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A Country Kids Post: By the Cliffside in Widemouth Bay

Last Monday, we had a lovely family dinner out.  It’s lovely to go out once in a while, isn’t it?

We go to Widemouth beach a lot.  I’ve written more than  couple of posts about how we love it there – the beach, exploring its rock pools in the low tide or just walking the dog and combing the beach for its treasures.

cliffside2_littlestepsThis time we decided to explore a part of the cliffside where we’ve never been opposite the restaurant where we were booked to dine in.

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It was a lovely late afternoon.  Little T and Doc were eager to explore.

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Watching the sunset from the cliffs must be a quiet an experience.

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We’ll have to find out next time, since it was time to go, our table was waiting.

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Do you remember when and where you last saw a beautiful sunset?

Was it abroad?  Or just in your back garden?

Do share.

Us by the Sea in Photos

The weather is lovely today.

Come and have a walk with Doc and I.

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Last time we took you along the coast, this time we’ll take you around another path.

Don’t worry, you will love it too.

Now let’s start our walk by the church.

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But before we go through that gate, let’s stop and see if we can find some flowers.

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Ah, there they are.

Lovely crocuses, aren’t they?

I love its purple colour, looking so vibrant among all that green.

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Now let’s go through that gate and step into the graveyard.

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Lovely blue sky, the bluest of blue.  Now if only the sky stayed that way, all would be lovely.

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Little T loves it here.  She likes to wander around and inspect the different graves and likes to have a little poke around.

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And through that gate, you’ll see the ocean.

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And the wild expanse of headland which Doc loves.

Now you see why we call it doggie heaven.

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And there’s the coast-guard’s hut, its white building against a shade of blue and brown.

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See that bit of rock, I like to sit there and watch the sea when it’s calm like today, or even when it’s raging as if in torment, although the wind can be rough, sometimes it scares me, and I wonder if I’ll get blown away.

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My first sighting of tourists, you always see them up there, especially in a lovely day like this one.

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You’re lucky it’s low-tide and you can see the blow-hole in all its glory.  When the sea is mad, you can see the waves thrashing against the rocks and making a loud bellowing noise in and out that hole, like a dragon puffing out steam.

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And there’s our little village nestled against the valley.

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On this side, you can see the 15th century harbour wall, during peak season, you’ll see the tourists enjoying the sun in all its glory.

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I’ve never seen that small truck in the water before, I’m not sure what it’s doing there.

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The trees are slowly beginning to show some leaves.

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Little T’s school is somewhere there.

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And now we’ve come full circle.

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And Doc is waiting for us by the church.

But before we end this walk, I have one more beautiful sight to show you.

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Yes, the snowdrops are here.

Does it really mean that spring has sprung?

What do you think?

Five Reasons why Widemouth Bay is a Fave

There’s no doubt summer is fading and it’s happening really fast!  In spite of that though, it still manages to show up once in a while as if to say “You haven’t seen the last of me yet!” And last Sunday it definitely felt just a little bit like our favourite time of the year was still hanging around with us.

One of our favourite jaunts here on our side of England, especially when the weather is good is a place called Widemouth Back, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention the name in past posts.  It’s a place where we like to go to, especially since it’s only about a 20-minute drive from where we live.  Why do we keep coming back, you may ask?  Here are a number of reasons:

A Long Beach

Perfect for walking the dog and for little ones to run around like loonies since it has a long stretch of beach, regardless of whether it is low tide or high tide.  You see, there are some beaches here in Cornwall that disappear as soon as the tide comes in.  You’ll need perfect timing to visit those beaches.

Here at Widemouth, it doesn’t really matter what time of the day you come.  You’re guaranteed to have nice long walk in the sand.

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Rock-Pools

And when it is low tide, it has the most interesting and massive area of rock pools to explore, not just for children, but for rock pool aficionados just like my husband.  He and little T can spend hours and hours exploring every nook and cranny much to the annoyance of the little creatures who call it home.  I can imagine an emergency siren going through all the rock pools announcing T and her Dad’s presence.  Ugh.  Them again!  Apologies creatures of the sea…

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A Headland

Once you get tired of mucking about in the beach, there is also a headland nearby to walk the dog or do a little bit of hiking.  The views up there are breathtaking. And there are a few dotted benches around, where you can just sit, rest and take in the lovely picture-perfect view of the ocean like this couple I spied on our walk:

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The last time we were here, this touching memorial bench wasn’t even around:

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I can imagine why her mother loved this spot.  One can just spend hours staring out to sea, provided of course you’re dressed for strong winds, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Cafe

And if that isn’t enough reasons, there is also a nearby cafe where one can order delicious hot chocolate, ice-cream and other snacks like this yummy waffle T had fun devouring.  A great place to seek refuge especially since the Cornish (or should I say English weather) drastically changes from good to bad within minutes.

