Creating beach mementos

Dear Mummy, while we were on holiday in Northern Ireland we visited a beautiful beach on the Causeway Coast called White Rocks.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

The golden stretch of sand was located just outside Portrush and before the Giants Causeway (which we visited on the same day). It is one of the nicest stretches of sand we’ve ever seen and the beach has been award a Blue Flag!

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

It’s called White Rocks because of the large white limestone cliffs and fallen rocks which surround the fine sandy beach. The tide was out when we visited and the edge of the water seemed miles away! It was very windy when we walked down to the shore so we sought refuge from the elements in a little cove.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

Dark holes and caves were cast into the cliff face and we were intrigued to see what was inside them. Remnants of beach parties and bonfires were clearly evident and had left their marks on the sand. Burnt wood and some beer bottles were tucked inside so we didn’t venture any further.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

I spent the majority of the time combing the beach for treasure. My mummy even found an arrow painted on a rock in chalk pointing to a cross in the sand. X marks the spot.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

I found some beautiful white pebbles which had been washed up onto the shore. They were all smooth and soft having been battered by the elements. I collected some of them in my pink bucket to take home as mementos for my family.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

We decorated them with felt tip pens, my mummy helped me to produce some beautiful designs. I signed each one of them and added kisses to them. We drew waves, rainbows, rocks and seagulls on them. My mummy even sketched a mermaid for me on one of the smooth pebbles.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

They dried almost immediately as the surface of the pebbles were porous. Once we were happy with the designs we covered them with clear nail varnish and let them dry.

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

We hope you agree they make pretty little mementoes of our trip to the beach. An everlasting reminder of our holiday to Northern Ireland. Who needs a souvenir shop eh?!

Love Bella xx

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

Monkey and Mouse

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


32 thoughts on “Creating beach mementos

  1. I would love to visit Ireland and these photos just confirm that! Such a lovely way of keeping memories, I might have to pinch that idea! #whatevertheweather

  2. What a stunning place and I love the idea of making beach mementos, you’re right much better than anything you can find at a souvenir shop. They came out beautifully! #WhatevertheWeather

  3. What gorgeous photos, this looks like a lovely day out. Your paintings on the pebbles are so pretty – a really nice memento of the day.
    Alana x

  4. Looks like you had a lovely holiday. Love the pebble decorating! We’ve collected pebbles from our holiday but haven’t had time to decorate them yet so we must get round to it soon #whatevertheweather

  5. What a gorgeous place to spend the day even if it was a little windy and you look like you had a wonderful time. Those little white pebbles are so pretty and love how you’ve decorated them – what a wonderful memento of your visit 🙂

  6. What a beautiful place and you like you are having a great time. I love the white pebbles too and the fact that you decorated them as a memento for your visit. xx

  7. What beautiful beaches in Northern Ireland and plenty of gorgeous pebbles to find. I collect them from the beaches here too, they are great to paint and pen on. The nail varnish is a lovely idea, I tried it once with Farmer Nicks clear varnish and it all smudged, perhaps nail varnish is the answer as yours look beautiful and a perfect keepsake from your visit. Thank you for sharing with me on #Country Kids .

  8. Beautiful creations! Great idea – my daughter will love doing this – thanks for the inspiration! Now, where’s my clear nail varnish… Lovely to read.


  9. What a fabulous idea to collect the stones and decorate them. You’ll have so many great little keepsakes from all your little holidays if you do this. They look so pretty too. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

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