I remarked to R that we had hardly driven the new car and my cunning plan succeeded and he suggested we go for a drive the next day and have lunch somewhere. It was our intention to go to Mentone or Mordialloc, a nice drive along the bay. We didn't get that far and stopped at the Ricketts Point Tea Rooms. Well, that is what it used to be. It can now be described as a cafe with a nice outdoor area. It was a nice enough lunch, surrounded by mostly local comfortably fit, comfortably off and retired folk. I wonder if there is anywhere in the world that has such a fit, financially comfortable white middle class non church going people along a stretch of the sea but with the qualification that you won't be able to tell by the way they dress, which is in a very casual manner.
Anway, it was a nice drive and a nice lunch. Clearly the beach cleaning tractor had only done one run along the beach this day. Washed up seaweed comes and goes.
Oh look R, there is a kookaburra.
I've not seen kookaburras at the beach before and I was a bit surprised. Perhaps they are for this reason. Kookaburras love snakes. They pick them up with their beaks and drop them from heights repeatedly until the snake dies and then they eat them. I am not sure if they confuse a sausage on a barbeque for a snake or they have learnt that a sausage is pretty good tucker, but your sausage on a barbeque is at great risk if there are 'burras around.
This was about to explode into a very long post with kookaburra information. I will save it for another day.