Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Holiday in a Day


We spent the last weekend of the half term holidays in Durham staying with my in-laws. It was John's birthday and he had a few days off work; that combined with the children being off school yesterday meant it felt like an extra bank holiday weekend for us all. 

On Sunday we all went to Tynemouth for the day, a pretty seaside town up on the coast. It was like a perfect little holiday all in one day. The weather was clear and sunny. (It was also quite cold but you take what you can get here.) We explored Tynemouth Market first, a wonderful and unpretentious weekly market that is held in the train station. It's a mixture of local produce, stalls selling what can only kindly be called "bric a brac" and some real gems by local craftspeople. We bought a few treasures including a little screen print, which I'll show you later on. 

We ate fish and chips for lunch - with a cup of tea of course, this is the North - then went to the beach. The children and I took our shoes off as soon as we could and ran down to the see to paddle in the (absolutely freezing) water. As soon as I am near the water I become ridiculously happy and I was even happier than usual watching Bella and Angus. They paddled, ran back and forth chasing waves, collected stones, buried their feet in the sand, built sandcastles, did all the things children do on the beach. Where did they learn these things? I didn't show them. Is it instinctive I wonder? They were so occupied and busy, calling to each other and showing each other things like dead crabs and sea glass. Everything was fascinating to them. It was a glimpse of a different kind of childhood. I was sorry to drag them away when everyone else tired of the beach and I wish I could take them to the beach more regularly.

We ate ice creams on the cliff top over looking Tynemouth harbour then walked out to the lighthouse you see on the left in the last picture. I taught the children the "do you like butter?" trick with buttercups. When we got back I brushed the sand off their feet and shook it from bags and clothes. My skin felt all tight, like it does after a day in the sun and wind, and we'd all caught the sun a little. Everyone was so tired after all that fresh air. We drank beers in the garden in the evening sun.

A day well spent.

46 comments:

  1. Lovely. We love tynemouth priory. We also did the buttercup trick yesterday (we went to Whitby)

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  2. sounds rather perfect and lovely, sigh, dont you just love june ? X

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  3. Oh that place looks amazing, lucky things. x

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  4. All the ingredients for a wonderful day out in this post. I love spending time at the coast (and lucky enough to live just a short drive away). Chips just don't taste as good anywhere else, do they?

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  5. The very essence of a seaside holiday. I am yearning to eat fish and chips in the sea air.

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  6. Dear Gillian
    Much envy here too! It looks like the perfect seaside-y day! Beautiful photos too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  7. Wow, it looks wonderful. It's been so long since I went to the beach. It looks like you had a perfect weekend.

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  8. Being so far away from the sea is hard. Leeds is just too landlocked. I grew up 10 minutes away from the beach and it is so much part of who I am. When we take the Boy to the seaside I also feel bad that we can't do it more regularly too. But then Bella and Angus will treasure these days and you will too. I want to go paddle now! x

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  9. Sounds wonderful, the sea just makes you feel alive doesn't it? Xx

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  10. It really does sound like the perfect day and you're making me crave the sea again. I've never been to the east coast and think it's about time I remedied that. x

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  11. Wonderful day! I looked through the photos and then looked through them again. Thanks for sharing the sea breeze. :-)

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  12. Memory making with the children, you've just got to love it! :) x

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  13. A holiday in a day - what a lovely way of putting it! And you've got all the essentials captured in your pics so beautifully! Lovely! E x

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  14. what a beautiful day - and a perfect way to spend it!

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  15. What a superbly gorgeous holiday day in one day Gillian. Such cheerful and Summery photo's too. Your Bella and Angus will not forget such a day for a while.
    There is nothing nicer than stumbling across a little unpretentious market full of local produce and craft, I just love it when that happens. Look forward to seeing your treasures. Then again the treasure of a family day together...ahh nothing can beat that :o)
    xox Penny

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  16. What a wonderful post - I love that salty, tight skinned feeling you get from the beach. A day like that is good for the soul and reminds us of what the good things in life really are. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day wtb us x

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  17. Lovely photos looks like you all had a wonderful day. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! x

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  18. What a perfect day ... we love the seaside too ... it is great to visit on a not too hot day ... and tea with fish and chips is obligatory here too ... Bee xx

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  19. What a lovely day and yes most children do seem to love the beach, whatever the weather.

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  20. You can't beat fish and chips eaten outdoors on a warm and sunny day. Great pics! Feels as if I was there with you.
    June

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  21. Wonderful, it looks like such a fantastic day. And your photos are beautiful.

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  22. *waves*hello! I live in Durham! How strange to think of you so close. In my head, blog land is always so far away! And you've been to my favourite beach too, tynemouth is unbeatable! Glad you had fun!

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  23. Fish and chips and ice cream by the seaside, you can't get better than that!

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  24. What a fabulous day, tea is compulsary with fish and chips here too! I know exactly what you mean about feeling happier when at the seaside. It's all that wonderful sea air mixed with sunshine! X

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  25. That really does sound like the most perfect day! And what beautiful photographs of it ... happy memories in the making for those cute kids of yours :)

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  26. How wonderful to visit the sea for just the day. So restorative. Looking forward to seeing that print. Claire xo

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  27. Beautiful pics!! Thank you for bringing us the sea. ;)

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  28. Such beautiful blue skies images. Nothing like a paddle at the sea ... Sarah x

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  29. What a lovely day out and such gorgeous photographs.
    M x

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  30. Sounds just perfect Gillian!!! x

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  31. What a wonderful day. There is little in life that comes close to the joys and energy we get from the sea and having our feet in the sand. Fish & chips & a cuppa well that just puts the cherry on the cake!! Such lovely photos of a great day out. Thanks for sharing I'm feeling serious withdrawals from the sea now. Xo

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  32. It looks wonderful, I've never been that far up the coast. Fish and chips are a must have overlooking the sea, they always taste so much nicer at the seaside.

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  33. You found some sun! Looks truly happy x

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  34. Gorgeous blue skies, and I can almost smell the fresh sea air through your photos!

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  35. Sounds divine Gillian, and what beautiful pictures... oh, and Happy Birthday John!!! x

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  36. Just look at that sea! I'm so envious of chips by the beach, happy days!

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  37. What a wonderful holiday filled with lots of blue skies and sunshine! The fish and chips look delicious and it sounds quite nice with a cup of tea. So glad you enjoyed a nice break with family.

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  38. What more could you ask for from a day out by the sea. The fish and chips look so delish and I love the photo of the bright buttery buttercup against the blue sky.
    Happy birthday wishes to your husband.
    Lisa x

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  39. Your photos are brilliant - what a perfect day! Is that a cadbury's Flake int he ice-cream? My favourite! Mel x

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  40. So Lovely!! and those fish and chips. I must do this soon, Heather x

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  41. English fish n chips, making me homesick! What joy, nothing greater than to be by the sea. I think that's what we'll do today!

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