Stones in the Sea {The Ordinary Moments}

Last week we were on a little holiday on the Isle of Wight and over the course of the week we visited three different beaches. They all had stones on them – some with just stones and no sand, others which were mainly sand with washed up stones dotted around. But each of the beaches had one thing in common – the children spent their whole time on each beach throwing stones into the sea.

Stones in the Sea {The Ordinary Moments}

I don’t know what it is about children that makes them love something so simple, and love it so much that they can spend literally hours repeating the same process. Find a stone, pick it up, throw it into the sea. And repeat.

Stones in the Sea {The Ordinary Moments}

We didn’t have sunny days on the beach, pretty grey and dreary days really, but the children were happy. They ran up and down, threw stones in the sea and, really, they were just so easily pleased. Who needs toys when you have a beach full of stones.

Stones in the Sea {The Ordinary Moments}

I remember, as a child, spending so long trying to learn how to skip stones on the water, watching my brother and Dad send stones bouncing out to sea. I know that, in time, LP and Little Man will also master that trick of watching stones defy gravity and bounce across the waves but for now they are both happy to see their stones plop solidly through the water, never to be seen again.

It was great watching them have so much fun and it makes me realise that often the happiest moments in life are the simplest. A grey half term on the beach, your sibling by your side and plenty of stones to throw. Who needs anything else?



  1. June 5, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I love this! You really don’t need anything else. It always amazes me how simple things keep them entertained for ages, but like you say it does and they just keep on doing it!! I hope you had a lovely half term break x

  2. June 5, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos Donna and sentiment behind them. I remember skimming stones as a child too – the first time I did it successfully was quite a moment! I love their fascination over something so simple. Precious times. X

  3. June 5, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    It’s addictive isn’t it – somehow whenever we go home we all spend ages skimming stones or lobbing big rocks in to hear them go plop!!

  4. June 5, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Hahaha this must be such a common part of childhood. Its the 1st thing my kids do on the beach too. I love the isle of white and looks great fun for the kids x

  5. June 5, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Aw how lovely and really pretty photos even if it was grey and chilly! It really is funny how something so little can keep them amused for so long! I still try to skip stones on the water when I go to the beach and end up failing miserably! One day, one day haha xx

  6. June 6, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    This is such a childhood memory of mine- I can literally remember standing on the beach and my Dad showing me how to skim stones. It’s such a childhood rite of passage. Thanks for the lovely memories this evening! xx

  7. June 6, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    I love the beach when it is like that. Glad you had a great time x

  8. June 10, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Oh my two are just the same, they’ll spend hours just throwing stones into the sea. I find it really relaxing too!

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