A lovely day by the sea

I often wonder if we will end up living by the sea somewhere, we are drawn to the coast so often. Mr S absolutely loves it and will frequently  go in for a swim, no matter how cold it is!

Raising money for charity

Yesterday we took my parents to a fundraiser in their friend’s garden at Westcliff, near Southend on Sea. She was raising money for the Remus horse sanctuary.

It was a lovely event and well attended. There were charity stalls, a plant stall, crafts and a tombola, plus delicious refreshments, all at a great price. We had tea, sandwiches and cake in the garden, and were treated by my mum to pay for the petrol.

Mum and Dad knew lots of people there as they attend every year. As they were both ill earlier in the year, they no longer feel comfortable driving long distances. We didn’t mind taking them. It was the perfect excuse for a day by the sea!

Bargain hunting, for a change

I was drawn, of course, to the cat protection stall, where they were selling an enclosed litter tray for just £5. I have wanted one for the cats for ages to stop them kicking their litter all round the kitchen, so I snapped that up. Bargain!

day by the seaLeigh on Sea

We left them there chatting to everyone and took a drive down to old Leigh-on-Sea. It is such a pretty place for a stroll. We walked along the seafront to Westcliff, but then had to walk all the way back to get the car!

You have got to love a walk by the sea. There’s something about a huge sky and the sound of the sea that is so invigorating, no matter what the weather.  The clouds looked ominous at one point but the rain held off and the sun managed to break through.

A day by the sea was just what we needed to kick off a new week. The past one felt sad and stressful. I have a more positive outlook going into this one.

Did anyone else do anything fun at the weekend? Do you like a day by the sea?

A Touch of Nostalgia

We took Mr Shoestring’s mum for a drive out in the bank holiday sunshine today. We decided to take her on a nostalgic trip back to the place in Benfleet where she lived when she was first married and where she had her three children. We went to the house and ended up chatting to the current owner, who was very nice and told us that all of the extensions and improvements that Mr S’s dad had made when he lived there before they moved 22 years ago were all still in place; even the rockery in the garden had survived.

I discovered where her waters had broken in the car park at the local shops, where Mr S learned to skateboard and where she wheeled her pram up the hill each day to get his older brother and sister from school.

It was really touching listening to their shared happy memories of times gone by.

imageWe also sat in the glorious sunshine eating sea food at Old Leigh for a while. It was pretty crowded, and full of scooters, including the splendid example above. Some vehicles just make you stop and smile, and this was one of them.

Happy days making more memories. I hope you had a lovely day and managed some sunshine where you are. Back to work and reality tomorrow! We should have more 4 day weekends!

Bracing Day by the Sea


Mr Shoestring has had a craving for cockles  for about three weeks, so yesterday as it wasn’t raining for once he dragged me down to Old Leigh on the Essex Coast for a brisk walk and some seafood.

imageIt certainly was brisk and bracing, although we had sunshine and blue skies for a bit.  There were lots of families braving the winds and shovelling plates of cockles, winkles and jellied eels, covered with vinegar and white pepper.

We saw this really pretty cottage.

imageBy the time we left it was freezing rather than bracing and we couldn’t wait to get back in the car for to drink our flask of coffee. A good day though for the price of the diesel and half a pint of cockles 🙂