I have always found something calming about the sea. Even on its wild days. Its something my husband and I share and of course have passed down to our children. Harvey in particular is often drawn to the Coast.
So when I heard about the opportunity to be part of a blog loop with some amazing photographers around the world I just has to take part.
The Sea welcomed us with a rainbow, I took it as a sign. Magic is everywhere if you look for it.
The North Sea
We hail from North East England. So even at the height of summer you have to be pretty brave to enter the North Sea.
It was an icy, wet and grey December day. A day most families would opt to stay indoors and cosy. A refreshing trip to the Coast was exactly what we all needed. The crazy bunch we are.
We wrapped up warm and braved the slushy roads to Seaham, only a few miles away. The journey makes it seem farther, thanks to us always getting stuck at the rail crossing on the way over.
Seaham is a dog friendly pebble beach in County Durham. Renowned for its sea glass, at least round here it is. Treasures from the sea.
I felt at home he instant we arrived.
I can still here the roar of the waves crashing on the beach.
The dogs were in there element swimming out to ride the waves. Oscar, our young golden Labrador couldn’t get enough. Even Lexi, our 10 year old black lab who is usually so slow and stiff was having a wail of a time.
Harvey’s giggles filled the air as he ran from the waves, scrambling up the beach. The sheer panic when he hit the ground, swiftly back on his feet to avoid being soaked.
And Louis, my usually quiet, predictable, observer; screaming at the waves at the top of his lungs. Barely even audible.
The air so crisp and cool you felt it entering your lungs. I felt renewed.
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.
Welcome to our Coast to Coast loop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from time zones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives – both literal and philosophical – of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons. Next in the loop is:
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There’s something so refreshing about the cold crisp air by the sea isn’t there? And that rainbow! Pure magic!
Love seeing the kids and dogs in this case enjoying the beach despite the weather, we only need the right attitude (and jacket) and it’s exhilarating 🙂
Love that sea foam over the pebbles. The beautiful details of the sea draws me in. How lucky to be greeted by a rainbow!