Friday, 21 April 2017

Five on Friday - A family walk.

Today I'm joining with 'Five on Friday', I've put together 5 photos of a family walk to the beach on Bank holiday Monday. Grab a cuppa and imagine you're there too, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the wind is calm and with sand at your feet you've not a care in the world.



On Bank holiday Monday this week my family headed for a walk at a beach in Lincolnshire. It was a lovely sunny day but a bit chilly. We love to visit this beach a lot. It's a bit of an all seasons kind of beach, free of the nearby RAF bombing range with test flights and strange noises in machine fire. M (hubby) is heading through the grassy dunes at the top of the car park onto the wide expanse of sand


and more sand, and more... If you look straight ahead and keep walking, you'll eventually find the sea, about a mile away. This is not the place for a quick dip in the sea, even if you did stride into the sunset you'd only manage a shallow paddle. Instead it's great for kite flying on a windy day, ball games and sand castles. In the winter if you are well wrapped up, it's a great walk to blow away the cobwebs and maybe collect some salt smelling drift wood. There never seems to be many people here. Without the lure of food, amusements and accessible water it tends to be as peaceful as it's name 'The Haven'.

Soon all this sand will be covered in a blanket of Samphire, a salty delicacy historically used to garnish fish dishes and called 'Poor Man's Asparagus'. You'll then find it readily available in local greengrocers.


We stopped to gaze into a rock pool and were rewarded by spotting a small dis-guarded crab shell against the rock. I remembered at this point that the seaside book we'd bought a while ago to identify 'things' we'd found at the beach, was sitting at home on the bookshelf. The teens lag behind on our walk chatting happily about something electronic I guess, XBOX, tablet or phone probably.


A family group shot before we head for home, even though teen 1 is wearing the wrong shoes, oops! It's great that they are still willing to come out with us especially since teen 1 has started his driving lessons with M. Some have questioned whether he and M will get along together with driving practice, given that they are Father and Son. As a driving instructor, M is strictly professional and being a previous seniors school teacher, it's all in a days work.


Leaving the car park it's a bone shaker ride, even though we used the 4WD setting on the car. It's a green lane so not high on anyone official's repair list. The pot holes jostle for space and we are thrown about to the delight of everyone but me. On the other side of this track is the mooring for fishing boats, it's very muddy on that side!

The colours of the marsh grass, sand dunes and sea influenced my 'Layered crochet coastal granny square cushion' here for photos.

Thank you for reading about my family walk. I'm joining Fast 'Five on Friday' for today's post, so no craft or flowers today apart the ones on the badge below.

23 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful spot without the trappings of more commercial beaches. I can imagine it must be a great place to fly kites. The green lane sounds like a fair ground ride! As long as there are no thrills and spills into the muddy fishing boat side.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Annie, The green lane is what my husband calls it. I call it a pot holed dirt track, it is literally a bone shaker of a dirt road with gravel, stones, craters (feels like) that leads to the beach car park.

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  2. What a delightful post! I love the seaside visit. A very special place!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Yes we love the sea and whenever we've moved, we've always chosen counties with a coast. We did live inland once in Tickhill - Doncaster, UK. As much as we enjoyed living there, we always yearn for a coastal walk or sea breeze, not so keen on a sea mist. The silent, eerie, cold feeling is weird.

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  3. Wonderful seaside visit! I giggled at leaving the book at home -- I'm good at that. Then I have to try to remember what I saw and try to I.D. when I get home! But a visit to the beach is always worthwhile -- kite flying, too! Happy Friday!

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    1. Hi Snap, I don't actually find the book too helpful really. I think a small - child's copy of 'What to Look at on the beach' type thing would probably be more user friendly. Some books are just too complicated that you never open them. It's probably why we forget to take it with us!
      Enjoy the weekend x

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  4. I just love those grasses! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Riitta, Thanks for visiting. The grasses holding back the sand dunes providing a safe habit for wildlife along the coast. Many people think that Lincolnshire is flat but the Wolds are definitely not flat. There are vast areas of marshland that can look quite bleak at times but overall it is a nice place to live. Certainly a quieter pace of life compared to Hampshire. We've lived in Kent and South Yorkshire too and I think Lincolnshire is much calmer.
      The colours inspired my coastal layered granny square cushion. Enjoy the weekend x

      http://hooksandneedles68.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/sunny-out-side.html cushion.

      file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/NE152_NNR_Saltfleetby_Theddlethorpe_Downs_16pp_DL.pdf

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    2. The Haven
      http://www.theaa.com/walks/on-saltfleets-dunes-420118

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  5. I'd love to walk here, but I wonder, does the tide come up and cover all that sand?

    Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, Thanks for visiting. I've put the actual walk reference above, if you google it, all sorts of info come up, mostly PDF's.
      I've never been there when the tide is in but the area is wet at times and further along the coast where the seals come in to pup, the tide definitely has come right up to the dunes. This has caused problems for the seals in the past in high tide, as they can't get to the safety of the dunes due to the fencing to keep visitors from petting the seals.
      The areas are controlled by Lincolnshire conservation wildlife team so improvements are made.

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  6. It's a lovely part of the world and I wish I still lived a bit nearer (Lincoln was as close as I got.) Thanks for sharing your walk with us.

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    1. Hi The History Anorak, Thank you for visiting, there is much history for school trips in Lincoln. The teens have visited a few times and as a parent helper I went along to the history museum.
      School trips have definitely changed a lot. The children were able to have a very 'hands on' approach, performing an archaeological dig, making some necklaces using beads made to represent Viking jewelry.
      They also got to make some shields to take home after some pretend shopping with coins and a market stall.

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  7. Beautiful picture of beach.. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog

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    1. Thank you, the bright sunny day always helps the photos.

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  8. What a nice beach and a great place for a walk. I wish I was there as it has been so cold and rainy here. We are so tired of the weather. Today promises to be warmer and sunny and we're all ready! I was thinking...I'm surprised you got your teens to go with you, then you mentioned it in the next sentence!

    Cindy

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    1. The teens usually join us in walks at the moment, they are less keen to go shopping though. As they get older I guess things change but as long as we can, we'll try and take them. Gets them away from electrics.

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  9. I've enjoyed the walk on the sand dunes as we rarely get to the coast. I took a look at your crocheted cushion with the colour combination inspired by the seaside location and it's lovely. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

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    1. Thank you, I just thought it'd be nice to use some imagination for people to join in. I'm crazy like that. Glad you liked my cushion. Cathy x

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  10. That was a lovely walk; thanks for inviting me! I think you should be proud that your boys will go on walks with you. My daughter always did, but my son was harder to convince. How lovely to live so near the sea!

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  11. You are very welcome. Yes very pleased and proud the boys are keen to muck in and join in. Cathy x

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  12. Thanks to everyone for visiting and leaving a comment x

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  13. Looks like a fantastic family day out, I think we would get along like a house on fire! Hope you have a wonderful week, thanks for joining in with Five on Friday :)

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