I woke quite early to the sound of rain on the roof and the waves crashing on the shore.
I sat and wrote up my blog for a while until it was light enough & for the rain to ease for me to go outside, to take photos of the beautiful sunrise which was surfacing across the bay around 7:20am.
Mahalia came buzzing out about 25 mins later wanting to take photos of the sunrise too.
Both children were up by then so I got them to come sit on my bed to have a d&m talk.
There were a lot of issues that needed raising and discussing that had been building over the past few days.
One was how to behave and deal with conflict.
That physical and verbal attacks are not acceptable and if there are differences they need to be discussed with consideration and in a civil manner.
The other was how to deal with comments from others.
Over the past few weeks I have watched Mahalia change from being happy, light hearted & carefree to being dejected sad & withdrawn in just a few seconds when someone comments about her being so tall.
I talked about how we cannot be responsible for what people say to, or about us, but we can be responsible for how we react.
Yes, it is difficult to come to grips with your height when you are only 14 and you have already reached 154cm, but that is in your genes and it is the way God has made you and you have to accept it at some stage so make it easier on yourself and accept it gracefully as soon as you can.
Yes, there are people out there who are very insensitive and think it is okay to comment on you being tall, whereas they would never come up to you and say ‘wow you are so fat’ or ‘my goodness you are incredibly short’ etc.
So to anyone reading this, please think twice when talking/commenting to young people about themselves.
Try and reflect a positiveness in what you say to them! I know personally that there are aspects of myself that I have felt very negative about for most of my life, until some random stranger has made a positive comment quite out of the blue which has made me look again and helped me to claim that part of me as being acceptable and attractive.
We lay and cuddled quietly for a while – it was good 🙂
The weather is quite calm at present so the waves are surging relatively peacefully.
I would love to see it here on a stormy day!
The seaweed seems to have a life of it’s own the rise and fall of the waves makes it almost breath.
I often think as I am exploring the environment that I would like to be a more clued up scientifically about all the rocks and plants etc but then I realise that I actually prefer to just look at things through the eyes of an artist and enjoy the patterns and shapes and colours and remain blissfully ignorant about the rest of it all 😉
We drove over to the carpark on the other side of the camp and went for a walk down onto Porpoise Bay.
It is the other end to where we are staying.
There were Hector Dolphins swimming beyond the breakers.
You can just see two black things in this photo.
They were not playing today, just swimming quietly.
But it was cool to see them.
We drove along to the Curio Bay penguin lookout where we had been last night.
The tide was out and it was between 10am and 4pm so we were allowed to walk freely on the rocks.
Outside those hours you have to stay within the ropes so you do not disturb the penguins as they go to and for their nests & chicks.
The rocks are a petrified forest.
It is really cool seeing the stumps and logs which have been turned into stone over time.
We walked right along to the northern end of the rocks just cuz we could and they looked cool.
We got a real bonus by going that far.
Look who was standing behind a large rock out of view of most of the visitors.
We were so excited 🙂
After waiting with 50 other tourists last night and seeing nothing we get to see a Hoiho or yellow-eyed Penguin in the daylight up close.
We behaved ourselves in our excitement.
Kept quiet and kept our distance so as not to disturb or frighten it.
From there Mahalia went off to do some jumping on the far rocky outcrop.
Thankfully it was a calm day because the waves sweep in over here when it is rougher.