Working flexible hours is perfect for life with two little ones and it means, on beautiful days like today, when my head is pounding and I can’t bear to sit at the computer screen, I can make an impromptu visit to our nearby beach in St Cyrus National Nature Reserve to blow the cobwebs away and recharge. As always, the soothing seascape and pale winter palette of impossibly pretty blues, lemon light and orange glows made me feel a whole lot better. It was also a great chance to play around with my new Nikon camera, which I’m enjoying trying to get to grips with.
Last time we visited the beach we parked at the church in St Cyrus and walked down the cliff, but today we drove south of the village and followed the first road to the left down to the car park and Visitor Centre (you can also continue on towards Montrose and take a left just before the bridge over the River North Esk, which leads to the car park). Walking this way leads over a bridge and the marshy, grassy area stretching up to the dunes. The silvery light was just beautiful as we crossed the bridge and the warmth of the sun as we stepped onto the beach made me feel that there was a hint of spring in the air.
Here are a few of my snaps from this afternoon, showing just how stunning this beach is in its winter cloak – and why it’s the perfect playground for family adventures (take a look at the driftwood dens!).