I feel so blessed that we are close to the sea – just a short stroll really. Having not had the best weather throughout August, we didn’t get down to the beach as much as I thought we would. It doesn’t have to be sunny for us to enjoy the beach though, and even a short dose of seaside air can lift the spirits.
I love that the landscape is constantly moving and morphing with the changing of the weather and the tide, so no two visit are ever really the same. There are always new things for Bailey to see and discover. This is helped no end by the fact that she is still at an age where simple pleasures delight her.
On this visit she was fascinated by watching a dog chase a ball in and out of the sea, and we spent time collecting a pile of shells to bring home – which were later claimed back by the sea with the incoming tide.
We also made this little drift wood boat, but my design needs work, as it wouldn’t float and soon fell apart.
After two mama mess ups (forgetting about our pile of shells, and failing on the fundamental principles of boat building) I had braced myself for a full and frank expression of her dissatisfaction in a normal toddler fashion, but that was not the reaction that came.
It was like she was absorbing the calm that was all around us.
There is such immense space when the tide is out, with the sea rolling out as far as the eye can see, and the beautiful beach stretching sideways to the edge of the horizon. Standing in the middle of this big expanse of nature perfectly places any problem into perspective. Even in her little form, I think she can see and feel that.
Having lived by the sea for quite some time now you think I would remember that time on the beach is always well spent, as we constantly come away feeling lighter and brighter. But even now after nearly 10 years living by the sea, I still catch myself marvelling at just how good time on the beach is for the soul.
This post is in collaboration with Petit Bateau, we were lucky enough to try a couple of pieces from the new collection. We just love the bright red cardigan, it’s so soft, and the little white blouse is the sweetest shape. Many thanks Petit Bateau.