Monday, 4 April 2016

Oh I Do Love to be Beside the Seaside

I was born in Edinburgh and lived a few minutes from Portobello. If you have ever been down to Portobello, you will know there is a beautiful pier, funfair and, of course, the beach. Now I haven't been there in years so I don't know exactly what is there and what isn't anymore but I do remember how much fun we used to have when we'd go there pretty much every weekend with my Mum and Gran or with my Dad. This is where my love for all things beach and seaside came from.

When we lived in Spain, we had the luxury of our own swimming pool near our villa that we would go to every day. When we lived in Mexico City, we didn't have a beach just a few minutes away but we would travel up to Alcapulco or Cuernavaca and sometimes we'd go as far as Cancun and stroll along the sandy beaches. We never went into the sea because it wasn't safe; sharks or jellyfish I think it was! But it was amazing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and feel sand between our toes and smell the salty sea air.

Where I live now, I have to say, isn't my most favourite place. I'm not keen on the town centre but what I do love about where we live, aside from the many parks we have a few minutes walk away, is that we have 3 beaches just 15 minutes away by car. We decided to visit one on Easter Monday because, despite it being a bit windy, it was a beautiful day.

The kids were really excited and literally jumped out of the car and ran towards the park to play. I pushed Miss C on the swing whilst Z attempted and triumphed in climbing anything and everything he could. We spent about 20 minutes in the park before returning to the car to get their wellies on and heading to the beach.

The beach we visited is pretty much covered in rocks and shells but as we got closer to the sea, we could see sand. I love walking through sand although I kept my shoes on as it was still too cold to go barefoot. Z and Miss C walked through the water, seeing how far they could go in before the water threatened to go over the top of their wellies.

We walked from one end of the beach to the other, collecting shells and throwing pebbles into the ocean. It was so nice just to stroll leisurely, blowing away the cobwebs and enjoying the feel of the sunshine on our faces.

After our walk along the beach, we went searching for a coffee shop to get some tea and cake. It took us about 15 minutes to walk from the beach to the main high street but it was fun. I love looking at houses in areas I don't visit often and the houses were beautiful. The town reminded me of Carnoustie where my Grandma and Grandpa had a guest house just a few minutes from the beach. You can see why I love being near the coast so much! I was surrounded by beach wherever I lived or visited as a child.

We arrived at a highly recommended coffee shop and managed to get the last table. We ordered pots of tea and some delicious looking cakes. The kids decided to have hot chocolate fudge cake, Husband had a strawberry gateau and I had lemon meringue pie. The kids polished theirs off in a few minutes whilst Husband and I struggled to finish ours because they were so moreish!

Sadly, when we left the coffee shop, it started to rain. We walked as fast as we could back to the car and headed home. We were all feeling pretty refreshed but craving fish and chips for dinner. I think it's just one of those dishes that you need to eat after a trip to the beach, or if the weather allows, eat on the beach.

Husband picked up a fish supper for Miss C and I to share, a sausage supper for Z and a king rib supper for himself. It was delicious and the perfect way to finish off our Easter weekend break.

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