Tides and talipes

On our way home from Achnagairn, we split the journey up and stayed overnight in Kinross. Just before we left Achnagairn, we went over to the lodges to say some more goodbyes. Olive was sitting on the grass on a patch of clovers. Marian fished out something from her mouth. It was only a four leaf clover! What a perfect note to end the holiday on as we look towards new beginnings for our family. A good luck token. Well done Olive!

Olive finds a four leaf clover.

Olive finds a four leaf clover.

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During the journey to Kinross we spent time in Aviemore enjoying ice creams in the sun and playing in the park with Oma, Opa, Julie and Ray. We indulged in a carvery meal at Perth and ended the day with bedtime stories with the Brass’s who were next door to us in the travelodge.

Ice creams at Aviemore

Ice creams at Aviemore

Ice creams at Aviemore

Ice creams at Aviemore

A break at the park

A break at the park

Enjoying the sun at the park.

Enjoying the sun at the park.

Olive at the park in Aviemore

Olive at the park in Aviemore

On Saturday we had a quick stop at Holy Island. The tide was out so we drove along the causeway and pointed out the monastery to the children. The car parks were packed full so we turned around and made our way to Bamburgh. I couldn’t resist getting a few snaps of these wildflowers which covered the ground by the causeway. It was such a beautiful sight, especially on such a perfectly sunny day and with such lovely views over to Lindisfarne and Bamburgh. I have a weakness for fields full of flowers! It was a beautiful sunny day and we planned to spend it on the beach.

Wildflowers at Holy Island.

Wildflowers at Holy Island.

Stretches of wildflowers along the causeway at Holy Island.

Stretches of wildflowers along the causeway at Holy Island.

Holy Island wildflowers.

Holy Island wildflowers.

Holy Island wildflowers.

Holy Island wildflowers.

Holy Island wildflowers.

Holy Island wildflowers.

We had the best time on the beach. We’ve always loved Bamburgh, it is such a quaint seaside town, full of history. The splendour of the imposing castle against the natural rugged coastal landscape is breathtaking, particularly when the skies are clear and blue and there is a heat haze on the horizon. I love that you have to cross the village green and then climb over windy sand dunes to get to the perfectly still and calm beach that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Bamburgh!

Bamburgh!

Bamburgh castle.

Bamburgh castle.

Dave and Olive at Bamburgh.

Dave and Olive at Bamburgh.

The incredibly organised packing of clothes and things for the start of our holiday failed me (as usual) on our way home. We made do with odd items we could easily pull out of bags that were within reach and headed to the beach with our many bags and babies. It’s not easy to negotiate the soft sand of the dunes when hands are full and there is a baby in a buggy! Eventually we found a nice spot and the fun began.

The children enjoyed running freely and chasing the tide, building moats and sand castles, digging holes and paddling in warm pools of water. The beach was so empty that we could easily keep an eye on them.

I loved running up and down the beach taking a ridiculous number of photographs, trying to capture the perfect moments going on and the happy feelings I had. It’s a hard thing to capture such deep feelings on a photograph especially when you are such a novice. The perfect shot alluded me, but i did get lots of snaps to remind me of the day.

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My favourite moment of the day was helping Olive dip her toes into the sea for the first time. I can’t even describe the joy of seeing her plant her straightened feet in the soft sand and seeing the gentle waves roll over her toes. Her expressions moved between serious concentration, awe and pure excitement! I love that little girl. I love those feet. I can’t wait for the day when she stands on her two feet unaided, when she walks and runs and jumps. I hope to see the good she’ll be able to do with those feet in the future as she wears them out serving others.

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2 Comments on “Tides and talipes

  1. What a beautiful account of a wonderful time spent with your adorable family….we love the Burdon family and appreciated their kindness to us when we served a mission there in the Billingham Stake. Your little Olive is doing GREAT! You are an amazing family and we’re sure Heavenly Father is blessing you as you take such good care of each other……What a great example you are! Much love to you….. Elder and Sister Hawks

  2. Pingback: Courage and Clubfoot: Part 2 | Burdons on the Bay

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