Thursday, 3 July 2014

Feeling free by the Sea


The viral infection I had recently left me feeling - to be completely honest - really rather crap. It made me feel as though I had gone back a year or two where I couldn't leave my bed for 5 minutes, I couldn't cut my own food, I couldn't do anything besides lay in bed in darkness. It made me realise just how far I've come because a couple of years ago that was the reality of my life every single day. After having all of the energy sucked out of me and fearing the progress I've made would have been short lived, a short but sweet evening visit to the beach soon cheered me up and rejuvenated my spirit, motivating me to keep on fighting this illness, refusing to let it and defeat me, in the hope that soon enough I'll be able to visit the beach more often.

You've probably guessed by now that I love the beach. It is my favourite place to go and reflect, relax and it is one of the only places where I feel completely free. To me nothing beats the feeling of sand beneath my feet, and sea air filling my lungs. I live on the seafront and the walk from the cliff, down to the sea, and back again may have left my legs feeling like they had run a marathon the next day but I wasn't complaining. I was able to take all of the recent chronic illness stress and the stress of having a broken body with me, release them and blow them out to get lost at sea. Adios negativity. Hasta nunca!

I even braved dipping my feet in the North Sea - a notoriously cold Sea - which was actually rather refreshing considering it was 9.30pm!

Where is your favourite place to go in the world?


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  1. I'm exactly the same - I love the sea and can't imagine living away from it. You just feel so free there :) I'm glad you feel the same xx

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    1. Me too! We're actually country neighbours!

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  2. Very nice photos, there is something about being by the sea that is very therapeutic. Keep up this positive attitude
    ~ Kate

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    1. Thank you! I agree, it's so relaxing to be by the Sea :)

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  3. For me, the sea calls too, which is why I left Georgia in the southern US (not much coastline) and moved to British Columbia in Canada on the west coast - the best part of Canada, IMO. There's something about the Atlantic sea air, but I thrive on being close to the water, too.
    Glad to know you're feeling better. Lovely ocean water shots. Nice quiet beach. Perfect.

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    1. If I'm ever away from the Sea for too long, I start to get withdrawal symptoms!

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  4. I love the sound of the sea! Really makes me feel calm x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Me too, but not when there is a storm and it's fierce and loud, that makes me feel on edge! Otherwise I agree with you!

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  5. I love being by the sea too, or just by the water. I love being by the water!

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    1. Yes being by the water is lovely, I love the beach but I also love lakes, rivers, etc, I'm lucky enough to close within minutes of both! :)

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  6. The clouds look aweskme! Glad you could go after your recent stresses

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    1. I know, they did look pretty cool! xxx

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  7. Sea air is very healing! Going to the beach always helps me feel a little brighter when I am in Cornwall. I can't wait to get back again and go for a paddle! Glad it did you some good :) Wonderful pics! Xxx

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    1. I bet the Cornwall beaches are so so nice! Dipping your feet is definitely an essential when beach visits are a rare occurrence!

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  8. Oh goodness, I can relate to that first paragraph so much. I do hope you're feeling a bit better now after your trip to the beach. I love being by the sea too (just not on a boat, I've recently realised!). I'm going to Spain for a couple of weeks very soon so I am looking forward to evening walks on the sand and the rejuvenating feeling of the water that you describe. Lots of love xxx

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    1. I like boat trips on the river, I've never been on one on the sea though! Enjoy your holiday, it sounds perfect!

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  9. I hope you'll be able to visit the beach more often. You're so lucky to live by the ocean! Lovely photos

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    1. Fingers crossed! Thank you, I love it :)

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  10. Beautiful beach view! My favourite place is out in nature, I find it so relaxing!

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    1. I feel like you can't beat being in nature to relax and unwind, I love being in nature so much :)

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  11. It looks peaceful and relaxing. I love the beach too! :) glad you have recoverd from that viral infection

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    1. It was very peaceful, just a few dog walkers passing by :)

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  12. I feel the same way about the sea! Whenever I feel very poorly and just need to get out of the house its straight to the beach to inhale that fresh sea air. My favorite time is at dusk, it's so beautiful at that time of day :) xxx

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    1. I'm the same! There's no better cure than sea air!

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  13. "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."
    - Isak Dinesen
    2 years ago I quit my job, booked a flight and moved to the beach...just like that, I didn't tell anyone but my sisters and parents and only a week before I was leaving... I just needed a change, fresh air, a new start...and the Caribbean seemed like the perfect place for it... and if not well, I could always go back you know.... but the things is, I never went back... I'm happiest at the sea... so I get what you write here...there's something magical about it, isn't it?
    ...though your sea is way more cold than mine haha... it is still a beautiful place.. hands down my favourite in the world, especially when I'm alone.. I enjoy my solitude too much and sometimes the sea is the only companion I want..
    xoxo

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    1. That sounds amazing! I'd love to do something like that. I can see myself lazing about on a tropical beach quite easily!

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    1. It was such a lovely evening, the water was so calm too :)

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  15. I love the first two photos of you! I feel free when by the sea too. There's something about being there that is so magical!

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    1. I think most people do, there's something about being by the water that is calming

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  17. These photo's are so pretty, I'm glad that going to the beach helps you! Let's hope one day you'll be able to go more often! X

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  18. I adore the sea too, I used to live right near it but now I live in the middle of the city, boo! Jealous you got to dip your toes in!

    Tweet Tweet xx

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    1. Both have pros and cons, although I feel most at home when I'm by the sea :)

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  19. beautiful photos. i could definitely do with a beach nearby to get away and feel relaxed.
    tanya x

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    1. Thanks Tanya, if only everyone could live close to the beach! I've always lived close so if I ever lived far I'd feel so lost

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  20. Just beautiful! We're lucky to live beside the seaside ('oh we doooo like to live beside the seaaaa') x

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    1. Aren't we! We have a lot of lovely places nearby really, it could be worse!

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  21. Gorgeous photos. So glad you were able to enjoy the sea. Your description of how the sea makes you feel says it all for me, as well. But you're much tougher than I. I sometimes hesitate to dip my little toes in the cold Mediterranean!

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    1. Thank you, I was quite brave, it wasn't as cold as I thought it was going to be though so I was actually pleasantly surprised!

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  22. Since i've been bedbound i've missed the sea so much! :( It's mine and Michael's favourite place to go too, we're hoping that eventually we'll move to Brighton, i feel so relaxed whenever i'm near the sea :) I'm so pleased you're well enough to put your feet in the sand, you're enjoying it for all of us :D Love xx

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    1. Thanks Laura, I've never been to Brighton but I'd love to visit. If I didn't live so close I don't think I'd be able to visit either, so I'm glad I do! <3

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  23. The photo of you with arms out, embracing the air and all things ocean-related, says it all. I'm so glad you were able to see and feek concrete evidence of your progress! I love the ocean although rivers and lakes and even ponds are good too. My grandfather was a Newfoundland fisherman, living on his boat for six months of every year, fishing along the Labrador coast. He died before i was born, but I think something of him lives in me.

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  24. My favourite place to visit is also the ocean, Hayley-Eszti. It has such healing powers. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't visit and walk the shore every other day. 'Science' has said that it is the 'negative ions' that make one feel so good near a large body of water. There are a large number of these ions near the sea.
    Here's a link for more info on the power of being near the ocean:
    http://pranaviewaustralia.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/the-power-of-negative-ions-the-ocean-and-bodies-of-water/

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