Posts Tagged ‘sea’

Seagull at Swanage

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dancing seagull at Swanage

There are always a lot of seagulls at Swanage. They seem to congregate on the rocks near the cafes. Waiting for some leftovers when diners have left the outside tables perhaps.

I like seagulls. They seem to have so much personality as they strut around the beach as if they own it. Perhaps they do!

Retracing my childhood memories

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The Mew Stone at Wembury

Last week I was holiday in Devon, so I was able to visit Wembury. It has a very special place in my memories because my Grandmother lived there when I was a child, and so I spent part of every childhood summer on the beach.

As we walked along the lane to the beach every morning, carrying spades and buckets, I got so excited. I knew that we would come to a point in the lane where suddenly the sea would come into view. It was magical. As we got nearer and nearer we could see more of the sea including the Great Mew Stone.

Soon we could see the little Church and we’d arrive at the steps down to the beach. They were steep steps and I struggled to get down them, but I suppose that’s because I was small and they just seemed steep to me. Halfway down the steps we passed a little shop selling colourful buckets and spades, nets and ice creams. I loved the bright colours.

We’d spend all day digging in the sand, making sandcastles, collecting buckets of sea water to fill the moat, paddling, climbing on the rocks and collecting shells. Mum brought sandwiches which I think we managed to eat without getting sand it them. The weather always seemed to be be warm and sunny, but thay may just be a trick of my memory.

The Mew Stone is about 5 miles out but it dominates the beach and as a child I came to love it’s shape, so it was very special to be able to take this photo of it.


Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I spent the first two weeks of June on holiday on the South Coast. It was lovely! The weather was good, and I was able to relax and spend time doing things that I really enjoy. I love being by the sea, and walking along the beach listening to the sound of the waves.

I love beach huts, piers and seagulls and I managed to find quite a few of all of them in different places. Of course I came back with lots and lots of photos! I’m still sifting through them choosing the best ones to keep and deleting the ones that are duplications or not very good.

One of my favourite seaside towns to visit is Swanage in Dorset. It has sea and steam trains – two of my passions – within a few minutes of each other. I can watch a steam train come in, then walk through the town and sit on the beach, then walk back to the station for the next steam train! There aren’t many places that you can do that!

After wandering along the pier, I went on a cliff walk which was lovely. The view was amazing. I had to keep stopping just to gaze out to sea and take photos. I took quite a few of the wild flowers on the cliff edge with the sea behind them. I love the contrast of the shapes and colours, and the delicate flowers against the blue ripples of the sea.

This is one of my favourites which is also on my Flickr photostream.

Cliff top view at Swanage

Weekend break

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve just had a weekend away on the South Coast and really enjoyed it. It was great to get away for a break, and the weather was good for December. It wasn’t icy like it has been here, and there wasn’t much rain. I visited a couple of towns to have a look round at the different shops and architecture. They both had a Woolworths, but there’s not much left in them now.
I love the sea at any time of the year, but in the winter it’s so wild. When I walked along the seafront, there were big waves rising up and crashing down making so much spray that I was looking at everything through a mist. I love the sound that the sea makes. I could just stand and listen to it. Nature’s music. And I love the colours. Beautiful shades of turquoise sea next to yellow ochre sand. So calming and relaxing. And so many seagulls dancing and splashing on the beach to make me laugh.

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!

Sea, Sun and Snow

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m living in the wrong place.
I love the sea and being at the seaside, but I live miles away from it.
But as well as living in the wrong part of this country, I think I’m even in the wrong country!
When I look through other people’s photos on Flickr, the ones that I really like and mark as favourites, are the ones with deep blue skies, and pretty coloured buildings. Here in England, our skies are pale blue or grey, and the buildings are stone or brick. Not so bright or happy looking. But there isn’t much I can do about it, as my house, my job and my family are all here, so this is the right place for me to be.
I did manage to have a few sunny days at the seaside earlier this year, but wasn’t able to go again later in the summer because of the awful weather. Perhaps next year I’ll be able to enjoy walking along the beach and listening to the waves.
Our climate and weather does have some advantages though – this evening when I came out of work it was snowing! Lovely fluffy white snowflakes falling thick and fast. It didn’t settle as the ground was too wet, but it is expected to become colder, so if it carries on snowing, I could wake up to a beautiful white world in the morning.

Chesil Beach in Dorset

Chesil Beach in Dorset