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Four years ago today, Tom and I were standing in front of our friends and family, talking of climbing mountains and fighting tigers (that’s what happens when you write you own vows;) We met in the love of one another and danced haphazardly to cheesy songs.

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Looking back over these photos had me smiling at all the little things.  After all, the wedding is a pretty little thing: the champagne and the frisbee, the sunburnt photos and the drunken hugs.  But the life together is a far bigger deal.

I’ve spent fourteen years with this guy, and life is all the sweeter for it.  With him, the smallest trip is an adventure, and the tiny things in life feel important. We’re a team.  Sure he’d fight that tiger for me, but we’d be more likely to take it on together.  Tom has shown me the value of listening (he always does a better job of it than I do) and the magic of challenging ideas.

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I love being with someone as geeky about the outdoors as I am.  Our first road trip down to Cornwall, I remember insisting that he take a proper look at the clouds and agree to their awesomeness.  Now he’s always giving me snippets, about the Latin for badger, or the origin of a holloway.

I want to climb more mountains, ride more miles, and spend more hours just sitting by the fire with this guy.  I love him, he is my best and most awesome.  Thank you for marrying me Tom (and sorry I was a little late!)

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Seaside Bloggers: That Adventurer

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Today’s guest blogger, Hannah, shares her corner of Norfolk. Her beautiful pictures had me searching the map, and enjoying the placenames (Metheringham, Swaffham, King’s Lynn). Hannah is off adventuring in South America at the moment, so it was all the sweeter to read of her love for her local Norfolk beach.

1) Tell me about your slice of coast and why you love it.
My little piece of the coast is Hunstanton in North Norfolk. I’ve always loved the sea and dreamed of living by it, and last November that came true when we upped sticks and moved to the sea. Hunstanton’s beaches don’t always get the recognition they deserve, but that just means you won’t find hoards of people like you do in Bournemouth or Cornwall.

Old Hunstanton beach is the best. It’s usually deserted, save for a few kite surfers, its dog friendly all year round, and it stretches for miles and miles! Oh, and we get the best sun sets around!

2) What’s your favourite thing to do by the sea?
My favourite thing to do by the sea is to pull on my wellies, put the leads on my two dogs Cosmo and Mable and go for a long, long walk rain or shine. I like to watch them jump about in the sea whilst I scan the beach for any washed up starfish, crabs or other sea life.

Sometimes walks in the rain are even better. I rather like getting drenched and then coming back home to a hot shower, pyjamas and a hot chocolate.

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3) If you had a little sailing boat, where would you go?
If I had a little sailing boat I’d travel north, towards Scotland (and hope there were no storms!). I’ve never seen much of Scotland but its wildness always looks beautiful in photos and I’d love to see it for myself. For somewhere warmer I’d have to take my boat to Brazil. I’m in Brazil at the moment and the coast is stunning and my little sailing boat would get me to those hard to reach bays and beaches.

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I don’t want to wish the summer away, but getting drenched on a rainy beach before heading home for hot chocolate sounds like heaven.

If you have a slice of sea you’d like to share, please get in touch!

Photos by Hannah K

Go Fly A Kite

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This kite has been with us over ten years, and Sunday was it’s second ever outing. I know. But, adding it to our alphabet year way back in January finally gave us the nudge to pull it out of the loft, and I’m so glad we did.

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Flying a kite is pure, simple joy: feel the wind catch the fabric and pull at the lines, while you stare up in to the blue and watch it go. In goofy abandonment, I did a lot of leaping, shrieking and yelping. I didn’t know my face could pull so many weird faces until I saw the photos.

This is a job for two. You need a launcher, who can double up as a spectator to admire your seriously cool ever-so-slight loop. And then they can do the necessary repairs after you crash to the ground. Either way, it always feels good to run around in the high grass and chase the wind.

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Seaside Bloggers: MYcreative

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I’m excited to share a little corner of Italian coast with you this morning. Tom and I cycled through this beautiful city on our way to Ljubljana years ago and fell in love with its steep twisting streets.

So, reading about Michelle’s move to Trieste, her thoughts all accompanied by beautiful photos, has been an absolute treat. MY Creative is a lovely peek in to this coastal city. Here’s Michelle to tell us more.

1) Tell me about your slice of coast and why you love it.

I live in Trieste in the North East of Italy. Before my husband got his job here I had never even heard of the place. It might be considered unusual moving somewhere you haven’t ever been but something I had done before when I moved to England. All I knew (after looking on the map) was it was Italy, was very close to the borders of Slovenia and Croatia and was on the sea. After about 8 months of being here it is a beautiful change to the rush of London (people by the sea are just calmer, no?) and I am definitely growing to love this place.

I grew up by the sea (in Cape Town) and I suppose that creates in you that weird sort of love for the ocean while at the same time also not really appreciating it. This time around I am definitely going to make the most of it.

I love that I can see a (tiny) sliver of ocean from our window and I think the ocean makes you appreciate how small you, and your problems, are. Plus it has that ability to still your soul. I’m not much of a meditator but staring out to sea and down into the depths (the water here is really clear) is the kind of meditation that I can definitely manage.

I also love how changeable the ocean is. It has mood swings like me!

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2) What’s your favourite thing to do by the sea?

I’ve never been an impressive swimmer so although a dip in the ocean is lovely I mostly just enjoy a decent walk alongside, sitting and reading a book and occasionally looking up and realising how tiny I really am.

Since we have only been here over the winter so far seaside activities have mostly involved just walking down to the waterfront, going for walks along the promenade, appreciating how water makes sunset’s just that much more spectacular, and watching all the sea life (jelly fish, little fish and more recently biiig fish).

I did take my first dip in the ocean recently though and with summer here I am planning to take a couple more. I actually quite like that they don’t have the sandy beaches here because there is a sudden drop and then you are basically in a giant pool! Plus it is so much warmer than the water in Cape Town.

3) If you had a little sailing boat, where would you go?

Ooh, so hard. I have never been to Greece and been thinking about a Greek Island holiday. It seems a bit of a weird thing to crave when you live by the sea but I suppose we still live in a town.

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That deep pool for swimming sounds a pretty perfect way to enjoy the summer. I’m still working up the courage for my first chilly dip this season. No excuse to put it off any longer!

If you have a slice of sea you’d like to share, please get in touch!

Pictures by Michelle Young

Moving On

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You might have heard my rumblings about changes at work.  We now know that our team will definitely be cut.  They are, all twelve of them, a fantastic team to work with and I feel proud of what we’ve achieved together in the last eighteen months.  And we’ve still got another eight months to do more.  

But, as the end is in sight, I’m starting to plan my next steps and my head is full of SLT.  So, I’m looking forward to sweet seaside distractions from some guest writers. Keep an eye out on Monday for a note from Trieste.

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