Me, Myself, I

“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.”  Eda LeShan

Sometimes I love being on my own. Listening to my music, reading, creating, going for walks but just occasionally I am troubled with my own company – my overactive mind tries to pull me into negative thought processes and it becomes a battle to be my normal happy, sunny self.

A few weeks ago I woke up alone in the house ,my boys were both staying away, and there were those negative thoughts…doing their best to make me think that my day would be a challenge.

No! Not so. Not having it.

 I thought what would make me happy?

The answer was instantaneous. The sea.

It was a rainy, blustery day but I got my waterproof, packed my rucksack with a flask and some bits to eat, and got in the car and drove.
I arrived in Lytham St.Annes about an hour later to the promise of blue skies and the smell of sea air.

I sat on a bench and just gazed out to sea. There it was. Contentment.
Call it what you will.
I was still on my own but now with a sense of freedom and adventure.

I walked along the promenade, past the delightful 18 hole mini golf course, and in the distance could see what I initially thought was a kite, but which in fact, turned out to be a kite surfer!
Impressive.
I bet he hadn’t wallowed in his bed for half an hour before he got up, I bet he was just out there thinking Wheeeeeee!!!! It’s Saturday. Time alone. Time for me.

The sun decided to come out.
Bonus.

I walked along the beach and here is what I saw: the pier

and then past the pier and in the distance flecks of movement in the sky… (click  to enlarge)

not just one but a whole host of kite surfers (I wonder what the collective term would be?)

they were mesmerising and it absolutely made my day.

I ended up sitting on the dunes,watching, in awe.

then walked back along the beach and walked to the end of the pier.

I had such a lovely time. I should do it again…soon.
 

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Refreshed!

We are back home from the Llyn Peninsular and I am feeling much better. The weather was good on the whole, and there is really nowhere I would rather be than by the sea with my family. We had a simple holiday- no computer (which was blissful for a week!). I didn’t do much drawing but took lots of photographs. My highlights were:
  • Enjoying being in the moment.
  • Walking along the beach, looking at shells and driftwood washed up on the shore.
  • Listening to the ocean and the birds (the birds deserve another post).
  • eating fish and chips on the beach.
  • Going out on a boat, and the skipper asking my eldest son to steer it for a while.
  • watching my little boy totally absorbed in collecting pebbles.
  • enjoying breathtaking views.
  • discovering a new beach thanks to some friends.
  • finishing off our holiday watching my husband finish a 10k race which ended on the beach.
My company isn’t called skybluesea for nothing 🙂
Hope you had a lovely half term. Where is your favourite place to spend time?