Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Riding the Waves

















A very rare occurrence of good weather and a day off happened yesterday so I grabbed the chance to go to the beach.  It seemed that everyone else had the same idea, it was good to see people with a smile on their faces.

It was cold and windy but the beautiful blue sky made up for it.  With my coat pulled tightly around me I stood to watch the surfers making the most of the big surf.  They fought against the huge waves to get further out to sea, often knocked back in again ending up where they started in the first place.  Undeterred they turned around and headed out to sea again, holding tightly to their boards.  Once out far enough they waited and waited until the perfect wave, then paddled furiously trying not to miss the opportunity, trying not to get left behind to drift.  When everything came together they would be lifted by the wave and rush towards the shore, leaping to their feet to balance on the board.  For a few seconds they would feel the exhilaration of riding the wave before being dumped into the shallow water.

Life feels a bit like that to me.  You work hard, get knocked back a few times, get back up again and continue to fight towards your goal.  Sometimes the waves seem so huge you think they will wipe you out.........and then if you are lucky, you catch that wave and for a short perfect time it is all worth it.

We continue to work towards our time on that wave,  we have worked all our lives for this moment. We search for the house that will be the start of our new life.  There is a huge amount of work still to be done but one day you will see me on that wave whooping with joy.

Chickpea xx

47 comments:

  1. Spring is on the way.................

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  2. Fab photos as ever! Makes me feel hopeful better weather is on its way. I'm hoping to join you riding that wave!

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  3. Are those people insane! My hands would be falling off!

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    1. Everything would be falling off :)

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  4. How enthusiastic surfers are! The water would be cold. I hope it was worth it for them. Great pics though. Good to see the sun glinting off the ocean.

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    1. They looked like they were having fun, far too cold for me!

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  5. excellent pictures and am loving the upbeatness of the post. Go Chickpea!

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  6. Great photos! Lovely to see the sunshine and the sea!

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  7. never see surfers with gloves on here ;~)
    Brrr!

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  8. Love the photos of the sea and the brave surfers - I'd be with you on the beach wrapped up warm, with maybe a flask of hot tea for company. Here's to riding life's waves. xx

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  9. Great photos, gives a real feel as to the power of the sea.

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    1. Yes not something for the inexperienced

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  11. Still trying to get my INR right - getting there. Just prior to my health scare, we were offered an opportunity to buy a house in my hometown. My circumstances are far from what you and your husband havecoordinate the work that needs to be done before listing - address my health issues and get moved within the next couple of months. Thank you for all of your posts - you inspire me and I will think of you as we try to ride the ups and downs of our wave and be able to look back at this and wonder what I was so worried about. Thank you so much and I love the pictures - no waves where we will be living. Ranee (MN) I think I just commented on the wrong blog!!! Still love your posts and your pics.

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    1. I have screwed up this comment big time - sorry ... couldn't figure out how to delete it. I'm an idiot. Ranee

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    2. Don't worry about it Ranee, easily done x

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  12. I love the background feeling to this post xx

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  13. What wonderful photographs. I just love that optimism.

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    1. Trying to keep that optimism Gina though time is moving on and still no new home found!

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  14. Wishing you a big wave to ride on for a long while. x

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  15. What amazing pictures. Not sure I could be tempted into the sea at this time of year however good the waves are!

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  16. I hope that your dream house turns up soon. Lovely photos, but you wouldn't get me out in a rough sea - I am a paddle in the very shallow bit sort of person.

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  17. Wonderful photos!!! I do hope that sometime soon the waves are all rolling your way! xx

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    1. Getting very frustrated with it all Amy

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  18. Great pics.Hold that dream it will happen better not to rush it.Love the way you talk so poetic.We waited 20yrs for our dream,got there in the end.Wishing you only the very best of everything.xx

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    1. I'm trying not to rush it and end up with the wrong place but it's hard Lee

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  19. great photos - very invigorating! Life is a rollercoaster (as ronan keating would say!) and we seem to realise it more so as we get older, but don't give up on your dreams - you'll get there in the end xx

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  20. Stunning pictures - amazing xxxx

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  21. On an ocean beach is my most favorite spot on earth, and your wonderful photos help me feel like I am there now :) [although I am happily living near the base of Mt. Hood, in Boring, OR, USA] Cheering you on as you hunt to find your just right home! xx

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  22. Hello Chickpea, I just stopped by to comment on your lovely photos of the sea and the waves. It must be so exhilarating for the surfers when they catch that perfect wave.

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    1. Hello Wendy, yes it must be, done a bit of body boarding when I was younger, never got to stand up though my balance is just terrible!

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  23. what fabulous pictures, thanks for sharing.

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