This morning’s weather is not what one would have wanted for a summer Sunday. It has, though, confirmed that the licensed trade is a minefield. It has also reduced the visible tourist population and reminded me why I love the coast. Finally it has given me a pat on the back for recovery. While working yesterday I had my favourite webcam on one monitor and I can confirm that people were still sprawled on the beach sunbathing at 6pm. I saw updates on Facebook telling me that Sean had music on today, he can only do this outside, and the world was looking sunny. Today I read that there are severe weather warnings and torrential rain, who would have thought.
I know that Sean will have been grumbling in his coffee this morning, shortly before trying to negotiate a rain off with his live act. Like everything else that is tourist related the licensed trade is weather dependent. In some cases bad weather can help, if tourists have arrived then at least your indoor venue is dry. But normally bad weather means bad takings, worse is the unpredictability of nature today’s rain will have ruined many long planned events. For me on the ‘sunshine coast’ the beach looks lovely and empty, the diehard tourists of yesterday will be frying bacon in their caravans until the pubs open. If I was here all week then today would be the day to stock up on all of the food products associated with barbecues as the grocery store try’s to get out of its stock.
It is still dry here so the shops will see some trade today and the arcades will relieve people of any excess cash. But as much as the tourist trade is a random, unpredictable feast or famine I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How did this remind me of healing? I am 8 weeks from the anniversary of my accident and I vividly remember last summer. I spent my summer looking out at the beach but imprisoned by casts and dressings. Like something from a movie I sat in my front room growling at people having fun. This year I will see the sun, one more restriction of the accident lifted. There are only a couple of restrictions left before I am back to me, its nice to tick them off.