Friday, 24 October 2014

This Moment

Here's a link to Soulemama's moment, and I'm cheating again, words and multiple photos!

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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I was determined to get one last wild swim in for the year. Especially since September's balmy weather transformed, literally overnight, into a cold, wet, windy October and it really didn't feel like we'd got to say a proper goodbye to swimming. So we headed up to the beach at the weekend for (probably!) our final swim of the year. To be honest, cold, wet and windy was still a reasonable description of the weather, but since we weren't expecting it to improve, it felt like now or never.
Maria wasn't tempted to come along, partly because of the weather, and partly because of some very cute, new arrivals in our household...
There are actually 3 babies, 2 brown ones are cuddled up together!
She wouldn't be torn away from them and was very happy, cuddling each in turn on the sofa!

Anyway, the hard core beach enthusiasts got to the beach, and it was beautiful. Late afternoon sunshine one side of the horizon, and dramatic, stormy grey skyline the other. The beach was almost deserted except for a couple of dog walkers, wrapped up in hats and scarves, and looking at us as if we were completely bonkers.
The boys wasted no time in getting in the water, which was actually very sensible given the biting wind that was blowing! 

Venetia, however, had to be coaxed from the car, was seriously regretting not bringing a wooly hat herself, and muttered words to the effect of 'there's no way I'm going for a swim, it's freezing, you're all crazy!'. She gave me a very dirty look at the suggestion she might want to put on her wet suit. Big mistake, of course! After a few minutes of watching us swim, her coat and shoes came off and she dipped a toe in. A few minutes later, the leggings got rolled up and she started jumping waves.

It really wasn't long before she was pretty damp, and then it was in for a penny, in for a pound!

But happily, the water wasn't actually that cold, and she had a great time too! Although the heating was on high in the car all the way home! We haven't altogether given up hope of another dip, but if it doesn't happen then this was a perfect goodbye to the waves for 2014. 

Have a great weekend,



  1. Aww bless she looks absolutely frozen and completely thrilled about it. There's something special about the last swim of the year isn't there, and the first one in the spring. Our last swims always used to be at half term and usually followed by a driftwood bonfire on the beach and sausages - even if they got burnt they always tasted wonderful!

  2. Your new arrivals are super cute..what are their names.

    You brave souls, looks like you had a great time. Fingers crossed you can sneak in one more.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Wow! Brave! But so invigorating! X

  4. Need to meet the baby guinea pigs!!!

  5. Wonderful photos! Those guinea pigs look super cute, must be so fun for the kids :)

  6. So glad that you chose to "cheat" and share more than one photo! They are all so lovely!

  7. I don't think I would have been able to resist those cute furry things as well. :-) My daughter really wants bunnies later on... we may have to see to that when she's a bit older and understands he keep-up. That dip looks COLD! But every one just looks so happy. I bet it was a lot of fun.

    Wishing you a wonderful week dear friend! xo


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