In this post I hope to give you a brief photographic tour of a recent trip to Hunstanton and I thought that I would share with you a quick card idea that I had whilst I was pottering about on the beach.
I am sure that we all have a favourite coastal area for different reasons however I have always had a soft spot for Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast since I was a child. Indeed we often went there as children and I continue to do so to this day.
I was lucky enough recently to have a day where I could head out there and enjoy some fresh air and some beautiful scenery. I hadn’t packed my pro camera so I just relied on my phone and was very pleased with the photographs that I came back with.
I think that some of it may have been down to luck as it was blissful weather – blue skies and a light breeze. Going out there during the week also meant that most of the place was deserted.
Anyway, first up, for those that know Hunstanton, you will probably know this view well.
For those that don’t it’s the pathway from the lighthouse down to the beach in Old Hunstanton.
It’s been strange to go back there in recent years as the coastal erosion has become very noticeable. In places more than six foot of cliff top has disappeared from when I first started going out there. The pathway at the edge of this area, that offers views out to sea, has had to be moved back several times.
Quite often this area is full of cars as it is also used as a car park, but as I said, I think that I got lucky this day as I was able to get an uncluttered view right down to the beach.
Just at the end of this there is a little “passage” of trees that can make you feel as though you are walking through into another world.
It’s really the first place where your feet come into contact with the beach for real.
You then walk out onto the beach.
There were a few people at one end of the beach however as the tide was in, there weren’t that many people down there yet so I was able to get a lovely shot of the waves breaking on the beach.
The sigh of the waves was wonderful and relaxing. I don’t even think that the seagulls had woken up yet, or maybe they were off having breakfast.
The beach was warm under foot.
Anyone seen the new Hobbit movie yet? Lol ;)
I walked along the beach, paddling as I went (*sniggers*), and then turned around to get the next image.
If you didn’t know it, you wouldn’t think that this was North Norfolk would you?
Anyway, I got another shot of some seaweed covered rocks that I thought looked like something out of pre-history crawling out of the water.
After this I continued on up the beach and as the tide was heading out I was able to head further out aswell in order to get this next shot.
Looks a bit like a toy town doesn’t it?
Well, it’d been a fair walk and by this time I was a bit peckish so I began the walk back to the town whereupon I was presented with this view.
In all my years of visiting Hunstanton, I don’t think that I have ever seen it looking so pretty!
After letting out a little happy sigh I continued on into town and popped into the “new” coffee shop just up from the green.
I browsed the nibbles and spotted this little beauty!
So I clearly ordered it, got my coffee and parked my bum down.
For those people that want to really “get away” you might also be interested to know that this was about the only place that I could get any kind of phone signal whilst pottering around the town. It was actually a nice change to reconnect with the world again and look up and around.
I got a few more shots, but the ones above where my favourites so I wanted to share them with you.
Anyway, whilst wandering about I did have an idea for a seaside themed card.
The concept was simple. A seashore related image in a group of circles with some “interest” coming out from behind the circles.
I had the usual rummage before I start a project (I’m sure that this bit takes longer than making anything) and found a paper pad from Joy! that I got a while back and thought that it would be the most appropriate starting point.
From this I cut two squares, slightly smaller than each other – and a third from some Create and Craft Satin Card – and layered them altogether.
I then cut some tiny slivers from the papers with my Tonic Studios guillotine (to represent some form of seaweed/reed from the beach) and stuck them to the card.
I then used some circular Spellbinders dies to create some layered circles and popped them on top of the “seaweed”.
Next, from the backing paper I fussy cut one of the starfish out, shaped him a little and then popped him into the largest circle using Pinflair Glue Gel.
Now, you know me and gems lately. Well, I didn’t add ANY!
(I just added pearls, lol!)
And that my dear chums is that one done.
Swift, simple, done.
Well, I did say that it was a quickie, lol :)
Anyway, here are a few more shots of the finished card for your perusal.
Ok, well that just about wraps it up for this Monday Mash Up.
I hope that you have enjoyed my little photographic tour – I hope to be able to do more soon!
Thank you for reading.
If you have any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below.
See you again next time.