Over the years, I've mentioned the varied folk that turn up at Hataitai Beach. Now with Autumn all but underway, many swimmers will depart the beach and we won't see them again until next summer.
There's Bike Guy, a dentist from England. He rolls up for about four months every year. It's so sad that the government won't let him stay permanently. Bike guy is such a nice person.
There's the high flying businessman who loves to listen to the cricket on his radio; I adore hearing his travel stories. And what about Pinot the paddle-board dog (with mistress included; the pair come as a package)?
The Director directs plays at theatres throughout the land. Galveston knows his country music. Red-the-school-teacher is a little shy about dipping her tootsies in the water but once she's in the sea, she enjoys it so much. The Lady With the Backpack walks to the beach from Kilbirnie, and she's completely the one to blame for light-heartedly suggesting that J and I swim all through the year!!
The Three Graces all wear pink bathing caps, and not to forget our eccentric Laundry Man who hangs out his washing on coat hangers all around the outside walls of the changing shed.
Oh and, of course, Thong Man. He's about eighty and swims all year around. Thong Man gets into the water stepping backwards as he goes down the wooden steps. A disconcerting sight if one is already in the sea. But, my goodness, swimming in the winter wearing just a thong? He's to be congratulated!
And there are others....
I reckon there should be a blackboard in the changing shed detailing in-case-of-emergency phone numbers so that we can check up on our friends if we don't see them at the beginning of a new season.
Today, J and I went swimming at Worser Bay instead of Hataitai Beach because the road beside the eastern bays was blocked off for some running race or other. We both agreed it's nice to change beaches occassionally.
Below: Photo taken from the hills above Worser Bay