Sea Fever!

Sea Palling beachNicola here. After long winter months of bad weather and lock down, the idea of going to the beach for some fresh sea air to blow away the cobwebs was irresistible and so last week we took a trip to Norfolk (UK) and to a little seaside village called Sea Palling on the East coast.

Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean. A lot of us love it, I know; there’s something so soothing about the surge and fall of the waves and so refreshing about the sea breeze and the big open skies. It feels as though it’s doing you good.

Sea Palling, or Palling, as it was known originally, is old enough a settlement to have been recorded in the Domesday Book when it Palling sign had 9 villagers, 14 smallholders, 20 acres of meadow, 24 wild mares, 23 pigs and 71 sheep. Its total value was £4. I love this insight into the tiny seaside community of a thousand years ago.

The sea, has of course, been influential on life in the village through that millennium. The first written record of a terrible storm and flood comes from 1287: “The sea, agitated by the violence of the wind, burst through its accustomed limits, occupying towns, fields and other places adjacent to the coast … it tore up houses from their foundations, with all they contained and threw them into the sea with irrevocable damage.” Since then nearby villages have and continue to have houses washed away. In 1607 Palling itself was flooded when the sea breached the sand dunes and tore through the village. The notorious North Sea flood of 1953 also wreaked devastation and I visited the little museum by the harbour which has shocking photographs from the time. The row of cottages where we stayed was built on the site of previous houses destroyed in the flood.

PawkingThe sea offered opportunities as well as danger. You may have come across Norfolk in historical fiction and romance that features smugglers. In the 1770s Palling was the headquarters of an armed smuggling gang and the revenue seized tea, tobacco, gin and other spirits on a number of occasions, including one enormous haul of 1000 gallons of spirits in 1777! A wreck in 1768, the Lady Agatha, had a cargo apparently worth £50 000. None of this was recovered by the owners as the “pawkers” who scavenged wrecks and made off with the valuable, took all of it. (Here's a picture of Angus pawking on the beach but he is more interested in his ball than a gallon of gin!)

Palling became Sea Palling in the Edwardian era when tourists discovered its benefits as a holiday resort and it’s continued to be one ever since. It’s not your decorous “posh” resort, however, and I don’t think locals would mind me saying so. It’s the proper amusement arcade, sandcastles, pints of warm beer, fish and chips, ice cream cones and donuts (not all together) sort of seaside place. I loved those donuts!

We spent plenty of time on the beach whilst we were there and also visited the nearby villages of Waxham and Horsey. Waxham has WAXHAM-RECO-Final-1 a beautiful old manor house built by the Woodhouse family in 1570 and an amazing thatched Elizabethan barn said to be the longest in the country. In the eighteenth century the local squire, Sir Berney Brograve, was notoriously wild and it is said that his sprit still haunts the area and his ghost has been seen galloping along the coast road on stormy nights! Since we had fantastic weather for the entire week there was fortunately no chance of meeting Sir Berney on our walks! This map (copyright Alice White) shows what the manor estate would have been like in the past.

WindmillHorsey Mere offered a different historical experience. Here there is the “youngest” windmill on the Norfolk Broads, built in 1912 on 18th century foundations and recently restored. It was the perfect place for a sunset walk. The Broads is a network of mostly-navigable rivers and lakes which were manmade back in the middle ages when local monasteries began to excavate the peat to sell as fuel to the growing towns of Norwich and Great Yarmouth. These days it’s a National Park but it’s worth remembering that when the lakes were dug, Norfolk was the part of the country with the fastest-growing population and Norwich the second largest city in England after London. Fast forward to the present and it’s a very different place, a county of huge skies and empty spaces, glorious nature, sandy beaches and oh so much history!

If you were to head to the seaside now, where would you go, what would you do, what would you eat??? Or is there someplace you prefer to the beach? Share your favourite bolt holes and donut dreams!

150 thoughts on “Sea Fever!”

  1. What a lovely post, Nicola. But I admit I had to chuckle at reading “Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean.”
    Try living in the South of Germany and then in Switzerland for being far away from the ocean.
    Anyway for me the favourite place at the seaside is without a doubt the Dutch island of Terschelling and as for food, it probably would have to be Bitterballen (fried savoury breaded meatballs of a sort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterballen) or cranberry gebak, to be eaten at one of the beach pavilions.

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  2. What a lovely post, Nicola. But I admit I had to chuckle at reading “Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean.”
    Try living in the South of Germany and then in Switzerland for being far away from the ocean.
    Anyway for me the favourite place at the seaside is without a doubt the Dutch island of Terschelling and as for food, it probably would have to be Bitterballen (fried savoury breaded meatballs of a sort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterballen) or cranberry gebak, to be eaten at one of the beach pavilions.

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  3. What a lovely post, Nicola. But I admit I had to chuckle at reading “Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean.”
    Try living in the South of Germany and then in Switzerland for being far away from the ocean.
    Anyway for me the favourite place at the seaside is without a doubt the Dutch island of Terschelling and as for food, it probably would have to be Bitterballen (fried savoury breaded meatballs of a sort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterballen) or cranberry gebak, to be eaten at one of the beach pavilions.

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  4. What a lovely post, Nicola. But I admit I had to chuckle at reading “Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean.”
    Try living in the South of Germany and then in Switzerland for being far away from the ocean.
    Anyway for me the favourite place at the seaside is without a doubt the Dutch island of Terschelling and as for food, it probably would have to be Bitterballen (fried savoury breaded meatballs of a sort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterballen) or cranberry gebak, to be eaten at one of the beach pavilions.

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  5. What a lovely post, Nicola. But I admit I had to chuckle at reading “Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived a long way away from the sea that I often have a longing to see the ocean.”
    Try living in the South of Germany and then in Switzerland for being far away from the ocean.
    Anyway for me the favourite place at the seaside is without a doubt the Dutch island of Terschelling and as for food, it probably would have to be Bitterballen (fried savoury breaded meatballs of a sort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterballen) or cranberry gebak, to be eaten at one of the beach pavilions.

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  6. I’m so pleased you like the post, Katja. And yes, I suppose distance is relative! Terschelling looks beautiful and sounds a very interesting place to visit. It’s now on my list. As for those meatballs… Wow! Another Dutch treat I need to try!

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  7. I’m so pleased you like the post, Katja. And yes, I suppose distance is relative! Terschelling looks beautiful and sounds a very interesting place to visit. It’s now on my list. As for those meatballs… Wow! Another Dutch treat I need to try!

