Summer is here on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coast in South Australia.
The weather has now settled into its normal summer pattern of clear, bright light; sunshine; blue skies; and warm to hot temperatures. Kayla and I start our walk along the coastal rocks early in the morning in order to avoid the heat of the early morning sun.
We usually start just after sunrise:
On our afternoon walks Maleko and I struggle with the heat, as the sun is still quite high at 6pm, and there is little by way of open shade amongst the coastal rocks. We welcome the cool breeze that keeps the temperatures down and dread the hot, north-westerly wind.
The overcast days with their soft, early morning and late afternoon light have gone and they are but a memory. The green land has become brown, whilst winter the grasses along the heritage trail are drying fast.
People have started swimming and hanging out on the beach at Petrel Cove, and Suzanne has been for her first swim at the little beach at the foot of Rosetta Head. It is a time of images and memories of heat, sand and sea.
With the start of the rock lobster season the recreational boaties have arrived in force and they will keep coming to participate in the Coast 2 Coast (southern blue fin) Tuna Tournament in February, unfortunately. The boat lobby has captured the Victor Harbor Council–they have their own committee— and the Council sings the boaties tune in the name of tourism.
The boaties tune is a simple one: recreational boaties rule on the coast ie., their interests must come before those of anyone else.
People are wearing shorts and singlet type tops in the morning, the holiday houses are being prepared for the Xmas break (windows cleaned, lawns moved etc.), the Xmas decoration are everywhere, and there is the awful piped Xmas music playing at 6am on a deserted Ocean St in the Victor Harbor township.