Shoal Point Beach.

It has been so dry here in Mackay. Well maybe that’s not the right way to put it. I’ve mentioned in some comments about how humid it is here – it’s usually about 30 degrees Celsius by 9am and sits at between 70 and 75% humidity. There’s a breeze off the ocean, but it’s a hot one, like a fan-forced oven. And it’s still 26 and higher when you go to bed at night. It really is the tropics. And yet it hasn’t rained here properly for such a long time. It’s very unusual to have such a dry Christmas, usually it rains and storms. But this year, we have not had such luck.

I grew up not far from here (just in a smaller town, about 40km to the south). I’ve been to the beaches here before in my childhood but it all looks so different now, such a different time we live in. Now, there are so many cars, so much traffic, so many rules and signs. But the sand is just the same, the water hasn’t changed. It’s such a strange and yet familiar feeling to stand in the ocean while a rainstorm rolls in at sunset – the light has faded, the tide has gone out, the beach mostly empty, but the water is warm, the breeze is hot and the humidity is high. It looks like it should feel cold, but it’s balmy and tropical and sticky. We spent the day hoping for some rain out of the little tropical low developing up north and at about 11pm we got our wish, it started to rain, it’s raining right now – I have my window open as I type this and I can smell the rain and best of all I can hear it on the roof of the house nextdoor, such a soothing sound.

Tomorrow, we head to the beaches around my hometown – the rains from the low are well and truly here now, but hopefully we can still see the beach.
I hope you are enjoying your holidays if you are lucky enough to have them.
x desleyjane

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Ninette D.S says:

    Gorgoues photos! Wish I was there 🙂 glad you’re enjoying the holidays + Happy New Year to you and yours xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much! Come on over 😉 Happy New Year to you and yours too xox.

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  2. Well you certainly found beautiful inspiration in all that extreme weather. This is a gorgeous portfolio of images.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Lisa! 😊

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  3. kazg10 says:

    Happy New Year Desley 🙂 I’m glad you can smell the rain, there’s nothing better but for the north its doubly sweet xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Karen. Super sweet. And so much cooler. Happy New Year to you too xox.

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  4. I love the patterns and also how two tone the clouds versus beach is almost looks bleached out. Sounds miserably hot though poor you. No reprieve. Happy New Year sweetie xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Justine X. Yes I thought so too with the bleached look as a result of the misty rain falling. It’s cooled off dramatically now, much more pleasant. Happy New Year to you too X.

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  5. susurrus says:

    I’m glad you’ve had chance to visit your family for Christmas. I really enjoyed this lyrical description of the beach which goes so beautifully with the pictures.
    I get the feeling we might have to start getting used to weird weather. It was terrible to see the forest fires in Australia over Christmas while in the north of England it’s been raining a bit too hard, and sweeping old stone bridges and buildings along with it.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Susan, I’m glad you liked it. Yes it was lovely to be back with family. My mum and my best friend and I are now packing up my house for the big move. The fires were devastating. I was there in February and wrote a number of posts about how wonderful that part of the world is, I really feel for those people who live there. I am shocked that you are losing bridges from heavy rain, that’s really awful. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your start to 2016.

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  6. Heyjude says:

    You can have some of OUR rain DJ – we have plenty to share. I haven’t been to that part of Queensland. Townsville to the north and Hervey Bay to the south, but not Mackay. You must be near the Whitsundays then? I have always wanted to visit them…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you!! We will take the rain!!! 😋 yes Mackay is called the gateway to the whitsundays, it’s a lovely spot but a bit too hot for me these days. The whitsundays are glorious though – beautiful beaches and clear blue water. Very much a holiday destination. How’s your new year shaping up?

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      1. Heyjude says:

        I could do with a couple of weeks just lazing in the Whitsundays… still poised to move but no date as yet.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Fingers crossed it happens soon!!

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  7. tildy1 says:

    Gotta love a beach!

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  8. Debbie H says:

    Great shots that evoke exactly what you are saying about dryness and the need for rain. Love it!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you!! 😄😄

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  9. Brilliant photos, truly transporting 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, and a very happy new year to you.

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  10. pommepal says:

    What a lovely part of Aussie to spend Christmas but I agree I would not want to be there in Dec/Jan, GC is quite humid enough for me. Best wishes for 2016 DJ and hope your move goes smoothly. Looking forward to seeing Melbourne through your camera lens.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh yes so hot. It is just as hot here in Melbourne but for the first time, I’m grateful for the lack of humidity. I actually have a tan from the long drive down and from sunning myself at a cafe with GG. 😊 I hope you had a lovely New Years!

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      1. pommepal says:

        It is humid here on the GC and getting hotter. Long trip to Melbourne, How many days did you take?

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        1. desleyjane says:

          We did it in two days, went via Dubbo from Brisbane, through Toowoomba first. They were about 12 hour drives each day.

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          1. pommepal says:

            I bet you were exhausted when you finally got there.

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            1. desleyjane says:

              We were. But removalists arrived at 8am to start bringing in all my stuff. I’m still surrounded by boxes LOL.

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              1. pommepal says:

                No wonder you have not had time to blog. But I bet you’re still taking photos…

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  I haven’t been taking any, apart from a few iPhone shots. But I think I’ll head out shortly…

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  11. A.B Mood says:

    From reading your description and seeing the photos, for a moment there I could actually smell the ocean and the sand in my head. Is that weird? I don’t know it just triggered my own childhood memory 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      What a wonderful comment! If my photo can invoke a memory for you, then I’m a very happy girl 😊

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  12. I love the moodiness and the grays and tans and patterns. I hope you’re doing ok with all of the moving business. Happy new year to you. Many many blessings to you Des!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! Yes getting there, slowly. Have pulled something in my back and can’t move around much so that has slowed me down a lot. Time for some medical attention I think as it’s been four days now.

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      1. oh no! that’s all you need right now! 😦

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