The surprisingly warm weather we’ve experienced of late has been an eye-opener. It’s made us love where we live all the more. Undoubtedly, our happy place as a family is at the beach. You could say that we do love to be beside the seaside.
February is the month that we dread. In our minds, it is the hardest month of the year. Its only redeeming feature is that it is also the shortest month of the year. Generally, it’s cold, gloomy and downright depressing. This year has been a revelation. The sun came out and our spirits soared. The change in us all was noticeable. Instead of staying indoors planning our binge-watching sessions, we’ve been raring to get outside. Energy and enthusiasm levels have been boosted and we’ve explored new places and enjoyed old favourites.
Half term can often cost a fortune, taking kids to soft play, the cinema and endless other expensive attractions. But the beach, the woods and the parks are free. Our son can spend hours on the beach, digging holes, making sandcastles and finding special shells and stones. Meanwhile, we can sit, breathe in the sea air and relax.
One good habit that we have instigated on our beach visits is that we have to pick up at least five pieces of litter before we leave. Ideally, we shouldn’t have to do this, but the reality is that it needs to be collected. We love our beach days but we hate the rubbish that people leave behind. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones doing this. We’re so pleased to see increasing numbers of people cleaning our beaches and general environments to make them safer and better places for us all to spend our happy times. Now that is showing your love for where you live.