A…Adventures { West Wittering }

February 10, 2015

Making plans with people at this time of the year is tricky. When there are up to 13 of you getting together a lunch out is definitely on the cards but after that you just have to cross all your fingers and toes and pray that a plan to meet at the seaside is not complete madness that ends in frostbite. And so we headed West to see Kat and Heather on Sunday.

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The universe was smiling on us and on Sunday as we stepped onto the sands at West Wittering I couldn’t believe how warm it was. The skies were spotless blue and the sun shined down on us. Coats and shoes were shed by children, a couple of layers removed by the adults. I have reached the part of the winter that I struggle with most, when everything seems so cold and bleak all the time and I am unable to remember what warm feels like. Sunday was a promise of something really special to come.

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My children were so happy, Piran with playmates, Kate happy to just bimble about in her own little way. I love the beach, the sea, it is where I really feel myself and I love seeing them take so much pleasure from sand, somewhere to jump safely.

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Places to pick things up, and bury others. Sandcastles to be made and holes to be dug. Shells to be examined and strange stones to be collected. After months of being indoors it was bliss for them.

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There was tea and hot chocolate. Biscuits provided by Heather. I took some pictures but my heart wasn’t in it, I just wanted to be present and soak up every last moment of sunshine and everyone being together. It is really hard to get six children in one shot unless they are lining up for treats. I love this picture though, all happy doing their thing.

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One by one each family left until it was just Kate, Piran and I left. If it hadn’t been a school day the next day I would have wrapped them back up and made them watch the sunset. I am not sure that is something that we have ever done together so that is definitely on my list for this year.

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West Wittering stole my heart, so similar to the beaches of my home, my childhood but only an hour and a bit away not seven hours! I am dying to go back again already, this time with Mr C for sure. The light was beautiful, and standing at the edge of the sea always makes me feel so calm and centered, something really lacking in the past few weeks. Eventually I dragged myself back into the car and headed home, sandy and so very happy.

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  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca February 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I remember the simple joy of going to the beach – they look so happy.

    Lizzie Dripping

    • Reply Kelly February 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

      I wish they could experience it more, it was such a feature of my childhood. The beaches covered in stones that are local to us just aren’t the same!

  • Reply Helen February 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Beautiful photos . Winter sunshine , so brief , is always a treat

    • Reply Kelly February 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

      It was bliss. It is the time of year where I try and enjoy the sun the most.

  • Reply Clare Mansell February 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Loving seeing the three of you posting about my local beach (even if it is slightly weird when online life collides with real life!) it’s our favourite weekend haunt (my neighbour even owns one of the beach huts)

    • Reply Kelly February 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Oh so jealous. I would love a beach hut.

  • Reply katie February 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    beautiful beautiful photos, especially the silhouettes at (almost) sunset. I completely agree with you about being by the sea, I find it so soothing somehow. And also about putting the camera away and enjoying the moment – much to be said for that x

    • Reply Kelly February 18, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you. I love taking pictures but it really is a good idea just to enjoy the moment somehow.

  • Reply PhotoPuddle February 21, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Beautiful photos. Very jealous of your day out. I love West Wittering. Must make the effort to go there this year.

    • Reply Kelly February 22, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Yes it isn’t the closest place by any means but totally worth it. Next time we have a proper good day I will be back I hope.

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