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Summer is bliss

Summer scene (Graphic Stock lic.)
Summer scene (Graphic Stock lic.)

I’ve knocked off work and got my house clean, so it’s time to hit the beach. I have a few necessities before I go:

  • Towel (sometimes forgotten and it’s not fun sitting directly on the sand – think uncomfy swimmers)
  • Sunnies (protect the eyes, especially while reading)
  • Book (light novel, usually, but any book will do)
  • Magazine (if novel is finished)
  • Sunscreen (forgot it yesterday and that’s a no-no in the Australian sun)
  • Lipscreen (my lips really feel the heat)
  • Zinc (for nose protection)
  • Small change (to buy a drink or snack)
  • Thongs (sand is too hot)
  • Swimmers (on before I leave of course)
  • Water (keep hydrated)
  • Almonds and grapes (to snack on)
  • Hat (my hair is thin so this is very important)
  • Phone (but only in case someone needs to phone me, otherwise this is a no-phone zone)
  • Car Keys (definitely do not lock in the car on a hot day)

The reasons I love summer are numerous. I just feel happier and healthier in summer. It might be the extra Vitamin D my body gets or the sparkles set off by the sun but something about it makes me feel alive, refreshed, exuburant, glowing and grateful for where I live. It’s the small things:

  • Soft sand between my toes
  • Reading a good book as the sun kisses my shoulders
  • Hearing waves crash on the shore like a drum beat
  • The sea salt smell on a soft breeze
  • Birdlife flying overhead singing their own songs
  • Walking from headland to headland through cool ankle-deep water
  • The smell of coconut, frangapani, seaweed and salt
  • Cicadas and their cacophonous chorus, like the titinus in my ear
  • Healthy bodies jogging or walking by
  • Surfers riding nature’s playground
  • Bush, rainforest, estuary and beach in all their lush beauty
  • Paper white sand and azure blue water
  • Toddlers testing the shallows with squeals of delight
  • Dogs chasing balls, tongues lolled in happiness
  • Relaxed body and calmed mind

Enjoy your summer.

Summer (Graphic Stock Lic.)
Summer (Graphic Stock Lic.)



Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa's Secret, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). In 2017 she formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon'. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

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