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  8. I’m so pleased you like the post, Katja. And yes, I suppose distance is relative! Terschelling looks beautiful and sounds a very interesting place to visit. It’s now on my list. As for those meatballs… Wow! Another Dutch treat I need to try!

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  9. I’m so pleased you like the post, Katja. And yes, I suppose distance is relative! Terschelling looks beautiful and sounds a very interesting place to visit. It’s now on my list. As for those meatballs… Wow! Another Dutch treat I need to try!

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  10. I’m so pleased you like the post, Katja. And yes, I suppose distance is relative! Terschelling looks beautiful and sounds a very interesting place to visit. It’s now on my list. As for those meatballs… Wow! Another Dutch treat I need to try!

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  11. When I was young and growing up in South Carolina we had a beach vacation every summer. South Carolina beaches are really great. I learned to drive on the beach, because that long ago it was allowed. One of my kids lives on a boat in California, but California beaches aren’t as nice. I surely miss those beach vacations.

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  12. When I was young and growing up in South Carolina we had a beach vacation every summer. South Carolina beaches are really great. I learned to drive on the beach, because that long ago it was allowed. One of my kids lives on a boat in California, but California beaches aren’t as nice. I surely miss those beach vacations.

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  13. When I was young and growing up in South Carolina we had a beach vacation every summer. South Carolina beaches are really great. I learned to drive on the beach, because that long ago it was allowed. One of my kids lives on a boat in California, but California beaches aren’t as nice. I surely miss those beach vacations.

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  14. When I was young and growing up in South Carolina we had a beach vacation every summer. South Carolina beaches are really great. I learned to drive on the beach, because that long ago it was allowed. One of my kids lives on a boat in California, but California beaches aren’t as nice. I surely miss those beach vacations.

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  15. When I was young and growing up in South Carolina we had a beach vacation every summer. South Carolina beaches are really great. I learned to drive on the beach, because that long ago it was allowed. One of my kids lives on a boat in California, but California beaches aren’t as nice. I surely miss those beach vacations.

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  16. Being from the land locked mid-west in the US, I had always longed to see the ocean. The first time that I saw a really large body of water (up close) was when I was touring Holland as a young person. It was a bus tour and I hadn’t really been paying attention to where we were. When the bus turned a corner to go to the Inn that we would be staying at, we were suddenly at the North Sea. I was so excited, I was jumping up and down in my seat like a two year old (smile). There was even a light house there!
    Another time, while I was visiting a friend in New Jersey, we took a trip to Asbury Park – a place I had always wanted to see. It was late October and everything was closed. It was a cold gray day. Everything was gray – the sky, the ocean – but as we walked along the deserted boardwalk, I have to say, it had a beauty all its own.
    Lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and saw quite a bit of the Pacific then. I remember a trip up to northern California as being a beautiful drive – but scary. I remember thinking that it wouldn’t take much to go over the cliff and into the ocean itself.
    Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories.

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  17. Being from the land locked mid-west in the US, I had always longed to see the ocean. The first time that I saw a really large body of water (up close) was when I was touring Holland as a young person. It was a bus tour and I hadn’t really been paying attention to where we were. When the bus turned a corner to go to the Inn that we would be staying at, we were suddenly at the North Sea. I was so excited, I was jumping up and down in my seat like a two year old (smile). There was even a light house there!
    Another time, while I was visiting a friend in New Jersey, we took a trip to Asbury Park – a place I had always wanted to see. It was late October and everything was closed. It was a cold gray day. Everything was gray – the sky, the ocean – but as we walked along the deserted boardwalk, I have to say, it had a beauty all its own.
    Lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and saw quite a bit of the Pacific then. I remember a trip up to northern California as being a beautiful drive – but scary. I remember thinking that it wouldn’t take much to go over the cliff and into the ocean itself.
    Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories.

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  18. Being from the land locked mid-west in the US, I had always longed to see the ocean. The first time that I saw a really large body of water (up close) was when I was touring Holland as a young person. It was a bus tour and I hadn’t really been paying attention to where we were. When the bus turned a corner to go to the Inn that we would be staying at, we were suddenly at the North Sea. I was so excited, I was jumping up and down in my seat like a two year old (smile). There was even a light house there!
    Another time, while I was visiting a friend in New Jersey, we took a trip to Asbury Park – a place I had always wanted to see. It was late October and everything was closed. It was a cold gray day. Everything was gray – the sky, the ocean – but as we walked along the deserted boardwalk, I have to say, it had a beauty all its own.
    Lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and saw quite a bit of the Pacific then. I remember a trip up to northern California as being a beautiful drive – but scary. I remember thinking that it wouldn’t take much to go over the cliff and into the ocean itself.
    Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories.

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  19. Being from the land locked mid-west in the US, I had always longed to see the ocean. The first time that I saw a really large body of water (up close) was when I was touring Holland as a young person. It was a bus tour and I hadn’t really been paying attention to where we were. When the bus turned a corner to go to the Inn that we would be staying at, we were suddenly at the North Sea. I was so excited, I was jumping up and down in my seat like a two year old (smile). There was even a light house there!
    Another time, while I was visiting a friend in New Jersey, we took a trip to Asbury Park – a place I had always wanted to see. It was late October and everything was closed. It was a cold gray day. Everything was gray – the sky, the ocean – but as we walked along the deserted boardwalk, I have to say, it had a beauty all its own.
    Lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and saw quite a bit of the Pacific then. I remember a trip up to northern California as being a beautiful drive – but scary. I remember thinking that it wouldn’t take much to go over the cliff and into the ocean itself.
    Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories.

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  20. Being from the land locked mid-west in the US, I had always longed to see the ocean. The first time that I saw a really large body of water (up close) was when I was touring Holland as a young person. It was a bus tour and I hadn’t really been paying attention to where we were. When the bus turned a corner to go to the Inn that we would be staying at, we were suddenly at the North Sea. I was so excited, I was jumping up and down in my seat like a two year old (smile). There was even a light house there!
    Another time, while I was visiting a friend in New Jersey, we took a trip to Asbury Park – a place I had always wanted to see. It was late October and everything was closed. It was a cold gray day. Everything was gray – the sky, the ocean – but as we walked along the deserted boardwalk, I have to say, it had a beauty all its own.
    Lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and saw quite a bit of the Pacific then. I remember a trip up to northern California as being a beautiful drive – but scary. I remember thinking that it wouldn’t take much to go over the cliff and into the ocean itself.
    Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories.

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  21. Beverly, it sounds idyllic! I’d forgotten about the days when you were allowed to drive on beaches. I think I may have done that too, before I officially got my licence!

