This place is ‘my water’, where is yours?

I miss the sea more than anything else in the pandemic. I usually go to the beach every Friday and return Sunday night, most of the year round. I have a beach holiday home and a little beach hut by the sea in a town called Lancing. It is not grand, it is certainly nothingContinue reading “This place is ‘my water’, where is yours?”

My favourite teacher story

As my son is a school teacher now and I am a very proud father I have started to collect or notice teacher stories. This one below is one of my favourites, enjoy: A school teacher ran a test that had several sections, each of which contained three questions. He told the students to chooseContinue reading “My favourite teacher story”

Perspective

Not sure why I remember this today but it just came back to me this morning. I remember travelling to Scotland years ago, we went right up to the Northern most tip of our beautiful island. I had driven for over a day, got a boat /ferry to get to Lochinver, Sutherland in western Scotland.Continue reading “Perspective”

Your name is your currency

Think about your favourite brands, Apple, Range Rover, Patek Philippe. What words or phrases spring to mind? “Luxury” “quality” and “premium?” Those positive associations are called branding. Branding isn’t just for companies, you have a brand too. When people see or hear your name, they make associations also. Building your name is important it deservesContinue reading “Your name is your currency”

Learning from rain

Staying at the beach this weekend and it rained in biblical proportions last night. It caught me by surprise and I was left stranded at the beach hut with a short walk to go to get to our holiday home. Determined to get home as dry as possible I began to run along the seasideContinue reading “Learning from rain”

Beautiful prose

My Saturday posts are traditionally where I share a more personal story, something that reveals a bit more than I would on a week day. I have two loves beyond my family. 1. The written Language in all its forms but good old fashioned books are my fave. 2. The ocean, I love being near,Continue reading “Beautiful prose”

Hanlon’s Razor found on the beach

Who would have knew I would find Hanlon’s Razor on the beach this weekend. I am joking of course, Hanlon’s Razor is a mental model but learning this has helped me understand better some of the insensitivities you see around everyday life and for sure you see them at the beach also. Put most simply,Continue reading “Hanlon’s Razor found on the beach”

Your experience is just that, yours!

How many shops and stores do you have close to you? I was on a zoom call with a colleague the other day and we were talking about a new bit of tech which we both liked. I suggested to my colleague could go buy it at weekend. I then learned that where they liveContinue reading “Your experience is just that, yours!”

Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity

We all like knowing things! That feeling we get when we know the most about a subject in a room full of people. This temptation is enticing, it makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with a desire to know and control your environment. That temptation is hurting you, it’s at least holding youContinue reading “Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity”

Apricity

As a lover of literature and collector of words. I would like to draw your attention to the word Apricity, which means the warmth of the sun in the winter. This term comes from the Latin meaning “to bask in the sun.” This Blog post contributor hopes you will warm to the idea of addingContinue reading “Apricity”

Little disappointments

When I was a teenager studying english literature at College I was fascinated by the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, I loved her writing and a collection of short stories including ‘The dill pickle’ and ‘Miss brill’ those tales will be forever a joy to me. I loved the idea that rather than the bigContinue reading “Little disappointments”

Fish and chips by the sea while reading books about the sea

Some weekends the pleasure of being alive is just within reach and the warmness of the moment is understandable also. It’s a gift to be alive. And each moment, each breathe we take is literally the chance of a lifetime.

No crabby pants allowed only happy clams

As I write this post the bank holiday weekend still has half of Monday left but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it has been one of my best long weekends for ages. I am at peace with ‘the me’ down at the beach. Whether it be short walks on theContinue reading “No crabby pants allowed only happy clams”

Surprising Sunday

Sunday surprised me with some lovely blue skies, light winds and no rain. I suppose as it is a bank holiday that explains so many people walking up and down the beach paths. I hope you do forgive me for taking yet another photo of my Hut and path outside, I could take a photoContinue reading “Surprising Sunday”

OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;

Arrived at the beach and saw this orange coloured sky as we were unpacking. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salty sea will always be a trigger for me to relax and breathe. The Friday night long drive after a long week is always worth it once we arrive and are metContinue reading “OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;”

People… are interested in people

This post is not a typically reflective or cerebral post but just an observation from my experience of living next to the sea. You see the photo that accompanies this post? well you have two options as you walk along the seaside path. You can look at the majestic ocean, waves, clouds, boats, planes allContinue reading “People… are interested in people”

Beach BBQ done the right way

After missing out of most of the spring summer with Covid-19 I finally spent two weeks Staycation down the beach– and that for me means a beach barbecue! With West Sussex skies and serene sunsets, all that remains to be perfect is a Beer and a Beach BBQ. Owning a holiday home on the beachContinue reading “Beach BBQ done the right way”

Beach people know this;

You don’t just spend time on the beach in the summer You are constantly told you live somewhere that people yearn to see You know that every problem is reduced by sitting near the sea When people drop rubbish on your beach you go mental Dog walkers not picking up their dog mess will resultContinue reading “Beach people know this;”

Thinking near the sea

A two week break from work at our holiday home next to the beach has been awesome, there is no better place to reflect than to sit and think in, near or on water. I don’t know why but I think better near a body of water. It fires the imagination, it provides a landscapeContinue reading “Thinking near the sea”