I do like to be beside the seaside

But it seems that my kids did not inherit the beach gene; either that or they had a surfeit of beach during those long lovely summers spent in Wexford when they were younger.   While I pine for sun, sand and sea during the sweaty summer months, they enjoy an indoor city life.  So I decided to have my very own summer holiday on the day that the two younger ones returned to school.   The very second that their buses vanished around the corner, I grabbed my beach gear, jumped in the car, and headed for the coast.  I didn't stop to check the diary.  Oh no!  Nor did I look at the "to do" list.   That was for later...   And before 9 o'clock I was looking at this:


The beach gear was pulled on:


And I was off.   Heading straight for the water.  It was cool, breezy and bright.  Just me, the rocks and the seaweed.  Plus a few Gulls and Oystercatchers who kept a safe distance from my camera.



As I paddled in the sea and clambered over the rocks I wondered why the health service doesn't prescribe a day at the beach instead of a bottle of pills?  I swear it would work better and the side effects are only positive too!




I could've stayed all day, the sandy lanes branched in all directions with glimpses of blue water beyond the fields and between the bungalows.  Yes, bungalows!  Lots and lots of lovely bungalows.  Well actually most of them are not really lovely at all, they wouldn't win any prizes for style, but they're just what the occupational therapist would order for a severely disabled young adult...   And I saw a couple of coffee shops.  And a proper supermarket.  This place is definitely a contender for retirement bliss for Smiley and I.



The dream of living beside the seaside is still alive, and that's this week's reason to be cheerful.


Ojos World


24 comments:

  1. I know I am lucky to have the beach at my doorstep and I wouldn't have it any other way. As a kid, I also lived on the seaside, and I need the sea and the beach for my sanity. I don't need to go to the beach everyday, but just knowing it's there, accessible if I feel the need to is good enough. I definitely couldn't live in the city! You're right, a walk on the beach is better than any pills when you're feeling down :-) I'm also lucky that my kids love it (they don't have any choice really!)

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    1. Knowing it's there is the main thing isn't it?

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  2. I would LOVE to have a beach prescribed to me!! As I am probably a 10 hour drive to the nearest beach, it doesn't work too well. :-( I'm glad you enjoyed it though. It sounds absolutely delightful!

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    1. I would struggle to live where you do Julie x

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  3. I loved our beach side holiday in Wales there is something magic about the air

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    1. The photos from your holiday are lovely, hope to see the rest during the week x

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  4. Did you google property prices for the bungalows? That's what I always do when these dreams surface. You'll get back to to the sea one day. xxx

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    1. I regularly check the property prices - if I sell the family home I can easily afford a bungalow outside Dublin xxx

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  5. How lovely. What a great idea to take some *me time* at the beach. Wish I could have joined you. xx

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  6. Me too, the best medicine is a walk on the beach....and on your own is the very best, good for you being ready to tear off as soon as the coast was clear (a happy accident pun there!!! :)) . Lovely photos, I feel inspired to get a walk on the beach in this week.

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  7. Oh how lovely! Great post. I have long thought that the Government should prescribe healthy gyms for people, especially thsoe who have lost their jobs in the recent (and current!) recession. But not those that teach Pilates ;-) xx

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    1. Definitely not those that teach Pilates, unless they are properly trained of course xx

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  8. We dream about retiring to the beach as well! There's something so calming about it. And you rock those wellies! XXX

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    1. Yep pretty wellies are another of those nice things that has happened in my lifetime :) xxx

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  9. The one thing that I dearly miss from my childhood home is the beach. I miss the smell of seaweed and the salt in the breeze... I definitely see myself retiring to a seaside home. <3

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  10. A great reason to be cheerful #R2BC

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  11. I agree! There is nothing quite like a day spent wandering a beach-best prescription ever! My favorite time is in the winter..it soothes me. I'm glad that you had some time there-alone...a cottage by the beach would be my choice for retirement as well..:)

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    1. Oh yes, I love the beach in winter too, when the waves and the wind are wilder :-)

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