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“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
― Bram Stoker

My Valentines Card said, ‘Let’s go on a beach date!’ so we did…. Maisy was up for getting sandy toes so we took her as well and she seemed to love every minute. The weather performed (for once!) and so we grabbed our cameras and headed to Lepe, a beach on the edge of the New Forest which is directly opposite the Isle of Wight and almost within touching distance! But guess what… I can’t share any photos since I’ve used up all my WordPress space and their ‘plans’ have changed and are ridiculously priced.. £85 for a year of blogging?  I think not!

However all is not lost, and after some Facebook uploading and copying of links, it appears that I’ve found a temporary solution. If you can’t see the photos below though, let me know!

Lepe is a place of sea, sand, sunsets and beautiful scenery. It’s ever-changing. I love that the beach washes up something new everyday, and definitely every time that we get there. There are different shells to be collected, different rocks to traverse and nearly always a new flooded path or roadway. The winding roads through the New Forest to get too and from the beach are just as beautiful and ever-changing. One day there may be six donkeys in your path, the next, six ponies. Today, three cyclists! Everything is blown away with even a few minutes by the sea and the world is put to rights if only for an hour or two. Sometimes that’s all you need to prepare you for the week ahead.














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“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
― Bram Stoker

Sometimes, things work out just right – despite you thinking for sure that they aren’t going to go your way! After a fairly difficult week it was nice to get a reprieve from the negative. We set off with the aim of getting to the sea. It blows away the dustiest of cobwebs and is wonderfully rejuvenating and refreshing. The sun was shining, the weather cold but crisp – and it was the perfect condition for some Photography.

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However, I didn’t properly prepare. We ended up Photographing on quite a budget after I only took a debit card and a handful of coins with me! Beach car parks, in the middle of pretty much nowhere, cost money! Despite being in the middle of nowhere, car park attendants were present too.(Not below, that’s William and the sunset reflection in his lens!)

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So after finding out that our handful of coins wasn’t enough, and our card wouldn’t be suitable, we chanced it anyway and shoved what we did have in the machine. It worked! Luck was on our side.

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So when you are photographing on a limited budget, the world becomes your prop! You make use of everything that it throws your way, shells, sand, sea and even….discarded alcohol bottles!

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Luck was also on our side when we headed home and took a wrong turn, ending up coming back to the beach past some marshy flats that were well and truly covered with water. It was the stillest most perfect reflection and sunset that I’ve ever witnessed. The sort where people driving by couldn’t help but leap out of their cars with their phones and snap away…I couldn’t wait to share today’s shots because of the below…

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