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Xenny’s Beach

Life’s a beach!

Xenny has kindly sent me a photograph of his favourite beach from his home in South Africa which we would both like to share with you. Having travelled along the coastline of Southern Africa I can vouch for its beauty. Xenny is indeed a lucky man and I am sure he will leave a comment to tell you more about it.
Thanks Xenny, it’s great to have an insight into where the readers of this blog come from. Some have their own blogs and websites but most don’t so if you want to share a favourite picture and/or location then let me know…..

Xenny's Beach

Picture taken by and copyright of Xenny

8 Comments

  1. Rod says:

    Looks fabulous - even more so with our weather at the moment !
    Rod

    December 30, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  2. Xenny says:

    Thank you so much for the inclusion of the pic, Miles :)

    Indeed, we are blessed to live so close to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. This beach in particular, Schoenmakerskop *literally translated it’s Shoemakers Head* is ideal because there are very few pebbles, it has quite a few tidal pools formed by positioning of the rocks, and importantly, it’s accessible to me (I’m an amputee). The beach manager has very kindly installed a flight of stairs which leads down to the beach itself from the parking area (from where I took the pic using my Nokia), thus affording me, and others who aren’t as mobile as most, easy access to a healthy dose of sea and sand :)

    December 30, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  3. Melissa says:

    Xenny (and you too, Miles),

    I love this photo! It’s beautiful and so much fun to see other parts of the planet. Thank you for sharing it. And thank you Miles, for fostering such a fun little community.

    Xenny, I hope you don’t find me to be an annoyingly bold American, but I’ve got a wonderful shot from my outdoor playground at the base of Winter Park Ski Area, home to the National Sports Center for the Disabled. I grew up skiing at Winter Park as my dad was part of the early development of the ski area. The NSCD was created back in 1970 to teach amputee kids how to ski. My dad helped with donating ski poles (he was in the ski business) to be modified to use as “outriggers” for support while skiing. The program has grown into a huge success and the NSCD competition program has produced elite “disabled” athletes who are part of the Alpine Ski Team and compete all over the world. Many have been part of the US Disabled Ski Team competing in the Paralympics. It’s such a great program and is expected to host some of the Iraq vets coming back with serious injuries.

    Anyway, I had my camera one day and the base area where people catch the lifts up the mountain is always “littered” with wheelchairs, guide dogs, prosthetic limbs, etc. because the athletes are on the mountain skiing up a storm. It’s absolutely amazing and some of these people are the best skiers in the world. The NSCD also has a big climbing wall, hiking trails, etc. Great place, for sure. Let me know if you want a closer look and I’ll pass along this photo I took. Actually, part of the reason I had to take the photo was because one guy had an Alaskan Malamute (the same as my dog, Fairbanks) support dog sound asleep next to his wheelchair which was at the base of the chairlift. This dog is always there when his master is out skiing. I love it — loyal companion, no doubt about it!

    Here’s the link to their website. Check it out, you’ll be inspired to give up the beach for the ski slopes! And check out the dog waiting for his master to finish a rock climb. Aaahhh, he’s doing his dog job.

    Sorry about the ramble, Miles.
    :-)

    December 30, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

  4. Melissa says:

    Oops, forgot the link.

    http://www.nscd.org/programs/index.htm

    December 30, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  5. Xenny says:

    Thanx so much for the link, Melissa, it’s much appreciated :) Speaking about disabilities and the like is certainly something which I don’t mind, seeing that I’ve been in the boat, so to speak, for the past 28 years. I used to be a remedial teacher at a school for the disabled, and it never ceased to amaze me how kids will always be kids :D There I’d be, with the kids at the pool (most of them wheelchair bound), slipping off my leg, and the kids would be gawking at this huge chap sans lower limb about to hop into the pool or ocean. Hehehe kids will be kids :)

    I’d appreciate the pic, Melissa, and would love to add it to my Facebook albums, if you wouldn’t mind. I recently had to have a new leg fitted, and if any of you’d like to take a look at some of the steps involved in the creation of a prosthetic limb, have a peek at my Facebook albums, there’s one entitled “The Leg Factory”. You’ll find me on FB as Xenny Brown. Melissa, my addy is xennyster AT gmail.com

    December 30, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  6. miles says:

    All,
    Hopefully others will read these comments and feel inspired to take part in the ‘community’. It really is wonderful how you all help shape my/our blog and it makes it all worthwhile.
    Really quite humbling.

    Miles

    December 30, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

  7. Elsie Nean says:

    Miles, Xenny, Melissa
    What a smiley way to see out the old year, Xenny’s lovely photo-being able to picture him/family on the beach; Melissa deep in snow with Fairbanks sharing with us all the wonderful work of NSCD; Miles and the rest of us now in dry, sub-zero temp’s trying to keep warm with curries and winter casseroles.
    Both summer and winter have their attractions. I used to love skiing/sledging in my young years and equally enjoyed the fruits and pleasures of summers. We are fortunate to experience all of these. It is wonderful to have committed people that will share their expertise with those less fortunate.
    It is truly amazing to see what can now be achieved by disabled people with appropriate help and a reminder to the rest not to take their abilities for granted.
    May the New Year bring us all health and sunshine, be it over sand or snow but mainly in the hearts.
    With very best wishes to you ALL.
    Elsie

    December 30, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  8. Cid says:

    Miles and the gang,

    I’m spoilt for choice…. fabulous beach or learning to ski with Melissa? Don’t suppose it counts but I’ve just come home from visiting a friend who’s children had a Wii Fit for Christmas. Think I’ve been skiing, hula hooping, stepping and a bit of yoga…. sad thing is I know I’m going to feel it tomorrow so perhaps my new year’s resolution must be to get fitter.

    Xenny, keep your camera with you and take some more shots of your part of the world for us, that would be really nice. I have a South African friend here and I always keep redbush tea in for her…. must say I’ve taken a liking for it too.

    Elsie, does the fact that I never did manage to roller skate mean I’ll never be able to ski? Only that will not do if I’m going to be a future Bond girl along side the well balanced (something no one’s ever called me :) )and highly toned Mr Craig :)

    Miles, look what you’ve made, it’s a many splendid thing this community and I shall raise a glass to us all tomorrow night.

    Cheers,

    Cid

    December 30, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

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