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Effort and enterprise had gone into making this shelter above the beach.

It looked suitable for Robinson Crusoe, but there was no sign of any inhabitant.

“You need to climb the dune to reach
this basic shelter on the beach.”

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There were hundreds of people on Waimairi Beach this morning, and the car parks were full.


It was the Junior Life Saving Carnival.  Juniors, aged 7-14, are taught the basic skills they need to feel safe in the surf.  Over 14 they can become eligible to join the beach patrol which is on duty Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday during the summer.  The Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1949 and is run entirley by volunteers.

“At this surf club they aim to teach
skills that keep folk safe on the beach.”


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I took my visitors to New Brighton.  The pier was closed in preparation for fireworks, but we were happy to walk on the sand.

New Brighton Pier

New Brighton Pier

Spectacular kites were flying.


We explored the busy seaside market and bought fresh cheap radishes, then stopped for lunch at Hector Cafe, where I enjoyed a stuffed kumara, and we met a pirate.

While some New Brighton shops look sad, the beach and the market are well worth a Saturday visit.

“Those giant kites away up high
look so attractive in the sky.”

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There was a dead baby seal lying on the beach this morning.

dead-seal-smallWith a butterfly yesterday, and a seal today, I’m beginning to wonder what dead creature I shall see tomorrow.

The belief that things come in threes is known as triaphilia.  Some say it’s because three is the first odd prime number (what about 1?) or that it’s related to the Christian trinity.  Apparently our brains like series of three, e.g. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll; Veni, vidi,vici; Friends, Romans, countrymen.

“Things often come in groups of three
no more dead creatures, please, for me.”


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This strange jellyfish was washed up on Waimairi Beach.

Spotty jellyfish (Small)

It was at least 20cm long, covered in dark red spots, and I have been unable to identify it.  Does anyone know what it is?

“There it lay, upon the shore
exposed to seagull, or dog’s paw.”

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Snow on the Port Hills combined with clouds and sea to make an interesting picture in blue and white.

Snow, clouds, &sea (Small)

“Although the snow was close at hand
we were just fine down on the sand.”

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These pied oystercatchers were scurrying along the shore to get out of the way of frolicking dogs.  Eventually they had to take to their wings.

Oyster catchers (Small)

These birds may be found on most beaches from December to July.  After that they usually move inland to breed on riverbeds and farmland.  They eat mainly small shellfish and worms.  Oystercatchers birds may live up to 25 years, the oldest one known was 28.  Although they don’t stay together outside of the breeding season most of them retain their partner from one year to the next.

“If they want their flock to expand
it’s time for them to move inland.”

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