The sea on my doorstep

I am a beach person.  I grew up on the Moray Coast, spending summers and weekends in Findhorn, and I feel the tug and pull of the sea on my heart.  So it is perhaps not surprising that we have ended up on the coast, living in a small fishing village called Gourdon.  The last week brought with it sunny skies, stunning sunrises and pretty sunsets, and I have basked in the warmth of the sun on my face whilst watching boats and kicking a football with Isaac in the park.  This evening a particularly breathtaking sinking sun threw shades of ochre across sea and sky, painting wave crests pink and making the clouds blush.  As I stood on the shore I was reminded how lucky we are to live on the edge of the sea and how soothing a seascape is to me.  I drank it in like medicine.

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Being a 15 minute drive to Stonehaven and a 20 minute drive to Montrose, we seem to have one foot in Angus and one in Aberdeenshire.  We have explored a lot of the coast north of Aberdeen and around the Stonehaven area, and are now enjoying discovering the Angus coastline.  The village of St Cyrus is about a 15 minute drive from Gourdon and is home to a beautiful beach, where we love to walk.  Part of the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, the massive crescent of beach sweeps down to Montrose and is backed by dunes.  It can be accessed from the village itself or another two roads winding down to a car park.

It is a wonderful beach to have on our doorstep.  As we walked here last Sunday I felt the promise of warmer days ahead in the sun’s embrace…

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