Gazing out to Caldey island, sunlight flashing on the aquamarine blue sea, Tenby beach is an absolutely beautiful, idyllic place. There is a tranquillity to this old fashioned beach and it is one of my favourite places in all the world.
The cool shelter of the dunes gives way to the glorious expanding vista of Tenby beach
The vista to the monastery stands unchanged over time. I remember that very first time I ever walked onto the beach emerging from what feels like a secret, magical tunnel through the dunes, the sky seemed to stretches out forever. It was like stumbling across some magical place – suddenly, the cool shelter of the dunes gives way to the blinding glorious light and expanding vista of the beach. The twinkling of the sun on the sea, the therapeutic sound of the waves, there’s a timelessness that is beyond words, you know you have arrived in a more restful place.
A glimpse summer by the sea is the setting for an enchanting afternoon picnic tea
Even time appears to slow down, who could wish for a more perfect venue for an afternoon picnic. Feeling the sand between your toes as the deck chairs are set up. Yes, glorious, old fashioned deckchairs! What can I say but they are an essential component to this beach picnic Tea. If you are caught short, as luck would have it, you can hire them. Though my recommendation for the more organised is one from deckchairstripes. The dilemma is what glorious strip to choose. All I know is that mine will be red! The chairs with the overhead shades are an absolute favourite. I am transported back to a very old memory when I first saw these glorious inventions as my great grandmother had one. I so loved being allowed to sit in it!
As there is always a bit of a breeze, or the sun to contend with, I adore the very practical beach shlter but my absolute favourite is the beach tent – a wonderful and very practical addition!
Brewing the tea is a delicate operation, balancing the tea pot, and avoiding sand getting in the picnic.
Flasks filled with boiling water. And a tea pot is of course an essential, there is a certain standard and protocol to be maintained after all – and do remember your tea! Gorgeous cakes and yummy sandwiches – traditional ham, cheese and pickle, and no picnic is complete without the ubiquitous egg mayonnaise and cress! The wonderful advantage of a beach picnic is ice cream for pudding!I will concede that making a brew is a delicate operation, balancing the tea pot, avoiding sand getting in the picnic but it’s so worth it for the gentle lapping sound of the waves, the glint of sunlight on the water.
There is a magic to this old fashioned beach that somehow connects you to the vista.
The afternoon seemed like it would last forever, but all too soon, armfuls of chairs and picnics baskets are being carried home. Tea with Mary Kate seeks to highlight how precious such occasions are, to embrace the feeling of endless loveliness when you are sitting there but to know the fleeting nature of such times, and appreciate them before they have ended.