The nearest beach to us is about an hour and 15 minutes away. Even then, it’s not the nicest of beaches. But I’ve always said I would love to live by the sea. There’s something calming and beautiful about it, in particular during winter. I always used to say that I’m not a fan of typical English beaches. The ones that everyone flocks to during warmer months. We went to Weston-Super-Mare last year and I have to admit – I really didn’t enjoy it. A few weeks later, we went to several places in Cornwall and the beaches there where absolutely stunning.
Whilst in Eastbourne last week, we went to two different beaches and I can’t quite pin point why, but they where beautiful. It wasn’t until I got home and started to edit the photo that I realised – it’s the time of year. Something so tranquil about being at the beach in winter. When it’s absolutely freezing and the wind is so sharp it’s almost painful. These photos are my favourite. This is from one late afternoon just as the sun was setting – it was raining and absolutely freezing. I remember standing there and thinking to myself; wow. This is the coldest I have ever been. I’m usually one that complains and absolutely hates the cold, but there was something beautiful about this moment. There was something so much more prettier, more appealing and more nostalgic about having the beach to ourselves on this freezing evening. Standing where so many come to sunbathe in the summer. Standing where children build sandcastles and run around in their swimming costumes.I have to say it. I love the beach in winter, more than in summer.
We went to Seven Sisters beach on our first day in Eastbourne and that was stunning too. We had it pretty much all to ourselves and ran around without a care in the world. We chased the sea and climbed over rock pools. It’s surrounded by gorgeous picturesque chalk cliffs. Somewhere that I’m sure tourists flood to in the summer time. Something I’ve discovered over the past few months is how I want to travel and not be a tourist. That is the aim for this year (apart from Disneyland, haha). I want to live like a local. Eat like a local. Act like a local. So if there’s one thing I’ve gained from this trip, it’s my love for the beach in winter.