A Floral Coastline

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It's spring at last, so obviously a joyous cliff top covered in radiant flowers won the Loves vote

“Spring has returned,” wrote Rilke. “The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” The arrival of spring is an ineffable joy. It brings colour, life and warmth to a world that has spent months sitting cowed under the chilly weight of winter. People slough off their thick coats and surly expressions, and start brandishing prematurely bare legs and occasionally smiling at their fellow travellers on public transport. For Tolstoy, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”; for Ernest Hemingway, “When spring came…there were no problems except where to be happiest”; for Robin Williams, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” For AnOther, spring is a time for getting outside and smelling the roses – or rather clambering up this flower-strewn cliff top discovered by Daisy Woodward.

So as we start planning a trip to the coast, we talked to Woodward about her favourite seaside memories and what spring has in store for her, alongside a gallery of our favourite views on AnOther Loves. 

Why did you love this picture?
It’s just ridiculously idyllic – it would be the best place to laze away these sunny spring days.

Where would you keep it if you owned it?
I would keep it in my sitting room and look at it on grey days.

What’s your favourite view from a window?
The view of the hills and streams from the window of our family cottage in Wales.

What is your best memory from a time by the sea?
My boyfriend and I went to this little town called Quiberon a couple of summers ago – it’s on the Côte Sauvage and we went for a very wet and windy walk along the coast and watched these enormous waves crashing against the rocks for hours. It was so beautiful and captivating. I tried to channel my inner Ansel Adams to photograph them – but to no avail whatsoever. Instagram fail!

What is your favourite sea moment on film?
Beaches – the happiest/saddest film.

What are you looking forward to about spring?
More sunshine and lots of picnics and barbecues hopefully… 

What was the last thing you bought?
A Patricia Highsmith book – This Sweet Sickness – on a recent trip to Hay-on-Wye. I’ve only just got into her books – such good holiday reading!