Okay, so I know that the photographs above aren't picture perfect. There's raindrops and smudges on the camera lens for a start. Some are slightly blurry, and horizons not entirely straight. And yes, I could have administered some tender loving editing via PicMonkey. But for me these pictures capture perfectly a rather exhilarating morning spent at Porth Leven today.
It was a day of bright sunshine, and terrific sharp downpours of rain. The wind was blowing a hoolie, whipping up the sea into white crested waves that rose up and out of the Atlantic ocean, and crashing onto the shingle beach. My Mum and sister, Jane, sat out of the wind, and watched their ridiculous relative running up and down the beach taking snap after snap after snap of her son and nephew. They were having the time of their lives. Racing to and from the thundering surf. Letting the water rise up and over their wellies. Ignoring the nip in the air. Tasting the salt on the lips. Whopping and laughing and literally jumping for joy.
They reflected the environment around them perfectly. It was a beautiful thing to witness. That unadulterated joy of a child. After a weekend of a lurgy ridden birthday, lack lustre Easter egg hunt, arguments, tears and tantrums and tiaras chez Today's Stuff, it was a real tonic to embrace this mini adventure. It soothed the frayed edges of this newly forty six year old. It helped her to come back down to earth. Not with a bump. With an ear to ear smile.
I joined them at the edge of the sea, and we watched the water swirl around our wellingtons. We threw pebbles into the surf, and ran up and over the jagged blue grey rocks. I was called hither and thither by my Olly and Billy, as they pulled me into their gang. What a privilege to be included in their fun and games. Even an old crone like me can reach inside herself and find that inner child every now and again. It's not lost. Just forgotten. I'm so glad it was given a nudge in the right direction today.
Here's hoping that you all had a very lovely Easter. And hello and welcome to anyone new to this space. How wonderful that you'd like to tag along.