Escape to the sea.


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We don’t get away to the seaside nearly often enough, so whenever we make a pilgrimage to the coast, I like to savour it as much as possible. This trip was extra special, since I don’t think I’ve ever made it down to the beach, any beach, in winter before.

We arrived in Dorset a few days ago, with nothing in mind but pursuing that illusive thing named ‘rest and relaxation’. There’s not much better than sea and country air for a little R&R, and Jason’s Dad’s house, right on the edge of the New Forest and a stone’s throw from the coast, has both in ample quantities.

During this particular trip to the coast, the sun was warmer than you’d ever imagine it could be, so late in December, and the air had just enough of a bite to it that we were glad of the layers we’d piled on before heading beach-wards.

A few hours of walking and learning how to skim stones and paddling (with shoes on, of course) in the waves later, we left with cheeks and foreheads that tasted of salt, and very, very happy hearts.

What I wore :: Cashmere beanie || Wax jacket || Scarf || Jumper || Jeans || Boots

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  • Ala

    Uhhh love a good walk on the coast. Lovely pictures Rosie and Happy New Year! x

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Kudos to you for being able to get yourself out of the house in this weather! I haven’t gone to the beach in ages, much less in weather like this :P but it looks like you had so much fun! Maybe one day I’ll find the opportunity and be as brave as you haha, but I’ll need to take a thermos of hot cocoa with me :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Rosie

      It really was lovely- and nowhere near as horrendously cold as you’d imagine! ;) Funnily enough though, the whole walk I was thinking ‘if only we had a flask of hot chocolate with us’! ;)

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Dorset is so lovely, and seaside walks are perfect any time of year. Looks like you’re having a lovely, restful start to the New Year – enjoy!! xx

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I spent Christmas on the coast as well – but up in Yorkshire where Sam’s family is from. Your photos look lovely. Happy 2015! Hope it’s a great one for you! x

    • Rosie

      Ooh I’ve never been to Yorkshire, I bet it was gorgeous! Happy New Year to you too lovely lady! x

  • The Mother’s Room

    Happy New Year to you….I haven’t been to the coast for so long….will have to change this soon

  • Charlotte | She Sees

    I know that beach! My parents live in the village there. It’s such a brilliant place, we were down for boxing day and that place is instantly refreshing. Happy new year!

  • EmmaWallflower

    This looks like such a beautiful place, I love the photos you took! We usually go to the beach in winter rather than summer because then we can take our dogs with us :)
    Happy New Year!
    Emma xo //

  • Jennifer Polly

    I’m feeling a little bit jealous reading this! I live so far from the beach and have never been in winter, but it’s something I’d love to do. Something about heading to the beach in wellies and a winter coat seems so fun!

  • Kiara King

    Is there really anything better than being by the coast? I’m currently building a house at the beach and I cannot wait to move in in a couple of months! Very exciting. Loved these stunning photos!

    Happy New Years!

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    It looks lovely – I love beaches in winter way more than beaches in summer.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Sed Bona

    This lighting was just perfect in these shots! There’s something about the barren desolation of a winter rocky beach that is so hauntingly beautiful!

  • Camille

    Winter is my favorite time to go to the beach. There’s usually not many other people around, so it’s just you and the gorgeous landscape. I just arrived near the coast myself, I’m always amazed by how energizing the water is even if you can’t step foot in it.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Caro

    Beautiful pictures. I love the sea!

  • Samantha @ Samantha Rose Says

    I love Dorset! After scouring through travel boards on Pinterest prior to my trip to England, I knew I had to visit Durdle Door. I fell in love! Easily one of my favorite places in the entire world. Did you guys get a chance to go over there? If you grew up in the UK, I’m sure you have before :) Looks like tons of fun! XO

  • Charlotte

    I love going to the beach in winter, it feels so calm and is always quieter than the mad rush during the summer.

  • Erin

    Beautiful photos, it looks like you had a lovely time! x

  • Siobhan Watts

    Looks amazing Rosie, I’ve been meaning to get down to Dorset for an explore for ages. I’d love to go to the New Forest as well. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, all the best for 2015! x

  • Kathryn

    This looks absolutely beautiful and dreamy! The perfect way to spend a day. I wish I lived closer to the water.

    xx Kathryn

  • Lots of Love, Lottie

    We visit Dorset regularly, love it on the coast! Have you been to Sandbanks Beach near Poole? Gorgeous!

    Lots of Love Lottie ♥
    Lifestyle blog to make you smile :)

  • Hollands reverie

    It’s so beautiful- and I hope you found exactly what you were looking for!

  • Kenzie @ CME

    Such gorgeous photos, it looks absolutely lovely where you went. Glad you were able to go!

  • Caroline L.

    That beautiful, soft light! So gorgeous :)

  • Laura M White

    Where about’s in Dorset did you visit? That’s my home <3

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  • Mimmi

    Beautiful photos! The beach in winter looks so serene and lovely. Sounds like you had a really nice time :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Amanda

    These photos are gorgeous! I’ve never been to the Beach in winter but it looks lovely. I’ve never been able to skim stones but hopefully one day!

    Amanda / Amanda’s Escape

  • Livvy

    Oh this looks so lovely! There’s nothing quite like the British seaside at wintertime.

    Livvy / Drink the Wild Air

  • April @ aprileveryday

    It looks amazing! I’ve never visited a beach in the winter either, but I think after seeing how beautiful it looks, I might have to brave it haha!
    Have a great weekend!
    xo April Everyday

  • shannan jessie

    I love the sea, I have not been in a while, however I live by a lake which mimics one.

  • Hannah Lewis

    It looks so nice and peaceful there, especially with the sun :) I love your outfit!


  • Clare | Uncia + Tigris

    Ohhh, these photos are beautiful! Is this at Milford on Sea? I posted about it earlier in the year, it’s such a gorgeous place and has really beautiful light. I really wish I could relocate to the coast, too. xx

  • Hannah LightningLake

    I love your photographs, Rosie! They are very eye-catching and beautiful. You are really very talented.
    I was wondering, since I am a lifestyle blogger too, if I could do a guest post on your blog. I have just started my blog, and could really use some advertising. It would be a great boost for my blog, and I would gladly write about you on my blog to return the favor. You are welcome to check out my blog to help you decide, (it is not to great yet) but it would mean a lot if I could write a guest post on your blog.
    Thanks! Girl Online x

  • By Rosie

    That looks amazing Rosie. What lovely photos. I can just imagine the cold crisp air.
    Rosie x

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