Beach Day at Whitstable and Broadstairs

When I was a little girl the beach was my playground so no matter how old I am whenever I go I feel at home. The sounds of the waves crashing, the smell of the salty air are all little things that instantly take me back. Feeling somewhat reflective tonight. Over the last few months I’ve felt off. But I’m feeling like me again this evening. One thing I’ve learned is that life teaches you day in and out. There is not a moment I am not learning more. whether that’s about myself or others, about my children or what lies ahead in my life and what I can do to turn everything into a positive experience. 

Past childhood traumas, past experiences  … no matter if big or small they are still there. They still need to be dealt with. Situations and experiences can trigger them. Just because in your past something went badly doesn’t mean that now in your present the same will happen. Mindset is everything. And as I grow I know just how much I can change what is ahead for me, and for my family. All of us can. We all have this gift. Always ground yourself to allow those old past triggers to go…. let them go. 

I’m so thankful for the people I’ve met in my life and who’ve helped me be me I can sometimes feel like I’m a little bit of a lone wolf everywhere in my life but I have found comfort in that feeling these days. I’m okay with it. This little guy sat next to me in this photo, is one of my greatest gifts along with his big brother and sister. Tonight I am reminded that no matter what, if I have the five most special people to me with me I really have everything I need in my life. I am ready for all the adventures and all the fun.

Nothing in the world makes me happier then our days together, experiencing new or familiar places. One of our favourite things to do as a family is be outdoors and explore. Either places we’ve been before or places we have never been. 

Just the other weekend we went to the seaside, we visited Whitstable and Broadstairs. Both such beautiful places to visit and so worth going. We actually went up to Broadstairs again in the last few days and went to a little beach called Joss Bay. Parking was £5 for the day. It was actually our friends who said Joss Bay was lovely, and it was. 

It’s been a long time since we’ve been to a beach because up until our first visit a few weeks ago now. We don’t live super close and I’m not that confident doing the drive alone with three kids. We waited for Dan so we could go on the weekend together. 

We bought fish and chips for lunch and got the kids some buckets and spades and a fishing rode to do rock pooling. We collected a few white rocks to bring home. Hopefully we’ll get some time to paint them over the next few weeks. It was just lovely there is nothing quite like that feeling of sitting on a sandy beach with your fish and chips. I loved every minute of it. There is something so beautiful and so peaceful about being at the beach. 

The last time Arthur visited the beach was when we went to Mallorca he was about 6 months old. So it was lovely to see him enjoying himself on the beach again now that he is a bit older. I look forward to taking all three of them again soon. 

I wanted to share some of the lovely photos we took of our time there. It was so beautiful and lovely to breathe in that sea air. It reminds me of when I was a little girl that’s where we’d spend most of our time as a family. Mum and dad always took us to the beach, my dad surfed and so that’s basically what all our holidays consisted of. Finding a beach for dad to surf. 

Nothing quite like the peace the sound of the ocean brings, the waves gently crashing on the shore, and the smell of the salty air. The way your feet slightly sink into the soft sand and how the wind blows your hair. That feeling of walking on the rocks with the different textures under your feet. The sea moss so soft almost silky and the contrast of the hard sharp parts of the rock under your feet. The waves crashing next to you onto the rocks. The ocean is beautiful.  

It’s somewhere I will always feel at home and safe. As I get older my appreciation for the outdoors grows. I want my children and theirs to have all these beautiful places to explore. I want all of us to be able to enjoy the natural beauty we have in our world its something I think too many of us don’t really appreciate, life can be busy. 

Dan and I are really thinking about our future and what we really want from our lives. Something I am really passionate about is living a happy peaceful fulfilled life, where I can explore and experience the outdoors as much as possible with my little family. Nothing makes me happier. I hope I give them a love for the outdoors as they grow up. 

Its so grounding and it reminds me always of how important it is to live every day to your best. It’s so important to just stop sometimes and take it all in, the abundance we are surrounded by. All the beauty.  

Archie found pieces of a crab and was very interested.
I love this photo of Arthur and Daniel so much.
Beach views

1 Comment

  1. September 2, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    My happy place is the beach. I have so many amazing memories there and have felt so grateful for my mum who always insists we go to the beach when it’s hot weather. Arthur has loved every beach trip just as much as I have! You’re so right just because something happened in your past doesn’t mean it will happen in your present or future, mindset is everything! Love that.

    Holly x

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