noun: beach; plural noun: beaches.
- a pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the sea between high- and low-water marks.
As I walk our dog along the beach just metres from our home I see summer slowly slipping away from the southern hemisphere for yet another year.
Even my name seems to have origins from the beach:
The name Genevieve is a Celtic baby name. The meaning of the name is: White wave.
There are oceans and seas all over the world, but there is something special about those places where a ribbon of sand separates the ocean from the land.
I have loved, laughed and lazed on the beach and absorbed the restorative powers of the sun and the sea.
I have wept tears into the sand whilst contemplating the futility of my own existence, and once (in a brief moment of teenage angst) even toyed with the idea of tossing myself into the foamy waves.
With age and wisdom I have come to appreciate all the elements offered by the beach that go beyond mere swimming and sunbaking. The beach has offered me inspiration and invigoration, relaxation and rejuvenation. And then there are the negative ions.
What are negative ions? Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. Negative ions are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water. They are odorless, tasteless, and invisible and we inhale them in abundance in certain environments. For example you may have experienced the power of negative ions when you last set foot on the beach or walked beneath a waterfall or immediately after spring thunderstorms.
My daughter has now spent a great deal of her life by the beach and we have walked on and waded in beaches all around the world.
It is a good life that is lived by the beach.
And to add some extra joy to your day here are some lovely quotes about the beach.