A visit to the beach, a snack lunch, sunshine and salty air
Ricketts Point Teahouse & Café
Summer's the time when Melburnians (in fact most Australians) do what comes naturally. Get outdoors and soak up a bit of the gentle sun, as long as plenty of protective suncream has been lavished on face, arms and body.
As an older person, having the luxury of transport for an summer's day outing isn't always an option. However, when it is available or offered it's one of those things that open up all sorts of opportunities. Such as a short drive down to Mordialloc and then on to Ricketts Point for a spot of lunch, which I managed to do last week.
So it was that I found myself being driven down "to the beach" without having had the enjoyment of experiencing the scenery, the smells, the salty tang in the air, and the sheer wonder of gentle Melbourne sunshine on my face after so many years (dare I say decades?) The beach itself brought back many wonderful memories, but it's all changed, as have I, in the years between.
But that didn't stop the wonder of the moment. Far too many things are taken for granted I know, but this short trip on a beautiful early summer's day, brought back the knowledge that it's the simple things in life that really matter.
The route taken was from Blackburn down Warrigal Road to Mentone where we turned onto Beach Road and pulled in at the Pavillion at Mordialloc for a quick cup of tea.
Continuing our short journey along Beach Road we came to Ricketts Point Teahouse (also known as the Ricketts Point Beachside Cafe) where we stopped for lunch. While the prices were a little higher than expected, everyone commented on the fact that it was because of "location, location, location" and accepted the fact that sitting beside the beach was well worth it. When the meals were served it was surprising to find they were so generous in quantity.
I noticed older people seem to prefer sitting indoors for their meals, while younger singles and families made a bee-line for the deck. Which was packed the day we were there. No doubt it's packed every day, summer and winter, for it has an outlook right out onto the bay and there's something mesmerising about sitting and looking at the beach, whatever its moods.
The day was bright, the sunshine warm and inviting, the water looked much the same and one of our group quickly removed her shoes and walked down the sand so that she could tip her toe in the water, just to say she'd done so. A quick, but short walk, along the short boardwalk and beginning the route of the Artists Walk, finished our visit.
Artists Walk 2
What everyone was surprised to see were the black swans sitting out on the rocks nearer the shore. It was a comment repeated by everyone that they'd never, in their memories, seen black swans at the beach, particularly Ricketts Point. Perhaps a family of black swans were visiting and decided to make it their new home.