A week of surprises

I’ve had a week of surprises.  Most are welcomed but there’s definitely been a couple which could have stayed away.

The perfect spot
The perfect spot

I’m going to let you into a little secret.  If you walk to the top of North Head from Manly there is a little spot for watching the surf over a reef break called Fairy Bower.  Every time I go I fully ignore the allocated spot with benches for sitting and opt to clamber over the fence to sit on the cliff edge.  This way I feel more at one with nature and also you sneakily avoid all the tourists.  Top tips.  And if you’re really lucky, a whale will swim by and breach.

On Monday, I wasn’t just really lucky.  I was start believing in greater Gods lucky.  There I was sat in my spot, minding my own business, when I heard “Ooos” and “Aaahs” coming from the official look out.  I look up to see a WHOLE FREAKING WHALE! He put on a little show before continuing on south for the summer.  No more than 10 minutes later I see another whale!  This one is doing an awful lot of slapping with its fin.  So I look closer, intrigued by this strange whale behaviour and what do I see? A whale calf! This mother and calf pair hung around swimming up and down Manly beach slapping about and generally having a good play for at least half hour.  You’ll never guess what chases whales.  Dolphins! So not only did I see my first whale on Monday.  I saw my first whale, my first whale family and my first wild dolphins.  And to think I almost didn’t go on the walk up North Head.

Cheeky whale tail! Apologises I was too excited to get photos of mumma and calf.
Cheeky whale tail! Apologises I was too excited to get photos of mumma and calf.

The surprises nature provides will always be the best for me.  There’s something about raw-ness of it all and that even though the whole of Manly was probably watching these whales, it felt like they were putting on a show for me, no one else.  It was obviously quite an excitement for me given it’s now Friday and I’m still banging on about the whales I saw on Monday!

Monday was our only pretty weather day this week, I did manage to get out for a surf on Wednesday.  But Tuesday the stormy weather started, which did create some beautiful light over Middle Harbour as I cycled home.  But also struck two people in the city with lightening.  See, surprises aren’t always good!

The storm's a coming.
The storm’s a coming.
University research and comfort food for stormy weather. Little bit of Tomato and Butternut Squash Risotto never goes a miss.
University research and comfort food for stormy weather. Little bit of Tomato and Butternut Squash Risotto never goes a miss.

Friday has brought a group outing to Luna Park but also the news Darcie is in hospital with stomach pain for unknown reasons.  They suspected appendicitis but an ultrasound later and the reasons for her pain are still yet to be discovered.  Like I said surprises aren’t always good.  I have faith that she’ll will pull through though.  What ever this is, she’s strong.  She beat meningitis, she can beat most things.

There'll be none of this, this weekend that's for sure. PC: Darcie Collington
There’ll be none of this, this weekend that’s for sure. PC: Darcie Collington

I’ll let you know what I make of Luna Park.  But for now I leave you with well wishes for Darcie, and the thoughts of the whales migrating down the coast of Australia putting on shows wherever they go.

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