Chilling out on Fistral Beach

Breathing deep on Fistral Beach

I love this photo. I know so many things about it that quite simply aren’t visible to everyone else. That my daughter, who loved pink, and once selected outfits on the basis of how twirly they were, now prefers blue. That blue, especially this periwinkle shade, is so totally her  colour. It’s the colour of her eyes when she was a newborn – indigo eyes, black hair, hard to believe now. You can’t see it in this picture, but this colour brings back the flecks of that baby in her eyes and I remember…

Or that this messy hair isn’t just the wind, or her dislike of a hairbrush; it’s the result of her first surfing session with her father. While the Bug and I laid on a blanket in the sand, relishing the softer breeze that washed over us as we lay, dad and daughter raced off in the feistier wind at head height to sample the waves of Fistral beach.

Surfing on Fistral Beach

That she is unstoppable, rarely phased by anything, excited to try something new, even whilst grumbling about dragging on a damp, hired wetsuit on a cold day. Where that would be enough to see me huddling in a fleece and offering to help the Bug build sandcastles, she needs no encouragement to get past the discomfort to the joy of what is to come.

That she is all girl, but knows no boundaries for that.

That she loves her brother as much as she loathes him.

Fistral Beach

We had the most wonderful day, just chilling out on Fristral Beach, each of us doing our own thing. The Bug perfected the art of making a sand ball; I dozed in the breeze and daydreamed of a retirement by the sea. The adventurers eventually returned to our blanket, huge smiles and hunger prompting the picnic I had brought, with the addition of a rather quirky ‘piestry’ from the beachside shops. Perfect food for a windswept beach.

I’m definitely visiting Fistral beach again next time we holiday in Cornwall, but I know that both my kids would love to visit more places in this beautiful county. In particular, my daughter – a total bookworm – would love to follow this trail of books whose stories are based in Cornwall!

Picnic on Fistral Beach
Rocks and sand balls on Fistral Beach

The children are both dressed in the current season of Next Kids clothing, for which we were sent a small voucher.

20 thoughts on “Chilling out on Fistral Beach”

  1. Oh my this really makes me realise how fast our families are growing, GG is looking more and more like a young young lady!
    Beautiful – just beautiful x

  2. Lovely lovely post, Helen. My eldest is only a tiny bit older than your GG and the Bug, and I can relate to your thoughts/feelings about her changing and flourishing into an older girl. Esp the bit about how much she loves and loathes her brother! PS Love that all-in-one….I have so many pictures that i could write about for this linky, but sadly no time today…

  3. The first picture she looks so thoughtful. Amazing to think how quickly they change. My daughter is deep in the pink phase so can’t wait until she chooses something like the beautiful blue she is wearing. This looks like the perfect visit to the beach

  4. It looks like you had a lovely day at the beach and the photos are beautiful – especially the one of the two of them together, it’s lovely when brothers and sisters get on so well!

  5. Such lovely pictures Helen and the words really capture your emotions when you see them. Makes me look forward to some fun in the sun this summer. I’m impressed that your son lay on the sand with you too – my Little Man would have been hoofing it away at top speed, as is his current want! x

  6. Beautiful, beautiful photos that make me remember my childhood. We lived not far from the beach and spent every free second jumping through the waves and building mud castles.

    PS: I can’t believe that GG had black hair when she was born. Crazy!

  7. Lovely photos and my favourite the beach. It’s terrifying how quickly they grow up isn’t it? You have two gorgeous kids x

  8. This made me feel all emotional. My Little G is nearly 3 and those years have gone by so quickly. I honestly don’t know where the time goes.
    A lovely post with beautiful photos as always x

  9. I remember the look on my husband’s face the first time we bought my son a wetsuit. He is so proud and so excited to throw my son in the sea. He is a keen kayaker. I am sure that your husband is excited to teach your daughter too!

    I have a sister that I havent seen for the longest time. Yes we fight and we make up and fight again. A weird relationship =P


  10. This is such a lovely post! That first photograph is gorgeous!!!! Sounds like you all had a wonderful day. Loved that she had a go at surfing. BTW did read your ‘sorry’ post but didn’t comment in the end as so many people did ! I didn’t think I could add anything else! It was a fab post though. :o)

  11. finally catching up on commenting on these #expressions posts… the pictures in this post are beautiful, they really are x

  12. She looks beautiful and you’re right – that colour looks brilliant on her. This post made me feel a bit emotional, wondering if I’ll remember little details about my daughter as a baby, when she is GG’s age….


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