Back from the Beach


This is why ten days at the beach en famille was restorative, this is what will sustain me over the next three weeks, these are the things that will deliver sanity when the Outpost threatens to drive me over the edge:

playing at being a whole family again – with all that it entails: laughter, scrapping, being briefly eaten out of house and home;

sunshine on skin sloughed by sea and sand;



walking barefoot on the beach in the late afternoon, watching the white heads of breaking waves blush quite pink at winking sunsets;

cold beer;

fish and chips and real Italian ice-cream;

sleeping soundly after too much of most of the above, stirring only when the sound of the surf rises to a crescendo in the middle of the night at the turn of tides.

None of it made saying goodbye to my big kids when we dropped them back at school any less hard – I still cried – none of it took the sting out of the two day drive home, none of it made dealing with 178 emails (most of them trying to sell me Viagra or persuade me I’d won a million in a lottery I hadn’t entered) easier. But it reminded me that as tough as Outpost living can be, escaping so that breifly you feel a milion miles away is possible.

And oh so worth it.


7 Responses to “Back from the Beach”

  1. guineapigmum Says:

    You sound refreshed – welcome back!

  2. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    Thanks GP Mum; I am.

  3. R. Sherman Says:

    Welcome back.


  4. Roberta Says:

    It all sounds so wonderful! Glad you are back. I’ve missed reading you.

  5. Kathleen Says:

    It sounds lovely!

  6. Tom Says:

    Little breaks like this help us realize that anything is possible, nothing is permanent and we can endure most anything.

    Who can say where they will be 5 or 10 years from now?

    Maybe you’ll be living on that beach!

  7. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    thank you all. yes, it was fabulous. seems an awfully long time ago already …!

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