YESTERDAY AT MY DAUGHTER’S PLACE.
THE YAAN : I have not yet begun to write – due to a very wakeful night. Back in a bit. I am going to Urunga – where the rivers meet the sea – and walking with the family out to the end of the wooden footbridge.
DAY OUT ON THE FOOTBRIDGE.
CONTINUING OUR INTERRUPTED YAAN.
Its 9.48 p.m. This year is just about the most ‘occupied’ year I have had for ages. It was a splendid day today. There’s a nice word – splendid.
We took the Cheery Redhead for her inaugral Urunga Footbridge walk. The family has been using that footbridge since 1948. It is as splendid as was the day. In Urunga, two rivers join and meet the sea. The Pacific Ocean it is. The footbridge leading out to the mouth is wooden. I am extremely fond of wooden things. Maybe its because I am the daughter of a carpenter. The Footbridge has bends and slants and slopes. The Urunga footbridge goes all the way to the beach now. Quite a long way. The Cheery Redhead paced it out faster than I could. She was as an American friend described her “curious and unafraid”. The trees growing in water caught her attention. “MANGO TREES’ she called them. Mangroves are a new experience.
It’s a narrow wooden bridge. Only just enough room for passing. Now and then there are wider places with benches and a couple of times steps and platforms lead down into the water and sand. We took to the benches a couple of times and drank water and squirted it over our heads to cool down. Then back to walking past the dogs and fishermen and mangroves. My dad used to walk it almost every day in the last 30 years of his life. Once he threatened to kill himself by leaping off the rock wall at the end. My sister said she pursued him through town in her satin nightgown. I don’t know how she stopped him but I rather think it was just a whim of his. He was inclined to wear only his Speedos, a hat and a pair of sneakers.
I walk the Footbridge and I walk our family story when I do.
My Mum on honeymoon 1948
THE FOOTBRIDGE IN 2012. SO FAR, I AM NOT TAKING MUCH OF 2012 LYING DOWN. I AM ON MY FEET AND OUT AND ABOUT.