Swimming in the ocean is one of my absolute favourite things to do in the Summer-time. I love to put my back to the pounding waves and to feel the perfect weightlessness as the salt water sweeps you off your feet. I like to just float around on the ocean water, letting it buffet me about in the sunshine. Absolute heaven! The ocean is most definitely one of my favourite forces of nature, and swimming in it on a hot day is second to none.
The salt water is excellent for your skin, and the hot sand is the best free exfoliator for the feet; there are just so many health benefits to hitting the ocean waves for a few hours, both physically and mentally. Every time that I go to the seaside I wonder why I have not been for so long and curse myself for not going more regularly throughout the year. It is most definitely a place of healing and relaxation.
Zoe and Lachlainn also joined us on the sand dunes in an attempt to escape yeaterdays 40 degree heat, but it really never seems that hot at the beach, not with the cool coastal breezes blowing in. In fact the heat is often very deceptive at the coast, making it very easy to get tricked and burnt to a crisp is you're not being sunsmart.
I think that I will have to indulge in at least one more day at the beach before the Summer break ends, it was just so lovely to be re-united with the ocean and that sweet salty air once again.
MANON DES SOURCES
(JEAN DE FLORETTE PT 2)
Release Dates: 1986
Running Times: 120 mins and 113 mins
Two epic French period dramas, based on the novels by Marcel Pagnol, and set in rural Province where the land means everything to its people. Lovingly directed by Claude Berri, these are fabulously enjoyable movies, with a great mix of wonderful and terrible characters.
The first instalment tells the story of Jean de Florette (Gerard Depardieu), a book-smart hunchback that inherits a farming estate from his mother and attempts to farm it against the elements and his scheming neighbours. The second instalment tells the story of Jean de Florette's daughter, Manon (Emmanuelle Beart), a beautiful wild girl that sets about exposing the truth behind her father's demise and the role that the locals played in his death.
The best thing about these films is the authenticity, there is nothing frilly or fancy going on, this is just a realistic depiction of rural life in a simple country village. The stunningly beautiful French landscapes will leave you longing for a holiday and craving the summer, and the characters (well, some of them) will have you enchanted with their longings and desires for the simple things in life. There are some particularly unscrupulous characters to boo at along the way, and essentially this is a tragic story about greed and revenge more than anything else, but it is also a fine depiction of human behaviour at it's best and it's worst.
FINAL SAY: When you live on a farm, water is life.
4.5 Chili Peppers