Exploring our new coastline

Well, helloooooooo there folks! I'm sorry it's been so long. We've been rather busy sorting, fixing and nesting after the big move.... It's all been pretty exhausting, but oh so worth it! I won't bore you with our many plumbing woes, but thought I'd share some pictures from our adventures from the last couple of months. We haven't managed to get out as often as we'd like, but there's plenty of time for all that :) Our new coastline really is pretty stunning. I hope to share a few pics of our interiors too, just as soon as we are a bit more sorted.

First up is a little montage of iPhone snaps from Brighton, Eastbourne and our home town, Seaford. Absolutely loving all that fresh sea air and the beautiful sunsets.

Next up are a few shots from the lovely Pevensey Bay - our nearest beach with a bit of sand and lots of lovely space. So many dog walkers out and about - we are definitely living in dog territory - I've barely seen any cats! Just as well, as we are hoping that a furry friend may join our family soonish.

Then we have the absolutely stunning Birling Gap on a perfect sunny Sunday at the beginning of February. This place really takes my breath away. The scale of the beautiful towering white cliffs and the pounding's all very humbling.

I was in heaven staring at the mesmerising waves and clambering over the beautiful white stones. In fact, I don't think I've been more excited since we got here!

Of course, it's not just all stunning cliffs and crashing waves - the rolling South Downs are pretty spectacular too - just look at those beautiful green undulations. There really is so much to explore. We also wandered up the cliff path to see the mighty Beachy Head - it really is such a beautiful spot, and somewhere I know we are going to visit often.

I hope you're not too bored yet, as I'd love to introduce you to the most beautiful Camber Sands as well. A bit of a journey for us, but so worth it to see those beautiful sand dunes and all that stunning S-P-A-C-E. It really reminded me of Saunton Sands in Devon. We totally lucked out with the weather and were basking in beautiful sunshine - there really is nothing finer in February!

It was so lovely to see so many people out and about enjoying the sunshine - there were horse riders galloping along making the most of the space, dog walkers aplenty and families playing in the sand. I could *almost* believe it was summer! I'm definitely ready for more sunshine!

So we really are some of the luckiest people around to have all these beautiful spaces within easy reach. I'm looking forward to plenty more exploring - we still need to go west! Z x

Coastal Acadia: tonic for the soul

Before 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to share the last instalment of my wonderful USA trip with you. Back in October, I was very fortunate to go on a special trip for my 40th birthday. I've already blogged about

This post takes you on a tour of some coastal highlights of the absolutely stunning Acadia National Park in Maine, to complement those gorgeous fall leaves.

First up, we have Sand Beach. One of our first stops on the Park Loop Road and very accessible. We were so lucky to have a day of glorious sunshine on our last day.

One of the lovely things about Acadia National Park is that there are so many places to stop, so you can literally pull over and jump out your car whenever you want (which for us, was very often!). Below are some beautiful view points looking back over to Sand Beach.

Another beauty spot was Monument Cove. This wasn't so well sign-posted, but I'm so glad we found it. Just so many different vantage points to explore and some fabulous rocks. I could sit and watch the waves crashing for hours, listening to the seabirds. So peaceful.....

The coastline was fascinating - I loved all the rock formations - I named the one below "Crocodile Rock" - can you see it? We really enjoyed soaking up that sunshine too.

And last, but not least, we have Boulder Beach. I adore those giant pebbles! We had this place completely to ourselves and it was pure magic, just sitting in the sunshine listening to the waves. Ahhhh take me back!

I'll leave you with some glistening sparkling sea and sunny blue skies :)