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  22. Beverly, it sounds idyllic! I’d forgotten about the days when you were allowed to drive on beaches. I think I may have done that too, before I officially got my licence!

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  23. Beverly, it sounds idyllic! I’d forgotten about the days when you were allowed to drive on beaches. I think I may have done that too, before I officially got my licence!

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  24. Beverly, it sounds idyllic! I’d forgotten about the days when you were allowed to drive on beaches. I think I may have done that too, before I officially got my licence!

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  25. Beverly, it sounds idyllic! I’d forgotten about the days when you were allowed to drive on beaches. I think I may have done that too, before I officially got my licence!

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  26. What a wonderful selection of beach trips, Mary! I agree that the ocean can be beautiful whatever its mood. I also saw the Dutch coast when I was young and thought it was gorgeous. These memories never leave us!

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  27. What a wonderful selection of beach trips, Mary! I agree that the ocean can be beautiful whatever its mood. I also saw the Dutch coast when I was young and thought it was gorgeous. These memories never leave us!

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  28. What a wonderful selection of beach trips, Mary! I agree that the ocean can be beautiful whatever its mood. I also saw the Dutch coast when I was young and thought it was gorgeous. These memories never leave us!

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  29. What a wonderful selection of beach trips, Mary! I agree that the ocean can be beautiful whatever its mood. I also saw the Dutch coast when I was young and thought it was gorgeous. These memories never leave us!

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  30. What a wonderful selection of beach trips, Mary! I agree that the ocean can be beautiful whatever its mood. I also saw the Dutch coast when I was young and thought it was gorgeous. These memories never leave us!

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  31. Thanks for a fascinating post, Nicola. I hadn’t realized that the 1953 floods impacted countries other than the Netherlands; I heard only a little about it from my father who was in the Dutch army at the time. (I just looked up some information and see that 1836 people died in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom; I hadn’t known the magnitude of the event.)
    On a more cheerful note: I’m not a sunbather, but I’ll happily walk on a beach. And, yes, you could definitely tempt me with doughnuts (or poffertjes, @Katja!) or ice cream.

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  32. Thanks for a fascinating post, Nicola. I hadn’t realized that the 1953 floods impacted countries other than the Netherlands; I heard only a little about it from my father who was in the Dutch army at the time. (I just looked up some information and see that 1836 people died in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom; I hadn’t known the magnitude of the event.)
    On a more cheerful note: I’m not a sunbather, but I’ll happily walk on a beach. And, yes, you could definitely tempt me with doughnuts (or poffertjes, @Katja!) or ice cream.

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  33. Thanks for a fascinating post, Nicola. I hadn’t realized that the 1953 floods impacted countries other than the Netherlands; I heard only a little about it from my father who was in the Dutch army at the time. (I just looked up some information and see that 1836 people died in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom; I hadn’t known the magnitude of the event.)
    On a more cheerful note: I’m not a sunbather, but I’ll happily walk on a beach. And, yes, you could definitely tempt me with doughnuts (or poffertjes, @Katja!) or ice cream.

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  34. Thanks for a fascinating post, Nicola. I hadn’t realized that the 1953 floods impacted countries other than the Netherlands; I heard only a little about it from my father who was in the Dutch army at the time. (I just looked up some information and see that 1836 people died in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom; I hadn’t known the magnitude of the event.)
    On a more cheerful note: I’m not a sunbather, but I’ll happily walk on a beach. And, yes, you could definitely tempt me with doughnuts (or poffertjes, @Katja!) or ice cream.

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  35. Thanks for a fascinating post, Nicola. I hadn’t realized that the 1953 floods impacted countries other than the Netherlands; I heard only a little about it from my father who was in the Dutch army at the time. (I just looked up some information and see that 1836 people died in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom; I hadn’t known the magnitude of the event.)
    On a more cheerful note: I’m not a sunbather, but I’ll happily walk on a beach. And, yes, you could definitely tempt me with doughnuts (or poffertjes, @Katja!) or ice cream.

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  36. I have lived almost all my life near the water, and the two years we lived in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, beautiful though it was, made me realize I never want to live inland. I need to be able to go to the ocean, or at least Long Island Sound, and stare at the waves. I don’t know how to explain it, but it somehow recharges my soul or my spirit or whatever you want to call it. But I need it in some elemental way. Mountains give some people a similar feeling, but they always make me feel trapped. For me, the sea offers an escape.

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  37. I have lived almost all my life near the water, and the two years we lived in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, beautiful though it was, made me realize I never want to live inland. I need to be able to go to the ocean, or at least Long Island Sound, and stare at the waves. I don’t know how to explain it, but it somehow recharges my soul or my spirit or whatever you want to call it. But I need it in some elemental way. Mountains give some people a similar feeling, but they always make me feel trapped. For me, the sea offers an escape.

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  38. I have lived almost all my life near the water, and the two years we lived in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, beautiful though it was, made me realize I never want to live inland. I need to be able to go to the ocean, or at least Long Island Sound, and stare at the waves. I don’t know how to explain it, but it somehow recharges my soul or my spirit or whatever you want to call it. But I need it in some elemental way. Mountains give some people a similar feeling, but they always make me feel trapped. For me, the sea offers an escape.

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  39. I have lived almost all my life near the water, and the two years we lived in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, beautiful though it was, made me realize I never want to live inland. I need to be able to go to the ocean, or at least Long Island Sound, and stare at the waves. I don’t know how to explain it, but it somehow recharges my soul or my spirit or whatever you want to call it. But I need it in some elemental way. Mountains give some people a similar feeling, but they always make me feel trapped. For me, the sea offers an escape.

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  40. I have lived almost all my life near the water, and the two years we lived in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, beautiful though it was, made me realize I never want to live inland. I need to be able to go to the ocean, or at least Long Island Sound, and stare at the waves. I don’t know how to explain it, but it somehow recharges my soul or my spirit or whatever you want to call it. But I need it in some elemental way. Mountains give some people a similar feeling, but they always make me feel trapped. For me, the sea offers an escape.

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  41. Poffertjes, yes! I second that recommendation. And roze koeken, which sound rather dry and boring on paper, but are a very well loved Dutch pastry.

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  42. Poffertjes, yes! I second that recommendation. And roze koeken, which sound rather dry and boring on paper, but are a very well loved Dutch pastry.

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  43. Poffertjes, yes! I second that recommendation. And roze koeken, which sound rather dry and boring on paper, but are a very well loved Dutch pastry.

