Well I have just returned from a few days away at my favourite place. Near the sea, pretty beaches, endless sky, beautiful food, (fresh fish of course), paddling, swimming in the sea, kite flying, sand castles, crabbing with the help of a friendly seal and the usual pocket full of shells after every walk.
It was lovely to be free of wifi, no connection except the mobile phone, (which was on silent.) The lovely company of friends and my daughter. We hired a pretty little beach hut and relished in the beautiful September golden sun on a peaceful beach, watching the tide ebb and flow and the grown ups having childish fun all day. Cups of tea and picnic, just about sand free, but that's all part of it isn't it?
I did some sketching, a lot of reading and idea collecting for writing. The clues, people, places and plots are all around us as writers and artists, anything from a simple beautiful shell quickly sketched to the soaked up atmosphere and the characterful locals in the pub, it's all there noted for use at some time.
Sometimes it's just good to get away from it all and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, to appreciate our beautiful planet, the white gulls soaring overhead in an azure sky, warm sand between the toes, the smell of the sea on an evening breeze. It's good to clear the mind of the things that weigh us down, to take time to just stop to watch the sunset, the moon rise, the the turning of the tides. To switch off the technology that clogs our lives and to listen to the breeze, the gentle lapping of the waves the distant call of the curlew. I just wish I could live like it all the time, a sea view to wake to, a studio looking out over the water. Maybe one day. Until then my paradise where I can feel free and act like the child that lurks within is only an hour from me, so I will be back, soon.
Fancy a day like that? Drop by the Little Beach Hut Company and take a look, its worth treating yourself!