Thursday, April 7, 2011
Watching the World Go By
Well, it happened again.
We are running out of days, so decided to make the most of a perfect one, and once again headed to Stone Island. It's still chilly at home, and we're trying to soak up some heat and sunshine before we leave. I knew that I recently missed the opportunity to get the 'perfect' panga photo and so I was prepared this time. I remembered the camera, even remembered to charge up the batteries. What I forgot to do was take a panga photo!
Perhaps it was because there were so many other images to capture.
The surf was pounding when we arrived and the tide was higher than we have seen it in months. It did make swimming a bit tricky and the yellow flag was finally raised around the noon hour, but to be honest, the ocean is still chilly and we didn't feel like spending a great amount of time in the water anyway. The waves were awe inspiring and the pounding sound of the surf was soothing background noise all day.
We were not the only ones on the beach lulled by the sound!
The vendors are struggling this year. We have spent so much time at Lety's we are now often recognised and although we are approached on a regular basis, we are never harrased. We usually try to make a point of purchasing something on each visit just to do our bit to 'support the local economy'. I will be honest here, I love beach vendors and left to my own devices would have us in the poor house in no time at all! They are so enterprising and they just have the most interesting merchandise. Of course, as we don't need a lot of 'stuff', we do need to be a bit dicriminating. The funny straw masks just have to stay on the beach, as do the bathing suit wraps. The masks I don't care for, and a woman only needs so many wraps! I try not to look too closely at the black cases, the ones filled with silver!!
We didn't buy anything, but I did have a necklace I purchased several weeks ago 'converted' into a bracelet - he remembered me, remembered the fact that he had altered the necklace to make it a bit shorter when I purchased it originally, and was more than happy to convert it yet again, changing it to a bracelet. I felt a bit guilty about not paying him but he said not to worry, he would use the leftover beads to make earrings and then sell them for more than the necklace cost!
It was a perfect kite flying day and obviously we were not the only ones who noticed, because just as we finishing our lunch, the beach was filled with dozens of school children, all with wonderfully inventive home made (perhaps 'school' made) kites. The sky was filled with kites, and, over the sound of the pounding surf, the air was filled with the sound of children's laughter.
I forgot to take a picture of a panga, but did it matter? Not a darned bit!
What could be better than a day at the beach, watching the world go by. Especially since it is such an interesting world.