It’s been some time since we ventured to the Coast. What better opportunity; the Summer Holidays and some quality time with the boys.
Louis chose Roker for our July coastal adventure. There’s comfort in the familiar.
I rarely head out with both boys on my own for day trips. I usually message a friend or family member to tag along, carefully invited along for a catch up. This time I was determined to overcome my anxieties and be responsible for only us.
The Coast has always been my safe space, so what better place to challenge myself.
Tips for Overcoming Anxiety
- Break the task down into manageable pieces
- Only focus on the immediate event (eg packing the bag)
- Don’t focus on time
- Stay hydrated
- Have a plan B
- Allow spontaneity
- Believe in yourself
Now of course it would have made sense to go for a walk and a wander and then cool off in the sea. But the boys were just too excited to get in themselves. They had brought their water guns and were itching for a water fight.
Harvey discovered this isn’t as fun when you end up tasting salt water.
And coastal trip is complete without jumping waves and burying each other in the sand.
As a Mum of boys I don’t go anywhere involving water without a change of clothes. Especially as Harvey is such a water baby and always manages to get wet whatever the weather.
The boys are starting to become more self conscious of their bodies, so we located a nearby cave to change. Before heading out for a walk along Roker Pier.
The boys have been asking to walk to the lighthouse for months, whenever we have visited or bypassed Roker. Now was our chance.
The boys were genuinely interested in the lighthouse and curved Pier. Entertained by the flipping fish caught by fishermen of the edge of the pier. The smell almost overpowering.
I love making memories and sharing stories!
“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: