Red Rocks and Hilbre Island

Hilbre Island

We spent a bit of time at the beach yesterday. It was the warmest day we have had for weeks, so thought we’d make the most and join some friends for an impromptu picnic on the sand.

Not far from where we live is a place called Red Rocks, a beach (with red rocks) which looks out over to the beautiful Hilbre Island. You can walk over there when the tide is out, and it’s such a special and peaceful walk when the weather is right. It can get pretty windy out there but it’s worth it – especially if you manage to see some seals in the water on the other side of the island.

The first time I did the walk was with Roger, just before I moved over to this part of the world and I guess it was one of the things that persuaded me it was the right place for us to be. I remember we walked and walked that day, over the sand in the sun and it just felt like a little paradise far away from it all.

It was so nice to go and reflect a little there, despite a bit of rowdiness from Sam which I’m trying to put down to all he has going on at the moment teamed with the aftermath of a late night!

I’m sharing these photos from yesterday along with some older ones with Rog, as I love to look at them and they will always be treasured.

It’s the funeral tomorrow, and it’s nice to be able to think of these memories and focus on calmer, peaceful and happy times amid all the anxiety and stress going on right now.

Red Rocks



These last two photos were taken on a walk to Hilbre with friends in 2008. I had just found out I was expecting Sam and felt absolutely awful, though it was too early to tell anyone so I had to just get on with it! I love looking at them now.

x Julia

Jules and Rog

Walking to Hilbre

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    August 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Do you remember us all walking to Hilbre from red rocks with Ava and Sam when they were just a few weeks old? It was a lovely sunny day x

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    Zena's Suitcase
    August 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    What a gorgeous beach. Perfect for sand castle building ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Ojo Henley
    August 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    What a stunning place to live! I have to agree, it looks like a complete break from civilization x
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    sarah christie
    August 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Such beautiful photos Julia and such lovely memories, I hope the funeral went as well as it could have i have been thinking of you this week x
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    August 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I remember that lovely day! I thought of it when I saw your pic yesterday. Happy memories! Xxxxx

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    Kim Carberry
    August 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful photos and memories….
    Thinking of you! x
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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    August 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    The sand goes on forever and ever. It’s so beautiful and calming. I am so sorry for your loss, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your soul in these images. I hope that nature is helping you all, to get through each moment.

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    Mummy Tries
    August 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Oh hon what a glorious day on the beach you had. I’ll be thinking of you all tomorrow. Much love xxx
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    Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    August 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Awww so lovely! Lately you really need to take advantage of the warm weather cuz you dont know what you will get next! #mysundayphoto
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    Mini Travellers
    August 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I have similar photos of me and Matt, and I too decided to move here because of a walk to Hilbre. It really does have that sort of effect. Keep smiling at those photos xx
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    August 9, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Beautiful set of photos. It looks like that beach goes on forever

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    claire barnard
    August 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Red rocks is our favourite place x Good luck tomorrow x I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you all – hope the day goes well and your happy memories carry you through x

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    Megan - truly madly kids
    August 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I LOVE that photo of you two! XX
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    August 9, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    What a lovely beach..glad you and the kiddies had a nice day there…will be thinking of you tomorrow Julia.Lots of Love x

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    Angela Connery
    August 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Julia, your words are as inspiring as ever. And some beautiful pictures today. I’ll be thinking of you and the children tomorrow, be brave and strong. Angela Connery xx

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    August 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures Julia! Hilbre is one of my favourite places too, especially when the seals are playing. Be thinking of you tomorrow sweetheart xxx
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    Mackenzie Glanville
    August 10, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Looks like a very beautiful beach. Wishing you all the best for the funeral, big hugs xo
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    Hayley Smith @hayleyfromhome
    August 10, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Oh Julia…I love that photo of you and Rog ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you needed a day on the beach to blow the cobwebs away. I’ve spent so much of my childhood in the Wirral but never been on the beaches near yours…or even walked to Hilbre. When things are a bit quieter we’ll definitley meet you over there…let our mad kids run loose. Looks like a lovely day xxxx
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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    August 13, 2015 at 11:39 am

    It looks beautiful, Julia. I’ve never been. It’s always my default setting to head further in to Wales rather than over to your way. I should probably be a bit more adventurous and change that. Hope everything went as well as it could at the funeral xxx
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