Thursday, 18 June 2009

Died and gone to heaven


A brilliant Saturday winter's morning had Dad and I sitting in the car on Middle Head above Obelisk Beach, sipping coffee, munching Orange Slice biscuits and watching fisherfolk sway in the swell as our gaze became entangled in the immensity of all distances east. In 1942 - as a raw army recruit of 21 - Dad and his mates used to slide down from their huts above the handkerchief-beach and glory in an hour or so of larrikin freedom.

The previous Saturday morning, we had viewed a very similar scene but this time from North Head looking back up the harbour, with the red stripes of Hornby Light and the light-keeper cottages on the point of South Head. The apartments in the distance are in the suburbs of Rose Bay, Point Piper and Darling Point - all very swish and not for the likes of he'n'me. From South Head to the Harbour Bridge - by water - is about 6 kms. The crow would probably do it in half that.

And yes: we are in winter.

8 comments:

Cristóbal said...

It doesn't feel like winter at all (I've heard that right now, winter will start here with heavy rain and rather cold temperatures... making up for the dry winters we've had lately).

Thanks for your concern. I had a really bad day on Monday, but it feels so good to get positive feedback, both here and online :).

Julie said...

Good ... it is important in our virtual community that we act as neighbours would, especially with those that we "click" with.

Our winter, too, is very wet. Especially this week ... not too cold yet though ... 17C today ...

brattcat said...

It doesn't look cold, nor like winter. It looks pretty glorious.

AB said...

Looks like the perfect place for messing about in boats.

Tash said...

Marvellous winter scene. Winters around here bring clear weather too. Loved the writing - the memories interwolven with recent events.

Fiona said...

It definitely feels like winter here! Beautiful shots. I love how everything is seemingly so much crisper, fresher in the winter light. North Head is such an amazingly cool spot too.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Whatever the season Sydney Harbour is a winner. But never better than on a clear sunny day.

altadenahiker said...

I'll take this form of beauty, if it's all the same to you.