I love living on the coast at this time of the year. Well, I love living on the South Coast I should really say, mainly because I am not sure if it would be the same in a different part of the UK.
Well, I'm glad you asked me that 🙂
OK, so I am guessing you would ask me that... The actual truth is that I love living on the South Coast all year round. Spring you get the nice day, as well as the wet ones. However, those nice days you can spend it getting out and about.
Summer, well it gets very busy as you can imagine. The roads are heavier and the beachfront is full of people sunning themselves and relaxing. Kids are having fun making sand castles and running in and out of the sea. Even after nearly 4 years of living down here, my kids still love that. They love to go down the beach, play in the sand and race in and out of the sea. Its quite funny that when we ask our daughter if she would like to move back up to Bracknell (where we lived for 5 years before) or Reading - the one reason why not is always that they don't have a beach or sea. So summer is great.
But this time of the year, Autumn, well it all changes down a gear.
Autumn time, the part of the year we are now in. Well, you can still get some fantastic days like today. The weather is warm, well the sun is warm. Its bright and there are blue skies. Days like these, if you live miles from the coast like we used to, it's not practical to just jump in the car and drive down. Part of that reason may be also down to not knowing if it may rain when you arrive. Living on the coast though, it takes me 10 minutes to drive to a beautiful beach like at Sandbanks. The amazing thing is, at around 4:30-5pm it's practically empty. The sun is out, the beach is empty and the kids just love it. Giving me the run around trying to catch them - well, little Mr. for sure as he runs for the wet sand and the sea. Bit cold for the sea 🙂
This is why I love living down on the coast at this time of the year. See, as I said spring and summer are great but this time of year you get the beaches to yourself and the sun is out. The best thing is that the kids can blow off some steam and still play in the sand. 10 minutes drive from home to beach, you can't argue with that really and you can more guarantee that it, won't hopefully rain. But don't take my word for it. check out these photos below I took this weekend on the 8th October - just look how lovely it is and how quiet.
Just before we got to the beach, this is a great place and full of life during summer
Ah, the beach. Few people over there body boarding
Getting closer to the sea now. Again, couple of people body boarding in the colder sea.
Goes to show just how quiet it was. My daughter building a sandcastle over there. Nobody else that near.
And of course, little Mr. has to try and bury himself in sand. Well, at least cover himself in it
More fun in the sand. Digging and building. Nobody around to knock t over also.
This just shows what a lovely view and sandy beach we got to enjoy.
The other great benefit, well other that also getting some exercise and fresh air, is that for children who don't like it busy (so, my son, due to his ASD can get funny when too crowded) can run and play without too many people around. They can play in the sand (or put in on their head, again, like little Mr.), run around, enjoy fun on the beach. Living near the coast offers use that all the time.
Wait a few months and you will see another post - why I like living on the coast when its winter 🙂 I LOVE my Christmas/Boxing day walks. There is nothing like working off that Christmas Lunch.But that's for another day.