Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Sand, Sea and Family

Photos Copyright: Maggie May

Last Saturday, I had an action packed day. In the morning I went on a sponsored walk at Church. I had opted for the one mile walk rather than the three or five mile walk as I wasn't sure how I would feel when I first arranged it. As it happened, my energy levels would have let me do the five mile walk, so the short one was *easy peasy lemon squeezy.*

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After I arrived home, we had a phone call from Sam, asking if Harry and I would like to go to Sand Bay with him and the girls, so with energy to spare, we jumped at the idea and into his car.

When we got there, some of us looked at driftwood and imagined it looked like an animal. Can you see that this one is definitely a fossilised kangaroo?

Sam and Millie went off in search of the sea.
This is not a good idea unless you really know what you are doing as the sea goes out for miles and leaves very deep mud in places. They didn't really go out as far as it looks in the photo and they certainly didn't walk on mud.


I thought the lug worm casts were worth zooming in on. They were everywhere we looked on the wet sand.
Sam had already dug through the sand to find out what lug worms looked like. A bit disappointing, I thought, as they seemed insignificant little things, compared to the large, lovely casts that they leave all over the beach.



Amber liked splashing about in the wet sand. Maybe she was off to find Daddy.

Poor Granddad had to run about a mile, to fetch a beach ball that had been taken up by the wind and carried off into the distance. I really didn't think he would ever catch it, but he did.

And Granddad was quite happy building sand castles which were immediately jumped on as soon as the children saw his model fortress.
So altogether, he used up a good deal of his energy.

I was seriously tired too, after my action packed day and slept well that night. We both did.






25 comments:

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots. So glad to hear your day was full of energy and beauty.

Akelamalu said...

Which beach is that Maggie?

I love taking the grandchildren to the beach for the day - we go to Southport where they can run for ever. :)

I'm happy to hear you're feeling well. x

VioletSky said...

Well, now I just had to look up 'lugworms'. Never heard of them before.
Living by the sea does have its treasures!

I'm so glad you have your energy back. Though please, still take it easy on yourself. Then again, it is amazing how much energy we can find when we are doing something we really enjoy and our body is ready to let us enjoy doing it.

Twain12 said...

great pictures, i love the ocean

Mickle in NZ said...

What glorious time you all had there. Hope there wasn't much sand in the car afterwards.

Lovely to read that you had all that energy, and that all the sea air and exercise ensured a good night's sleep for you.

The word verification is "splunc" - what a fun sound!

SMS said...

It's fantastic to discover you are able to pack so many simple pleasures into one single day again Maggie. Best wisheswith your continuing recovery.

Hilary said...

What a great day. I love the driftwood but those lug worm casts (a new concept to me) made me squirm. Thanks for sharing this day.. I feel like I have to wash the sand off of my feet now. :)

aims said...

Wow! I would love to live near the water instead of on the dry prairies!

It looks like fun. Nothing but fun!

Ayak said...

Great to hear that your energy levels are improving Maggie. What a lovely day and great pics

Love
Linda x

Marguerite said...

Looks like you had a good time at the beach! The photos are beautiful, except for the lug worms! lol So happy that your energy is back. Blessings! Marguerite

Suldog said...

I'm with Hilary. Never have seen lugworm casts before. Quite pretty, in their way, but thinking about what made them...

By the way, I thought of a baboon when I saw the driftwood. Head to the left, his large forearms, etc.?

Suburbia said...

How lovely, it really did feel like beach weather at the weekend.Looks like you had a great time. We went to Cleevedon and skimmed stones and ate ice cream!

Those casts look like sand spaghetti!

Sx

Rose said...

I'm impressed by all your energy, Maggie; I would have had to sit down after a mile walk! Looks like you had a beautiful day on the beach with the granddaughters. Well, the worms weren't so beautiful...:) I've never heard of lug worms before; what kind of castings do they leave?

I just realized I didn't leave a comment on your last post--I was reading it this weekend, but got interrupted before I could leave a comment. I once had a student with Asperger's, and I do remember that she took things very literally. She was such a sweetie and a hard worker, but I had to remember not to make ironic remarks or I would have to explain them to her later.

Expat mum said...

Wow - them's some long sands!

Nora Ibsen said...

Well, you're more active than I am, so you must be feeling good.

Mimi said...

Hi Maggie, that looks and sounds like a great day.
Love your beach pics- we've a beach like that here, and I love to walk there.
It's so good to see your energy coming back; here's hoping you're on the up now.
Thanks for your lovely comments over at mine.

Brian Miller said...

that sounds like a wonderful day...i need to get back to the beach...lugworms? need to google that one...

SandyCarlson said...

Those are neat shots. What an adventure.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Oh I am so ready for sand, sea, family (and yes, that gorgeous sleep)!
It's been raining here for 3 days now...

Jeni said...

I'm thinking, after reading your post, that just being by the sea, breathing in the air there, the water, waves and such, would work to relax as well as make me very tired then too and put me out for the night quite easily! Maybe I should move near to the shore and thus be able to eliminate the night owl status I'm known for.

Bernie said...

What a wonderful full day you had with your family, so loved hearing about it but oh Maggie those worms were yucky (LOL)
I am praying that you continue to feel well my friend....:-) Hugs

Reasons said...

I love the book you mentioned in your last post. In fact I think I shall re read it too.

A great day out! And a good sleep...what more can one ask for?!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

A practically perfect day in every way! So glad you were able to enjoy it to the full! Isn't it wonderful? I'm sure you are thankful for energy, and the freedom you have now that treatment is over! I'm so delighted for you!

Your photos are fantastic! And the lug worm casts so very intriguing! It looks like Grandma and Grandpa had as much or more fun than their grandchildren! Love you much! Janine XO

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Good to know your energy levels are on the increase Maggie and that you had a lovely weekend.

You are right to be careful at low tide at Sand Bay though, the mud flats can be treacherous, as you are obviously aware. A x

chaniagirl said...

A day at the sea is never a wasted day. Thank you for sharing the day and the photos with us. :)

p.s. I've shared a bit of blog love with you on my page recently. I hope some of my readers will stop by and start getting to know you too.