The Point of a Pier
15 July 2021 | The Coral Sea Resort
Jenny Gaskell | Perfect
Just lying right here on terra firma, scanning the long stretch of this pier jutting into the Coral Sea. The original timber structure now supporting a gleaming white arc canopy for protection. I imagine one would alight from one’s ship with one’s trunks after a stint at sea back in the day. Now the Pier has been decommissioned for transits and set up for one to sit, should one wish to watch the sun melt away behind the pretty vista. 🤔 *Note to self - One might just do that later.
Speaking of stretch, if I lift my head far enough, I can spot ‘Condesa’ anchored just beyond in the glistening waters, patiently awaiting our return. Just one beautiful vessel, amongst many.
I wonder if she is what He Who Hums saw in his mind’s eye? When he was a young-gun travelling salesman 35+ years ago. He stood here, on this landmark and told himself .... ‘One day I will sail a boat here’ .....and despite the odd “Debbie downer”....Here he/we are! Over the years it has become our favourite anchorage of all.
Kudos to the cricketer who earned himself a different cap I say!
If I shut out my surroundings, I could be anywhere in the world. The background music is adequately exotic, giving an air of ‘holiday romance’ to this resort and the tempo of the bongo drums is fitting for the tropical pool bar setting.
Feeling a tad guilty lazing here in Peurto Rico 🤦🏻♀️, I mean Airlie. I take stock and check... and so far today we are doing exactly as planned and that was - nothing! Well, maybe a few laps should we feel the urge. For now just to remain in stillness, when your heart and head are ever so gently rocking is suffice.
There’s a ruckus happening from beneath the jetty, I surmise a shark chasing a very large school of fish🙄. And much to our surprise the proof came later. It was a 2 metre tiger shark doing the rounds in Port of Airlie anchorage😳. Lucky He Who Hums had checked our hull and propeller back at Brampton Island. There will be absolutely no water jobs for Condesa in the Whitsundays. So, I presume when we are done here, we’ll just have to rest out there.
Plus, that stroll to the end of the pier to wrap up one’s day of dreaming. 😑