Mission 41- Travel on Gautrain and Build a Sandcastle!

Mission 41- Travel on Gautrain and Build a Sandcastle!

"Arriving at the ‘Umhlanga Sands’, I stepped out onto the sea view balcony and breathed in the salty molecule air whilst the tunes of ‘Kokomo- The Beach Boys’ orchestrated itself into my daydream. Scouting for my perfect sandcastle building location, I felt like an explorer ready to place my flag..."

I’m not an airport ‘early bird’! My wings don’t seem to flutter that fast when timing is so imperative. I’m more like a late pigeon that always seems to catch the plane by a few minutes and then everyone on board stares at me like I’ve robbed them of their precious 2 minutes whilst my name is blaring all over the intercom. The ‘Gautrain’ has ridded me of all this potential embarrassment and getting to the airport in 15 minutes allows me to still use the airport loo before boarding! ‘Aeroplane Buttock Cubicles’ or otherwise known as the ABC’s are rather impractical. Sitting on a ‘Tinkerbell’ plastic throne with a foot space of about 1X1 metres and the plane blasting engine sounds in ones ears is not my cuppa hot chocolate. Worst is, there always seems to be ‘Number 1’ liquid all over the floor with bits of toilet paper lying around that you kinda want to avoid in a very small space. Okay I’m going off topic but you get the grossifying idea. I salute Johannesburg’s new railway system!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Gautrain

Arriving at the ‘Umhlanga Sands’, I stepped out onto the sea view balcony and breathed in the salty molecule air whilst the tunes of ‘Kokomo- The Beach Boys’ orchestrated itself into my daydream. Scouting for my perfect sandcastle building location, I felt like an explorer ready to place my flag... the only difference was I would be placing it on a sandy beach monument construction thingy. That’s one step for a woman, one giant leap for an awesome sandcastle!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle ‘Umhlanga Sands’

Research is crucial in attempting such a delicate creation... one has to keep in mind composition, texture, location, environmental influences and the correct tools in completing such a challenging sculpture. I realised this mission would involve construction skills and sandy determination.

The only way I was going to master this sandy art was to become one with the young locals. I had to learn their ways and the only way to join them was to become them. I noticed that the ‘In’ attire was anything ‘Hannah Montana’ and polka dots so I ventured forth and got myself kitted out with a HM towel and a huge polka dot hat!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle

Children can be fascinating little creatures, you communicate with them in hope that you’ll get an achieved response and what I got taught was very valuable. ‘My Dad’s buying me an ice cream after the beach, I can stick it in my nose’, ‘My brother got bitten by a mussel there on the rocks, now he’s going to jail’, ‘You need to stir it like this, okay, okay, because I’m making a cake’. Well this insightful information got me thinking... do children speak in code and perhaps this is all some secret language on how to perfect a sandcastle? Ice cream up noses... mussels... cakes... what were they trying to tell me? Sometimes in complicated situations such as this one, one needs to observe the non-verbal communication and I think I got it.

I dug a little here... patted a little there and before I knew it the most beautiful sandcastle in the whole wide universe was standing before me but something was missing... a stick. A little tip for all those sandcastle enthusiasts... placing a stick in the centre of your sandcastle gives it an illusion of extended height. I know... genius!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle with Sandcastle

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Sandcastle

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Sandcastle

So I did it Pacers, I built a sandcastle! It was loads of fun but I think next time I should rather leave the building to the real professionals... mini people ;)

Until Next Time

Pace Yourself


Little MMI