29th December 2013
We have had a quiet Christmas time, lots of walks, not too much sitting around eating, peaceful and serene when the wind and rain stopped.
On Christmas morning we packed supplies: golden cheese and bacon scones, prosciutto rolls stuffed with creamy goats cheese and black olives and a couple of apples, a slice of fruit cake and some Niederegger chocolate marzipan and our little flasks for tea and headed to Burnham beach for a walk.
We raced up the access slope and down onto the hard sand and headed along the beach towards the old Lighthouse. (Steep Holm in the background above)
We waved at other dogs and chatted to friendly walkers, I liked these two in their Santa hats! We did a lot of looking at the horizon, and trying to figure out which bits of South Wales we were looking at… is that Port Talbot? …. squashed the strange mud pebbles that appear in the sand, wrote birthday greetings with old sticks to my Dad whose birthday falls on Christmas Day and a quiet In Memoriam to my Mother who died nine years ago on the same day and just listened to the waves and the wind, held hands and smiled.
When we came back to the seafront we got out our little picnic and sat and munched away while the dogs had their biscuits. We drove home as the sun started to fall away.
There is something so elemental and peaceful about a beach in winter, there is nothing that comes close for me. I just love it. The dogs kick up their heels and skidaddle around, letting out little wuffy barks of joy. They pick up bits of weed and salty sticks, they chase in and out of sea puddles, they hurtle off to see other dogs and circle back and around and away again and my eyes follow them and I smile to see them so engaged in the here and now, nothing else mattering but the feel of the sand beneath your feet and the horizon beckoning your gaze.
This photo is my favourite, dog with two reflections or shadows, life is full of shadows and reflections but also moments of joy which carry us through the darkness and back onto the beach.
Note: Dogs are only allowed on Burnham Beach in the wintertime, * so we make the most of it ! It is a short run down the motorway from Bristol if there isn’t too much traffic and is less muddy than Weston or Brean.
* Edit: Have since realised that the dogs can go on part of the beach in the direction of the lighthouse all year! Yay!
All photos are by me or Brian, but I have left them without text on them as I think they look nicer. Please respect copyright as always.