One of those days

2017-04-06 06:02

THE late musician Lou Reed sang a great song with the words “It’s such a perfect day I want to spend it with you.” Well, on Human Rights Day last week after catching up with some admin I took a trip to Margate to check out what was happening.

On the way I took the beachside route along Lilliecrona Drive from Uvongo to Lucien Beach. Visitors and locals of all shapes, sizes, young and old were either running, cycling or strolling (in some cases with panting dogs in tow) next to quaint beach coves which themselves were being investigated by children looking for some exotic sea creature or unusual find as intrepid anglers cast into the blue yonder. Out at sea charter and private boats bobbed along doing their deep sea thing.

In Margate the umbrellas on were out as families and little ones had a jolly time having play in the sand or swimming in the shallows and in the boulevard side pool.

Many parents huddled in the cool shade of the numerous palm trees for which Margate is famed. Young sweethearts walked hand in hand from the beach joyful in their state of bliss and gravitating to the magnetic sounds of their sort of music filtrating from one or other drinking spot.

The more comfort seeking lay on deck chairs at their seaside timeshare units and staff at restaurants and cocktail bars geared up for the day’s coming trade. Roadside vendors displayed their colourful wares as promenade strollers wondered by and at times bought a keepsake to take home.

All this was going on as the blue ocean choreographed to the gentle breezes and tides of nature’s unrelenting tune. Up-country bakkies and polished saloons slowly filtered in and a biker group of about 20 cruised down to the seafront to have a leisurely lunch. Everything was in place for a perfect day and it remained that way- this I guess is what an average day down our way should be.

People were chilled, unhurried and just happy to be in the warm sun, situated in a friendly, hospitable, scenic environment and having time out from the stresses and strains of everyday living, and boy do we need it.

I surmise but if Reed was there that day he would have been humming to his much vaunted song - It was that perfect a day.

That is why the “slow coast” has such a pull for so many. It exudes that unpretentious easy and leisurely vibe and this makes it very special for so many South Africans and our foreign guests.

Simon Greenwood in his Greenwood Guide to South Africa states: “I think the coast of KwaZulu-Natal gets better and better the further south you head.”

Hey that’s us.

Hassle-free leisure time I guess is part of the broad human rights bundle so the last public holiday turned out to be just that.

Viva South Coast, viva.

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