Riding the swells

Hello friends, this week I would like to focus on the ocean. Sometimes wild and restless, full of white horses and other times smooth and clear, like glass, the ocean is in a constant state of change and movement. This is one reason why when I feel I need to reconnect, I find myself at the beach; swimming, surfing or gazing into the deep blue.

My husband Aitor feels this connection also and for him being on a boat or riding a surfboard is where he finds balance. This month Aitor made a challenge to himself to go in the ocean everday. Yesterday, our family was swimming at Dicky beach in the early morning and the water was bright blue, the waves were small but powerful and the wind was low. The Autumn air was crisp and clean and the sun was shining. I felt as if we were finally drying out, after weeks of battling with our coughs and after so much rain. The sun was radiant, warm and welcoming.

In the afternoon, we met my father for a sail at Mooloolaba on his wooden boat Nomad. It was the perfect day and there was lots of wind to keep us busy tacking and trimming the sails. Kai was a little sick in the tummy after a few tacks and rolls over bigger swells, however he wanted to hold on to the tiller and help where he could with the sails. As we returned to the river mouth to sail back to our mooring, we realised the motor would not start. The battery was flat. We anchored in the bay and called the coastguard for assistance. They came quickly and were very helpful, giving us a tow back to our mooring. Kai was very excited about the fast boat who came to rescue us and perked up for the ride home. Aitor knew some of the crew and today he was rostered on for his shift… giving assistance to other boats. I would like to thank the crew that helped us and say what a great service the coastguard provides completely based on donations and volunteers. This is a link to their newsletter, https://coastguard.com.au/category/qf6-mooloolaba/ and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/coastguardmooloolabaQF6/

Returning to the theme of the ocean, it can be unpredictable, though no matter what we take from it, it continues to give. Our ocean gives us so much, so what can we do to take care of it? There is one woman who has some amazing projects and ideas about ocean conservation. We came into contact with her while living in the Canary Islands. Her name is Suzanne van der Veeken and she is an ocean hitchhiker turned ocean conservationist. She has some awesome tips, ideas and projects for protecting our ocean, particularly reducing plastic and living zero waste. Check out her website and Instagram blog for some salty inspiration: https://theoceanpreneur.com/ and @oceanpreneaur

Today my mother took Kai to Underwater World, now called Sea Life Sunshine Coast to see the sharks and fishes. He absolutely loved it and this evening before bed he wanted to look at the ocean atlas that we have full of pictures of the coral reef and open oceans. I am so happy that he has such an interest in the ocean and its creatures. Sea life is an aquarium that gives children and people, that may not usually have contact with marine life, the chance to empathise and connect with our marine creatures and hopefully make small changes to their lives to reduce consumerism and the use of plastic. Sea life commits to ocean conservation and has information on turtle protection and scheduled beach clean ups on their website (the most recent was in February… hopefully they will make another one soon) https://www.underwaterworld.com.au/conservation/

Thank you for reading this week. I hope that you are well and that in times of stress or worry, the ocean gives to you its truth, be it calm and windless, or stormy and rough and we remember that nothing is constant and everything changes. May we protect and give thanks to our ocean as it protects and gives to us.