Tuesday, 30 March 2010

The Gallery: Outside my front door...

Oh I do like to live beside the seaside... well, not quite. I used to live right on the seafront, but the Mr & I moved a little out of town before the Little Dude was born, so now the seaside is actually a 15 minute walk away, but it's still pretty lovely.

For The Gallery this week, Tara wants to see where we live.
(Is she planning a bloggy-world tour? Who knows.)

Anyway, here's where we live:

Officialy, we live in the West End of town, see:

Like i said, not quite the seaside, we're all about the funky old town houses and lots of trees round these parts. I like it. It's quiet, but close enough to town to not feel isolated.

Take a stroll down this road though, and...

Voila. Le Seaside :)
Sadly, we got no sand. Just pebbles, and a whole lot of these:

but I do love it. The Little Dude & The Dog & I have racked up many miles walking up & down the front in all weathers, and it's very therapeutic to just sit on the pebbles and watch the waves crash.
Don't head down there too early if you're looking for peaceful meditation though, the fishermen will have beaten you to it:

From my days of living right on the front, I know all too well that they are early birds, and speaking of feathered friends - they don't half excite the seagulls. A hundred seagulls shouting their beaks off at 5.30am is NOT a fun way to wake up! (good practice for having a baby though I suppose)
That said, the fishermen do leave some interesting stuff lying around from a photo taking point of view:

Other than that, it's not the most exciting stretch of 'beach' ever - though it does have one claim to fame. Remember that story a couple of years ago, about loads of wood mysteriously washing up on the South coast? Well, that was us, see:

and yep, you bet I was one of the geeks down there taking photos of it!

Of course if you walk further along the promenade, there's The Pier, and The Pavillion & The shops, but I think I'll call it a day for now & maybe show you those another time.

So there you are. That's where I live.

Don't forget to go check out the rest of The Gallery too - it's getting bigger & bigger every week, loads of good stuff to look at.


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  2. How fabulous. Totally feel like I've visited now! No need to travel there, your post transported me!

  3. Oh I do love the seaside! Your so lucky! What a great place to bring up your lo!

  4. I love being by the sea, I am so happy near it, it is my internal compas

  5. I'm so jealous, I feel compelled not to comment- humpf xxx

  6. God, I feel very jealous now! As Ian Brown said "Manchester's got everything except a beach."

  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments :)
    Don't be too jealous though - it's nice, but hardly St Tropez! :P

    I think maybe I'll do a part 2 in the summer - take you all for a walk along the Pier & stuff - maybe even buy you an ice cream? ;)

  8. Ah you are so lucky - I did so love living by the sea when I was a child.. even a wild and blustery North Sea has it's charm... not as much as you have capture in these wonderful photos... a different sort of charm (ahem!).

  9. Oh, I've been there! 'Our' beach is a little further along the coast and we found some wood washed up too, not as much as you though :)

  10. Fabulous! If I move I want to move to the seaside:-)

  11. We picked up some of that wood too...and vowed not to employ any carpenter locally for the next five years in case they too used the wood washed up on the beach....

  12. Lovely pics, can't believe what beautiful places everybody has in their photos this week - aren't we all lucky to live in such gorgeous locations? x