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Public Toilet

And lastly, all parents with young children will understand why I included this on the list:  Widemouth Bay has a nearby public toilet!  Perfect for those emergencies that often come with spending long times on the beach.  There are loads of lovely beaches here in Cornwall, but sadly most of them have toilets that are very far from the beach and when you’re running with your child about to do a number two, a nearby toilet is heaven-sent!

So if you’re visiting down here in North Cornwall and want a little bit of everything, chances are Widemouth bay might just foot the bill.

Have you been to North Cornwall?

What’s your favourite jaunt in the area? Do share.

A is for Alone

This photo was taken when we visited Tintagel castle a few weeks ago.  I had to squint to make sure that it really was a sail-boat alone in the open sea.  Reminded me so much of one of my favourite poems written by American poet, Muriel Rukeyser:

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“Oh grow to know me.  I am not happy.  I will be open:

Now I am thinking of white sails against a sky like music,

like glad horns blowing, and birds tilting, and an arm about me.

There was one I loved, who wanted to live, sailing … ” 

– Effort of Speech Between Two People

I’ve linked this post up with PODcast’s Alphabet Photography Project.

Come and join!

Why Can’t I?

Woof, woof, woof?

“Where are we going”?

Doc asks Little T as she puts on her silly wooly hat.

“We are going to the beach!”says T.

Woof!

Yay!  Barks Doc.

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Woof, woof, woof, woof!

But this isn’t our beach!  Doc says looking around.

“Oh Doc, this is another beach called Trebarwith Strand!”  Explains little T.

Woof, woof, woof, woof!

Why can’t we go to our beach?  Says Doc whinging.

“Because it’s nice to go to different places! And it’s beautiful here!” Says little T raising her hands dramatically.

Woof!

Yes!  Doc gives an excited little bark but stops and looks at little T’s parents.

“Woof, woof, woof?”

“But why do they have to be with us?”

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“Oh Doc”, little T sighs , “because I’m only three, and not a grown-up yet”.

Woof, woof, woof, woof!

But it’s so much fun when it’s just you and me!

“I know” little T agrees, but we also have fun with my mum and Dada too!”

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Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!

“Yes, but your Dad grumble, grumbles!”

“Oh that’s just my Dada.  He likes to grumble, grumble, all Dads are like that”

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Woof, woof, woof!

“C’mon, let’s go exploring!”

“Wait, I have to jump in muddy puddles first!”  Says little T enjoying her lovely puddles.

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Woof!

Hurry!

Woof, woof, woof!

“This is lovely! So much new smells!”

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Woof, woof, woof, woof!

“Don’t just sit there!  Let’s go and explore more!”

“I’m tired from jumping on all those muddy puddles.  I want to rest now”  Says little T sitting on a bench.

Woof, woof, woof!

But, but, but, I want to explore NOW!  Whinges Doc.

“You will just have to wait” Little T says firmly.

Woof!

Fine!

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Woof, woof, woof!

“Can we go down there please?”

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“No.  We can’t it’s high tide!”

Woof.

Boo says Doc slumping down beside Little T.

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Woof, wood, woof?

Can I have some of that too?

“Oh Doc, this isn’t for puppies!”

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Woof, woof, woof!

“It’s not fair!”

“Mum says life isn’t fair.  So there you go!”  Says T.

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Woof, woof, woof!

“Can I have some?”  Doc says wagging his tail.

“No.  This isn’t for puppies either”.

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Woof, woof, woof!

Now you are just being silly!

“Like this?”

Little T pulls her silly face at him.

Doc turns his back on her.

Woof, woof, woof.

“I want to go home now”

“In awhile, you’ll just have to wait”  Little T says in a grown-ups voice.

Woof, woof, woof!

“It’s not fun anymore!”

“Tough” says T.

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.

A Winter Walk

Last week when the weather was better, we took a walk with our friends up in the headland.  I was expecting it to be cold and blustery, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the temperature mild, especially for a winter day.

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There’s little T walking behind, hoping to find more muddy puddles.

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Her dad had to carry her so she could see beyond the bushes.

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In case you’re wondering if Doc was with us, he definitely was!

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We decided to go up to the coast-gaurd’s hut to see the horses grazing, was a bit worried about my ankle, but apart from hurting just a bit, I was fine.  Can you spot the horse in this photo?

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My husband actually thought he saw a seal, I think he really did, but with my awful eye-sight I couldn’t see what he was pointing at.  Doc didn’t seem impressed either.

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As for little T, she was content on sitting and just gazing at the sea.

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On our way back, we spotted this horse, I’m wondering though if it was the same one we spotted earlier on?

Have you guys settled into the New Year yet?  I took our Christmas tree and decors down yesterday, the house looks a little bare, but I’m fine with that.  The weather is a bit unsettled, but here in Bos, there really isn’t much of a big difference whether there’s a storm or not.  The winds up here howl on a regular day, so a stormy day, is pretty much like a normal day for us.  Hope no one is affected by the floods though, stay safe everyone!

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.