Of Whales and Dolphins


Today was the day…

I saw dolphins! I’ve written before on my blog about seeing dolphins from our house is less than impressive. Tiny little splashes in the water has numerous onlookers jumping up and down when in actual fact that’s all I can see – tiny little splashes in the water. But not today.

There was an enormous pod of hundreds and hundreds of dolphins swimming out towards the bay from the direction of Fish Hoek. It was an incredible sight especially when viewed through the binoculars and even better through the telescope. I was on a video call with Stacey and Elsie when we first spotted them. David put my cell phone over the telescope lens so they could have a look. Stacey took a screen shot.  Without a high powered long lens camera, it’s always going to look fuzzy this way. The sun was shining on the water but amidst the glistening water are hundreds of little black dots and lines – those are all dolphins…

It was quite a sight. I watched them move in a great swathe across the bay and took a photo of how they impacted the water….the red ring is where they all are, leaving a long trail behind them…

Before I even saw the dolphins, I was on the call to Stacey when I suddenly saw movement in the bay. I grabbed the binoculars and it was a very active whale, prancing around and slapping its tail vociferously on the sea with an enormous ‘thwack’. Maybe it was warning the approaching dolphins of its presence. David got a couple of photos through the lens.

So, it was a good day for life in the ocean.

And for us. On our trip to the beach, the water, I thought was slightly colder than yesterday. With it being full moon, the tides are particularly high and low. When we got to the beach this morning, it was low tide. I decided with the water being so chilly, I’d not put my head under the water, so I swam breast stroke, got to the barrel and carried on swimming. It was wonderful. It was so shallow and I felt safe. I didn’t swim for as long as yesterday but it was equally as pleasant. The blue line is where the blue barrel is.

Maybe one day I’ll get to swim to the Sunny Cove bridge. 🙂

It’s been a beautiful restful day. Mike is well. He is saying there are much less expensive ways to get us down the stairs if we need medical help. The funicular will come when it comes.

I came onto the balcony to do the blog. It’s sunny and warm out here. We did a load of washing (mainly all the towels and my swimming costume) and they are drying behind me. They must be almost dry. We have had lunch and Mike is making coffee.

James 1:2-3

When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂





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