Saturday, 27 May 2017

To The Sea

 This week we spent a lovely afternoon in the garden enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the new garden swing and paddling pool. Simple pleasures and a blissfully happy time enjoying each other's company. It was such a treat to cool off in the paddling pool but it's not quite the same as being at the sea, therefore, a decision was made and  bucket and spade packed in preparation for the following day.
Friday morning arrived and it was a beautiful warm and sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky. 
Being a weekday the beach was fairly quiet. A few people were out flying kites, walking their dogs or just enjoying being at the seaside, making sandcastles, paddling in the sea and collecting shells.
The light cool breeze from the sea was a welcome relief from the heat but required a reminder to myself to top up with sun cream as it belied the strength of the sun.
I love being at the beach. It has a calming and restorative effect on me which has been much needed this week. The salty air, waves gently lapping the shore and the feeling of sand between my toes immediately transported me back to holidays and carefree childhood days. Not much can beat walking barefoot on the sand, that moment when you first dip your toes in the water, then relaxing on a blanket gazing out to sea in quiet contemplation, although I was heard to comment that an ice cold glass of Pinot Grigio wouldn't have gone amiss! 
The beach is also a place where Lily is wonderfully relaxed. Running in and out of the waves, scrambling on the rocks and playing in the sand, and I can take it easy knowing she is quite safe.
At high tide we took a short break from the beach to enjoy our picnic lunch, following a path which led us up above the shore to a wide grassy area on the cliff top with beautiful views of the horizon, returning only after treating ourselves to ice cream - chocolate, with chocolate sauce and sprinkles for me.
The afternoon was spent in much the same way as the morning. We were enjoying ourselves so much I was surprised at just how quickly the time had passed before we reluctantly made our way home again.
In Lily's words it was 'a cracking day!'
J. X

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  1. That does sound cracking. We went to the town for a peep at the beach first thing today before it got too busy, so nice to take in the air and the calm.

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    1. It's so good to go when the beach is quiet. X

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  2. It certainly looks like a cracking day, idyllic.

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    1. It certainly felt idyllic that day. X

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  3. It's lovely to see the sea and those fabulous blue skies. Jx

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    1. It's always a joy to visit the seaside, especially on such a beautiful day. X

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  4. such a lovely place. I'm not surprised you both enjoyed your time there so much.

    have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. It's a lovely little beach. We always enjoy our time there. X

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  5. That looks like a lovely beach! I like that phrase - a cracking day!

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    1. That phrase made me chuckle Bless. I have no idea where she has picked it up from. X

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  6. what a fab day - I love the beach :)

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    1. It's such a relaxing day out. X

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  7. It's been perfect weather to spend time at the beach. Glad you had such a lovely time and that Lily had a 'cracking day'.

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    1. Thank you Jo. The weather has been pretty perfect lately. X

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  8. What a beautiful coast line. I'm not surprised it restored you x

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    1. The fresh sea air is so cleansing. X

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  9. Lily definitely summed up your day out with her 'cracking' comment, bless her. I've been struggling to sleep this week and have turned to playing waves crashing on rocks to try and help me relax.

    We are off to the seaside tomorrow for a few days which I'm really looking forward to. The change of scene is definitely needed at the moment.

    Hope you all have a lovely week. xx

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    1. I hope you have enjoyed your time by the sea Suzanne. Particularly your very special day. X

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  10. I totally agree with Lily ... it really looks like you had 'a cracking day!'
    The weather was perfect, your photo's are perfect-all in all a most perfect post.
    I enjoyed it.

    My good wishes for the coming week

    All the best Jan

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    1. I took quite a few photographs that day Jan. I get frustrated if the horizon is wonky! Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. X

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  11. Glad you had a cracking day at the seaside, nothing can beat it I reckon :)

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    1. I always love your seasidey posts. X

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  12. It looks like it was a cracking day, brilliant xx

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  13. I love being beside the sea too. We stayed right next to the beach on our weekend away and all night I could hear the booming of the ocean and in the morning, the crashing of the waves against the rocks. I found it very reassuring. Yours is a nice beach.

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    1. It's such a relaxing sound. X

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  14. Oh those photos make me itch to go to the seaside! Looks like it was a lovely day x

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  15. Hi Jules, I just found your blog and spent a couple of hours reading it from the beginning. You and Lily manage to go on some beautiful walks. I envy you being to go to the ocean and home again in a few hours. We live over a 1000Km away from the ocean. We used to be able to go once a year but we haven't been for 3 years now. Your garden looks like it's doing really well and I love your pansies.

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    1. Hi Janice. Thank you so much for stopping by and I'm so pleased you've enjoyed reading my ramblings.
      We are very fortunate we live in a such a beautiful area (for which we are thankful every day) with even the beach within easy reach. It's a shame you are not able to get there but wow! that would be a long distance to travel.
      Thank you so much for your kind comments. X

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