After spending most of the week stuck in bed feeling sorry for myself with a sickness bug, I was in need of some fresh air and sea views when my stomach finally settled this weekend.
In typical North East style, the weather was cold, grey and drizzly. Luckily, I know the perfect place to go whatever the weather. Pulling on my warmest coat and wellies, I rallied the troops for a good old blow-the-cobwebs-away walk to the marina – although Daisy didn’t look too happy about venturing out from under her blanket.
The Royal Quays Marina is about a ten-fifteen minute walk from where I live, but it’s one of those amazing places that makes you feel like you’ve suddenly entered a completely different town. I swear on a sunny day it’s almost St Tropez!
My little brother (although I guess at over six foot tall he can’t really be classed as little any more…) is my trusty dog walking companion and we’ve made it our business to explore as many places as we can near where we live.
The marina is definitely one of our favourite places to walk the dogs, it’s so peaceful wandering along the waters edge choosing which boat we’d have and imagining where we’d sail to. It’s also one of those places where you might not see someone for an hour, but when you do, they’re always friendly and say hello as they pass by.
It might not be the incredible beaches and mountains I’ve been exploring in LA lately (and it certainly wasn’t the kind of weather I’ve become accustomed to), but I guess the marina is my little hidden gem at home and if you’re ever in need of somewhere new to explore, you should come too.
If you’re looking for inspiration on places to explore near the coast then I’d be more than happy to help – or if you know somewhere for Jed and me to check out then that’d be good too!