A body of water gives permission for one to sit in the car and stare as nowhere else does. Such staring is extremely relaxing. We often drive sown to the Breakwater to eat our lunch and to have a walk along the promenade or wall, these our stated purposes; but underneath them is the knowledge there will be some time spent just sitting. This of course can turn into a snooze, another pleasant activity.This all seems rather aimless but the fact is we are rarely on our own, there is usually a line of cars, some empty but others with occupants in similar states of inactivity.
The Breakwater is a particularly pleasant venue for staring because there is always activity against the soothing blue green of the sea. People picnic at the tables, others walk or use skateboards. The boats on the water bob around with the waves. And of course the seagulls are in a constant flurry of activity.
Thunderpoint is another place to sit and stare, at a far more beautiful view but with far less human activity. There the sea itself is more active wiith huge waves that are mesmerising to watch. The sound of these is equally mesmerizing and equally conducive to the impromptu snooze.It is a more peaceful place with less people although somehow people blend in well at the Breakwater and do not seem too much of an intrusion.
On a hot day I long for the cool blue sea but feel annoyed at the lack of shade at all the places with sea views. Then we will go to the lake with its busy ducks, moorhens and seagulls and the shade of gum trees especially on the side where there are few people. It’s fun to watch the children too on that other side with magical playground equipment that I fantasise about using, but an element of suspicion can spoil the innocent staring here. One does not have implicit permission to be seeming to stare at children, particularly if a male. Yet I think it would be a sad world if one did not enjoy watching children at play. Thank goodness their play is part of the blur of activity at the Breakwater.
I’d love some shade there. A few strategically placed Norfolk pines would soften, not spoil the view and give some shade for cars as they do along the Moyne at Port Fairy, and shade for picnickers sitting on the grass. About three years ago I believe the Council planted a few trees there but people in love with their view surreptitously poisoned them. Council tried a few more times apparently but with no success. They must have given up, a pity. I remember when trees were planted in Inverloch and threatened to mar the view of residents in nearby houses with huge expanses of tinted glass. Those trees were poisoned more than once. That is until Council nailed on to the trees signs that advertised a huge fine for such vandalism!
People with houses with sea views tend to become particularly possessive of their views, though I suppose the same can be said of many who frequent the Breakwater. I suppose it could be said the people in the houses have paid hugely for their views. Yet this does not equate with ownership. Views equally entrancing can be enjoyed free by others from the enclosed comfort of their cars. I imagine that is the only sort of view I will ever be able to afford, but I wouldn’t choose to spend an inflated amount of money for a house with a sea view, especially in these days of rising sea levels. And I know from experience that a wonderful view will eventually be taken for granted. Better to drive to see it when one really wants to and to marvel anew at its perfection.