I think one of my favourite places to be is by water.
I’m not overly bothered by what kind of water – river, lake, sea or a pool. But beside water is where I feel my most relaxed.
Of course, luckily for me, we live on the South Coast. We’ve lived in homes where you could literally see water from our window (twice) and have lived within 15 minutes driving of a coastline for the last nine years.
And I’m glad that we do. Not only for me. But for our kids.
Henry is already a huge lover of water. Water play is my go-to when I need to entertain Henry in the house. He’s been in swimming lessons since he was six months old. He adores splash pads and bath time. And now he loves being by the sea!
Can you tell he’s my kid yet?
For me, nothing beats being by the sea. The glittering sunlight off the water. The cool chill of the splashing waves. The nostalgic memories of summer holidays gone by. The calming sounds.
Basically if I feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious or anything a little off, I need water, so a couple of weekends ago we took a short trip to our local Country Park, which just so happens to open out to sea views, and it was exactly what I needed after two weeks of getting used to a newborn, sleep deprivation and a lot of feeding.
So I cracked the camera out (apologies in advance for the photo diary spam, but I loved far too many of these photos not to share!), and decided to document one of our first trips out as a family of four, in one of my most favourite places. It might not be Mediterranean waters, but its still pretty damn great.