I started recording our Simple Things as the year started, this week our Stuff Which Costs Nothing But Is Actually Priceless has included wind leaning, beach jumping and mysterious finds.

On Sunday four of us headed eagerly for the coast as the sun broke through the clouds at last! The other two were already otherwise engaged with studies, rehearsals and friends so we tootled on down with just our Bonus Boy and his nearly biggest brother.

There is absolutely nothing guaranteed to lift my spirits than a walk on the beach and a walk on the beach on a blustery day is top of my simple pleasures.

We did some wind leaning on the peak of Chesil Beach’s very high stone bank, had a good laugh at my mad hair and the boys indulged in a bit of beach jumping.

beach jumping on Chesil Beach

We crunched along, listening to the waves and to the stones moving under our feet

Footprints on the beach

We found shells and driftwood, a Mermaid’s Purse and a pearly egg case

egg case on the beach

We pondered the mystery of the missing diver, wondering who might have lost this and where and when. We really, really hoped we wouldn’t find the rest of him further along!


At the end of the day in the silence of late winter with the sun dipping down behind the Bank we wanted to stay.

sunset at Portland Marina

But curling up on my bed with a good book before sliding under covers warmed by a hot water bottle and a lazy cat is not so bad either.

Me and Him

Taking time to appreciate the simple things, to notice the every day brings a calm serenity into our busy lives. What simple things are you making time for in February?

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