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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fantastic FNQ photo Friday

I couldn't resist posting this image today because that's what it looks like around here at the moment!

All those months of tropical downpours seem like a bad dream on days like today when the sun is shining, the ocean is crystal clear and calm and it doesn't get any better than Cairns.

This was taken just slightly north of town at a little beach known as Ellis. Home to a cafe and caravan park there's not much here but miles and miles of beautiful sand and water, and a lot of mango trees that drop fruit galore in the season.

It's probably one of my favourite beaches to visit because there's hardly ever anyone there. You can usually find a whole stretch all to yourself. Unfortunately the stingers are still out so it's not quite swimmer-ready yet but give it another little while and the lifesavers will give us the all clear and then look out beach, here we come.

So if you're sitting in your cold, drab office today I hope this picture gives you a spark of inspiration about where to plan your next holiday. You could certainly do a hell of a lot worse than this place!


Jonathan said...

Grrr...nice to see that, though here in the UK we have at least another theoretical summer to look forward to.

'Stingers' are jellyfish presumably, the little, very nasty ones?

Paul Dymond said...

Hi there Jonathan,

Hehe, yes I remember living in the UK and your 'summer' as being pretty warm at times. My Mum is from Great Yarmouth and we used to live in Norwich when I was a kid.

And yes stingers is the local term for jellyfish - everything from the big Box Jellyfish right down to the deadly little Irukandji. All nasty things that can kill you pretty quickly and definitely put you off wanting to go for a swim in that lovely ocean - tempting as it is!

Jonathan said...

Hey Paul, Eat Anglia is my stamping ground and where my wife comes from - Ipswich, Woodbridge parts though. I'm actually from Cape Town - much more like your part of the world but further south and less humid I guess.. In fact I've just been back for the first time in a long time http://tilneys.tumblr.com/archive

I have enjoyed your blog over the last couple of years - thanks.

All the best, J

Paul Dymond said...

A beautiful part of the world Jonathan and you have some lovely images there. It's always nice to get back home whenever you can isn't it? And a loyal reader for a couple of years! That's amazing and thank you very much. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.