We came out of Level 4 lockdown today, and took little Esme to the beach. Lockdown has been hard for her too, especially as missing nursery and trips out can’t be explained to her. I was expecting the beaches to be popular but Paton’s Rock was deserted with only two or three people on 5km of golden sand. We collected shells, watched a ‘Sand Dollar’ burrowing down into the sand at the tideline, sat in a driftwood bivouac and ran about in the sunshine.
In the afternoon we went to Pupu Springs and it was nearly deserted; the river gurgled and the springs surged, welling up in blue and green whirlpools of clear, fresh water.