This was our first camping trip of 2017. As we live in the very middle of England, the furthest possible point from the sea in every direction, there is a feeling of sheer joy at seeing sand and waves again.
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Our little ones sit on a picnic blanket and dig their toes into the sand and our eldest two boys create channels for the estuary water to wash around sandcastles and forts.
Now look closely at this picture, just to the left of the lady walking the dog, in the distance, there is a black smudge on the edge of the water …
We go for a closer look … could it be?
The smudge promptly flopped into the water, and we spent several hours watching six seals play in the estuary, just metres away from the shore where we stood.