Spring Break (free range)

Finally, after many false starts and disagreements, the calendar and weather decided to align and reach a decision – spring!


To check it was really so, we went down to Combers Beach for an earlyish walk, so Scout could run a few mad beach circles on near empty sands, and we could enjoy a second cup and feel the warm sunshine.

Through here to the beach

Combers is often a windswept space, but we could tell from the still treetops in the forest fringe that the morning was a calm one.

Warm your bones…

What a delight to be able to shed off a few late winter blues, let the shoulders drop and breathe in the new season.

On your marks…

There were a few families turning up to enjoy a coastal spring break, and we enjoyed watching one winter-wrapped family of four gradually peel off the unnecessary outer layers as the sun gently warmed them up.

The two children, no more than six or seven years old, were almost beside themselves with excitement at being on the beach. They beach combed and splashed and laughed their way up and down the sands, checking out the logs and streams. Playground or classroom? Both! Free range, a spring without end? (Slightly obscure music reference) Totally taken with where they were and what they were doing – wonderful to see!

Be gone, clouds!

We’ve fingers crossed that the last of the late winter weather is behind us, and we’re looking forward to more spring!

A decent direction

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

13 thoughts on “Spring Break (free range)”

  1. So wonderful to hear about the joys of spring here, pc. There’s a spring in your step here, in your words and photos. You said it all in this magnificent sentence: “What a delight to be able to shed off a few late winter blues, let the shoulders drop and breathe in the new season.” Cheers, buddy, and have a blast.


  2. Beautiful selection of photos this week and Scout looks like she thinks your coffee break is lasting a little too long!! Sounds like it was a wonderful day at the beach and we have not hit that magical day where everyone emerges from their homes to enjoy spring weather and blue skies. Never heard of Free Range and surprisingly found myself listening to the song twice once I heard those lyrics “Life code: It pays to talk to no one.” Enjoy the week!!😎


    1. Thank you! Scout has one or two places locally where she’ll settle down outside, but the beach is never one of them!
      The Fall are an acquired taste, not too much wide recognition, but Free Range (from the album Code: Selfish, one of their more accessible outings) always works for me. Never too sure if Mark E. Smith intended to be funny, but that’s how if often found him! Hit the North is another good track.
      I hope your week is going well, and that you’re leaning more towards pleasant spring than leftover winter…

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