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  44. Poffertjes, yes! I second that recommendation. And roze koeken, which sound rather dry and boring on paper, but are a very well loved Dutch pastry.

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  45. Poffertjes, yes! I second that recommendation. And roze koeken, which sound rather dry and boring on paper, but are a very well loved Dutch pastry.

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  46. Oh yes, I remember driving from San Francisco towards Carmel along the coast and I still wish I had had more time. I absolutely loved the coast line, especially closer to Carmel. Of course to a European – used to narrower roads – it did not seem too dangerous. But then maybe I never reached the really spectacular part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Maybe once one can travel again … finishing that coastal trip is still on my bucket list.

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  47. Oh yes, I remember driving from San Francisco towards Carmel along the coast and I still wish I had had more time. I absolutely loved the coast line, especially closer to Carmel. Of course to a European – used to narrower roads – it did not seem too dangerous. But then maybe I never reached the really spectacular part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Maybe once one can travel again … finishing that coastal trip is still on my bucket list.

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  48. Oh yes, I remember driving from San Francisco towards Carmel along the coast and I still wish I had had more time. I absolutely loved the coast line, especially closer to Carmel. Of course to a European – used to narrower roads – it did not seem too dangerous. But then maybe I never reached the really spectacular part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Maybe once one can travel again … finishing that coastal trip is still on my bucket list.

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  49. Oh yes, I remember driving from San Francisco towards Carmel along the coast and I still wish I had had more time. I absolutely loved the coast line, especially closer to Carmel. Of course to a European – used to narrower roads – it did not seem too dangerous. But then maybe I never reached the really spectacular part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Maybe once one can travel again … finishing that coastal trip is still on my bucket list.

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  50. Oh yes, I remember driving from San Francisco towards Carmel along the coast and I still wish I had had more time. I absolutely loved the coast line, especially closer to Carmel. Of course to a European – used to narrower roads – it did not seem too dangerous. But then maybe I never reached the really spectacular part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Maybe once one can travel again … finishing that coastal trip is still on my bucket list.

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  51. Lil, that’s a beautiful way to describe the beneficial effects of the sea. Different types of nature experience do seem to help people recharge, which is a wonderful and natural way to lift spirits.

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  52. Lil, that’s a beautiful way to describe the beneficial effects of the sea. Different types of nature experience do seem to help people recharge, which is a wonderful and natural way to lift spirits.

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  53. Lil, that’s a beautiful way to describe the beneficial effects of the sea. Different types of nature experience do seem to help people recharge, which is a wonderful and natural way to lift spirits.

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  54. Lil, that’s a beautiful way to describe the beneficial effects of the sea. Different types of nature experience do seem to help people recharge, which is a wonderful and natural way to lift spirits.

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  55. Lil, that’s a beautiful way to describe the beneficial effects of the sea. Different types of nature experience do seem to help people recharge, which is a wonderful and natural way to lift spirits.

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  56. I’d read that he impact of the 1953 flood was even greater in Holland as well as devastating the east coast of England. There are impressive sea defences at Palling now, thank goodness, although erosion is still a big problem.
    Beaches – yes! And poffertjes definitely!

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  57. I’d read that he impact of the 1953 flood was even greater in Holland as well as devastating the east coast of England. There are impressive sea defences at Palling now, thank goodness, although erosion is still a big problem.
    Beaches – yes! And poffertjes definitely!

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  58. I’d read that he impact of the 1953 flood was even greater in Holland as well as devastating the east coast of England. There are impressive sea defences at Palling now, thank goodness, although erosion is still a big problem.
    Beaches – yes! And poffertjes definitely!

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  59. I’d read that he impact of the 1953 flood was even greater in Holland as well as devastating the east coast of England. There are impressive sea defences at Palling now, thank goodness, although erosion is still a big problem.
    Beaches – yes! And poffertjes definitely!

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  60. I’d read that he impact of the 1953 flood was even greater in Holland as well as devastating the east coast of England. There are impressive sea defences at Palling now, thank goodness, although erosion is still a big problem.
    Beaches – yes! And poffertjes definitely!

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  61. I’m quite close to what we call “the Jersey shore”, as we call it in New Jersey, never the beach! So I can visit Asbury Park, that Mary T mentioned above, any day of the week. But most often we walk along the boardwalk in the next town over, Ocean Grove, which is a quaint town full of lovely Victorian cottages. The Jersey shore is great for swimming, but I also love the rocky coastline of Maine. And I would definitely eat some fried clams and lobster rolls while I was there!

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  62. I’m quite close to what we call “the Jersey shore”, as we call it in New Jersey, never the beach! So I can visit Asbury Park, that Mary T mentioned above, any day of the week. But most often we walk along the boardwalk in the next town over, Ocean Grove, which is a quaint town full of lovely Victorian cottages. The Jersey shore is great for swimming, but I also love the rocky coastline of Maine. And I would definitely eat some fried clams and lobster rolls while I was there!

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  63. I’m quite close to what we call “the Jersey shore”, as we call it in New Jersey, never the beach! So I can visit Asbury Park, that Mary T mentioned above, any day of the week. But most often we walk along the boardwalk in the next town over, Ocean Grove, which is a quaint town full of lovely Victorian cottages. The Jersey shore is great for swimming, but I also love the rocky coastline of Maine. And I would definitely eat some fried clams and lobster rolls while I was there!

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  64. I’m quite close to what we call “the Jersey shore”, as we call it in New Jersey, never the beach! So I can visit Asbury Park, that Mary T mentioned above, any day of the week. But most often we walk along the boardwalk in the next town over, Ocean Grove, which is a quaint town full of lovely Victorian cottages. The Jersey shore is great for swimming, but I also love the rocky coastline of Maine. And I would definitely eat some fried clams and lobster rolls while I was there!

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  65. I’m quite close to what we call “the Jersey shore”, as we call it in New Jersey, never the beach! So I can visit Asbury Park, that Mary T mentioned above, any day of the week. But most often we walk along the boardwalk in the next town over, Ocean Grove, which is a quaint town full of lovely Victorian cottages. The Jersey shore is great for swimming, but I also love the rocky coastline of Maine. And I would definitely eat some fried clams and lobster rolls while I was there!

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  66. The United States and Canada share freshwater seas — the Great Laies. The Us is selfish, as we keep Lake Michigan to our selves. But they ARE seas; when you stand on the shore you can see the shoreline to your right and left, but there is nothing but water ahead. In fact it is more landfree than the Atlantic.
    I have seen the Atlantic in the NYC area and also in Charleston, S. Carolina. It is an impresssive sight. I am also in awe of the great estuaries if the Atlantic.
    But I am a mid-Westerner, born and bred. Rivers are my accustomed waterways. And I am in love with them. I grew up in St.Louis where on the Missouri-Mississippi, downstream of the junction. Part of the St. Louis area is also on the upper Missouri and part of it on the upper Mississippi. I know live near the upper Missouri. I am content with rivers and creeks.

