A picnic by the seaside, a glorious summer evening - what more could you want? We tend to think of heading to the beach on a hot summer day, but I love the seaside at less obvious times too. What a lovely way to relax and blow away the cobwebs of the daily grind, I thought, as I tucked into pizza, chips and chocolate cake (healthy eating, my hat - the wind was chilly, we needed hot food!) on Shoreham Beach recently.
While strolling back from the chippy across the Widewater Lagoon footbridge, watching an egret fishing and a swan proudly swim her cygnets up and down, one of my friends claimed he once saw what he thought was long grass there, only to find it was a lot of fish standing on their heads. He swore he was completely sober at the time, so if anyone can explain this phenomenon I'd love to hear from you.
That wide sweep of seashore is fantastic, though. A huge amount of work has gone into coastal defences and sensitive landscaping. Sitting on the nice clean pebbles, watching the kids clamber happily on the breakwaters as the sinking sun mad silver patterns in the wet sand, taking in views that stretch far beyond Hove's i360 tower to the east and Worthing to the west, the shiny and vast offshore windfarm on the horizon... and, er, the stranded digger known locally as Moby Dig... with a backdrop of Truleigh Hill and the South Downs, it felt idyllic.
It was quiet, too. A few hardy lads were windsurfing and swimming, a cheerful group were dining al fresco in front of their smart beach hut, cyclists whizzed by on the tarmac track, and us. Highly recommended. If you fancy a seaside holiday cottage
do visit our website - we have coastal apartments and properties with sea views too. Take a dip!