Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Beach hut dreaming...

My whole life I have felt the need to 'nest' to make a place my own. It can be any place just so long as I make it mine. Even as a child I would rearrange my bedroom every week. I think its a need in me to put roots down. As an adopted child I have no roots, I do not know where I came from, the hospital I was born or indeed any family history. So the need in me to dream of a little home I call 'my own' is a strong one. I think my desire for a beach hut is all part of this... So many pictures of my week away and some fabulous memories of time spent with my babes, as I go through the photo's the beach huts seem to feature a lot. What is it about these little buildings, often in some disarray, they pull at my heart strings and I imagine decorating them with Cath Kidston fabrics and collecting lovely vintage treasures to fill it with and a beach hut would not be complete without a set of miss matching Tupperware...
A place to brew the perfect cuppa on a hot day, for a sleeping babe to enjoy their slumber away from the mid day rays, to change out of your swimsuit with style rather than fumbling under a towel that inevitably drops at the crucial moment revealing you 'bum' to all the beach...
Of course this being the UK we have to factor in a good dose of rain throughout the summer...so a place to throw everything in when the heavens open, never mind the tea a huge mug of hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows to put a smile on the children's faces...can not you not just imagine yourself there?
To watch the sun rise and set, to build a campfire in the late evening so you can BBQ the sausages to fill those hungry tummies after a day of splashing and digging, a place to curl up in whilst the sand itches your cooling skin as the day light fades...
Yes this is what a beach hut is all about...but it is just a dream, in reality this is the closest we get, sheltering from a cloud burst..hey a girl can dream...can't I???

(one of these beach huts was up for sale at the small cost of offers over £70,000)

WIP update for my next post...and so many of them!!!

24 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

We share the same dream! Oh how I would love to have a beach hut of my own! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog I could sense just how much you enjoy swimming just from reading your words. I went again this morning and am feeling very relaxed. Take care
Kimx

anne bebbington said...

That's some price for a shed! I know they're lovely and I wouldn't say no to having one but that's certainly out of the price range of general run of the mill ordinary folk

Lesley said...

Lovely post Susie. Beach huts are so photogenic and so evocative of a gentler way of life.

We'd love one of the huts down at Hengistbury Head where you can even spend the night as they are big enough for bunks! Lacking the £100k+++ though!

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Oh I wish...
We always went to North coast Cornwall as kids and they don't tend to have beach huts. But now my sis lives near Brixham and huts line the back of Broadsands beach. I would love to own one but they do cost and arma and two legs, and (here comes the horrid real world) they get vandalised! 'Yoofs' break off doors and things to feed their campfires when they have drunken parties on the beach. I would hate to think all my precious beachy bits could be ruined so thoughtlessly. A beach hut shed in the garden is perhaps safer. :o)
But still the dream is the best...

Sal said...

I would love a beach hut in my garden! Lovely post Suzie ;-)

pink-petal-designs said...

I would love to have one too, although what a price???

Kitty said...

Beach huts are just so ... delicious ... aren't they? Mind you, that price is utterly ridiculous.

Glad you and the boys had a lovely time. x

French Knots said...

They are so lovely and seem symbolic of a bygone time when life was less frantic.
When we win the lottery...!

prettyshabby said...

They are soooo lovely aren't they..look forward to viewing the next batch! x

Sarah said...

Oh my dream too for sure - I'm thinking of trading my house in for one :o)

donnac1968 said...

I saw some beautiful beach huts when I was on the IOW. Wow, what a price though!

Lovely photos.

periwinkle said...

tell you what , when I win the lottery I'll buy you one :-)
lisa x

julia said...

Glad you had such a fab birthday. Pop over, I've passed an award onto you.
Julia x

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

Oh to have a spare £70,000! Its an unreal pice for a shed - but they are so appealing! So glad you had a nice break away with the children, no amount of money can buy the memories they will have, of special times with Mum.
x Vicky x

Queen of the froggers said...

I love those beach huts. We have a lot here on Wittering beach but they are not as nice as those!

driftwood shack said...

Lovely photos- you should have a look at the white verandah- jess has just post a photo of a lovely mural on the shutters of a beach hut!

Jane said...

Oh I'd love a beach hut, many years ago a friend lent us their beach for a week and we had a lovely time - the buckets and spades plus balls and kite etc stayed within easy reach. It felt like our own little home on the beach. Jane x

Charlie P said...

I'm sure nobody would notice if you painted a garden shed and towed it onto the beach. That would be a cheaper solution. They do look as if they'd be lovely and cosy though, don't they?

JuicyFig said...

what a wonderful post, gorgeous photo's and very thought provoking - and here I am sat in the office pretending to work while dreaming of VW campervans and painted beach huts - ahhhh, thank goodness it is friday!

Kath
x

LOUISE said...

I have the same dream for a beach hut, although it is all very romantic and very expensive! There are certainly some grand ones to be seen around the country. At least you have some lovely photos to drool over! x

Caroline said...

Lovely photos as usual - wonder if you can rent beach huts for a week or something (a bit like time share!). I can just see you there with one all decorated in your flowery fabric, retro tea sets and cakes etc... I'm in dream land again....

driftwood said...

love the beach hut dream, I've had to settle for decorating the kids wendy house in "beach house colours" and pretending it's mine......

Angela said...

I too have always dreamed of owning a beach hut. Before they emigrated to Oz in 1965, my uncle and aunt [and their TEN kids] owned one at Southend. I loved visiting them

Anonymous said...

I think you'll have to have a summer house for the garden instead at that price ! Enjoy the summer hols love Julia x (weirdbunny)