I've been wanting to photograph Blyth's beach huts for such a long time, yet I'd never even been to Blyth. This little town in the southeast of Northumberland, located approximately 13 miles northeast of Newcastle, has some pretty iconic places for photography, including the colourful beach huts.
I've been feeling a little overwhelmed with things lately. I often find myself stressing out for the tiniest things, and my control over these moments of anxiety hasn't been the best.. I found myself having to spend the whole Saturday locked up inside the house, tidying, cleaning, and doing all sorts of things to get my mind off worrying. However, instead of having to do the same boring thing today, I decided that the best thing for me to do would be to drive to the sea, go for a nice walk and feel the cold air blowing on my face.
I am really glad I went. The moment I saw the rainbow beach huts from afar, I was in my element! The car park was free all day, so as soon as I found a free space, I grabbed the camera, put it around my neck, left my bag and everything else in the car, and started making my way towards the sea. The sound of the waves crashing down was all I could hear, and even though the wind was blowing strongly, I felt a huge sense of peace, surrounded by nature, seagulls, and some people.
The beach huts were even better than I imagined. I'd never been to Blyth before, but I imagine that staying in one of these huts must be one of the best feelings in the world! I immediately made plans in my head to come back next summer and maybe even spend a few nights in one of them.
It was REALLY cold! I mean...really! I was so happy because I had my hiking coat in the car, which was great for keeping the wind away.
I could have chosen a better pair of shoes, but being in the sand was part of the experience...so I don't regret my choice! As I approached the sea, I started photographing everything around me. The waves were tiny, but there was lots to photograph nonetheless.
I took my time with each photo. The sky was very cloudy, but for some reason I wasn't even scared if it started to rain. I was going to enjoy every minute of this experience. I got on the floor, photographed the sand, the water, the lighthouse, the waves, the wooden fences, dogs running around, and random objects I found laying around. It felt like suddenly all the worries in the world had disappeared.
I found a few shells and whelks, and picked a few to bring back home. I wanted to warm up, and the idea of having a coffee came to mind. However, as soon as I saw a Fish and Chips café, I immediately ditched the idea of coffee, and decided to have some warm chips instead. Priced at £1.99 for a huge amount of chips - yup, I couldn't even finish them!- there was no other option but to order some from the Coastline Fish and Chips!
Inside, there was no queue; they accepted Apple Pay, and the service was super quick. The staff was friendly, too. With my chips now in my hands, I looked for the nearest table, where I sat down looking out to the sea and the beach huts.
I mean....it doesn't get better than this...right?
Once I finished my chips, I walked back towards the beach for a final walk in the sand, and for some final photos, before heading back home. It was around 3:30pm when I started heading back, and the sun was practically setting! I know...sad, right? But that's winter in the UK!
I started heading back towards the car, but not before having one final look at the sea and the gorgeous lighthouse. I noticed there were so many boats sailing in the horizon, and even a few surfers in the water.
I drove back home as the sun was setting; my batteries now recharged for another week that starts tomorrow. I once again reminded myself of how great it makes me feel when I'm surrounded by nature, and how taking that away from my weekly plans isn't the way to go. Whether it's the mountains or the sea, a hike or a walk in a park; camping or glamping in the middle of nowhere, it's the outdoors that I long for and live for.
I'd like to finish off this post with a quote from Wildrid Noyce that sums up how I've been feeling lately.
"If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans...When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer a man."