Thursday, 21 February 2013

Getting Out of the City

As much as I love living in London, it is great when we get the chance to escape the hustle and bustle for  a few days, which is what we've done this week.  As it was half term, we packed up the car, puppy and all, and headed off for a few days at the coast.  We were staying near Camber Sands in East Sussex and arrived at our lovely apartment to find a lovely yummy handmade chocolate cake, biscuits, artisan apple juice and milk in the fridge.  Very thoughtful.

For those of you who have never been, it has a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach and wonderful sand dunes for the puppy to cavort in, although dune jumping is not allowed according to the beach signs!

Dogs are allowed on the lovely beach from October to April, so long as you pick up after them, which goes without saying in my book, so it was perfect. (This photo was taken on a cloudy day so please excuse the quality).


We headed out to the beach first thing on our first morning and the puppy loved it.   The sea, the sand, the shells, the seaweed (particularly the seaweed) and the sea air.   She was in puppy heaven.  It was so lovely to see her enjoying herself in a completely different environment from her usual one in London.  It was also wonderful for us too, to just escape our usual daily life and patterns of behaviour, and truly relax in and explore less familiar surroundings.  As I write this, puppy is lying asleep in her basket, dreaming noisily,  sporadically emitting little yelps.  Hopefully they are pleasant dreams of the beach!

As we drove out of London in the car, I got to thinking what a busy couple of months we've had so far this year, and what we have managed to achieve in that time, and felt glad just to be able to rest, reflect and recouperate and just concentrate on us being together and enjoying lovely family times.  Sometimes, it is too easy to spend your time at home thinking what you must do, need to do or should do, rather than just being spontaneous and enjoying spending time with your loved ones.  Without all the usual paraphenalia and distractions around you, you can just slow down, be content and enjoy one another's company.

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