Friday, May 31, 2019

Warmer Times

How quickly the seasons changed this year. A couple of Sundays ago we took a drive along the coast to Half Moon Bay at Black Rock. It wasn't windy and by the appearance of the boy in the photo, it was quite warm enough.


We were last here on a warm and sunny summer day with Sister, Bone Doctor and about one and half year old Little Jo who was bathed in the water. I suppose I wrote a post about it. I remember the day as I fell over the baby gate into the kitchen in their Murrumbeena flat kitchen and rather hurt myself. Little Jo is nearly twelve now, so it was ten years ago. It's a nice beach.


We bought a bacon and egg roll from the Beach House Cafe. Proper dining is upstairs. We also bought surprisingly good coffee and sat a table and chairs outside beside the seawall.




Afterwards we walked out onto the jetty.


This is what remains of HMVS Cerberus, the Navy of the Colony of Victoria's armoured first non sail power ship, launched in 1870. She was sold for scrap and scuttled as a beach breakwater in 1926.

Like all shipwrecks within Australian waters after seventy years the water around the ship becomes a protected zone and no one can enter without permission. Permits are not been given for this area as the hull is in imminent danger of collapse. Still, I am sure that doesn't stop the children swimming out the 180 metres and jumping into the water from the wreck as they have always done in my memory. That would be the very privileged children from the local area.


Plenty of walking tracks in the scrubby sand dunes. I think in years past the walking tracks were used at night by gay men to pick up. I think the disreputable newspaper The Truth once made an expose report and named names. I guess they weren't local as the thought of gay men living in Black Rock is way weird. I stand to be corrected. Perhaps it was straight men taking a little adventure. Sisters, just when you thought your bloke would never stray, perhaps they may in a way you did not imagine. Call me wrong, but I don't think it something that you should break up a marriage for if you find out about it. Men and their animalistic urges.


Lovely pink cliffs.


It was a very pleasant little outing.


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  1. It does look like a delightful outing.
    And the scene of some less delightful outings...
    I am not a fan of people who can't/don't control their animalistic urges. I suspect it would be a deal breaker for me.

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    1. It was pleasant EC. Yes people should be able to control their urges, but I don't see the quick release that usually happens quite as bad as a cheating love affair.

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    2. Deal breaker for me too.

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  2. I'm with EC on the animalistic urges.The men I have loved have risen above it and when they haven't, it has broken my heart.

    Women have animalistic urges too. I imagine we all do. Acting on them is nudder matter.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes of course, it is not just men. It is hard for me to put myself in such as situation as our relationship has always been don't ask, don't tell. It works for us and we love each other no less, especially as nothing now happens to tell. Such is getting older. I think I would feel differently about a love affair.

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  3. Gosh it's been a while since we drove down that way.
    Wonder why it looks like on a cold wet day a la this week just gone?

    Gay men living in Black Rock - well you never know what peeking out from behind the net curtains do you!
    Cathy @ Still Waters

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    1. Cathy, like today, grey drizzle all day almost. Not inviting. Quite true about Black Rock. Who knows.

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  4. What could be nicer - sun, clean sand, open bay, Beach House Cafe, a pier, t-trees, seagulls and beach huts. My sons used to love this type of weekend drive.

    I am looking outside as I type and there is no sun :(

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  5. Looks an ok place. Seems you had a nice outing.
    Gay men didn't have many places to go once to meet another person, so can understand the 'dunes' etc.

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    1. Margaret, they did not indeed back then. If they were charged by police, they were named and shamed in The Truth.

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  6. OMG Andrew ... its been freezing and I can just imagine the breeze there today!

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    1. Lady J, it would be horrible today.

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  7. The only thing missing is fishing boats. I'm surprised it's so quiet, it looks perfect.

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    1. Cro, next to the jetty is a boat ramp and small boats were coming and going, but they did not hang around. I think the fishers like deeper waters.

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  8. The water is lovely. Still no sign of summer here.

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    1. Strayer, some parts of your country are baking in unseasonable heat.

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  9. It looks like a wonderful little place. Is there a large population? I love the pink cliffs.

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    1. River, I should have made it clearer. It is just a bayside suburb, twenty or so minutes drive from home. It is a very middle class and expensive area in Melbourne. I don't think I have ever it mentioned in the media because of crime.

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  10. Bacon and egg rolls by the seaside sounds good Andrew especially if there is also surprisingly good coffee 😉

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    1. Grace, R even thanked me for the wee outing.

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  11. Even though we are supposedly in our summer, but we are still so cool up here!
    Sounds like a fun day you had. It's good to get out and go places like this together.
    Jack now refuses to go anywhere. But, I go off alone, or with the grandkids!
    Just a few days now until I depart on my vacation!

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    1. Maribeth, at least Jack will go our for Chinese buffet. It does get harder to do things when you are older, but you have to keep doing them, or then you are just old.

      I don't think I know where you are going on your lonesome.

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  12. Looks like a lovely place for a seaside walk and a meal.

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    1. 'Tis a nice spot, Sami, which is why I thought to go there.

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