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Weekly Photo Challenge (the sea)


What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel?

I leant this poem in 2nd class. I still remember it 🙂

At the Sea-Side

When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.

My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more.

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I am drawn to the sea, in times of trouble, happiness, fatigue and when energised. Growing up we had summer weekend trips to Mona Vale beach. We would get up super early, mum would pack a picnic lunch and ,excited , we would be driven to the beach. We would be home again before the midday sun became too hot.

In the spring school holiday we would head to the beachside town of The Entrance for a week. Here we would soak up the early heat of the springtime sun .

In my teens the beach became a spot to share fun times with my friends. We would catch the Manly Ferry across to Manly and sizzle our skin (supposedly to a rich brown- though I always wore lobster red well) using coconut oil or baby oil. Sunblock?? What was that??

Then, my holiday destinations were to beach resorts- the Gold Coast and Whitsundays in particular. Now I live by the ocean. I’m not a big fan of sand these days. I now prefer sitting watching it from the comfort of a cafe or bench . I don’t mind walking along the wave line on the sand but I’m a little wary of what might inhabit the depths.

I have put together this photo collage of what the sea means to me.

What are your thoughts on the sea?


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. :)

4 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge (the sea)

  1. I hadn’t realized just how much of our childhood revolved around the sea. Do you also remember those short holidays at Manly with mum and Nanna?
    I love sitting in the sun on the sand of the beach (or the pebbles!) but for me, the sea always represents something more sinister. I’ve shared these lines often on Facebook:

    And I want so much to believe
    that I won’t disappear in the water,
    that I won’t always be swimming against the tide.

    Those are from Darren Hayes- Taken By the Sea, and I share them because they so often sum up how I feel. I think my fascination for Titanic also follows same thought lines.


    • The sea can be a very sinister place and I’m sure it holds many secrets that we will never know. I remember our Manly holidays especially the walks at night. Being out at didn’t feature a lot in our lives apart from there.

  2. I must go down to the sea again,
    To the lonely sea and the sky,
    For I left my underwear down there..
    And I wonder if it’s dry! 🙂

    I love the sea so much that I actually an surprised I have legs and not a tail.
    From when I was 9 years old I lived 50 metres from Lake Macquarie at Valentine and here are some of my memories.
    1) Canoeing for hours either above the water or for a change, floating under an upside down canoe which creates a whole different atmosphere.
    2) throwing myself backwards off a jetty in full snorkelling gear impersonating Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt.
    3) underneath the water was a wonder world of baby fish, striped, colourful, silver, darting…seahorses clinging gently to the seaweed…blue swimmer crabs scuttling sideways.
    4) mum and I would row out to our favourite fishing spot and catch dinner. (when the fish were biting).
    5) My cousin, my brother and I often caught a feed of prawns by skimming our nets along the seaweed. We’d cook them straight away in seawater.
    6) I’d play with my friends at the big L jetty after school. We played stick in the mud and other chasing games. We’d also dare each other to swim under bigger and bigger boats, side to side and front to back. Scraped backs were the price for not diving deeply enough.
    7) Summer evenings were for swimming out to boats and climbing on board. We were brave, fearing neither the sharks or other creatures beneath the surface, nor the owners of the boats.
    8) I loved to watch the lake at all times of the day and in all weathers. The sheets of rain approaching, the bush fires around its rim, the sound of the trains from across the water, the whitecaps and the sunsets all make me ask the question…

    • Love the poetic start 🙂 how I envy you living on Lake Macquarie . We had a holiday home on the other side of the lake at Balcolyn. We went there for summer holidays. Although the amenities in our ‘house’ were poor , the fun I had there will never be forgotten.

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