This year has seen several changes in my life. There have been lots of comings and goings, in a way that’s island life. People do arrive and leave much more than they do in, say, a normal, mainland Europe town.
There is something in the air right now. A restlessness? Even one young man I know who is very much an islander in one sense, coming from one of the smaller islands, is planning to leave. Islands have limits. He needs the challenge and the opportunities of a larger world.
Islands can be a shelter, an escape, but this one is at that stage where it is accumulating what seems to be the worst of materialism, whilst clinging to the worst of its own traditions. No longer any shelter just the cacophony of modern living, but without the benefits, like efficiency.
I am clinging to the bits I love, like this beach, where I walk at sunrise any day I can make it. Trixy and I run, or paddle or stroll according to how we feel or what sights there are to see. We mainly have it to ourselves, or the people we come across are there for the calm and the peace before the day brings the sun worshippers, the windsurfers and the children. Although it seems immune to tourism to a large extent, so we should be grateful for small mercies.
We have a treasure trove of shells, sea weathered glass and bits of driftwood, which one day we will put to some use or other. Why do I speak in the plural? Is Trix going to help me in this LOL!?
It is a shared experience though. She loves the place as much as I do, and it’s often the best part of my day, and certainly of hers!
This morning the beach made me a little sad. There were the first signs of encroaching control and regimentation. Having said that, a recent attempt to prohibit nudism on the beach was thwarted, so it will remain outside of the norm for a while yet.
At a leisurely pace to walk the beach and back takes just a nice, round hour. Running you can do it twice at least, but my running is very feeble as yet……too much time spent at the computer I fear, both for work and for pleasure! Even at midday on a holiday there is still space. The water is a bit choppy here for tourists unaccumstomed to the ocean, so it keeps them away.