A day on the beach

The wind breaks make all the difference.

The wind breaks make all the difference.

Gwithian has an amazing expanse of sandy beach several miles long with the magnificent Godrevy lighthouse to the north. ┬áJulie’s cousin Tamsin has a cozy chalet just above the beach and a visit to Cornwall is not complete without spending a day there feeling the sand between our toes and the chill of the ocean waters on our skin (which in my case was about up to my knees). ┬áThankfully, Bob & Tamsin were properly equipped for a day on a Cornish beach, which means a wind break and extra wetsuits. Even on a sunny day the chilly breeze would rapidly deplete any body warmth you might possess, but these simple devices make all the difference.


Our little Ellie had a marvellous time toiling industriously at her very own sand castle. This was significantly better than her last beach adventure in Hawaii where all she really wanted to do was eat the sand.

Queen of the castle.

Queen of the castle.

We spent a lovely afternoon on the beach, in the ocean and in the pools nearer shore formed and warmed by the rocks exposed at low tide.

Blake and Ellie enjoying a rock warmed pool.

Blake and Ellie enjoying a rock warmed pool.

Late afternoon, with the tide turning, we retreated into the dunes where we enjoyed a beach barbecue. Sheltered from the wind and warmed by the sun (and a pint or two) it felt so good to be here, carrying on a family tradition, then witnessing a fiery conclusion to the day.

Sun low but spirits high!

Sun low but spirits high!

"Smoke on the water..."

“Smoke on the water…”

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