Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

08 April 2007

The sun shines side-on...

For the last week, I've been taking time out with the kids - it's been lovely. I meant to post about what I've been doing, but, with one thing or another (being that my eldest is doing his A' levels, and his laptop isn't working!!) I haven't had time on the Net. But that's been Ok too. I've had time to spend time doing other things.

One of the trips my kid and I took a couple of night ago... no, it was only last night!... was to paddle at Camber Sands. This is one of those long, wide sandy beaches in the South of England. When the tide's out, like it was last night, you have to walk for (what seems like) miles before you can dip your toes... and then you wish you hadn't bothered, because it's so cold your foot instantly aches as the numbness spreads from your sole upwards!

But, what I enjoyed most was the way the sun picked out every ripple in the sand, like one might expect in a desert:

The kids dug holes, and made mountains out of grains:

Whilst families took in the lovely sunset:

Then, this morning, Easter Bunny paid a visit, and left many chocolate surprises. Eldest son was out and about partying, so, for once, the younger two got to choose their favourites first. Surprisingly, neither of them went by weight, but by quality! And who am I to argue, when eldest son returned and also picked quality - this left me with the heaviest egg of all... and it was a doozy - with a brownie egg (as in cake, not little girls) and truffles it weighed a whacking 645g... the biggest I've ever had! It's going to last me... what... all of today!! :-)

It's a shame I couldn't stop on the way to dropping the kids off - there was a most beautiful sunset, with the sun going down as a solid pink/ red globe! I managed to sneak a quick photo as we hit a slow spot (blurred, as I wasn't looking what I was doing! :-) ) :

But, I got this one, on the sun's final drop:

And now, even though I want to visit lots of friends, I just have to turn in for the night. I've corrected the spelling in just this last line so many times... C U tomorrow!!

© Annelisa Christensen 8:48 pm

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At April 08, 2007 10:23 pm, Blogger twilite said...

The last pic...the trail to the blazing sun? Or sunset?

At April 09, 2007 1:24 am, Anonymous dana barnett said...

Hiya Annelisa,I could not bring my other blog to my present blog so I've spent two hours writing poetry on my [i have computer problems]blog,on the comments part-The words were flowing something fierce...

Please come by and tell me what you think,Dana.

At April 09, 2007 10:56 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh there you are, I was getting worried about you honey. Of course you need to spend time with your kids and it looks like you all had a wonderful time.
Camber Sands sounds like Southport (Lancashire)you could walk for miles there and never even get to the sea. MWM says they've done something(?) to it now so that doesn't happen. Ooh that egg you got left with sounds like it would add a few pounds! Hope you're having a lovely Easter.

At April 09, 2007 11:51 am, Anonymous Brian said...


Beautiful pictures. You are outside so much, I surprised you don't grow roots. :)

At April 09, 2007 12:48 pm, Anonymous dana barnett said...

Annelisa,Thankyou for your lovly words!!!You know I have created a new blog but it is inaccessible!And yes you are so right I do not find the help, helpful what so ever!!!!I AM STUCK AND CANNOT BE FREED???

Tell me some about your book???


At April 09, 2007 6:16 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Annelisa
Messing on the camber sands
playing with the wet sand
making shapes on the land
isn't life simply grand

At April 09, 2007 7:57 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

I thought it looked like the sun had been lassoed, Twilite... maybe we can take it for a walk later? :-)

Hey, Dana - Reckon your poems are good - I can't understand why your blog's become totally inaccessible though - a bit of a mystery! I hope you manage to sort it soon - don't you know anyone who might be able to help you? You certainly won't get much help from the Blogger Team (if you can find them! :-S )

Sorry, Akelamalu, sweetheart - I meant to pop round and tell you I'm still here - still running round chasing my tail! :-) But, after I got home and wrote this post, I fell asleep at the computer, so thought I'd better go to bed. I'm not much better now :-( I think I'm going to have to go back to the doc's and get myself checked... as I've been meaning to for about 3 months now :-)

I haven't even touched the egg yet - too much chocolate 'on the side'... there's still been enough to add a pound or so already though !! Happy Easter time to you to!

