I can’t quite believe it, but it’s true! We have won the Millie’s Beach Huts Spirit of Summer competition 2016.
Thanks a million to everyone who voted for us, and then again to those of you who kept coming back each day to keep us in the top 10. We ended up with 4 of our photos in the final leader board which you can see here. I really can’t thank you enough *virtual cake and fizz all round –hurrah!
I found out on Saturday night that we had won, and had to fight back the tears because this competition has meant so much to me. It wasn’t about the prizes (which are completely amazing, and I am so, so thrilled and honoured to have won them), but it was all about this photo, the beach, and Millie’s Beach Huts.
Many of you will already know that Little Button wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. Yup… an actual mermaid. She’s a total beach babe, and I can see that her passion of all things sun, sand and sea are here to stay.
It’s like watching a mirror image of myself, we throw off our sandals, jump into the sand and we are free… peaceful and just plain goofy happy.
The winning photo is one of my all-time favourite moments of Little Button captured at the beach so far. She’s got a half built sand castle in front of her, but something caught her eye out to sea, and she was ever so sure that it was a mermaid. ‘When I grow up, I want to be a mermaid’ she mused, eager to catch another sighting. It felt like such a significant moment and I can remember it as clear as if it had only just happened.
I am so honoured to have this particular photo put up in the fabulous Millie’s Beach Huts.
It’s hard to put into words what the beach has come to mean to me this year. I have always been mad about it, but somehow, it’s woven itself into our lives much deeper than ever before and I just can’t shake the sand out of my shoes (in all senses of the word).
No matter the weather, the beach feels like home. Which will sound very strange considering we live in London. But something happened last month to make it so.
Millie’s Beach Huts and the beautiful Walton-On-The-Naze coastline are new finds for us this year. And, as if by fate, we managed to bag an August booking with Vicky, as she was about to open a brand new beach hut. Our experience of Harley, a gorgeous yellow beauty right on the front row of the promenade, was amazing, and I remember telling everyone that visiting the beach will never be the same again.
Indeed, visiting the Essex coastline will never be the same again, now that we know about Millie’s Beach Huts – I can’t recommend them enough. Wherever possible, we will be booking, and I expect we will be around the area quite a bit. Because…. well…. I have a new dream. A dream of a little beach hut of our own!
A huge thank you again to Millie’s Beach Huts, the judges and everyone that voted for us!