Sunday 31 May 2009

Where I Belong...

I wanted to share a little of my home town Seaham with you.
After tea I went for a stroll with my Mam and my eldest Daughter Lauren along the coast.
the images below are only a couple of minutes away from my home now and I'm sure you'll agree that the views are quite breathtaking.

The image below was my playground as a child although it looks quite different now, it is known locally as The Blast and before Dawdon Colliery was closed 25th July 1991 the slurry from the coalmine was dumped on the seashore here.
Nature is now claiming back the land and although the sand is not yellow yet it has turned into a beautiful place.

Not a cloud in the sky, they sea was so calm.

This is the view I had from my bedroom window as a child, we lived on the coalmine grounds and I could see the lighthouse, I loved to watch it on a night when it was dark blinking it's light to guide the fishing boats safely home.

This is one of the views from the cliff tops and that hill in the background is where I would love to build a house "sigh" imagine waking up each morning opening the curtains and seeing the view in the pictures above "oh how I dream".

Buttercups are a childhood memory for me, I remember holding them under our chins and if the yellow reflected on our skin we used to say that it was a sign that we liked butter, very strange how a young mind works.


sophiesmama said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely photos and memories of your childhood. I have enjoyed both very much!

Maz said...

The views are indeed breathtaking Jak, you are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful place

Merry said...

What beautiful photos and I love the little things you have written with them. Thanks for sharing. It is fun to sit in my chair here and visit other parts of the world.

Peggy Maier said...

Lovely views! It's hot & dry here in Texas with summer temperatures reaching 110 for weeks in a row. Your part of the world looks cool & comfortable - what a blessing!

Babies-Beth said...

just beautiful, jak! We did the buttercup thing, too! A universal childhood thing, I'd say!

Marion O'B said...

Beautiful views Jak. You brought back memories with the buttercups we used to do exactly the same.
Maz O'B

Diana said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and description of your hometown; I felt like I was there...I've always wanted to live by the sea, where the water meets the land.

Had to laugh about the buttercups: I live in the states, and we did the same thing with those flowers when I was a schoolgirl :)

Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Well, aside from your great talent, now I know the secret behind your beautiful work: how inspiring to have such beauty in ones backyard.
Gorgeous pictures, and lucky you!
Eileen in NYC

My'scardcorner said...

Fab pictures and on your doorstep too you are lucky. Yes we did the buttercup thing as well and that picture brought back happy memories for me. TFS:0)

Beryl said...

What a fabulous place to live. You must be so happy there. It's beautiful. I'm fortunate enough to see the sea from our house too, but it's not so close. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures.
Beryl xx

Cazzy said...

What wonderful views Jak, you are lucky. We used to do that with buttercups too!

Cazzy x

Anonymous said...

lovely pictures jak have just let my husband see them because he also was born in seaham and spent most of his childhood there.
still have family living there.
we used to do the buttercup thing as well.
chrisa x

lisa said...

What stunning photos Jak, you certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. I envy you living so close to the sea, although we live in lovely countryside I would love to be near the sea.


Ruth (ooffee) said...

Can't beat the North East, can you? Beautiful! I used to do the buttercup thing too! xx

Foxycrafts said...

You are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, Jak. Lovely photos.

Love Joan :o)

Norma x said...

Lovely views Jak, must have been past your way hundreds of times.
the buttercup thing brought back memories for me too

Norma x

syy said...

Lucky you Jak. My mother was from Northumberland, the next county and most of my relatives live there. There is so much lovely countryside and I have many fond memories of holidays with my grandmother and aunts. Often when you mention the North East, people only think of the 'slag heaps' that used to decorate the landscape - they really should visit these beautiful counties, where they will receive a welcome from the natives second to none.

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and bringing back many happy thoughts.


PatsyB said...

Thank you so much for reminding me of one of my great childhood memories! My grandmother used to have the buttercups on her yard and it was an ongoing game with us to hold it under our chins! I had forgotten how much those times meant!
What a gorgeous place you had to grow up in!
Thanks for sharing!

Sonia said...

Love your pictures that place look amazing, i feel very relax! Thanks for sharing.

Scrapping Julie said...

goodness, this is beautiful. what a relaxing walk i bet that was.

Susie Sugar said...

How Beautiful , what a fantastic view