Waiting for the Sunset at Widemouth Bay

T indeed went back to school last Monday.  Went home with a heavy heart after the school-run. The house just felt so empty without the little madam.  While working on my laptop yesterday, I glanced at the clock and it was twelve, my initial reaction was, better save this so I can do T’s lunch.  Then I remembered, she’s in school!  Sigh.  Life in our little household is indeed slowly going back to term-time routine of getting up early, helping the little one get ready for school and  once she’s gone, the house becomes suddenly too silent.  Only the occasional barking of a numpty dog disturbs it.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still suffering a very serious summer hang over.  Maybe because the weather has also been really bad lately.  Waking up to grey skies and mist, no wonder, I’m still praying for summer to last just a little bit.

While admittedly, we didn’t really do anything exciting like go abroad this summer, we did however see family and managed to spend some time with them, not to mention close friends, which is really nice.  In fact the weekend of little T’s birthday, we had a close friend visit.  And on a Sunday, after mass, we headed off to the beach to for a bbq and to wait for the sunset.  That’s one of the perks of living by the coast – spontaneous trips like this one:

It was probably after seven pm when we got to the beach, but as you can see there were still a lot of people there and we weren’t the only one having a bbq too.

You’ll notice when the tourist season is almost over here in Cornwall.  Dogs and other animals are not allowed on some of the beaches here during the summer for obvious reasons.  But in the late summer, they are slowly allowed back in, which is lovely to see like this horse and it’s owner just enjoying the sea and sun.

While waiting for the bbq to get ready, T, the historian and our friend were brave enough to go into the water for a little dip and some fun with the board.  I wasn’t surprised to see them back even before the food was ready – the water was getting too cold.

After our meal of chicken skewers, Chinese flavoured steak, potato salad and gritty sand, we all just sat down and watched the sky do its magic.

And then after a while, the beautiful orange ball was gone and out came the most beautiful pinkish and blueish sky.  We stayed sitting there just watching this glorious scene unfold before us.  Others didn’t seem bothered much and went on surfing.  They were probably trying to enjoy as much as they can while on the beach.  I don’t blame them, especially if they were just down here for a few days.

Reluctantly, we gathered all our stuff while there was still enough light and as we loaded up our car, within minutes it was dark, except for the headlights coming for the cars and a few night lamps. We came away with our hearts full.  Years from now, I’m hoping little T will remember this day with fondness and we can say to her “Remember when we stayed on the beach till sun down?”  And she’ll smile and say Yes!

No, I’m definitely not ready for summer to end just yet.  Here’s hoping for an Indian summer!

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. DJT @ Thinking Thrifty

    Absolutely beautiful. I really miss living near the coast since I moved back to the UK!

  2. Cheryl | Time To Craft

    What beautiful photos. I know what you mean about the summer. I’ve been feeling the same way. I need a little bit more summer, although I can feel a shift. Picking hops from the hedgerow today, I could feel myself slipping into autumn and harvest time. Still wishing for a beach day.
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    • I know what you mean too. I like autumn, but I really summer to last just a bit more. When I went out to hang the washing (Yes, the sun actually came out today!) Brown leaves were already collecting in the garden. Autumn is definitely in the air 🙁

  3. What a lovely idea to go and watch the sunset – if I lived closer to the coast I would do the same!

    • We ought to do it more too. Admittedly, we do take it for granted sometimes and only remember when we have guests!

  4. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    wow what a beautiful sunset and gorgeous photos. Such a lovely treat for T on her birthday and I’m sure she will remember it forever x

  5. The Moderate Mum

    What a beautiful sunset. These pictures are really bringing home the end of summer.

  6. What a treat to have a BBQ on the beach (its not allowed here). Looks like the perfect summers evening

    • Too bad it’s not allowed there. There are actually beaches (like Polzeath) where it isn’t allowed too. Luckily the ones near to us aren’t that strict 🙂

  7. This is such a lovely post! There is something so beautiful about sunsets. The photos are just stunning.

  8. Fashion and Style Police

    I am holding on to what is left of summer too and making the most of it. Won’t see the sun shine as much as its shinning now in a few weeks at the most.

    • I know what you mean, although the sun did manage to shine in spite the rainy weather down here.

    • It’s been awful down here in Cornwall. Hopefully, we’ll all have an Indian summer 🙂

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