Happiness is a Beach (and a Rugby win).

My South African blog friend sidey, has a regular weekend challenge, and this week it’s ‘Happiness’.

This morning, we woke up to the mostΒ  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. πŸ™‚


For more takes on sidey’s weekend theme, just click here.

98 comments on “Happiness is a Beach (and a Rugby win).

  1. It’s always nice to have the beach “all to yourself.” And told you this before, but I LOVE DISNEY PRINCESS AND PRINCESSES!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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
    Thank you
    a smile

  4. Happiness is indeed a beach AD πŸ˜‰
    Looks like you had a splendid day what with the crowded beach and all πŸ™‚

  5. 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 ?? πŸ˜‰

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  7. 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 πŸ™‚

  8. 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,..

  9. 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 πŸ˜€

    Go the Springboks! (except when they’re playing the Aussies) lol πŸ˜‰

  10. 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!

  11. 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!)

  12. Beautiful photographs all. I really liked the umbrella shot too! Kathryn

  13. 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 πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely post! I would have chosen that way too! Thanks for taking us along on your morning beach walk. πŸ™‚ I’m feeling quite refreshed.

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