Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Mid Week







Olly and I walked down to the harbour today with a bucket and spade, money for a pasty, a flask of coffee and cake. The clouds hung low in the sky, punctuated by gaps through which the sun weakly shone. The colours of St Ives were muted and pale. Bleached sand complimeted by the cool hues of the stone harbour walls. The sea rolled into the harbour from Smeaton's Pier and gently lapped the shore as children waded in their wellies along the tide line. The gulls were out in force, wheeling low and hunting for easy pickings.

Olly made a day friend and they spent their time digging holes and making sandcastles together. They raced each other around the beach, found sea glass and shells and shared a piece of Hevva cake. They spotted a lad with a metal detector sweeping the sand for hidden treasure. Fascinated, they followed him the length and breadth of the beach constantly asking questions. The dug for treasure too, and found ten pence apiece. Although it was engineered by myself, I loved seeing their faces as they held their discovery aloft.

I helped with the hole digging, and took snaps aplenty. I lent against the old stone walls and watched the world go by. We left the beach as the Parish church clock struck four and made the slow walk up the hill towards home. Holding hands all the way we practiced our numbers and sang nursery rhymes.




I shall be away from here for about a week. I hope to catch up with you all then.

Take care. Have fun.

Leanne xx


16 comments:

  1. What a blissful afternoon. We sat on that wall where Olly is jumping a couple of summers ago. It was oh so hot, scorching in fact. We ate a picnic and watched the world go by. It must be wonderful to have that on your doorstep. Digging for treasure is lots of fun isn't it. My littlest boy found 20p a while ago, that was a good day indeed. I hope your week goes well Leanne. CJ xx

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  2. The times that we've lingered outside the Sloop Inn with a coffee or just occasionally a pint of larger and looked over at that stretch of beach - I'm soo envious - glad you had a nice day xx

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  3. Good times and I really like the idea of a 'day friend'. It's great that children can fall in with each other so easily. Antonia x

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  4. Sounds a great way to spend a day. Fantastic memories for both of you. Xx

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  5. How lovely that Olly and his friend had a good time! Sounds as though you did too! A pasty by the sea is a pretty good meal isn't it!! xx

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  6. It sounds wonderful. Isn't he a daredevil on top of that wall? Oh boy. The look on his face too. I hope you have a good time away, take care.

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  7. I've never heard the expression 'day friend' but I love it.
    Those kinds of days are like gold. Glad you had the joy of time together outside.

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  8. My boys didn't seem to make day friends as they always had each other or a friend they took with my daughter used to find day friends where ever she went and by the time she came home she knew everything there was to know about them and their families. It's great when they have no inhibitions and can make friends so easily. Looks like you had a brilliant time. What memories of walking a long holding hands and checking numbers, ABC's and Nursery Rhymes. Mine are all but grown now and I think if I suggested to my now 24 year old that I wanted to hold his hand and sing nursery rhymes he's reach for the committal papers immediately. Have a great time away.

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful day, I miss days like this now my children are all grown up. Cherish every minute x

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful day & he looks such a happy little chap being there! Take care x

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  11. Hi Leanne. What a lovely afternoon you've had. Finding treasure is always great when you are a little kid. We have no sandy beaches nearby and I so wish we did. Christina xx

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  12. That sounds like a pretty perfect day. I love that he held your hand all the way home. x

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  13. Your little boy will never forget these times spent together enjoying the outdoors. Priceless.
    Sandra

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  14. What a lovely day Leanne. Hope that your week has been good x

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