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During February vacation we went exploring, making the most of a couple of days away and the glorious sunshine.
The weather may have been cold, but it was the freezing, invigorating cold of perfect blue sky days.
On our first day away we ventured to Gloucester and Rockport, on our second day we visited Ipswich and the simply stunning Crane Beach.
I cannot begin to express how cold it was. The wind coming in off the sea was frigid, and we looked ready for an artic expedition rather than a walk along the beach. Hats on, hoods up, hands buried in pockets; we strode along, noses pink and eyes watering.
All these photos were taken in quick snatches before mittens simply had to go back on!
Despite the cold, the kids made the most of the vast expanse of sand. Apart from the odd, brave dog walker, we had the beach to ourselves.
The kids were fascinated when we found a huge sun bleached tree, smoothed by the elements. A beautiful, natural sculpture.
How did it get there, where did it come from?
As we wandered, I hung back, watching. I knew we wouldn’t last long, it really was too cold, but I wanted to savour the moment. The huge sky, the perfect sand, the laughter from the children. My family, together.
We didn’t venture too far along the beach, knowing that we would be walking back into the wind. But before we turned I captured this image of my family, walking together, their footsteps laid out behind them.
A perfect moment.
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