A line in the sand

by | Nov 26, 2013 | Uncategorized | 7 comments

 Oh no! We’ve gone down to the beach to find the swing, but the tide is full and rushing in, and the little one won’t be able to swing today

 —or so I thought. She has other ideas. Maybe she can’t swing, but the swing

can have a swing! There it goes.

You have to be so quick to catch it.

And again, and again. Then a question: ‘Granny, is the tide coming in or going out?’

 Let’s find out. We need to draw a line in the sand. Then watch.

We have to be patient. But we discover that the line in the sand stays intact. We had arrived at the beach just as the tide was turning, and now it’s definitely going out,

 and it’s time to swing out over the waves

 Wheee! this is such fun.

 And so is this!

Some days are just perfect.

And just to finish, lets catch some foam in our hands.
Every tide is different.
Every day is different.
We go to the same little beach, never quite sure what we will find.
One thing is for sure though: next time we bring our bathing togs. No more lines in the sand or waiting for the waves to recede. Next time we will jump in and get as wet as we wish.


  1. silkannthreades

    I see a few people are already enjoying a swim. Lovely that it is now warm enough to enjoy the water where you are. It looks like a safe swimming beach :)

  2. Hotly Spiced

    What fun! That’s such a great tyre swing and a great use for old tyres. I hope it’s there for a long time to come xx

  3. Juliet Batten

    * Silkannthreades, well spotted! Yes, the swimmers seemed to be enjoying themselves and the beach is a safe one.
    * Charlie, tyre swings are a good old Kiwi tradition, and no doubt in Australia too. It’s very securely attached, so I’m hoping it stays there too.
    Thank you both of you for your comments, much appreciated.

  4. Penny O'Neill

    Leave it your darling granddaughter to find a way to swing, Juliet. What fun it is to catch her adventuresome spirit. Enjoy.

  5. Juliet Batten

    Penny, it was such fun. The young are so adventurous, aren’t they? Next time I’m going to have a swing! Thank you.

  6. Anonymous

    gorgeous pics Juliet… how wonderful to have grandies still small enough to play with… my middle grandson gave me a hug today, and nearly bent double he’s so tall!
    and when I exclaimed my daughter said, ‘you haven’t seen Roland yet’, the youngest who’s just got back from overseas. So I now try to hug a race of giants…
    Your anonymous friend Valerie!!!

  7. Juliet Batten

    * Valerie, hugging a race of giants! Probably good for spinal stretches but the little ones are delightful in a special way. Thanks for finding me!


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