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Last day of summer holidays


This post should have been made yesterday..I’m back at work now 🙂

Today was cool, windy and the rain , rather than letting up , has just intensified throughout the day. We all watched the hardship others were facing north of us and across the border. Having once had our home flood , nowhere near as high as these people but enough to have to have had carpets lifted and removed and low lying electronics destroyed I feel for them. What I don’t understand though, are those that stay until the last minute then need rescuing endangering even more lives. Possessions can be replaced. I know it’s hard to walk away from them but lives a so much of true value. When there is warning of rising levels in my opinion it’s best to go to the higher area.

My family and I did a drive by past our local beach this evening to watch the waves. A normally calm beach with small waves had become a wave monster. The next headland , a short walk away wasn’t visible in the rain and sea mist. A lone buoy bobbed flashing its red light. We drove then around to See the area known as The Haven. Here the water is usually flat , with sailing boats moored to buoys. Tonight just a few boats were here ( I suppose many may have been moved to potentially safer moorings) , being tossed by the magnificent strength of the waves. Waves crashed high over the rock platform the foam creeping over rocks that never feel the spray of high tide. The worst was expected at around 10 pm marking high tide and the rain moving here. We heard it at home but remained safe indoors. Spectacular display of nature’s anger as it probably was, it wasn’t worth the potential danger of debris over wet roads .

These photos don’t do the real scene justice…


The swimming beach area. Normally little waves break here.


This rock platform usually has exposed rocks even at high tide.


This is a sheltered cove where waves are non existent unless they are the wash from a boat. There are usually more boats moored here.

Today I felt I should begin preparing for the school term. I have been receiving emails from colleagues of work plans and I’m beginning to feel like I should start contributing. I guess I was too busy before relaxing and getting my self refreshed and ready for a new year. Holidays are a chance to rejuvenate. If I spend time in the break doing work when would I relax? Anyway I have begun a Smart Notebook file about the circus, which my grade will be using as the term one theme. It’s looking pretty awesome even if I say so myself. I love doing the units using this program but I tend to get ‘lost’ time wise tracking down great resources.

This unit will set me yet another challenge in my life. I must have the biggest list of phobias and this one’s called Coulrophobia…fear of clowns. I have never liked clowns because I don’t like masks or their heavily made up faces ( ironic because I always wear makeup haha) . I love going to the circus and even went to one during the holidays. But , seeing the clown walking around the ring , toting balloons was enough to have my palms begin sweating and I started hyperventilating. I can control these symptoms but hate the feeling of the rush when they first start , moments after seeing the clown. I have worked out they sense my fear and are more likely than not, to try interacting. Fears must be conquered so with clowns I have worked out the eye contact ratio that seems to keep them at bay. Ally my daughter isn’t impressed by clowns either so the two of us have mastered the eye contact ratio together :))

I think 2013 is to be my year of personal challenges in many ways .

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

2 thoughts on “Last day of summer holidays

  1. The power of water always scares me, even more than fire. I have friends in Queensland who thankfully are okay. The water rose in their suburb but they were high enough, but had power poles come down near the house. So I guess they were threatened with both water and fire.
    I was thinking that you had a phobia about clowns, its good to see you are facing it headlong with your class. I think the older we get, the more we feel the need to face those challenges and demons that have held us back all those years from becoming the person we can be. I know i have. Wishing you the best of luck in meeting your personal challenges in 2013 xx

  2. Thanks Lynne . I remember that huge headed clown that used to walk in the Coles aisles when we did shopping there ( back in the dark ages when we paid item by item at counters – loved that) . He probably wasn’t as big as I remember , but I do know he was revolting , perhaps that’s my fear starter.

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