Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Aldeburgh......

 

 
Quintessentially English.
Pastels houses.
Sunny skies.
Fish and chips.
Shingle beach.
Bracing winds.
Seagulls swooping.
Salty lips.
Fishing boats.
Lapping waves.
Meeting friends.
Laughing children.
Warming cafes.
Happy parents.
 
We don't do last minute things here, our lives tied to routine, to keeping the equilibrium. Sometimes I feel stifled by this, I often feel stifled by this. Living with Extra Special people can often mean keeping things the same, change can cause stress. Holidays can cause stress. Holidays ALWAYS cause stress. The change of environment is difficult.
 
But this time we did, this time we were spontaneous. I need spontaneous. I dream of being more spontaneous. This time we booked last minute, we didn't prepare, we didn't plan.....and it was ok. Yes it was stressful for some, but we survived.
 
I loved it, I loved sitting by the sea, watching the waves, smelling the salty air. The fish and chips were delicious. Yes it was ffffreezing, and no paddling in the sea, but I LOVED it. And you know something, I'm going to be spontaneous more often. My Extra Special peeps might not like it, but I need it, and I think I've earned it, so every now and again we are going to do things my way.....
 
Next post, all about our lovely day in Southwold.....
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

44 comments:

  1. Yay I love Aldeburgh, such a lovely corner of Suffolk :)

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    1. It's so pretty there isn't it Clare! :) xxx

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  2. Fish & chips by the sea is a must isn't it! Lovely evocative colours of an English seaside. I'm so glad your spontaneous visit worked out for you x

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    1. It's a must isn't it Joanne, although we weren't brave enough to eat them on the sea front this time! ;) xxx

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  3. Glad you all had a good time. Thank you or bringing back memories, I used to have day trips to Aldeburgh when I was a child with my parents in the sixties usually on very cold Sundays
    Julie xxxx

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  4. I'm totally sold by your description of the seaside, even in February! I feel like I have seen that picture of the street leading down to the sea before, maybe in black and white. Perhaps one of my grandfathers photos. Maybe he holidayed there? glad you survived spontaneous...X

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    1. It was a little difficult getting up there but well worth the view! ;) xxx

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  5. what a lovely lovely getaway!!!

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  6. Looks like a lovely place to spend a few days. That bright pink house in particular is fantastic, wish I lived there!!

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  7. It's easy to forget that in order to look after others, we need to take care of ourselves first. x

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  8. Good for you! There's nothing wrong with taking care of your own needs from time to time. In fact it's important you do.
    I love your colourful photographs - such a treat at this grey time of year. And that bright pink house! Such a daring choice but so striking. The person who lives there must be great to know!
    S x

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    1. It's a holiday home Sarah, so you could! ;) xxx

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  9. Oh Wonderful Amanda.
    I'm so glad you had an enjoyable break despite the family's demands. We live such a long way from the sea that it's always special to see it.
    Your photos are gorgeous and I'm looking forward to seeing Southwold.....and hoping you share lots of pictures of your visit.
    Jacquie xxx

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    1. I'm sure I'd be a lot healthier if I lived by the sea! Managed to walk more than usual too, brilliant :) xxx

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  10. Your pictures are divine, it looks like a sunny, warm day on the beach...

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    1. Looks can be deceptive.......freezing! ;) xxx

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  11. It sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you were able to have the spontaneous visit! I think as Mums we mostly put ourselves last and now and again it doesn't hurt to think about your own needs. Special people are so precious but the extra that it can entail must make life that bit more challenging. I do hope you get a bit of spontaneity again soon and in the meantime you've got some lovely memories for the tough days! Sharon xx

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    1. It can certainly be a challenge, and lots of things that most families might not even have to think about, but you're right, worth pursuing and collecting those happy memories! ;) xxx

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  12. Such beautiful pictures, and I am so glad you were able to be spontaneous and have a wonderful time away. It was a lovely post to read, really refreshing!
    Helen xox

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    1. Thank you Helen.....it's a beautiful town, which makes taking great pictures really easy! ;) xxx

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  13. Good on you Amanda, so often spontaneous things are more enjoyable. Take care of yourself and I look forward to seeing what your next spontaneous adventure is.

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    1. Thanks Alison....me too, wonder what it will be! ;) xxx

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  14. Fantastic post, with wonderful photographs! Being spontaneous within the confines of family life can be terribly difficult; good for you for just doing it! X

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    1. Yes Penny, not easy with children in tow, especially as they get older and develop minds of their own! ;) xxx

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  15. Beautiful sunny BUT bet it was actually cold enough in the wind to make your teeth ache...lol

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    1. Sunday was bitter, with a strong wind.....we could only manage 15 minutes on the beach, good job there was a cafe nearby! :) xxx

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  16. Omg this is so cute and i need to go there one day =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. This sounds so perfect! I wish that I was there with you and your little peeps. With always needing to put the family first we often forget to do more of what is good for us and I'm glad that you did just that. Now I'm of to catch up on nearly a year of blog posts that I've missed out on. Looking forward to every bit of it.
    love Rosie

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    1. Helloooooo Rosie! So nice to hear from you again :) xxx

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  18. You definitely deserve and have earned it!!!! SOOO glad that you had such a good time!!!! SOOO glad that you did it too!!!! xx

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  19. Aldeburgh is lovely and it's always interesting to visit a seaside town off season. Fish & chips certainly taste better eaten at the seaside. Love your photos.

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    1. Definately a great time to visit, and yes the fish and chips are always better! ;) xxx

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  20. Hurrah! Looks and sounds absolutely fabulous - and just what you needed. So glad you made it away :) xxx

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    1. Best thing I've done in a long while Zoe, great soul boost! ;) xxx

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  21. Hello, I don't comment very much but, I have to say they are great photographs..Aldbeburgh is a lovely place. Woo xx

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    1. Thank you Patricia, it's a fab place :) xxx

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  22. What a beautiful place. Your photos are gorgeous! Bee xx

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