Beach

The freedom of the open space allows the imagination to run wild. The beach is an inspirational setting for dreams and ideas, mindful existence and stillness. As a child, living only 3 miles from the beach, it was to the beach we went, nearly every weekend from March to October when we were taken to enjoy it on pain of death regardless of the wind, shingle, seaweed, flies, sand hoppers or dead fish. But, I loved it. We'd return weary and sandy and sometimes blue with cold but we'd sleep so, so well. This is where I learnt to sit and watch. We didn't have mobile phones or tablets so I took a book but it got soggy, so I'd observe. To be interested in the small things, worm casts, shells, whose dog is that? and good grief, are they really going to try to change clothes under THAT towel.......

All of this helps no end when you are having a busy time and need to collect more pieces to draw or thoughts to let go. Because you can let everything go on the beach. It is vast the sky, and the sea meets it pleasingly. It is a solace from the built up busy nature of our towns and cities. Comfort in nothingness. But it's not nothingness.

You see so much. I have never seen as much wildlife as I do along the coast. 

Beach huts. Another wonderful seaside tradition.

Beach huts. Another wonderful seaside tradition.