Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Watching the waves

Regular readers, and followers of my Project 365 page will not be surprised to hear me say that by the sea is one of my favourite places to be, and not just me - Dollop, Mini and the NC all love it too.

Whether it's cold and we're wrapped up with salty, vinegary chips straight out of the paper or a flask of hot chocolate and a bag of marshmallows...


 
Or maybe throwing stones into the water, seeing who has the biggest, smallest, shiniest, prettiest stone or who can throw highest, furthest, or with the biggest splash!
 
 
Or whether it's a crisp Spring day and we walk along the promenade to the Pier...
 


And then there are the hot Summery days when we head with picnics, blankets, buckets and spades to the beach -

 

 
No matter if we're at the new end, the old end, the busy bit or the quiet bit; the seaside is a familiar, comforting, restful, thoughtful place.

Despite, actually, in fact because we live so close to the seaside, we've holidayed in a caravan a couple of times there with my mum and step-dad...these have been our first family weekends away and it's been reassuring to be so close to home. It's meant that we've known we could come home easily if Mini has struggled at any point, and I'm really pleased to say that he's been fine, and the familiarity of it all has eased things for him. So much so that we're planning a holiday later in the year at another seaside, except this time we'll be much much further away from home and *eek* camping!

Each trips sees us bring home trainers full of sand, the odd shell, and always pockets and pockets full of stones. Days later, I find the washing machine sounding more like a machine gun as the forgotten stones rattle around and work their way out of those pesky pockets!

Whatever the weather, whatever the temperature, whatever the moods when we leave home, we almost always come home restored. We're often windswept, occasionally a bit pink, full of chips or swirly soft icecream, but restored.
For me, it's the space, fresh air, and the rhythmic waves lapping at the beach, giving me space to think or clear my head completely; I could watch the waves for hours. For the children again the space, but also the never-ending joy they get from creating castles, then smashing them down again, filling buckets with water and running up and down to fill the moats of those castles, the jumping of the waves, the fresh air and always, but always the swirly, soft icecream.

23 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post.
    I often follow your posts and While reading this one,I couldn't help but find myself longing to relive my childhood again.
    My boys absolutely love visiting my parents so they can go to the beach to have 'skimming' competitions with my dad.
    Not living near a beach, is probably the biggest thing I miss.

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    1. Thank you. There really is something special about the beach isn't there? x

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  2. What a lovely post,it makes me want to pack up and move to the coast. It's funny how you feel restored after a day by the Sea. It's lovely that your children will be creating some wonderful memories from this. We all remember our first trip to the beach,building sandcastles and eating soggy chips! #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you, making memories is something that we try to do lots x

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  3. Lovely post. I live by the seaside and trips to the beach come rain or shine are a regular part of our family weekends. My children adore being free to run around. I love your pictures. Popping over thanks to #PoCoLo xx

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    1. You can't beat it can you. There's something extra special about running along the prom or beach, rather than a field or the park. Lucky you living by the seaside...we're close, but wish we were nearer. x

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  4. I just love the beach and like you we are lucky enough to live just 10 mins from the Coast. I find it helps me to switch off, breathe again and feel re-charged. The kids love it too particularly meeting dog after dog on their walks. Looking forward to some well overdue sunshine to go with it now x Lovely post x

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    1. Thank you. I think my favourite times at the beach are when it's bitterly, bitterly cold, or when it's stonkingly hot...we're all looking forward to summer trips x

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  5. yes i love the beach, we go there all weather even snow, we live a two min walk to our local beach i love living so close! i even love the seaweed! we lived as children close to the beach and were forced to go everyday! but who can complain its free and fun great post!

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    1. 2 minutes?! I would love to be that close!
      xx

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  6. What a great post. I totally agree with you about the seaside. There's something about it that helps you feel better, restored. We're hoping to move to the coast :). Thank you for sharing with PoCoLo x

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    1. I hope you get to coast, can't beat it. x

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  7. A wonderful post, there is something so refreshing about going to the beach (and I actually prefer it on those cold blustery days!) and there's nothing like a bit of sea air to restore inner calm. *decides to move back to the seaside* :-)

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    1. Yes, I think my favourite days are the really cold ones, either that or blistering heat...no middle of the road here!

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  8. There's nothing nicer than watching and listening to the sea. All those wonderful smells, salty water, candy floss and no chips taste quite like seaside chips. #PoCoLo

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    1. I absolutely agree...seaside chips are the best (and I have had to eat a lot of chips to be able to say that!) x

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  9. Oh, gorgeous. As soon as I saw those chips I could smell them! #PoCoLo

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    1. Even looking at my own photo is making me want to eat them all over again!

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  10. I love it - you have definitely made me have a craving for salt and vinegary chips. Delicious! Sounds idyllic.
    #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you, we really are lucky to have such a lovely beach nearby x

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  11. I love getting by the sea its so therapeutic!

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    1. It is, and reminds me of my own childhood full of happy memories too! x

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  12. great post, love trips to the beach, lovely photos..the chips look yummy xx

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