Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Memories are made of this...

So the reality of normality is with me again and that brief moment of time is locked away in my memory. Spending a last minute week away with my little family now feels a long way away and yet if I close my eyes I can imagine the wind blowing in my hair, the warmth of the fire that warmed us up and the fresh smell of a deserted beach. Yes it was a special week. So indulge me if you will a little walk through the memories, a little off the 'Suzie Sews' topic I know but, whilst no evidence of making was done the seeds of many ideas got planted and are just waiting to germinate... The cottage itself was so sweet, wooden floors and situated in the heart of Yorkshire surrounded by gently rolling hills, pretty floral furnishings gave it a homely feel, lots of animals, from the goats that lived at the bottom of the garden who would rush to fence as soon as we sat down to supper in the hope of a little tasty treat, to the many chickens roaming around leaving their little eggs of goodness for us and I must not forget the little bunnies that lived within the barns and would pop out when they thought no one was looking. Oh and the owls...yes the owls!!! I love owls but when they are screeching outside your window ALL night...well I might have to think again about how much I love them!!!
We had a few days with severe weather warnings so we would hunker down in front of the fire, read, play, draw or eat popcorn whilst watching a movie...the wind beating against the windows and howling through the fire place...cosy cosy cosy!!! When the weather improved we enjoyed a couple of outings...I have boys...what can I say - an inbuilt love of trains and you don't get much closer than this...We enjoyed a lovely trip through the hills and across stunning countryside and came away with the evocative smell of the steam engine on our clothes...
The funny thing was despite being on a farm we still went to visit a petting farm...as the schools are all open we had the place to ourselves and spent a few happy hours walking around, petting the babies-so much life truly does burst out at this time of year...calves, goats and lambs with the highlight of the trip being given a bottle each to feed the hungry little lambs, the children loved this treat...
As another storm blew in (landscape picture taken up the road from the cottage) we settled down for another night of poor weather...at least it kept the owls peaceful as they retreated to a less exposed place for the night...Then we awoke to the first of the two birthday DAYS...my children are born one day after the other (and a few years in between) We spent the morning in bed opening our pressies, eating Muffins for breakfast (with a candle in just to get the party feel going and of course singing Happy birthday...the first of many times) we had a swim and a birthday supper with a big cake and all my child's favourite party food. We even had our traditional birthday hat to wear...This is the part I shatter your illusions of my family, so many beautiful handmade crowns out there in blogland...what can I say...I meant to make them one each but resorted to a shop bought and rather cheesy white cake hat including ridiculously large candles on it...well its the thought matters....

When it was the second birthday day we had good weather, sadly my plans to hire a beach hut for the day fell through, not to be put off though we packed up the party people and hit the beach..the first visit of the year. If you have read my blog previously you will know that the beach and I...well we have a thing going!!! The beach is the place for me, I feel relaxed, happy and rejuvenated here so it was a big thing-the first visit of the year...to blow away the bleak winter moods and welcome in the birth of spring...Yep that's me in green...Scarborough Beach in Yorkshire on a dull but dry day...
What can I say...just fooling around...all the toys and fancy food of birthdays yet the highlight for all of us was walking along the beach with a piece of seaweed each...simple things for simple folk!!!
Making ripples...
and jumping the waves...
and you can not beat an ice cream on an English seaside with the wind blowing through your curls....
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Thank you for letting me share my memories...I have so many things running through my mind, lots of ideas and things to be finishing, I did manage lots of knitting whilst away and even finished a little bag, I have my Easter egg tree to put up tomorrow...so bare with me, the usual 'Suzie Sews' activities will resume soon, I am off for a little hospital stay on Thursday and depending on how I am feeling I will be back to share with you the delights of another swap, my bunny swap (See side bar for button) I came home to a great package from Kitty and I have finally broken into the package from Weirdbunny and started to decorate the house with all the goodies from that swap...

20 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

It all looks and sounds wonderful, great memories for you all to keep. And no you can't beat ice cream on an English beach!
Kimx

Kitty said...

Wonderful pictures Suzie - thank you so much for sharing.

Will be thinking of you on Thursday (((hugs))) ... hope all goes well with that.

Glad the parcel arrived ok ;-) Thank you so much for yours - I plan to blog it for Easter weekend.

x

sarah said...

Hospital? Is everything ok?

I love the hat on your littlest. So cute! And all your wonderful curly red hair!

Vanessa said...

It sounds like you had a great week in sunny I mean wet & windy Yorkshire.

Hope all goes well on Thursday, looking forward to seeing you swap item!

julia said...

Great pictures as usual, sounds like an idyllic holiday.
Hope all goes well on Thursday.
Julia x

modelwidow said...

What lovely memories, and such great pictures.

Best wishes for Thursday.

dottycookie said...

Oh, the wave jumping photo is amazing! Good luck for Thursday ...

Anonymous said...

You have some lovely photos there. Thanks for showing them. Hope all goes well for you on Thursday.
c*

anne bebbington said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time - Scarborough was always the place we went to the seaside when I was a child and I even had my honeymoon with my ex-husband there - so many memories - thanks for re-kindling them. There's something very special about the seaside out of season :o)

Ruth said...

Lovely memories. I am also a massive beach fan too - I love them at all times of the year and there is something about them that just makes you feel more alive! Good luck for Thursday - I hope all goes well.

driftwood said...

lovely memories, great photos, take care of yourself, best wishes for Thursday. x

Sarah said...

Ooh lots of loveliness.

Hope things go well tomorrow.

Miss sew n sew said...

What a wonderful time you had - your phptos are lovely like the one jumping over the waves thanks for stopping by my blog will keep watching yours!
Sarahx

weirdbunny said...

S glad you had a wonderful time. love the beach when it's all windy. We are really lucky where we live, 30 min to the beach in one direction, and 30 min to the mountain national park in the other. Oh and 20 min to the capital city. It doesn't get much better than that ! Especially on our little small holding on the mountain you'd think you were in the middle of nowhere ! ~ love Julia

weirdbunny said...

S glad you had a wonderful time. love the beach when it's all windy. We are really lucky where we live, 30 min to the beach in one direction, and 30 min to the mountain national park in the other. Oh and 20 min to the capital city. It doesn't get much better than that ! Especially on our little small holding on the mountain you'd think you were in the middle of nowhere ! ~ love Julia

weirdbunny said...

S glad you had a wonderful time. love the beach when it's all windy. We are really lucky where we live, 30 min to the beach in one direction, and 30 min to the mountain national park in the other. Oh and 20 min to the capital city. It doesn't get much better than that ! Especially on our little small holding on the mountain you'd think you were in the middle of nowhere ! ~ love Julia

julie said...

Great pictures Suzie - I especially love the one of your little chap wave jumping and you on the beach with the wind blowing in your hair (that's exactly how I like to picture you!) Good luck today in hospital - I hope eveything is ok and I'll be thinking of you xxx

the homely year said...

Hi Suzie, sounds like you had a wonderful time in Yorkshire. I love the coastline around Scarborough and have stayed at Whitby a few times. Hope everything goes well for you.
Margaret and Noreen

prettyshabby said...

Hello suzie,thanks for your message..chickens are great aren't they! I must admit ours do get spoilt rotten, but then we do get some amazing eggs in return!
Your holiday looked wonderful,I've never been to Yorkshire, only travelled through...it looks a lovely place to visit even when the weather isn't too good!
Hope the hospital visit went ok.
Have a good Easter
Sairer x

Lazylol said...

Hope all went well yesterday.

I was also on the beach last weekend, only a few miles down the coast from you. I love the beach all year round. I enjoyed your post & photos.

Have a lovely Easter weekend x