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Finding Summer in Winter

“In the depths of Winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

-Albert Camus 


I found this quote just after an afternoon at the beach in 5 degree weather with a very cold wind! The sun was shining and the sky was clear it was as stunning as ever. I go on all the time about the beach being my favourite place even in the colder months and this has finally made me realise why.

(-Prepare for beach spam…again!)


Going to the beach during the Winter is me clinging onto that little bit of Summer. I don’t mind the cold but I am definitely more of a lover of the warmer weather. We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world and have so many local beaches but Sandbanks is my home from home. If my head needs clearing that’s where I’ll head even if it’s just to drive round the peninsula, I can always count on it being the perfect place for a walk or a run about with Amelia and I hope she grows to love it as much as I do.


I parked in  a different place to usual and we headed to the end of the beach where the bays are calmer and it’s a bit more secluded. We actually had the place to ourselves apart from a few passers by for an entire hour which makes a change to what it’s like during the Summer.



Amelia ran around like the little loon she is chasing after Archie and insisting on holding his leads. She is so bossy with the dog constantly telling him to “sit” or “good boy” or “come back Archie”. I think she thinks because she’s bigger than him she can boss him about, very funny to watch!



Amelia Beach Rocks Collage

In classic Amelia style whilst I was trying to get some shots on my phone of us gallivanting about the beach I managed to capture a very special moment that Amelia shouted “A cuddie Mummy” (cuddle) to which I replied of course come here and the little monkey came charging and hurled handfuls of sand at me!! I couldn’t help but laugh then obviously told her that we don’t throw sand!!


The sun was setting whilst we were there, crazy how early it sets in the Winter and what better place to have view of it! Looking over to Studland and Old Harry’s Rocks the water was blue and the sky was red, stunning!


Amelia Sunset


I feel like I could have written this quote myself (if I was a philosophy wizz), it totally resonates with me and explains completely how I feel.

Running in the sunshine is just as fun in the Winter. 

How to you hold onto Summer during this freezing weather?!

Thanks for reading!xx




  1. 21st January 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Such lovely photos the beach looks amazing I can see why you love it. Just shows that the beach is still breathtaking even during the colder months.

  2. 21st January 2016 / 2:10 pm

    so nice to be close to the beach 🙂 gorgeous pictures!

  3. 21st January 2016 / 2:52 pm

    This is so lovely Alice! I so wish we lived that close to the beach I’d be there every day!! Amazing photos xxx

  4. 21st January 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Wow Alice this is absolutely beautiful. Love all your captures. I would totally be here everyday such a stunning location. #love2blog

  5. 21st January 2016 / 3:44 pm

    The quote and your photos are beautiful. There is definitely something special about the winter sun at the seaside. We too have been spending loads of time at the seaside. It’s just down the road for us so whenever there’s a bit of sunshine that’s where we go. It was beautiful yesterday, we spent the morning throwing pebbles into the sea. Looks like you had so much fun at the beach. Polly x

  6. 21st January 2016 / 9:39 pm

    My my…you are hardcore! Well done you though for not letting the sub zero get you down! Gorgeous pics x

  7. 21st January 2016 / 11:20 pm

    I love the beach too, I grew up in a coastal town and I live in a coastal village now. There’s something so nice about getting wrapped up in your warmest clothes and heading to the beach to blow away the cobwebs. I love having the beach to yourself too!

  8. 21st January 2016 / 11:20 pm

    your photos are so so beautiful Alice I love the beach in winter too not when it was as windy as the other day when we went though haha xx

  9. 22nd January 2016 / 10:24 am

    Gorgeous photos – we have had one day like this recently amongst so much rain! We talk about our summer days out and holidays! Kaz x

  10. 22nd January 2016 / 1:05 pm

    The sun actually looks beautiful when it’s out during Winter. It’s always a great opportunity to take photos, and your look amazing 🙂 x

  11. 22nd January 2016 / 9:35 pm

    This looks beautiful, I often suggest that we go to the beach on crisp, Winter days but Spencer thinks beaches are for the Summer, he is so wrong!
    Your photos are gorgeous, the one where she is throwing sand is so cute!


  12. 22nd January 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Beautiful photos, we love going to the beach in the winter too – nothing better! xxx

  13. 22nd January 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Oh how I wish I lived near the beach, I had a winter holiday once and the beach was lovely. Your pictures are gorgeous and I love the picture of Amelia running towards you with the sand! lol so cute 🙂 x

  14. 23rd January 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I love the beach in the winter! The low sun makes it so beautiful and like you have shown captures beautiful photos. I love the one of her throwing sand at you! Typical toddler! xxx

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