YOu have to stay still to grow roots, Brian!! :-D Actually, I'm not out as much as it looks like - I take pics when I'm out, but not when I'm in (my hands are too unsteady for close-ups :-) )

Quasar - Have you ever been to Camber? I know you've been around this way....The kids love the sand dunes, but I love the giant shells right out on the flats (the older boys found 2 giant scallop shells the other day)

The two youngest showed me how to make sloppy castles... fun, but I kept putting too much water in and making pancakes! :-D

At April 10, 2007 1:07 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! Hahaha...I also like the 3rd pic on sunset, especially the reflection. Yes, I'd like that walk!!! Thanks.

At April 10, 2007 1:07 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! Hahaha...I also like the 3rd pic on sunset, especially the reflection. Yes, I'd like that walk!!! Thanks.

At April 10, 2007 12:20 pm, Anonymous dana barnett said...

Hi Annelisa,Good morning,I'm waiting for your new post...And to hear a little, maybe about your book?I would give you my email,But i cannot email you,you could only email me,or something like that!!!My email Isent right ether,I tried the other day to email someone on some Internet dating shit and it did not go through!My ex is the one who is the computer pro.I have already asked him for help but he is being a prick!!!I have a few friends that could help,but thay live in different states...Yes I have moved all over the place,counting childhood,I must have lived in 27 homes!


At April 10, 2007 12:30 pm, Anonymous dana barnett said...

Annelisa,Sorry I made a mistake.I can leave you emails,my email works!!!I have successfully emailed my mother,yaaaa,It must had been just that stuped date thing!!!


At April 10, 2007 1:59 pm, Anonymous mathi said...

Awesome snaps.I loved the book rack the most.Whole a bunch of books :).

At April 10, 2007 3:37 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello!! Sounds like fun... I love the seaside and sandcastles... and paddling. Some things you never grow out of!

At April 10, 2007 3:39 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Hiya Annelisa,I am writing you to tell you that some of my other blog freinds have found my NIGHTENGAL blog.I have no idea how thay have.I left them comments as to how thay had found it,Still waiting on there replise...

You might be able to reach it this way-http://dana-wordswithin.blogspot.com

Thanks Dana.

At April 10, 2007 3:51 pm, Anonymous dana barnett said...

Or you could go to blogger search and type in nightengal.One of these is appt to work...I think?

At April 10, 2007 4:12 pm, Blogger Door to Science said...

You have nice site. But it took me 7 minutes to open it completely. Too much photos and video. May be because i use dial up.

By the way,I liked "Good Science Links"

You can check this out too:


If you want, you can add it too.

At April 10, 2007 4:15 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Make that appointment to see the doc now! ((hug))

At April 10, 2007 4:50 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

I am writing you from my NIGHTENGALE BLOG,You should be able to just click on my name.I hope you get well soon!!!After you get back from the doctors,let me know how you feel.

Lots of Love,Dana.

At April 10, 2007 5:20 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Just got back and the first thing I wanted to see , hows annelisa!
So glad to see your ok, I will be back tomorrow, I have all the washing and stuff to do. Can't wait to get back to my blog tomorrow, I really missed it!!!!!

At April 10, 2007 8:36 pm, Blogger steve said...

So whats it like comin' down from a 654 gram Brownie Egg High...wait...don't tell me...it couln't be any worse than coming off a Gallon of Ice Cream could it?

At April 10, 2007 9:25 pm, Blogger soubriquet said...

Camber sands....
Ripple patterns. Some years ago, I had reason to be at a vasts sand quarry near Doncaster in Yorkshire.
Excavators were chewing out the red sand, some sixty feet below the original ground level.
And there, in the hard packed sand, from millennia ago, were the ripples of a beach just like that. When I see such a sight, I'm humbled to think, I'm the first human ever to have seen that little piece of long ago seabed.
Our kind had not yet evolved when the sun shone last on that beach.

