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Kerri McLean

It's great once again to be able to visit the one place that's shore to make me feel better

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TRANQUIL: Beaches can be a source of relief in trying times

TRANQUIL: Beaches can be a source of relief in trying times

TRANQUIL: Beaches can be a source of relief in trying times

This week I finally got to do something I've been wanting to do for months. I got to visit the beach! To some it may not sound that thrilling, but I honestly cannot tell you how excited I was to dig my toes into the white sand, take a really deep lungful of that strongly ionised air and feel the salt-laden wind whip around me.

I'm tempted to write MY beach instead of THE beach because in normal times we're there so often - at least every second morning - that I feel a bit like a caretaker. It's less than 10 minutes away from my front door, so usually, after dropping the kids off at school, the dog and I head straight for the beach. I bring bags for the dog's doings (there's just no nice way to write that is there? Apologies if you're eating and reading simultaneously) in one pocket and a bin bag in the other, gathering up any random bits of rubbish and detritus that have been casually tossed aside by people who need a good talking to.

The beach is my home from home, my happy place. It's where I go to hit the reset button when times are tough and I'm struggling. Being there this week made me feel stronger and that I could cope with all the trials and tribulations being thrown at us all at the moment.