Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Beach in Winter



According to the weather historians,this stretch of cold weather (just below freezing) is the longest in 30 years. Temperatures dropped in early December and haven't really risen to normal yet. 

There's been little precipitation, accompanied by clear, sunny skies.
  

On Sunday afternoon 9 of us took a walk to Witty's Lagoon. 6 adults, 3 small children. The forest floor gave off the damp scent of earth and of trampled pine boughs tossed down by the wind.

The Littles pretended they were horses along the path - "walk, horses, walk," then "gallop, horses, gallop," followed by "rest, horses, rest."

Once on the beach, a distant clump of rocks shone golden as the sun sank lower and lower. Gulls wheeled and cried, their white breasts and wings glinting silver as they caught the light. 




In the distance, across the Strait, the high mountains of the USA's Olympic Peninsula rose out of blue mists.



Ducks squawked, swam, dove and flew.



The beach in winter is just as much fun as it is in summer. There were sand castles, rocks thrown, trenches dug. Sticks gathered, stories told, and laughter.



The gear of a winter beach might look different than summer's. No swimming suits or sun tops. Instead these hilarious hats, one a reindeer, one a cat, both worn with careless elegance and sweet individuality. 



We missed the Vancouver couple, and wished they could have joined us. Our DIL, in the brown jacket, brought along a thermos of hot tea. When I commented on what a great idea that was, she said that she had seen her MIL (yours truly) write about it on her blog. HA! On this walk, I brought nothing. In the photo of the two couples, I caught the guys chewing on cookies. Hope they don't mind.

The weather forecast is for a warming trend, perhaps to 7 or 8 Celsius, accompanied by rain. I'm glad we got out to enjoy the sunny cold on this Sunday afternoon.

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Maggie of Normandy Life. 

43 comments:

Pondside said...

It's one of my very favorite places, in any season. I can imagine the lovely time you all had.

Pondside said...

It's one of my very favorite places, in any season. I can imagine the lovely time you all had.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How wonderful for your grandchildren to enjoy a frolic on the beach in winter! It looks like they had a wonderful time, as did all the adults. Hot tea and cookies must have taste so good in chilly weather. I fnd the cold so refreshing--I actually prefer it to warm weather!

Small City Scenes said...

I love the beach in the winter.
MB

Maggie said...

What a lovely afternoon you had spending time together in such a beautiful place, I can almost hear the laughter and sounds of children playing. Love those hats!
Happy MM, dear Lorrie.

riitta k said...

Beautiful photos of that beautiful place. And so happy faces, it was a joy to see!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a fun adventure for everyone! Now the hot tea would have made my day, how sweet that your DIL brought it! That's funny that it was a tip you had shared with her, lol! Love all the pictures of the sky, the water, the kids! Yes, we are supposed to get warmer temps here this week too. I hate to see our snow melt! I have really enjoyed these cold crisp clear days. Hugs to you today :)

Rosemary said...

The hats are such fun but practical too. You all look as if you are having a really happy family time together.

Elizabethd said...

What super hats!
Hot tea from a flask brings memories of childhood picnics, lovely!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I will go to the beach anytime. It's my favorite place to be. I hope to spend more time at the beach when we retire. Your DIL was very thoughtful. The Littles are adorable, especially with their hats. Have a nice week Lorrie. Christa

ourfrenchoasis.com said...

I love the beach in the winter, listening to the waves usually we are the only ones on the beach, it is always magical.

mamasmercantile said...

Yes we love the beach all year around too. We often take the dog or the Grandchildren there and always have so much fun. There is a beach locally that has a car terrace so even in wet weather we often drive down and watch the sea with a little picnic and thermos.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Looks like a good time was had by all...lovely pictures Lorrie.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm envious that you can enjoy your beaches year round, ours is ice covered and the lake is just about frozen over. Impressive that a thermos of tea was brought on the walk after gleaning the idea from your blog. Must make you feel good to know that family is reading your posts.

podso said...

What a lovely walk and I'm thinking the snow suits are just as effective in sand as in snow! We could send you some of our tepid weather! I would prefer some steady cold for a spell.

Vee said...

It takes a hardy bunch to go out and enjoy the cold. Something about wind over water that is, to me, especially brutal. The children seemed to be having a great time. And you and your husband look particularly happy...proof that you are committed hikers and that family times are great. (Our family definitely does not do this. 😏)

Margie said...

