Monday 8 September 2014

Thought Provoking

Come walk with me…………

I headed out in my new car, I’ll show you that in a moment, I didn’t get very far, as I passed by the sea front I realised that the tide was going out and before I new it I was turning into the car park, reminiscing about my childhood on the beach.

Most summers we went there and strange as it may seam we used to take both the dog Major (Golden Labrador) and cat Kitch (Siamese). We also often took a dingy and a massive tyre inner tube and long lengths of rope for when we went into the sea on them.

So I was stood on the sand remembering all of this, good old fashioned family days out, the beach used to be crammed packed full of families enjoying the sunshine, wind breakers and picnics, buckets and spades and every one playing games building castles and burying each other so that only heads and feet were sticking out of the sand.

Today however  a beautiful day, warm and barely a breath of wind and I could count on one hand how many people were on the beach sometimes when you need to gather your thoughts it is good to go back to your roots and that is just what I did.

Loads of seaweed, we used to collect the black bobbly one and pop it like bubble wrap.


My Dad would take me by the hand and we would go crabbing, he would point out all of the different shellfish naming them for me, we would scoop up the sea water in a bucket and pop the little crabs in it, I always had to show my Mam my finds.


These are the rocks we used to search, always holding my Dads hand as some of the rocks were sharp.


Everything was so exciting, you forget that feeling as you get older. it was lovely to be exploring both my mind and the places that brought me so much pleasure as a child.

I walked a little further and found what I was looking for.


The caves, oh how I loved the caves, playing hide and seek, making a den, it could be a castle a home a shop the possibilities of the mind as a child is endless.

I decided to once again explore, I could smell the sea and there was a gentle breeze and I could hear the waves beating on the shore.


This one has a hole right through the rock face, it made me feel young again just being there, I could all but hear my mam shouting for me to come and have a sandwich (always egg and tomato).


The secrets of the cliffs, I’m sure these caves would have tales to tell.


Not a soul to be seen, it was refreshing looking out across the water.


Hiding, now one knows I am here, you can’t find me……. however they always did.

It looks like the birds have claimed this spot all to themselves, they had been doing a merry old dance before I got here.


I also spent many a day or and evening walk with my Grandparents and my cousin Susan, searching for pretty glass pebbles and shells, once we had enough we would bring them home and decorate plant pots and also the top of a little wall in my Nanna’s garden.

Still pretty pebbles to be found but not so many shells.


Pinks, blues, greens, reds, browns, knobbly and bobbly and striped, rough and smooth. the seas treasures.

I hope you enjoyed our walk together, I know I did. how far did we go?

this far….


Right to where the cliffs jut out into the sea.

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tilly said...

our pleasures were so simple then and so much more memorable and enjoyable.I also have lots of seaside memories, thank goodness I was born before electronic devices...........the kids have no imagination now, a friends children were fed-up with the park after 10 mins and wanted to go home!!

Gillian xXx said...

O my goodness Jak how lovely, as i was reading it i was imagining myself as child when i was in Wales we did the same things. Thanks,

Cheryl W. said...

Your post was such a gentle, lovely reminder of a simpler time. Thank you for taking the time to share it.

Kathyk said...

Fab post, thanx for sharing - look forward to hearing more about this new car!


lycar123 said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely childhood memories with those lovely pictures to go with. I too remember seaside holidays in Wales as a child, visiting my aunt and uncle. One day in particular sticks in my mind when I fell fully clothed into the rock pool Mum was not impressed lol! Bring back the simpler pleasures in life I say.
Lynne tuitt

Sandra H said...

Gorgeous post and brought back many a happy time x

Sandra H said...

Gorgeous post and brought back many a happy time x

Christine said...

Hi Jak I too remember those care free childhood days when we had a day out Seaton Carew or Redcar from my home town of Stockton..lots of games played on the beach, no one cared or bothered what time was & of course there was the candy floss couldnt go home without one of those..yep always egg/tomato sandwiches at the nice to be able to reminisce our happy care free days of youth..

smiles Christine x

Maryann Laursen said...

Thanks sooo much for the ride Jak, it was a really plesant trip down Memory Lane here. I too lived in a special place, even it wasn´t the sea, but this country´s largest woods, I had as my playground, and it sure was a very happy time back then, and very different to how it is today, but much happier thoug, I´m sure.

Yorkie girl said...

Ohh Jac I loved our walk on the beach
Memories are such beautiful things
Thank You for sharing yours
Theresa xx

Wendy L said...

Childhood memories, great. Lovely pics Jak. xxxx

Janette said...

I can only Thankyou Jak for this beautiful sound just as I do when remembering my days out at the beach, it was so wonderful and never cost anything, although now and then my Mam and Dad would buy a fresh jug of Tea which was always sold on our sands.....I miss those days so very much, thanks for sharing...xxxx

Mad Mary said...

Thank you for sharing all these pictures with us.. It's a bit sad that there wasn't many people there enjoying it. Thanks also for sharing your lovely memories with us Jak.

Mary xx

Tammy said...

Such lovely memories Jak, cherish them always! said...

That's beautiful jak, the pics are too. I loved the seaside I always brought my kids to cleethorpes we loved it there. I always came to Ireland as a child and have great memories of that too. Today's youth need to go back to our day, the best days. Xx
County Galway

Lyds said...

Aww...thanks for my mid-morning stroll on the beach with you :) One day...maybe! xx

Christine Harrop said...

Took me right back to my wonderful childhood too Jak. Like Christine My hometown is Stockton so Seaton and Redcar were our places to be -complete with egg and tomato sandwiches. Was it just us in the North East or was it staple seaside packed lunch? Thanks for the memories. Hugs Christine x

Dawn said...

Thank for the lovely stroll! Took me down memory lane a bit too!
Dawn xx

Unknown said...

Jak... Ty for sharing such treasured memories... What a wonderful start to my day.. Feeling melancholy!

Unknown said...

Jak... Ty for sharing such treasured memories... What a wonderful start to my day.. Feeling melancholy!