Thursday, 21 May 2015

A trip to Largs

walls cool bag retro packed lunch beach

broken beach pottery porcelain

seagull largs ferry promenade

largs beach porcelain pottery scarf

nardinis cafe largs ice cream parlour

nardinis ice cream largs

largs sea benches coloured

largs putting green vintage seaside scotland

I've discovered the key to dealing with tedious moments at work is to take an odd random weekday off and go hang out by the sea.  Last week Tam and I decided it was time for one of these jaunts, so we hopped on the train at Glasgow and headed out to Largs for an afternoon of fresh air and wandering.  I love any excuse to visit Largs, not least because it demands at least one ice cream from Nardini's.  Um, let's ignore the fact that there's one about ten minutes walk from my flat in Glasgow... (it has limited flavours, ok?)

We pulled into the station around noon and set off for a look in the charity shops.  The bookshop one never seemed to be open any time I'd been before, but we struck lucky this time, not least because Tam got a shock over how cheap the books were.  He picked up a memoir of a Rum resident for 60p and I ticked a couple off my ever-growing list for 90p each.  We also had to hit up the fudge shop (cherry and amaretto for me, coconut for Tam) before tucking into our packed lunch.  How awesome is my retro Walls cool bag?  My mum found it for me at Christmas - I really want to collect more of this range, even if we haven't had much of a chance to use it until now!  The seagulls were flanking each bench with military precision, waiting for some daft tourists to drop their food...

Next it was off along the beach to work off some of our lunch.  I didn't cover much distance when I realised the entire length was littered with washed up, broken porcelain.  Every time I go to a beach, I spend half the time with my head down, searching for tiny bits of china, and here was a whole mile of the stuff, hiding among the rocks!  I have no idea what I'm ever going to do with it but it's fun to collect anyway.  Afterwards, with lunch long forgotten, it was time for an ice cream break.  There must have been about thirty flavours to choose from in Nardini's, but after a brief consideration, I settled on a scoop of Bounty and one of dark chocolate and raspberry.  Both were pretty ace, although I'd say Bounty had the edge - I can't resist a coconut/chocolate combo in anything.

All that sea air had got the better of me by tea time, and we got back on the train all windswept and sleepy.  Still, it was probably better than a regular Wednesday at work...

(my coat is Topshop Tall via eBay, jeans are Long Tall Sally, loafers from M&S and charity shop scarf)


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