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Treat Day!

Firstly, thank you to Ann from johnnyjumpsup, the book arrived today, I look forward to reading it. 

Dan's out for a meal this evening so I decided I'd have a treat day too. I had an appointment to get my hair chopped first thing, when I left there I just keep walking into the town. I'd checked the tide times so knew when there might be a view of the sea. 

I gave myself a budget of £5. My first port of call was the charity shop to pick up Landscape magazine I'd noticed yesterday, one I'd never heard of before, but at 99p for a current copy (Sept/Oct 2016) I thought I'd give it a go. The two ladies in the shop asked me what I was doing, so I said I was going to the beach. 

"What for?" they asked.
"Because all my friends that don't live near the beach think it's very odd that I only go every so often."
"Is there anything on?"
"No."
"Oh!" they said, looking at each other in a quizzical fashion!

So I headed off to the cafe in the old tram stop



Then I sat on the pier in the sun


I looked out at the approaching sea, although the tide is not very high today



Did a bit of people watching



Then headed onto the sand



I had a little paddle, the water was gorgeous



With the remaining £2 I treated myself to something to savour as I sit in the shade at home



Comments

  1. I am a 2 minute car ride/10 minute walk from the sea/beach and go regularly even in the Winter. I love the ever changing views. I find it strange that you choose to live on the coast and then not go. People find me strange to.

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    1. We moved here mainly for work reasons.

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    2. Sorry, that sounded a bit rude!

      We did move here mainly for work reasons, but I get lots of benefit from being here even when I'm not at the beach. Dan gets to ride to work along the prom every day and I walk on the prom whenever I'm in the town. We're at a beach lots, just not ours. Our beach is a "buckets and spades" beach, not an atmospheric, beautiful one, so our visits there are pretty functional!

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  2. One doesn't need a reason to go to the sea, it's just good for you. Enjoyed your photos.

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    1. Thanks. I think a lot of people retire here because it's very flat and accessible, it's a small town that happens to be at the coast, rather than a beach destination of any kind. I think the gardens and golf courses are more popular with residents.

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  3. What a lovely treat, you deserved it xx

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    1. Thank you, it was lovely, on the way home a lady complimented me on my outfit too!

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  4. What a lovely day. I'm really craving a day at the seaside, I think it's because my holiday is over and done with, and we didn't really have good weather while we were there. I've never heard of that chocolate before but I love dark choc, and lime and sea salt sounds very intriguing. Enjoy.

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    1. I know what you mean, dreary weather robs you of that little bit of something doesn't it.

      The chocolate was just from Sainsbury's and cost £2, I'd never tried it before but found it very pleasant. The chocolate wasn't bitter, the lime was zingy but not overpowering and the salt gave just a little tingle on the tongue.

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  5. I like going to the Beach when there is nothing going on too, dislike it this time of year when its mobbed. So I envy you. And that Sea Dog chocolate has me interested, I tried the Chilli choc recently it was okay,most was used for a salsa.

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    1. The beach has been really busy all week, far busier than I remember from previous years, all the action was behind me in the photographs. We still have quite a few weeks of visitors ahead of us, especially at weekends as we get a lot of visitors wander down if they're over to see Blackpool Illuminations.

      I know what you mean about chilli chocolate, I tried some from Beech's a few months ago and it was way too much for me, so it ended up in a bean chilli. I liked this one though, I am a lime fan though, the sea salt added a little tongue tingle which was rather pleasant.

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  6. Hope you enjoy the book. I only posted it yesterday!

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    1. Really, that's impressive! I'm going to start it today, really looking forward to it.

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  7. I had a paddle in the sea today - it was freezing cold.
    xx

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    1. I think I'd braced myself for it to be ridiculously cold, so I was surprised that my feet didn't fall off immediately and found it to be fine. I'm not about to run out there in my swimming costume for a dip though!

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  8. What a lovely view of the sea.

    God bless.

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    1. It is a nice, calming view, I switch between feeling melancholy and hopeful, and enjoy both.

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  9. Ah, this sounds a lovely day!! Mmmm, wish I could paddle!!x

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    1. It was so nice, and wonderful to be alone doing it, it felt very... decadent.

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  10. Sounds like a great day and I love that chocolate xxx

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    1. It was lovely, and a good idea to go on that particular day, I don't think it's stopped raining since!

      I will be buying that chocolate again, I really enjoyed it.

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