Posts Tagged ‘stingers’

Hate ’em, hate ’em, hate ’em

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

With summer well and truly hitting Perth, the past few weeks I have been going to the beach almost every day. The water has been lovely but North Cottesloe has received its usual visit from the bastardly creatures, Stingers. I hate them. They force me to wear a dorky, bright blue rashy because they have some sort of inane ability to sense my presence in the water, drift my way and sting me where it hurts.

wet suits

Maybe I should try wearing a wetsuit so I can look as great as these dudes

This morning the water was quite choppy due to approaching rains and in my rush to get to the beach I forgot to bring my ugly protective wear. There hadn’t been many stingers around in the past few days and I figured it would all be fine. But no. The one single stinger that was floating about in the shores of North Cottesloe found me and grabbed hold of my arm. And I don’t just get a little sting – my arm is currently yelling “SCRATCH ME!!! I’M SO ITCHY!!!”  and is covered in red lumps. Not impressed. I thought I had cured it by applying vinegar but my declarations of “I beat the stinger!” were too early. Bastards.

When It’s Good It’s Very Very Good, When It’s Bad It’s Horrid.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Cottesloe beach

Ahh... glorious. Couldn't you just write a song about it?

I am very lucky to live so close to one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. I have taken to braving the cold waters most weekday mornings, going for a dip with my parents and aunt at 7am. The rest of the family think we’re nuts but I understand why my mum has been doing this for years. It certainly wakes you up and prepares you for the day ahead. As winter approaches, I have taken to running into the water because:
a. The sand is colder than the water and it hurts your feet so it’s best to get off it as soon as possible
b. waiting for the inevitable never works – you have to get it over and done with and the sooner your head is wet, the sooner you can get used to the arctic temperatures.

Over the past few days, however, I have been witness to the wonders and not-so-wonderfuls of the beach. On Sunday I went for coffee in North Cottesloe and witnessed an impressive sunset.

Sunset

So long, sunshine!

Then this morning the water was ridiculously clear – crisp and cool (although not too freezing) and bobbing about in the water just made you feel alive. Unfortunately the water wasn’t clear enough for me to spot the rather large stinger (well, they are basically invisible creatures anyway) that decided to attack me. I have a tendency to over-react to stingers (as in my skin puffs up and becomes ridiculous itchy for about a week) so if you see me scratching at a rash-like thing on my arm, no I’m not diseased.

Stinger

Sexy! Have I grossed you out yet?