window on the sea

view of sea from cave outside Broome

I live a 10 minute walk from a river and 20 minute drive from the sea, but the year before last, we spent Christmas at Eco Beach. Eco Beach is a 2.5 hour flight from home followed by a 1.5 hour drive from Broome.

Australia is known for its wide-open spaces, but to have a bit of beach to yourself, you usually have to travel from the city.

Eco Beach is situated only a sand dune away from the beach. Long walks, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and simply sitting contemplating while looking out were how we spent our four days there.

the esplanade

I particularly avoid busy streets and fortunately able to do this as I live and work where I am not in heavy road traffic and crowded streets.

south-perth-woman-walking

The esplanade has a shared path and pedestrian path on either side of the road. I used to cycle on the road, but since last week I have been cycling on the shared path. Not as smooth as the road, but less likely that I am going to have a four-wheel drive head-on my side of the road!

The woman is walking towards Mends Street, South Perth, the bottom of which the ferry comes in from across the river from the city. This is the path that I sometimes run along.

home

Perth City

The city of cranes. That is what I think of when asked where I live. I can’t remember a time when there has never been building going on.

I am more at home with the river, than I am with the city. Most days, I follow the Swan River on the cycle or shared path to work or uni, get to the Mends Street shops, or simply to go for a walk or run.

As the river courses through the city, I weave through the day.