And so today we made a pilgrimmage to the beach. To Yeradda beach outside Vishakapatnam.
The day was warm. Not a cloud in the blue sky. The sea water refreshingly cool. Its boxing day!
There is of course serious work to be done.
Sand castles have to be built for one.
I mean, we can't just spend all our time frolicking in the waves can we?
A lot of work has to be done.
Its good that we had two happy workman on hand.
And what fun to build and build.
To see something emerge out of sand.
And then at the end there is something to see.
A finished product.
And a proud builder.
The sea will come in and take it away. Sooner or later.
The same sea that destroys the grandest of sand-castles is also the one into whose waves we can run for a refreshing dip.
Yerrada beach is said to be a dangerous place - though we did not see any signs telling us that. The waves were great fun. A large sand-bar meant that most of the way into the water I was only at waist level.
Even now, back home at Ammamma and Thatha's place in Tungalam village I can still feel the waves. The feel of the sand in my toes. The sound of the water tumbling over itself
What is it about the sea that draws us like a magnet?
Is it the awesome sight of a horizon that stretches out ahead of us?
Is it the romance of knowing that the waves could have come from the other side of the planet?
Or is it the sheer beauty of sun on surf - the never ending change of white foam crashing in - being gathered up into green waves - and then coming in again.
We were not alone at the beach - of course. There were plenty of other revellers - some on the rowdy side - others walking primly along the strand.
After we had played ourselves out we retired to the pavillion. For lunch of course!
Ammamma had stocked us up with her famous lemon rice and egg curry. Add chips to the mix and some sprite and finish it off with some banana-coconut cake and you have a perfect picnic.
There was just one more session to be held.
We ended a lovely time with more swimming, more digging - and some kite-flying too!