The temperature’s dropped to a level where I can’t feel my toes, the wind is whistling in an apocalyptic fashion. It seems a good time to remind ourselves that beaches are not just for sunny summer days. Otherwise, let’s face it, we wouldn’t be able to visit them very often in Britain.
I was really inspired by a lovely post on Artful Adventures profiling Beach Art as seen on the Land Art for Kids website. I went to the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales for a week back in late September, and whilst the weather was sunny some of the time, it was pretty cold and windy, as you can probably tell by the various hoodies
We found Beach Art lots of fun, although I think CJ (3)enjoyed the collecting as much as the making. Llanbedrog beach is an absolute treaure trove of shells, each wave washing more twinkling beauties onto the shore. CJ even found a hermit crab. She was shocked to find the shell she’d picked up had claws – until I told her it was like the crab in Sharing a Shell, then she thought it was brilliant!
We made the stone spiral at Porth Oer, also known as “Whistling Sands”. This place is really popular in summer but we had it almost to ourselves. The wind made the sea a bit wild for our tastes, but there were some hardy souls out bodyboarding.
Both Llanbedrog and Porth Oer have fantastic rockpools, which is an obvious beach activity when the weather is more miserable than medittereanean. Another classic crap weather beach favourite is pebble skimming. Here’s me in action at Abersoch. Don’t take any tips from me though; I am rubbish, much to Mr Parklover’s amusement.
Beaches are surely one of the most picturesque of locations and a great place for budding photographers to practice their skills. I found photographing the beach huts at Abersoch an ideal way to practice trying to split my picture into thirds.
Finally, a bit of rain can make the sand a great texture for large scale drawings. We found ourselves a stick and had fun playing noughts and crosses, before CJ decided to go all artistic. Below is her lovely peacock on the beach at Borth Y Gest, shortly before it will have been washed away by the tide.
What are your favourite activities for those bracing days at the seaside?
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