The third day of the WA Labour Day week-end, and the third day of winter. Is this really winter? The skies were blue on the 1st day of winter with a peak temperature of 23°. Again the skies were blue on the 2nd day of winter and the peak temperature was 22°. Very little change today, blue skies again, a few clouds, and 21° . Guess the woolies can stay packed away for a day or two longer yet.
We used to live in Perth and would visit Busselton or somewhere else in the Margaret River region on long week-ends, along with thousands of other Perth-ites. Now we live where we used to holiday, and as we’re retired, we don’t need to use long week-ends to get away from the big smoke. Instead long week-ends have taken on a new meaning for us. Holiday season means the traffic ramps up, and the places we like to visit are jam packed with pesky tourists – only kidding!
I love that people like to holiday in the place where I’m lucky enough to live. We tend to stay away from the more popular places when it’s peak season though. The tourists only get a few days here and there to enjoy what we get to enjoy all year. They don’t need us adding to people vying for tables at one of the many wineries, boutique breweries, or beach side picnic tables.
Staying close to home doesn’t mean staying indoors. We still have our own beach for walking, and the beach path for cycling. The beach shows signs that winter weather is approaching despite the continuing blue skies. The ocean has been busy dumping piles of seaweed along the shore, as it does in winter months. Busselton has very little in the way of sand dunes so the seaweed helps to provide a buffer when the storms come.
The weed means for us that the beach isn’t as pretty to walk along, however Mr Tilly has no objection. For him mounds of seaweed means fun things to run around, jump over, sniff at, and do what ever else male dogs like to do with things they can lift their leg against. Yes, mounds of seaweed add to his doggie heaven.
I’m not much of a bike rider, but I’ve been giving it a go this week-end. We had tried Mr Tilly in the basket on the back of Paul’s bike previously, but he had too much restless puppiness in him. He’s a bit more settled now, and is getting the idea he has to stay seated. Paul rides in front, and I ride behind where I can remind him to “sit”, should he look like he’s about to stand up. His head goes from side to side taking in everything from this new perspective, his nose sniffing in all the smells, and all the while he keeps an eye on me to make sure I’m keeping up.
With the blue skies, and pleasantly warm days it’s easy to think winter hasn’t arrived yet. Our days are shorter though and the evenings are cold. With the seaweed banking up, clearly it won’t be long until the seasonal storms arrive. Until they do, I’m happy to enjoy a bit more sunshine.