I am always squinting as I search for ‘my’ beloved river (getting more and more sun damage on my skin despite heavy lathers of sunscreen). As I look at the photos which I am adding to the new blog posts, I have a sense of homesickness – that Derwent River edge is not my home, but it became almost my total preoccupation for a while. I so loved every discovery, every blade of grass, every bird cry and all the sounds of the River. What a privilege it was to be free to walk next to that wonderful ribbon of water.
I like the last line of your post… I love being out in the sun and nature especially near water. I grew up in Ontario Canada amongst the great Lakes so I know what it’s like to have need to be near water.
I grew up next to Bass Strait (which separates Tasmania from mainland Australia) on the north west coast of Tasmania in a home that always looked at the water. There have been times in my life when I have lived in inland Australia hundreds of kilometres from the sea. I felt its absence enormously. Now I look at the Derwent every day but the sea is kilometres away. Perhaps the River acts as a proxy for the sea in my life. So I understand your love of looking at the water. Cheers.
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So lovely to see your face – and I’m impressed that you don’t need sunglasses. (If I don’t wear them in even weak British winter sunlight, I get headaches!) Relating to the comments above, I grew up near a small river and would walk along it as a way of escaping – so it’s no surprise that the canal has become such a focus of my walks: a friend and companion.
I have prescription sunglasses which I use for social occasions and when watching sporting events and not much more. I find that it is easier to squint when bushwalking rather than to be taking the glasses off then on then off to look at things ‘naturally. In addition by not wearing them (not even taking them) I don’t miss at the edges otherwise the frames of the glasses get in the way of fully seeing.
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One more comment – that photo was not an attractive photo but I thought I would put it out there because that is what I look like when I dont care and the walk is most important. As I posted it, the thought crossed my mind that when I write the last post for this blog I should include a photo of me looking the best I can – just to show I can look like someone who can live in a city and in civilised society.