Does it really take that much to say hello?

Apparently it does. I walk on the beach nearly every morning like so many others taking in the fresh air, smell of the ocean and sand through the toes. I walk alone like many others while many walk with a friend, partner, group or their beloved dogs. It is a great place to be.
The reaction of one person to another gives a lot away on people’s personalities. Friendly, outgoing, introverted, unpleasant, aloof, etc, etc. I watched a comedian the other night who commented if someone looks at you as you are passing by you say “how are you” as it is a common human decency. I have been caught out saying “how are you” (as was the comedian) so I try to stick to hello or good morning.
Too many people do not understand this common human curtesy. They look at you and after you say hello scowl or ignore you completely. It is incredibly rude and unnecessary. Is life really that bad. Do I look like I am going to jam on my brakes and start a long conversation with you? Do I look like a serial killer? You have seen me every day for months and you have never been accosted.
If you don’t want a pleasantry from me then don’t look my way! I am not a free perusal. I come at a cost. It’s inexpensive and its free. I call it politeness. Why don’t we all give it a try.

East Beach, Port Fairy needs regular seaweed clean ups

Seaweed is part of visiting the beach but it shouldn’t reach the stage of stinking or making a beach walk troublesome. There has been a lot of seaweed build up in recent years which I don’t feel has been addressed by council. Now I don’t expect the levels of cleanup used on the Gold Coast (where every morning I would watch a tractor drag a spinning sieve that cleaned the beach of rubbish and syringes) but surely twice a week they could remove seaweed. You can even sell it as fertilizer.
Maybe even get a private contractor to do it for free to keep the seaweed. I used to know someone who picked up seaweed, broke it down and sold liquid fertilizer for quite a good living.
Let’s be honest. East Beach is what draws people to Port Fairy, so why have a beach that is hard to walk along and stinks. It’s not all the time, in fact it is not even that regular but definitely too often for my liking. As the beach is disappearing with Climate Change lets make what we have left as good as it possibly can be.

So you pulled your hamstring

Firstly let’s look at what the hamstrings do. The hamstring muscles are located on the back of the thigh and are basically three different muscles being the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Each of these muscles attaches to the lower section of the pelvis and the bottom part of the muscles cross over the back of the knee and attach to the lower leg. This makes the hamstring responsible for flexing the lower leg.If you get a hamstring sprain it can slow you down a lot.
As with most injuries use the RICER Method– Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral. Most people won’t bother with Referral unless they don’t improve but professional assessment can be very important. Rest the injury, apply ice to the muscle, apply a bandage for compression, and elevate the limb if possible. Lie down with your foot up. Do this for about 48-72 hours after the injury. What you do during the first hours after a muscle injury could be the difference between making it better or worse.
If you do choose Referral consult a sports injury doctor or your GP to make sure the injury isn’t serious. They’ll evaluate the injury and send you to a therapist to rehabilitate the muscle which may include massage, ultrasound or assisted stretching.
To prevent future injuries make sure you are warming up and cooling down properly. To warm up your hamstrings start a slow walk or do gentle lunges. Do not stretch a muscle while it is cold as this increases the risk of injury.
While cooling down include some stretches while the muscles are still warm. The stronger and more flexible the muscles the less chance of injury.