelaine. 🙂
Ah, makes me yearn for the beach. I love your shot of the seagulls with the stadium in the background!
Thanks, Ruth. Glad you enjoyed the seagulls conference. 🙂
Happiness is indeed a beach AD 😉
Looks like you had a splendid day what with the crowded beach and all 🙂
Yes, it was very crowded indeed. 😀
How smashing to have a surprise spike in the temp during winter AD ! Sounds such a nice relaxed day . Beach stroll /coffee and brownie/ kindle ..
whatcha reading ?? 😉
Yes, it was a great day. I’m reading ‘The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap’ by one of the bloggers here, Paulette Mahurin.
Aha I have seen good reviews about that AD 🙂 it does sound fascinating .
Yes, I’m engrossed. 🙂
Beautiful is the happiness. And well done to the Boks:)
Thanks, Cocoa. The Boks did a great job. 🙂
Pingback: Dak nat maak and a trip to KZN | Ramblings of a jerk
You just can’t win, TA. The weather just changed overnight. 😦
This post made me happy as I read it, so I can only imagine how perfect it was in real life. You live in a beautiful part of the world…..and it seems not too crowded which is always good for my happiness 🙂
Thank you so much, Seaonaid. It is lovely here, although today, the weather has changed for the worse. 🙂
What a stunning winter’s day on the beach!!
Yes it was amazing. Today, it’s a different story. 🙂
Wish I lived close to the sea, I’m very envious.
Yes it’s so nice to have the ocean within easy reach. 🙂
I’d also be very happy if I stayed at a beach like that with your wonderfully weather!
I’m sure you’d love it here, TA. 🙂
Lovely photo’s of a beautiful day AD! 😀
Thanks, Sonel. It was a glorious day indeed. 🙂
lucky you to have had beach weather yesterday. We also had eggs and bacon for breakfast 🙂
Today is a different story altogether. It’s windy, grey and about 10 degrees cooler. 🙂
I really like This post !Love and happiness let victory ,With love stefan maxima!
Thanks so much, Stefan. Have a happy day yourself. 🙂
That beach of yours is one of the best in SA… as your photos show… as for those crowds… it must be hell finding a spot for your self…lololol…. yep our team played well,..
Hehehe Yes it’s almost like we have our own private beach most of the time. 🙂
Oh happy day! Lucky you, ad. What a fabulous walk down happiness lane.
Thank, so much, Gemma. 🙂
Well this tropical girl, will always agree, Beach=happiness☺ Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics.
Glad you enjoyed my beach, Laurie. 🙂
I wonder if you might have guessed that I’d agree that happiness is a beach???
It doesn’t surprise me at all, Gunta. 🙂
Wow….that beach looks inviting. Did I hear coffee and brownies? A definite fav …enjoy!
Thanks, Ingrid. Yes, that was the last of the brownies, I’m afraid. Time to bake some more. 🙂
Ah, I do enjoying spending a day in paradise with you…
Thanks, Rebecca. Nice having you along. 🙂
happiness, from the simple pleasures – lovely
Thanks, sidey. It was a lovely challenge. 🙂
It sounds like your winter weather is very similar to ours in the Aussie tropics. The beach looks absolutely beautiful – what an amazing life you lead 😀
Go the Springboks! (except when they’re playing the Aussies) lol 😉
Yes, I’m a lucky ‘beachbum’. 🙂 Well of course you must root for you own Rugger boys. 😀
You are so right, happiness is a beach with 29 C in winter, pure bliss, I could live like that….. I shall rethink my retirement plan! thanks for showing us such happiness!
Thanks, Ute. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my lovely beach. 🙂
Another Day in paradise, indeed. (The English are raving about the ‘great’ weather and I am still taking a hot water bottle to bed each night!)
Oh dear, I do hope it warms up there before we arrive in August. 🙂
Beautiful photographs all. I really liked the umbrella shot too! Kathryn
Thanks so much, Kathryn. I nearly didn’t include my umbrella shot, because hubby said it was weird. 😆
I thought it was quite artfully composed!
How nice of you to say so, Kathryn. I’ll tell hubby he’s in the minority. 😀
Ah looks so beautiful!
Thanks, NIcole. 🙂
29 degrees and its winter! It’s been nice today about 21 but I’m chilly now and wearing a sweatshirt! I love the perspective of the seagul photo 🙂
Yes, we’re really spoilt here, Gilly, although today is a cold 20 degrees. 🙂
Made me happy just seeing these wonderful beach photos. I could see myself lying in the sand.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. It was a very relaxing day. 🙂
Lovely post! I would have chosen that way too! Thanks for taking us along on your morning beach walk. 🙂 I’m feeling quite refreshed.
Thanks, Jody. Glad you approved. 🙂
Looks so joyful and relax..
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
I just LOVE walking on the beach – it’s magical.
Lovely photos, Sylvia 🙂
Thanks so much, Marianne. 🙂
Love the happiness, ad!
Thanks, Hopestar. Glad you enjoyed our beach walk. 🙂 xx
Great win, great post AD 😀
Thanks, Chris. 🙂