Fresh Air Fixes Everything


Yesterday was one of those days.

You know the ones.

Where you can’t do right for doing wrong.

My ex-husband was annoyed with me.

My ex-boyfriend was upset with me.

Work plans and school plans and travel plans all collided, and I was left frantically trying to arrange puppy-sitters and rearrange meetings.

Colleagues will tell you that by mid-afternoon I was in serious danger of losing my sense of humour.


But there’s one bright side to where we live – we’re only ever a few minutes walk from the beach. And when you’ve got a kid, and a dog, there’s a ready made excuse to go for a walk whenever it all gets a bit too — ARGH.

Flea loves heading down for a walk with the dog.


It’s a really simple thing but I find it’s always easier to chat when we’re out and about. And there are rock pools to explore and sand to write in, and long grasses to run through, with four legs or two.

It’s one of my favourite family moments, and always feels like I’ve press reset on my mood. Whatever I’m frustrated about can wait, while we enjoy the fresh air and the wind, and the sunshine. Okay, and the clouds, quite often. Well, we do live in Lancashire.


It’s easy to take those family walks for granted, but they’re precious moments.

On Sunday 31 May Shooting Stars, the children’s hospice care charity, is organising a sponsored walk in London. The Sunrise Walk kicks off at 4.30am in Richmond, and takes in Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Home Park near Hampton Court Palace. Families will be lighting lanterns to remember loved ones, and is hoping to raise over £40,000 to provide vital support and care for bereaved families. You can take part in the walk (there are short and long routes available to suit different families) or donate via the website.


To help raise awareness of the Shooting Stars Sunrise Walk, 12 Tots100 bloggers will be sharing photos of their family moments throughout a single day on Twitter and Instagram – look for the hashtag #SSCmakeeverymomentcount to check them out, and please do share and RT generously – it’s a fabulous cause.



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 20th May 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I had one of these days yesterday too and we went for a walk, fresh air definitely helps! 🙂
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  2. 20th May 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Gorgeous photos Sally and you live in such a pretty place- I live in Cambridgeshire which is the flattest part of the country, it’s not particularly inspiring but we still love to get out and about and get fresh air- it’s a great way of getting rid of the cobwebs. I had one of those days yesterday and it’s actually got worse today. Grrr.
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  3. 24th May 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Walking in nature makes me remember that the Earth is enormous and problems seem smaller.

    • Sally
      26th May 2015 / 11:40 am

      Yes, it’s a daily dose of much-needed perspective in this house!

  4. 25th May 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Love this. I have three boys and live by the beach too. A walk on the beach does solve everything. In fact we’ve been today to get rid of some, house breaking, energy.

    • Sally
      26th May 2015 / 11:39 am

      I can’t imagine not living on the coast!

  5. 31st May 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Lovely pictures. That sounds pretty much like a good day!!

    Love from Germany xx

  6. Cleo Soazandry
    3rd June 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Makes you realise how suffocating life can be in London, even if you find a decent park it’s tainted with traffic noise! My countdown to moving to the countryside has officially began lool