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  67. The United States and Canada share freshwater seas — the Great Laies. The Us is selfish, as we keep Lake Michigan to our selves. But they ARE seas; when you stand on the shore you can see the shoreline to your right and left, but there is nothing but water ahead. In fact it is more landfree than the Atlantic.
    I have seen the Atlantic in the NYC area and also in Charleston, S. Carolina. It is an impresssive sight. I am also in awe of the great estuaries if the Atlantic.
    But I am a mid-Westerner, born and bred. Rivers are my accustomed waterways. And I am in love with them. I grew up in St.Louis where on the Missouri-Mississippi, downstream of the junction. Part of the St. Louis area is also on the upper Missouri and part of it on the upper Mississippi. I know live near the upper Missouri. I am content with rivers and creeks.

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  68. The United States and Canada share freshwater seas — the Great Laies. The Us is selfish, as we keep Lake Michigan to our selves. But they ARE seas; when you stand on the shore you can see the shoreline to your right and left, but there is nothing but water ahead. In fact it is more landfree than the Atlantic.
    I have seen the Atlantic in the NYC area and also in Charleston, S. Carolina. It is an impresssive sight. I am also in awe of the great estuaries if the Atlantic.
    But I am a mid-Westerner, born and bred. Rivers are my accustomed waterways. And I am in love with them. I grew up in St.Louis where on the Missouri-Mississippi, downstream of the junction. Part of the St. Louis area is also on the upper Missouri and part of it on the upper Mississippi. I know live near the upper Missouri. I am content with rivers and creeks.

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  69. The United States and Canada share freshwater seas — the Great Laies. The Us is selfish, as we keep Lake Michigan to our selves. But they ARE seas; when you stand on the shore you can see the shoreline to your right and left, but there is nothing but water ahead. In fact it is more landfree than the Atlantic.
    I have seen the Atlantic in the NYC area and also in Charleston, S. Carolina. It is an impresssive sight. I am also in awe of the great estuaries if the Atlantic.
    But I am a mid-Westerner, born and bred. Rivers are my accustomed waterways. And I am in love with them. I grew up in St.Louis where on the Missouri-Mississippi, downstream of the junction. Part of the St. Louis area is also on the upper Missouri and part of it on the upper Mississippi. I know live near the upper Missouri. I am content with rivers and creeks.

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  70. The United States and Canada share freshwater seas — the Great Laies. The Us is selfish, as we keep Lake Michigan to our selves. But they ARE seas; when you stand on the shore you can see the shoreline to your right and left, but there is nothing but water ahead. In fact it is more landfree than the Atlantic.
    I have seen the Atlantic in the NYC area and also in Charleston, S. Carolina. It is an impresssive sight. I am also in awe of the great estuaries if the Atlantic.
    But I am a mid-Westerner, born and bred. Rivers are my accustomed waterways. And I am in love with them. I grew up in St.Louis where on the Missouri-Mississippi, downstream of the junction. Part of the St. Louis area is also on the upper Missouri and part of it on the upper Mississippi. I know live near the upper Missouri. I am content with rivers and creeks.

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  71. Well, with a heading like that, I’m reciting in my head “I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by. . . ” One of my dad’s favourite poems.
    If you look at the Australian state capital cities you’ll see that every one is on the coast. We might be a sunburned country, but we love the sea. I love walking along the beach, the sea breeze scouring out my lungs. I love swimming, but I also love beachcombing. My parents lived a 2 minute walk from the beach, and yet I don’t think I ever came back from the beach without a shell, a smooth stone, a piece of sea-glass or a twisty bit of driftwood. It’s been too long since I’ve been, and this post has whetted my need to go. Maybe this weekend. Thanks, Nicola.

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  72. Well, with a heading like that, I’m reciting in my head “I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by. . . ” One of my dad’s favourite poems.
    If you look at the Australian state capital cities you’ll see that every one is on the coast. We might be a sunburned country, but we love the sea. I love walking along the beach, the sea breeze scouring out my lungs. I love swimming, but I also love beachcombing. My parents lived a 2 minute walk from the beach, and yet I don’t think I ever came back from the beach without a shell, a smooth stone, a piece of sea-glass or a twisty bit of driftwood. It’s been too long since I’ve been, and this post has whetted my need to go. Maybe this weekend. Thanks, Nicola.

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  73. Well, with a heading like that, I’m reciting in my head “I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by. . . ” One of my dad’s favourite poems.
    If you look at the Australian state capital cities you’ll see that every one is on the coast. We might be a sunburned country, but we love the sea. I love walking along the beach, the sea breeze scouring out my lungs. I love swimming, but I also love beachcombing. My parents lived a 2 minute walk from the beach, and yet I don’t think I ever came back from the beach without a shell, a smooth stone, a piece of sea-glass or a twisty bit of driftwood. It’s been too long since I’ve been, and this post has whetted my need to go. Maybe this weekend. Thanks, Nicola.

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  74. Well, with a heading like that, I’m reciting in my head “I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by. . . ” One of my dad’s favourite poems.
    If you look at the Australian state capital cities you’ll see that every one is on the coast. We might be a sunburned country, but we love the sea. I love walking along the beach, the sea breeze scouring out my lungs. I love swimming, but I also love beachcombing. My parents lived a 2 minute walk from the beach, and yet I don’t think I ever came back from the beach without a shell, a smooth stone, a piece of sea-glass or a twisty bit of driftwood. It’s been too long since I’ve been, and this post has whetted my need to go. Maybe this weekend. Thanks, Nicola.

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  75. Well, with a heading like that, I’m reciting in my head “I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by. . . ” One of my dad’s favourite poems.
    If you look at the Australian state capital cities you’ll see that every one is on the coast. We might be a sunburned country, but we love the sea. I love walking along the beach, the sea breeze scouring out my lungs. I love swimming, but I also love beachcombing. My parents lived a 2 minute walk from the beach, and yet I don’t think I ever came back from the beach without a shell, a smooth stone, a piece of sea-glass or a twisty bit of driftwood. It’s been too long since I’ve been, and this post has whetted my need to go. Maybe this weekend. Thanks, Nicola.