Awww, what a sweet family collage. Your grandkids' cute hats made me small. A few years ago, my brother gifted me with a donkey hat. Even though I'm too old for the goofy style, I still wear it because the flaps keep me ears warm!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That DOES look like fun! And if you moved around as much as the little ones, there's no way you would get cold! Love the thought of hot tea...and the view of the water! Hugs, Diane

Cheryl said...

So beautiful . . . the beach, yes, but also the smiles and the togetherness and the joy! (Love those hats, too!)

Anneliese said...

Sweet post!

Linda said...

Looks like fun. The kids are so cute!

Amy at love made my home said...

A very beautiful place for a day out! Good to get out and do something nice at this time of year too. Yay for your DIL bringing tea as suggested by you!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

What a beautiful post Lorrie - there's something really special about a family winter's walk - invigorating crisp air with usually fewer other people about too. Looks like a fun day to remember!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such lovely, happy images, Lorrie! There's a very special atmosphere on the beach in winter and in your photos, and funnily the distant music I hear when my parents are watching TV (bright flutes) accompanies the mood beautifully.
Thank you for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful family time -- I'd rather the beach in sunny cold than drizzly rain. Untypical weather (sunny cold) for the PNW for sure -- glad you all got to take advantage of it.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Lorrie, what a fun family outing, and even with a thermos of tea! The kids look like they had a blast playing on the beach. I so miss hiking with my late beloved, but I do have fond memories of that. Your photos, as always, are outstanding.

Alexa T said...

I enjoyed the walk in "the sunny cold on this Sunday afternoon"... Wonderful time and jolly moments at the beach! Have a very good week!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What glorious images....the family portraits are favored by me, but the nature photos are also phenomenal.

I really enjoyed reading your narration!!!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

love the images of a perfect winter day with family and nature :)

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful images, love the ducks and family and friend pics. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely Sunday walk. You have a beautiful family. The hats were a delight to see. Hot tea from the thermos, wonderful!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your photos tell you all had a super time Lorrie!
Witty's lagoon looks like the perfect spot for a family walk and the weather looked great too.
The little girls are so sweet and I just love their cute hats!
I've known that fresh forest smell since I was three years old when my dear father first took us tramping and it's been part of my life ever since!

Mereknits said...

Your photos are just gorgeous. It looks like everyone had a wonderful day.

Helen Philipps said...

Lovely beach outing...such fun with the little ones any time of year. How cute they all look in your lovely pictures. The thermos of hot tea was such a good idea:)
Enjoy your wintry week Lorrie.
Helen xox

Monica said...

Beaches in winter are just as magical as in summer...

kyllimarjaana said...

Just above the freezing point ... if you can imagine it is rare there and also here. There it is too cold and unusually warm here this time of year. I believe that here the winter is yet to come. oh my. Sometimes I miss the warmth and the sun. Well, this is not bad, just have to put warm clothes on. and of course, hot tea in the botlle. I love you diverse languages. I learned new words every time.

kathy b said...

Your photos are just lovely. Rain here too. Not my cuppa. I like cold and snowy with sunshine or hot and warm with clouds. 40s and rain...does a number on me. But I can't control the weather, right? :)

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a great idea to gather up your family and head to the beach together, even in January! The tea and cookies were an inspired idea. Here, I'm stilling pulling out the occasional rugelach from the freezer. Your recipe, of course! Delicious.

Karen

Gina said...

Lorrie, the water is such a gorgeous blue! I hope that your weather warms up soon.

Mary Cromer said...

I so love the family snaps, making great memories, that is such an important part of life. We are having the exact flip-flop in weather, the high temperatures have broken several records already. We have had 9 out of 10 days of Spring temps and rain, rain, rain. I would rather see some snow, no ice, just snow. Take care my friend~

Lisa said...

You had me at "beach". I love the beach. We have a camper stored on the coast of South Carolina. I love it. We will be making our first trip of the year in March. Though I could live there all the time.
Lisa

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post ... it left me feeling so happy!
Loved how you've presented your lovely family in the mosaics. Brilliant!

All the best Jan

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

Oh I love to be on a beach at any time of year but I live too far away. I need a fix soon! I love your description of the gulls. x