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Aussie Beaches – evoking special memories

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I was reading a wonderful book the other day, one I could not put down and one in which throughout its captivating pages of photos and slices of life experiences, I came across this gorgeous paragraph which I had to share:

written by Pia Jane Bijkerk from My Heart Wanders (Murdoch Books Pty Limited, 2011) pp. 473

beach photo (2)

Bash those sunset waves

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Easter moon rises

“Walking back along the beach, I was swallowed up in sensory memories. Its ruggedness, harshness, rawness, warmth, earthliness, richness and sincerity. It echoes my spirit.  For many of us the ocean is our backyard pool. People over there (Europe) spoke of getting dumped by an ocean wave as an extraordinary experience.  For us here it is part of learning how to swim – you’re not a swimmer until you have regularly been swallowed, popping back out of the ocean’s roaring mouth, cossie bottoms filled with sand and stretching down to your knees.”
 beach photo (4)         Beach shot (James)    beach photo

 Holidays spent at the beach – an enduring Australian childhood trademark, a treat and testimony to the unique wild spirit within all of us.


Author: Jenn Jay

JennJayTales was created as a place to share my writing. I share random blogs about activities of interest to me and maybe to you. Writing is a passion and there is nothing I enjoy more than meeting people and capturing their stories through my observations and words. As TRAVEL is a huge passion of mine, I've created a travel blog Please enjoy Jenn Jay Tales and if you consider my writing style as something your magazine, book, blog, on-line publication, website or business may be interested in, please let me know - I'm keen to write for you. Email me at

One thought on “Aussie Beaches – evoking special memories

  1. What a beautifully descriptive piece evoking vivid memories in me of my short time in Australia, and my time at Bribie Island and the Gold Coast. Reminiscing of days gone by , with a warm glow in my heart. Thanks.

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