Focusing on the Small Joys: A lovely day at the beach

Children are experts when it comes to small joys.  To them, it’s the small joys that matter.  It’s the little things that can instantly summon a smile on their lovely faces.  To us, what may seem insignificant, means the world to them.

“Really mum, I can sleep in your bed tonight?”  Says little T with the biggest smile and excitement on her face, as if I just offered her a trip to the moon and back.

I wish for her to never ever forget this expertise.  Why does growing-up mean forgetting that it’s the small joys that matter?   American writer Pearl S. Buck sums it all:

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for big happiness.

You could say, living by the sea, when the sun is out and the temperature rises our biggest “small joy” would be heading out to the beach with a picnic.

We’ve been to Pontireglaze beach a few times, but we usually pass through Polzeath beach to get to it.  This time though, we decided to park up the hill and head for the beach using a different path.

Normally, I wouldn’t dare walk near the cows with their calves, especially with little T around, but they seemed unfazed as a small procession of people walked on the path in their field.

Just when I was worried that we took the wrong the path, the beach suddenly appeared before us.

Little T got her spade and had a little play in the sand.

Here’s little T and her dad exploring the rock pools.

I knew she’d end up wet, so we stripped her off and left her in her underpants.

I have many lovely memories of little T playing on the beach in just her knickers.  These are all filed under my small joys.

After putting on a clean-dry dress on little T, we decided that it was time to head back home.

Not before looking back at this little piece of paradise.

A cow and her calf eyed us suspiciously from afar as we made our way back up.

When the sky is grey as today, these photos with lovely blue skies keep the gloom away.

What about you?  What are your small joys?


  1. babyfoote

    What a gorgeous place to live!

    I take such joy in watching my 5 month old look at his feet with wonder. It’s adorable!

    • Dean B

      Yes, especially babies and toddlers! They are such fun to observe, to them everything is new and wonderful 🙂

  2. oddsocksandlollipops

    What wonderful pictures =) That first photo is fantastic

  3. Cheryl TimeToCraft (@CherylInTheUK)

    I love the small joys. Living in the moment. It feels like a priviledge to see the world through the eyes of my children.Your photos could be straight out of a child’s book. Perfect. #CountryKids

    • Dean B

      Same here, though sometimes admittedly I have to remind myself about the small joys in my life, especially when the weather is grey and I’m feeling a bit down. Thank goodness for small joys!

  4. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    Its so pretty there Dean! The weather is so nice too! We still cant stripped Sebastian at the beach as the wind is still strong even if the sun is out. But I am waiting for that day! Thanks for sharing your joys! #countrykids

    • Dean B

      Thanks Merlinda. Good thing we’ve been having good weather the past weeks. At the moment though, ti’s been really grey 😉

  5. Angela

    Wow! Photos are lovely. My boys love to play in the rock pools, we are visiting Cornwall this summer so I think this beach is a must visit for us. Thank you for sharing x

    • Dean B

      Oh you have to visit then! It’s right beside the new Polzeath beach 🙂

  6. thereadingresidence

    Oh, what a beautiful place to have on your doorstep. I know what you mean about the small joys. They’re definitely the special moments that make up the fabric of our lives x

  7. Coombe Mill

    You really are lucky to live so close to the beach and have the children visit whenever the weather turns in our favour. I love the photo where the edge of the dress is just dusting the rockpool, so very childlike. Thank you for sharing your lovely piece of paradise on Country Kids.

    • Dean B

      Yes, we’re both lucky I guess to live in an area where the beaches are just a short-drive away! 🙂

  8. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I’m totally focusing on the small joys right now, and this post is a great reminder of why! 🙂 Beautiful, just beautiful Dean!

    • Dean B

      Thanks Kate! Admittedly though, I have to sometimes remind myself the importance of focusing on small joys 🙂 x

  9. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This really is what it’s all about isn’t it? So easy to forget, but being in the moment is so important. Something I need to get much better at. These photos are just gorgeous x

    • Thanks. Same here. I tend to forget too, but having kids is a good reminder isn’t it 🙂 x

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