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Living Arrows 2015: 29/52


Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure

We’ve been up in East Yorkshire with the family this weekend, playing in the paddling pool, running around the house, playing 18 holes of some fabulous Pirate Golf, meeting up with family and generally wearing out both grandparents and an auntie.  And when H and Grandad went off to play golf for an afternoon, Kitty, Pip, Elma and I decided it was the perfect afternoon for a trip to the seaside.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

And so it was.  We arrived in Bridlington to blue skies and sunshine and despite a breeze that tried to pull grey clouds over the cliffs, that’s how it stayed.  We parked up on the cliff and when the girls started down the stairs and saw the paddling pool on the undercliff they were adamant that we were going there first.  They ran down the stream, and jumped around in the pool for a bit before the lure of the real beach was too strong to ignore.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

The beach at Bridlington is beautifully soft and sandy, and as the tide comes right in, almost up to the sea wall, it’s remarkably unspoilt for a beach with a town behind it.  The tide was on its way in but there was still plenty of time to go down to the water’s edge to jump waves.Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

And then, in a pattern that felt so familiar from my childhood, we pretended to be choo choo trains, made funny patterns with our footprints, the girls ran around in circles while Pip wiggled and waved from his vantage point on my back, and we wrote our names in the sand, as well as a message to H.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows


We had every intention of making sandcastles, well turtle castles anyway, but a certain someone realised that he did still enjoy eating sand and a few of our turtles were never going to make it to the ocean.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

And as the afternoon turned into evening, and the beach started to clear, we found ourselves back at the shoreline, a much nearer shoreline than before, for one last paddle, before heading back up the beach to explore everyone else’s abandoned sandcastles and then up the cliff and away.

“Bye bye sea!” said Elma, waving a hand as she trailed up the beach, “bye bye beach! bye bye sandcastle!”


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  • Mandycharlie 20/07/2015 at 7:50 am

    I’ve always liked the idea of Bridlington, it looks so pretty just perched there, trying to drag hubby to see it has so far proved futile. I didn’t know the beach was quite that, well, beach like. What a wonderful day.

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:53 pm

      It is quite a long way to go just for the beach – it’s not too far from just outside Hull, but from us …! – it’s got the same sort of beach as Bournemouth 🙂

  • Brandi 20/07/2015 at 12:56 pm

    What a divine day! I miss the beach!

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:57 pm

      Me too – I’m just about as middle as you can get in the UK – although there are a couple of spots that would be possible for a lengthy day trip – every time I get a change to go back I grab it, I mean just look at that sky!

  • Caroline 20/07/2015 at 3:43 pm

    I’m just catching up on your posts after our holiday Carie, your weather at Bridlington looks fabulous:)
    I can’t tell you who much I love the photos of you and Pip in your post about your husband and you switching roles. I’m really excited to hear how you all get on and I’m a little bit jealous you get to try out a new way of doing things:)

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you – I’m just really hoping and praying that it turns out to be the right decision. It feels incredibly right at the moment, and every piece of extra information we’ve had since we decided has only confirmed it – fingers crossed!

  • Rachel 20/07/2015 at 4:00 pm

    so darn sweet. having just come back from my own seaside adventure, it’s wonderful to see how others do it.

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:59 pm

      thank you – do you find you have a pattern to the seaside, wherever it is that you go?

  • gemma stevens 20/07/2015 at 4:12 pm

    There is no place like the beach. Lovely photos and it looks like everyone had so much fun.

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you – it was such a wonderful afternoon!

  • LauraCYMFT 20/07/2015 at 8:23 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day at the beach!

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 8:59 pm

      thank you – it was lovely!

  • Jenny 20/07/2015 at 9:28 pm

    Looks so beautiful on the beach. Omg!!! Lovely captures and the kids look like they are having a blast in the sand. Love the We love Daddy message…written messages in the sand such a huge part of growing up. lol #livingarrows

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 9:54 pm

      Oh totally – we used to draw beach maps whenever we were away from home and then write our names and a line to Devon and an invitation to other people to fill it in – it’s so much fun!

  • Sian 20/07/2015 at 9:59 pm

    Beautiful beach photos, sounds like a lovely mini break. My 14 month old will still happily chomp down handfuls of sand – lovely!

    • Carie 21/07/2015 at 10:37 pm

      I don’t know what the appeal is but he really does like it!

  • Kim 21/07/2015 at 12:40 am

    What an absolutely perfect day! The beach looks amazing. So happy you enjoyed your day there.

    • Carie 21/07/2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, it was really lovely!

  • Clare @ Maybush Studio 21/07/2015 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve never visited Yorkshire, but I tend to think of it as mostly being about the moors, so it’s lovely to see the coastal side of it too. You really can’t beat the English seaside!

    • Carie 21/07/2015 at 10:41 pm

      It’s huge! And the bit that H comes from is very wide and very flat – no York Moors in sight (alas) but the beach makes up for it!

  • Gina 21/07/2015 at 3:00 pm

    I love Bridlington. Whenever we go to Yorkshire we stay just outside Scarborough and always make a point of visiting Bridlington.

    • Carie 21/07/2015 at 10:42 pm

      I’ve only been a handful of occasions but it’s been a lot of fun each and every time 🙂

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 23/07/2015 at 9:33 pm

    Looks like such a lovely day out! I grew up by the sea and I miss it so much now although I’m grateful that all of Lyra’s grandparents live fairly near the coast.
    Oh, and Lyra totally eats sand too. Haha. #livingarrows

    • Carie 24/07/2015 at 8:57 pm

      It’s so funny to me because neither of my girls have been at all interested – he’s so comical with it too!

  • Amber 24/07/2015 at 6:57 pm

    These are PERFECTION! What a wonderful day. I love the reflections in the fifth image and the sand turtles and the messages and, as always, your wonderfully articulate storytelling.

    • Carie 24/07/2015 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you lovely – reflections in tide pools are one of my favourite bits of the beach when it comes to pictures – that and big skies!

  • sally 24/07/2015 at 9:59 pm

    How lovely, those turtles are incredibly cute, and I’d forgotten how nice Bridlington beach is, long, long time since I was there, looks like you had a really special day there to remember.

    • Carie 25/07/2015 at 11:17 pm

      It had been a while since my last visit but it’s a good beach, and beautifully soft and sandy which is a nice change from south Devon!

  • Emily 26/07/2015 at 9:12 am

    What a beautiful day! So glad you captured it for #LivingArrows

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:05 pm

      It really was lovely 🙂

  • Hayley at Shutterflies 26/07/2015 at 10:34 pm

    That sky is just perfect and I love the matching swimsuits! Adorable!

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you – it is rather lovely!

  • Donna 01/08/2015 at 10:27 pm

    That looks like such an amazing seafront! I wish we had anything like that down south – no chance! x

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:06 pm

      Oh I don’t know, Bournemouth is very pretty and my part of Devon is just stunning but Bridlington is a lot of fun it’s true!