At April 10, 2007 9:43 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Twilite - you mean the soppy one of the people standing on the beach? Yeah, I like that too... could just see some poignant slogan slapped across it! Actually, Mystic could probably come up with something good for that one! :-)

So, you coming for a walk then? I got up early today... wish I hadn't bothered though... it was so grey :-(

Hello again, Dana - I think I'm getting lazy about the posts, but my excuse is that I'm trying to do lots of other things whilst the kids are away. I'll be doing one in a minute though...

The book? Ha ha! I still haven't read it myself, so until I do, I'm keeping mum about it! :-)

27 homes? Wow, that's a lot! I was trying to think how many I've been in... I think, probably about 11. My childhood was always in the one house though, so I have great affection for that house - it was a good stability!

I'll come see if I can find your Nightengal blog when I have a chance.

Hi there , Mathi... you're looking at the books? OMG! I hadn't even thought what was behind the eggs (it was late when I took the photos... after the kids had all gone to bed). I made those book shelves - not bad eh? I was very proud of myself to make them fit so well! :-)

If you think that's lots of books, you should see the rest of the house - there's books in every corner, most shelves, on window sills and by the loo... anywhere where someone stops for a moment, in fact! :-D

Hi TC - we got fish and chips afterwards too... we were going to eat them on the beach, but everyone was frozen, having got soaked! :-D

No, I don't suppose you do ever grow out of that kind of fun!

Hello, Door to Science - nice to meet you. Sorry it took so long to load up!

I'm afraid my recent exploits in the literary world have had repercussions on the blog. I shall have to decide whether to keep the pics in the sidebar or not... we'll see. I have to admit, when I'm loading up the site, I have no problems. There are others I have to wait ages for, like you had to wait for mine.

I think the video being set on Autoplay also slows it a lot. Maybe I'll start there.

I shall try to come visit and see what your blog's all about...sounds like it might possibly ( :-) ) be a science blog? That, I guess, is for me to find out...

Yessirreee, Akelamalu!! Well, this week, anyhow. I hate having my arm jabbed for the blood tests (even though I donate blood - strange, isn't it!). I know I should go, and I will, but it just doesn't seem urgent. Most the day I'm fine, but then I just doze off (maybe I'm simply getting old, and haven't realised it!) Thanks for the hug... (((hug))) back!

Hey, hey, Queenie - you're back! Eugh! Don't you just hate that - you get home, ending your exciting/ relaxing/ fun/ warm trip away, and come back to piles of washing - yuk! I have to do several loads every day normally. I have to admit, one thing about the kids being away is no washing and no washing up! :-)

Look forward to checking out your post tomorrow! :-)

Choccie Heaven, Steve, Choccie Heaven!! Actually, I'm still working my way through the Easter bunnies and chicks that were lying round the table... we divided them up to have before even getting started on the eggs! And then, my generous children offered me tasters of theirs too... so I'm exploding - truly- my waistline has expanded a good few inches since Christmas, and I'm going to have to start slogging it off... any day now! :-D

Have you ever eaten a gallon of ice cream? Wow, the thought!

Erk - the thought! What flavour was it? I couldn't eat it, unfortunately, because my teeth are so darned sensitive, I have to let it warm up first, which kinda defeats the object :-(

See you soon! :-)

At April 11, 2007 1:45 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

mmmm so beautiful!!!!

That is an interesting holiday, Easter event. :) Each one choose a chocolate?

At April 11, 2007 1:47 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I love the water pics.. the ripples in the sand, the sunset along the coast... so wonderful to to study, feel. Thank you!

At April 11, 2007 2:01 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

I love the "ripples" on the sand! =D

Wishing you a happy belated Easter! I want one of the Easter chocolate eggs too! =P


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