Thursday, 12 March 2009

A DAY AT THE DRINK

Today's word over at HSMSHS is "drink" which is perfect for the next instalment of my holiday pictures as it is the day we spent at Sefeer Beach.

Feb 16th 2009

I couldn't believe it when we got to the beach and saw this it couldn't have been more perfect. We had gorgeous blue skies, blue sea and a stunning beach.

For the boys we had rock pools to investigate.

This little guy made Pete jump out of his skin and squeal like a girl.

I spotted this dead fish when we were beach combing.


and then accidentally kicked this poor little puffer fish as I was walking past. I say little but he was rather on the large size as you can see by my footprint below him.


After a lot or searching we eventually found an empty spot to set up ready for our picnic


ready for the locals to drop by for a spot of lunch.


Whilst sitting we saw this.

After lunch it was time for a little walk along the coast where all the shells seemed to move.


Just to show that we did put him back and no wildlife was harmed in the making of this blog


The beach was littered with coral.


We clambered over some rocks at the far end of the beach and came across this


The boys did a lot of this


and Pete did a lot of pebble searching


and throwing. I will add here that it was hot he just doesn't strip off due to the fact he burns easily and with the immuno-suppressants he is on he has to be extra, extra careful in the sun.


These are the only other people we saw all day

The journey home was equally as spectacular



A couple of days later I read the local paper and there was an article in it about Sefeer Beach. Unfortunately it has been earmarked for development and in the very near future 4 hotels, a golf course, some residential flats and many other things will be springing up along that beautiful beach it really is a crime.
It went on to say that they need to get it right unlike Dubai. Apparently Dubai has grown so quickly that the infrastructure is not sufficient. Sewerage over there is collected and transported to the sewerage works via tankers. Oman has green, yellow and blue tankers for fresh water, used water and sewerage. In Dubai the amount of sewerage has grown but not the works so the tanker drivers, instead of queueing in large queues, have been piping it out to sea to save time. Consiquently the waters around Dubai are now contaminated and will remain so for many, many months to come. They are now looking in to starting a flag scheme for their beaches similar to the one we have over here.

12 comments:

Igotmebabe said...

How could they develop in such a beautiful spot, its criminal. Your pictures are amazing !!

Photographing Mom said...

What a shame about the development. :'(

Beautiful pictures.

lucy said...

Absolutely stunning photos. I am so jealous. I would love to sit on the beach with a drink in my hand.

Aubrey Harns said...

More great pics Rachel. Glad you were able to get them before everything there is built up.
Blessings,
Aubrey

Chris T said...

Great set of photos again - will be sad if they spoil it with the development but from what you say they may be a bit more aware of what they are doing & perhaps sympathetic to the natural beauty!

Shannon said...

I like reading your vacation shots!

canadacole said...

Another beautiful set of photos! I especially love the crab on the beach. Beautiful!

It's a shame all of that will be developed. Thanks for sharing it with us before it is.

SuzyB said...

Im jealous as a jealous thing, how amazing to go there and be able to take such great shots x

Mima said...

I especially love the hermit crab on the move, but what an awful shame about development on the beach.

sharon said...

hey Promarker girl..welcome to the club ;)
I have decided to come stalk on ya blog ha ha...oohh me needs to be dippin my tootsies in that sea..sooo lovely.xxxxx

Teena in Toronto said...

I love the beach!

Happy blogoversary :)

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