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  76. It’s a beautiful poem, isn’t it, Anne, one of my favourites too. I thought of you when I was on the beach in Norfolk as there were a few pieces of white and green sea glass! I envy you those seaside walks!

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  77. It’s a beautiful poem, isn’t it, Anne, one of my favourites too. I thought of you when I was on the beach in Norfolk as there were a few pieces of white and green sea glass! I envy you those seaside walks!

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  78. It’s a beautiful poem, isn’t it, Anne, one of my favourites too. I thought of you when I was on the beach in Norfolk as there were a few pieces of white and green sea glass! I envy you those seaside walks!

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  79. It’s a beautiful poem, isn’t it, Anne, one of my favourites too. I thought of you when I was on the beach in Norfolk as there were a few pieces of white and green sea glass! I envy you those seaside walks!

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  80. It’s a beautiful poem, isn’t it, Anne, one of my favourites too. I thought of you when I was on the beach in Norfolk as there were a few pieces of white and green sea glass! I envy you those seaside walks!

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  81. Karin, that sounds wonderful! I love the sound of Ocean Grove and the thought of visiting the coastlines. One day…

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  82. Karin, that sounds wonderful! I love the sound of Ocean Grove and the thought of visiting the coastlines. One day…

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  83. Karin, that sounds wonderful! I love the sound of Ocean Grove and the thought of visiting the coastlines. One day…

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  84. Karin, that sounds wonderful! I love the sound of Ocean Grove and the thought of visiting the coastlines. One day…

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  85. Karin, that sounds wonderful! I love the sound of Ocean Grove and the thought of visiting the coastlines. One day…

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  86. That’s a lovely tribute to rivers and creeks, Sue. You are so right – they are very special in their own ways too. One of the amazing things about Norfolk UK is being on the beach looking out across the North Sea, then travelling only a few miles inland where there are those hidden meres and broads.
    I loved the Great Lakes when I saw them (from the Canadian side). Well-named!

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  87. That’s a lovely tribute to rivers and creeks, Sue. You are so right – they are very special in their own ways too. One of the amazing things about Norfolk UK is being on the beach looking out across the North Sea, then travelling only a few miles inland where there are those hidden meres and broads.
    I loved the Great Lakes when I saw them (from the Canadian side). Well-named!

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  88. That’s a lovely tribute to rivers and creeks, Sue. You are so right – they are very special in their own ways too. One of the amazing things about Norfolk UK is being on the beach looking out across the North Sea, then travelling only a few miles inland where there are those hidden meres and broads.
    I loved the Great Lakes when I saw them (from the Canadian side). Well-named!

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  89. That’s a lovely tribute to rivers and creeks, Sue. You are so right – they are very special in their own ways too. One of the amazing things about Norfolk UK is being on the beach looking out across the North Sea, then travelling only a few miles inland where there are those hidden meres and broads.
    I loved the Great Lakes when I saw them (from the Canadian side). Well-named!

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  90. That’s a lovely tribute to rivers and creeks, Sue. You are so right – they are very special in their own ways too. One of the amazing things about Norfolk UK is being on the beach looking out across the North Sea, then travelling only a few miles inland where there are those hidden meres and broads.
    I loved the Great Lakes when I saw them (from the Canadian side). Well-named!

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  91. Katja, Carmel and Monterey are two of the most beautiful places I remember seeing on that trip. My trip was taken many, many years ago. Hopefully, the roads have been improved since then. And it probably wasn’t as scary as I remembered it in the first place (smile).

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  92. Katja, Carmel and Monterey are two of the most beautiful places I remember seeing on that trip. My trip was taken many, many years ago. Hopefully, the roads have been improved since then. And it probably wasn’t as scary as I remembered it in the first place (smile).

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  93. Katja, Carmel and Monterey are two of the most beautiful places I remember seeing on that trip. My trip was taken many, many years ago. Hopefully, the roads have been improved since then. And it probably wasn’t as scary as I remembered it in the first place (smile).

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  94. Katja, Carmel and Monterey are two of the most beautiful places I remember seeing on that trip. My trip was taken many, many years ago. Hopefully, the roads have been improved since then. And it probably wasn’t as scary as I remembered it in the first place (smile).

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  95. Katja, Carmel and Monterey are two of the most beautiful places I remember seeing on that trip. My trip was taken many, many years ago. Hopefully, the roads have been improved since then. And it probably wasn’t as scary as I remembered it in the first place (smile).

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  96. I live in Canada and am very familiar with the Great Lakes. Lived on the shores of Lake Ontario for years and now have Georgian Bay just about 2 blocks from home. The only time I saw the ocean was in the 70’s when myself and a friend went to the East Coast to Prince Edward Island and we ate lobsters and clams at Peggy’s Cove which is quite famous. I remember that the ocean was so cold, even in July, and not really suitable for swimming. I found it a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. Will stick with the Great Lakes!

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  97. I live in Canada and am very familiar with the Great Lakes. Lived on the shores of Lake Ontario for years and now have Georgian Bay just about 2 blocks from home. The only time I saw the ocean was in the 70’s when myself and a friend went to the East Coast to Prince Edward Island and we ate lobsters and clams at Peggy’s Cove which is quite famous. I remember that the ocean was so cold, even in July, and not really suitable for swimming. I found it a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. Will stick with the Great Lakes!

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  98. I live in Canada and am very familiar with the Great Lakes. Lived on the shores of Lake Ontario for years and now have Georgian Bay just about 2 blocks from home. The only time I saw the ocean was in the 70’s when myself and a friend went to the East Coast to Prince Edward Island and we ate lobsters and clams at Peggy’s Cove which is quite famous. I remember that the ocean was so cold, even in July, and not really suitable for swimming. I found it a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. Will stick with the Great Lakes!

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  99. I live in Canada and am very familiar with the Great Lakes. Lived on the shores of Lake Ontario for years and now have Georgian Bay just about 2 blocks from home. The only time I saw the ocean was in the 70’s when myself and a friend went to the East Coast to Prince Edward Island and we ate lobsters and clams at Peggy’s Cove which is quite famous. I remember that the ocean was so cold, even in July, and not really suitable for swimming. I found it a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. Will stick with the Great Lakes!

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  100. I live in Canada and am very familiar with the Great Lakes. Lived on the shores of Lake Ontario for years and now have Georgian Bay just about 2 blocks from home. The only time I saw the ocean was in the 70’s when myself and a friend went to the East Coast to Prince Edward Island and we ate lobsters and clams at Peggy’s Cove which is quite famous. I remember that the ocean was so cold, even in July, and not really suitable for swimming. I found it a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. Will stick with the Great Lakes!

