Lazy days at Adelaide’s beaches with the promise of fish and chips at twilight is what television’s Anne Fulwood looks forward to when catching up with family.
ADELAIDE’S beaches face west and as the sun sets a beautiful, soothing calm comes over the water. It’s not like the crashing waves we get at east coast beaches; these are gentle, rolling waves that make for a very different beach experience — one that I yearn for more often as I get older.
I grew up in country South Australia where searing summers were spent making sure the crops were harvested and watered, and I loved escaping to my grandparent’s place by the beach at Adelaide’s Brighton.
I remember my mother and father saying I loved the beach from the age of 12 months and would scream when they tried to remove me from my water playground. My grandfather enjoyed walking along the beach and my brother and I would go with him; we’d while away an afternoon and wander home at sundown. It was a celebration of the senses, and to this dayI can still recall the feeling of that soothing water on my hot skin and the smell of salt air. I remember how overwhelmingly big the sea seemed and still see the buckets, spades and sandcastles.
There was the occasional late-afternoon meal of fish and chips after a bit of lolling about in the water.
Years later, when I was at university, that became a meal of chicken and chips and maybe theodd glass of champagne on the beach.
At Christmas my family have since stayed in an apartment at neighbouring Glenelg Beach. When the unrelenting heat of the sun fades, we emerge on to the beach for fish and chips, sitting under the magnificent old jetty while we eat. Twilight on those beautiful long summer evenings is really something special.
This series of articles produced with support from Tourism Australia.
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