I had this heartfelt essay planned, filled with self-doubt and vitriol on how I dragged James and the dog away from friends and family, but I think nobody needs to hear about that just now.
Besides, I just remembered something: Living by the sea is not half bad.
Number one, Rusty the dog has recently discovered kelp. It is both smellier and more delicious compared to the things you can whip out of a lake or a river. We try to stop him from eating too much of the stuff, but every dog needs a treat here and there. On the flip side though, he has not quite figured out the whole not drinking from the sea thing, but slow and steady will win the race, I’m sure. In the meantime, I shall carry a bottle of water in my rucksack when we go anywhere near the ocean.
Besides, James’ leg is finally well enough to hike on and I can’t quite express how much I have missed walking with my two best boys. We are discovering new routes and enjoying the exploration of our new hometown each day. The harbour that used to be too far? A pleasant weekend stroll as it stands. The dog loves the beach like silly, but there’s nothing like getting lost in the dinky side streets overlooking the water.
Secondly, have you ever had the delight of hopping from rock to rock, admiring the wee rock pools and stone formations exposed by the passing tide? We didn’t do vacations by the sea when I was little so this is all very new and incredibly exciting to me. My plan is to put a bit of money aside to buy a DLCR, to really start photographing this stuff. Whether you are into photography or not, let me tell you, it is worth taking that leap on an algae covered ridge to see what lays on the other side.
Thirdly, and please accept my apologies for the lack of pictorial evidence – I was simply too busy having fun, there is nothing like a Devon-made ice cream in the sun. I was observing the correct social distancing rules while purchasing and consuming mine, don’t you worry.
When you are born and raised in Finland, the whole 2 metre distance thingy is just called your normal personal space.
Now it’s not the time to travel, but when it is, Ilfracombe is eagerly waiting for you. In the meantime, hope you have enjoyed my sunny seaside snaps.
Stay safe guys and enjoy the everyday.