Marty and I spent five days in November relaxing in Okinawa at the Renaissance Resort. Marty really likes water sports and I love to look at the sea. The sea at Okinawa can be emerald green and various shades of light blue when the sun shines deepening to a dark blue.
When I was a small child we used to go to the beach at places like Millisle and Tyrella in County Down, Northern Ireland. I remember the sea as being gray. It was also usually quite cold, unlike Okinawa, but I loved to go anyway. It’s hard to remember those days but I think my sister and I would sometimes go to the beach with my Grandparents on a Sunday afternoon. Tyrella always seemed more of an adventure as it used to have a rickety road to the beach and I can remember my Granda driving down it at one point with a flat tire causing the car to lurch from side to side. (I think my Granda Bailie’s driving was always a bit of a family joke and any car he ever owned was always on its last legs.) My sister and I used to hide in the sand dunes and then try to find creatures in the rock pools. I’m not quite sure exactly what we were looking for and I have strange memories of my Granda wanting us to find something he called “winkles” and “willicks”.
I think I will always love the sea.