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  101. Swimming in the ocean can be such a shock even in summer unless you’re somewhere tropical, can’t it! Being so close to the beautiful Great Lakes sounds wonderful.

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  102. Swimming in the ocean can be such a shock even in summer unless you’re somewhere tropical, can’t it! Being so close to the beautiful Great Lakes sounds wonderful.

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  103. Swimming in the ocean can be such a shock even in summer unless you’re somewhere tropical, can’t it! Being so close to the beautiful Great Lakes sounds wonderful.

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  104. Swimming in the ocean can be such a shock even in summer unless you’re somewhere tropical, can’t it! Being so close to the beautiful Great Lakes sounds wonderful.

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  105. Swimming in the ocean can be such a shock even in summer unless you’re somewhere tropical, can’t it! Being so close to the beautiful Great Lakes sounds wonderful.

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  106. I love the names of the places you mentioned in the post. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Horsey!!
    I live five minutes from the sea and love walking there. I’m not a swimmer and I totally get where Lil is coming from. The ocean has been a life saver for me in difficult times in my life. I spent hours walking the shore.
    Our seaside town is a tourist spot in Summer. It has the usual fun fair and slot machines and so on so I tend to only visit when the season ends. I don’t like crowds.
    We also happen to have one of the longest most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
    Enjoyed the post.

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  107. I love the names of the places you mentioned in the post. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Horsey!!
    I live five minutes from the sea and love walking there. I’m not a swimmer and I totally get where Lil is coming from. The ocean has been a life saver for me in difficult times in my life. I spent hours walking the shore.
    Our seaside town is a tourist spot in Summer. It has the usual fun fair and slot machines and so on so I tend to only visit when the season ends. I don’t like crowds.
    We also happen to have one of the longest most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
    Enjoyed the post.

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  108. I love the names of the places you mentioned in the post. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Horsey!!
    I live five minutes from the sea and love walking there. I’m not a swimmer and I totally get where Lil is coming from. The ocean has been a life saver for me in difficult times in my life. I spent hours walking the shore.
    Our seaside town is a tourist spot in Summer. It has the usual fun fair and slot machines and so on so I tend to only visit when the season ends. I don’t like crowds.
    We also happen to have one of the longest most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
    Enjoyed the post.

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  109. I love the names of the places you mentioned in the post. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Horsey!!
    I live five minutes from the sea and love walking there. I’m not a swimmer and I totally get where Lil is coming from. The ocean has been a life saver for me in difficult times in my life. I spent hours walking the shore.
    Our seaside town is a tourist spot in Summer. It has the usual fun fair and slot machines and so on so I tend to only visit when the season ends. I don’t like crowds.
    We also happen to have one of the longest most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
    Enjoyed the post.

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  110. I love the names of the places you mentioned in the post. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Horsey!!
    I live five minutes from the sea and love walking there. I’m not a swimmer and I totally get where Lil is coming from. The ocean has been a life saver for me in difficult times in my life. I spent hours walking the shore.
    Our seaside town is a tourist spot in Summer. It has the usual fun fair and slot machines and so on so I tend to only visit when the season ends. I don’t like crowds.
    We also happen to have one of the longest most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
    Enjoyed the post.

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  111. My family and I long to visit the ocean. We live 5 hours away from the closest beach. I love walking on the sand and beach combing. I also enjoy people watching, especially the children. They are so industrious, building their sandcastles and jumping over the waves. It’s just very rejuvenating for me.

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  112. My family and I long to visit the ocean. We live 5 hours away from the closest beach. I love walking on the sand and beach combing. I also enjoy people watching, especially the children. They are so industrious, building their sandcastles and jumping over the waves. It’s just very rejuvenating for me.

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  113. My family and I long to visit the ocean. We live 5 hours away from the closest beach. I love walking on the sand and beach combing. I also enjoy people watching, especially the children. They are so industrious, building their sandcastles and jumping over the waves. It’s just very rejuvenating for me.

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  114. My family and I long to visit the ocean. We live 5 hours away from the closest beach. I love walking on the sand and beach combing. I also enjoy people watching, especially the children. They are so industrious, building their sandcastles and jumping over the waves. It’s just very rejuvenating for me.

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  115. My family and I long to visit the ocean. We live 5 hours away from the closest beach. I love walking on the sand and beach combing. I also enjoy people watching, especially the children. They are so industrious, building their sandcastles and jumping over the waves. It’s just very rejuvenating for me.

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  116. It is so refreshing, isn’t it, Maryellen! I loved watching all the people coming and going on the beach last week too. The children and dogs are so funny and having a lovely time!

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  117. It is so refreshing, isn’t it, Maryellen! I loved watching all the people coming and going on the beach last week too. The children and dogs are so funny and having a lovely time!

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  118. It is so refreshing, isn’t it, Maryellen! I loved watching all the people coming and going on the beach last week too. The children and dogs are so funny and having a lovely time!

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  119. It is so refreshing, isn’t it, Maryellen! I loved watching all the people coming and going on the beach last week too. The children and dogs are so funny and having a lovely time!

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  120. It is so refreshing, isn’t it, Maryellen! I loved watching all the people coming and going on the beach last week too. The children and dogs are so funny and having a lovely time!

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  121. Thanks so much, Teresa! I love the sound of your gorgeous beach – how wonderful to have that to walk on, out of season. I often wonder what it would be like to live in a seaside town all year round – so different in the tourist season, I imagine.

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  122. Thanks so much, Teresa! I love the sound of your gorgeous beach – how wonderful to have that to walk on, out of season. I often wonder what it would be like to live in a seaside town all year round – so different in the tourist season, I imagine.

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  123. Thanks so much, Teresa! I love the sound of your gorgeous beach – how wonderful to have that to walk on, out of season. I often wonder what it would be like to live in a seaside town all year round – so different in the tourist season, I imagine.

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  124. Thanks so much, Teresa! I love the sound of your gorgeous beach – how wonderful to have that to walk on, out of season. I often wonder what it would be like to live in a seaside town all year round – so different in the tourist season, I imagine.

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  125. Thanks so much, Teresa! I love the sound of your gorgeous beach – how wonderful to have that to walk on, out of season. I often wonder what it would be like to live in a seaside town all year round – so different in the tourist season, I imagine.

