Good photo huh?? This may very well have been the last one I took if I hadn’t been so athletic, toned, alert and……………bouncy 🙂
Let me explain…….. Here in Strahan we are surrounded by some exceptional scenery. I have found a new love of photographing this scenery. Yesterday, today and tomorrow we will be experiencing extremely rough, wild weather. Roads are closed due to snow and here in Strahan we are being blown away with hail storms, wind gusts and rain. It is terrible weather, but it makes for fabulous high seas out at the beach and down at the “heads”. I took myself for a drive out to the beach this morning and battled to stand against the wind, but got some great photos. Ricky is on dayshift. I asked if he was going out to the “heads” later if he would pick me up and take me with him so I could take some more photos. He obliged and that’s where the trouble started…………………………………….
Rough, rough weather out there being battered by the winds off the ocean but so beautiful !! He drove down onto the beach in the big 4wd that is his work vehicle. Oh yeah….. I was in my happy place. Then the sand started getting a bit soft and “dodgy” towards the entrance to the harbour. Not good to stop in soft sand as you may sink. So, we are only going at walking pace and Ricky says, ” You just jump out and take your photos and I will keep going up here a bit and turn around and come back for you”. Good plan darling………….. so I open my door.
The next thing I am flying through the air with my head lower than my arse…..which I knew immediately not to be a good thing!! I hit the sand and did the most spectacular “ninja” roll you have ever seen!! The back wheel of the 4wd was about to run over my leg…..so another expert ninja roll by me, and helped by my adrenalin, averted squashed leg disaster and then it was kind of like in the movies where they cue to smudged edge dream sequence, and everything goes into slow motion. I saw the car turning further up the beach and then I had a short moment where everything stopped. Kind of like when you land a fish and it just lays there for a second or two and then starts madly flapping about on the rocks…..that was me 🙂
Then I kind of had an “Archmed the terrorist” moment where I thought….”My legs, my legs….I can’t feel my legs!!” lol lol Then I spat the sand out of my mouth and jumped up….. just like that 🙂 I was covered in sand. From top to toe….smothered in the bloody stuff…and so was my camera. My left leg from the knee down feels a little tender and my right arm from the elbow down. But I am OK….. thank the Lord…..I am OK….. Nothing snapped….or that I could feel at that point in time anyway. I was upright…… what the fark just happened!!!
I’ll tell you……. as I went to step out of the 4wd my foot caught on the bloody big plastic mud catching mat that was on the floor. The rest, as they say is history…..cue my slow motion, stunt woman dream sequence ninja inspired drop and roll out of the vehicle 🙂
Ricky came back and stopped next to me. “What the farking hell did you just do??!!!”
“No really, thanks for your concern….but I think I am OK”
Then we both just cracked up. Once he knew I was OK…well sort of….in a not dead kind of way…….. His exact words were…
“I am going at less than walking speed and you fall out of the bloody car!! One minute you were there and the next all I saw was your bum followed by your legs up in the air….then you disappeared!! It looked like you had your extreme sports mixed up and had launched yourself out of the car thinking you were going skydiving…. not taking farking photos!!” lol lol
We laughed all the way back home….. just couldn’t help it. It was the most bazaar thing to have happened and really, very funny!! I told Ricky he should be so proud to have a wife who is 50 yrs old but that can still handle herself in a spectacular, physical way like that!!!! Who else’s wife does random ninja rolls out of Police vehicles in the middle of a storm in the wilderness??? Well………??? yeah…right buddy…. not bloody many!!! 🙂
I told him he nearly ran over my legs…… how would we have explained that to the inspector. Ricky very compassionately said he would have found it harder to explain how he got the car bogged out there!!!!! I love you too honey 🙂 They would not have believed us anyway……. ” Yes Sir, that’s correct….my wife is in hospital because she sky dived out of the police vehicle whilst going at walking pace and face planted herself in the sand whilst placing her legs under the wheels of my vehicle..”………………… 🙂
I have been home an hour or so now and things are starting to hurt a little. I have hurt my right arm again…..and my left hip again. How am I going to explain that!!!!! My arm I hurt about six weeks ago…I am pretty sure it is just muscular. However it is my right arm that I use all the time. I had hold of the dog lead and Scarlett took off to bark at another dog and went behind me…and so did my arm…hurt like hell at the time. The week after that I had cortisone injections into my left hip…..bursitis apparently. The Monday after that I slipped in the moss at the picnic area in Rosebery near the river. I was taking PHOTOS again of the beautiful river there while the dogs had a pee. I re-hurt my arm and stirred up my hip that day. They have only both started settling down and feeling better and what do I do………………………….. launch myself ninja style from a moving vehicle and land on left hip and then roll onto my right arm in order to save my farking legs from being squashed !!!! Might see if they settle down again before I try and explain that one to a doctor 🙂 Since I have been sitting here typing this my ribs are hurting a little too and my left knee is hurting like a bastard!!!!
I really wish someone had been filming that…..because I think it would have been one spectacular stunt sequence with the whole “drop and roll” thing that could have opened some doors for me 🙂
Has it put me off photography? I will let you know when the pain really sets in tomorrow……. might go shake the sand out of my clothes now they have dried off a bit and get them washed, and maybe I might have a nice, long soak in a warm bath with some Radox!! This ninja shit takes it out of a girl………………………………………….