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  126. I live in Austin TX….we don’t have a sea near us.
    I am like everyone else here. There is something about water – when I was a child we lived near Lake Michigan. Friends and I would ride our bikes to the beach. And the sand and the water were enough to restore our souls….yes even kids have souls which need restoring.
    I have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. I have fallen in love with many of the rivers in Missouri, and the Missouri River would be one of them.
    But, I think I would love to live every day looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, hurricanes are a big deal….but on a normal day, it is so restful…the waves come in softly and roam up the shore. No crashing, no being forceful. But, I have seen the results of Ike and Dolly and Harvey etc. Soft does not even come into it.
    I am a person who would love to have the sea in my life…it would give me joy.
    I hope everyone is safe and well.

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  127. I live in Austin TX….we don’t have a sea near us.
    I am like everyone else here. There is something about water – when I was a child we lived near Lake Michigan. Friends and I would ride our bikes to the beach. And the sand and the water were enough to restore our souls….yes even kids have souls which need restoring.
    I have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. I have fallen in love with many of the rivers in Missouri, and the Missouri River would be one of them.
    But, I think I would love to live every day looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, hurricanes are a big deal….but on a normal day, it is so restful…the waves come in softly and roam up the shore. No crashing, no being forceful. But, I have seen the results of Ike and Dolly and Harvey etc. Soft does not even come into it.
    I am a person who would love to have the sea in my life…it would give me joy.
    I hope everyone is safe and well.

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  128. I live in Austin TX….we don’t have a sea near us.
    I am like everyone else here. There is something about water – when I was a child we lived near Lake Michigan. Friends and I would ride our bikes to the beach. And the sand and the water were enough to restore our souls….yes even kids have souls which need restoring.
    I have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. I have fallen in love with many of the rivers in Missouri, and the Missouri River would be one of them.
    But, I think I would love to live every day looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, hurricanes are a big deal….but on a normal day, it is so restful…the waves come in softly and roam up the shore. No crashing, no being forceful. But, I have seen the results of Ike and Dolly and Harvey etc. Soft does not even come into it.
    I am a person who would love to have the sea in my life…it would give me joy.
    I hope everyone is safe and well.

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  129. I live in Austin TX….we don’t have a sea near us.
    I am like everyone else here. There is something about water – when I was a child we lived near Lake Michigan. Friends and I would ride our bikes to the beach. And the sand and the water were enough to restore our souls….yes even kids have souls which need restoring.
    I have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. I have fallen in love with many of the rivers in Missouri, and the Missouri River would be one of them.
    But, I think I would love to live every day looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, hurricanes are a big deal….but on a normal day, it is so restful…the waves come in softly and roam up the shore. No crashing, no being forceful. But, I have seen the results of Ike and Dolly and Harvey etc. Soft does not even come into it.
    I am a person who would love to have the sea in my life…it would give me joy.
    I hope everyone is safe and well.

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  130. I live in Austin TX….we don’t have a sea near us.
    I am like everyone else here. There is something about water – when I was a child we lived near Lake Michigan. Friends and I would ride our bikes to the beach. And the sand and the water were enough to restore our souls….yes even kids have souls which need restoring.
    I have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. I have fallen in love with many of the rivers in Missouri, and the Missouri River would be one of them.
    But, I think I would love to live every day looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, hurricanes are a big deal….but on a normal day, it is so restful…the waves come in softly and roam up the shore. No crashing, no being forceful. But, I have seen the results of Ike and Dolly and Harvey etc. Soft does not even come into it.
    I am a person who would love to have the sea in my life…it would give me joy.
    I hope everyone is safe and well.

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  131. Hello Annette! It feels as though there are a lot of us who need the restorative effects of the sea although other watery nature is a big help too! I remember seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time when I was 15 and being overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. It was so difficult to comprehend the hurricane season a few moths later. But that is the power of nature, I suppose. Maybe if it didn’t have those extremes it wouldn’t touch our souls so profoundly?

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  132. Hello Annette! It feels as though there are a lot of us who need the restorative effects of the sea although other watery nature is a big help too! I remember seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time when I was 15 and being overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. It was so difficult to comprehend the hurricane season a few moths later. But that is the power of nature, I suppose. Maybe if it didn’t have those extremes it wouldn’t touch our souls so profoundly?

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  133. Hello Annette! It feels as though there are a lot of us who need the restorative effects of the sea although other watery nature is a big help too! I remember seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time when I was 15 and being overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. It was so difficult to comprehend the hurricane season a few moths later. But that is the power of nature, I suppose. Maybe if it didn’t have those extremes it wouldn’t touch our souls so profoundly?

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  134. Hello Annette! It feels as though there are a lot of us who need the restorative effects of the sea although other watery nature is a big help too! I remember seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time when I was 15 and being overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. It was so difficult to comprehend the hurricane season a few moths later. But that is the power of nature, I suppose. Maybe if it didn’t have those extremes it wouldn’t touch our souls so profoundly?

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  135. Hello Annette! It feels as though there are a lot of us who need the restorative effects of the sea although other watery nature is a big help too! I remember seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time when I was 15 and being overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. It was so difficult to comprehend the hurricane season a few moths later. But that is the power of nature, I suppose. Maybe if it didn’t have those extremes it wouldn’t touch our souls so profoundly?

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  136. I was born and raised in Indiana, but my parents were from Vermont & New Jersey. Every summer we went to visit Yiayia in Asbury Park. I thought everybody went to the Jersey shore, rode the amusement park rides, walked the boardwalk and swam in the ocean (that sand really does get everywhere). Now I know how lucky we were.

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  137. I was born and raised in Indiana, but my parents were from Vermont & New Jersey. Every summer we went to visit Yiayia in Asbury Park. I thought everybody went to the Jersey shore, rode the amusement park rides, walked the boardwalk and swam in the ocean (that sand really does get everywhere). Now I know how lucky we were.

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  138. I was born and raised in Indiana, but my parents were from Vermont & New Jersey. Every summer we went to visit Yiayia in Asbury Park. I thought everybody went to the Jersey shore, rode the amusement park rides, walked the boardwalk and swam in the ocean (that sand really does get everywhere). Now I know how lucky we were.

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  139. I was born and raised in Indiana, but my parents were from Vermont & New Jersey. Every summer we went to visit Yiayia in Asbury Park. I thought everybody went to the Jersey shore, rode the amusement park rides, walked the boardwalk and swam in the ocean (that sand really does get everywhere). Now I know how lucky we were.

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  140. I was born and raised in Indiana, but my parents were from Vermont & New Jersey. Every summer we went to visit Yiayia in Asbury Park. I thought everybody went to the Jersey shore, rode the amusement park rides, walked the boardwalk and swam in the ocean (that sand really does get everywhere). Now I know how lucky we were.

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