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28/07/2008


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wasn't it a lovely day ...

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. As too much work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy, we decided to cycle down to our local stretch of beach, a five minute ride from our home. Most days over the last week, we have been going down at this time with an apple each and a drink of water, just to spend an hour or so breathing in the sea air and enjoying the late sunshine.



I sat on the rocks with guess what, camera in hand! J went swimming which he loves as he is happiest when in the water. I am sure he has webbed feet!



There is always lots of water sport activity going on as we have a local sailing club, which is also a base for kite surfers, an ever increasing popular sport in our area.



J was still in the water, I had eaten my apple, so nothing more to do than to take a photo of pebbles and seaweed! Of course every beach has lots of pebbles, but unfortunately our beach also has its fair share of seaweed too, which can be a nuisance, but very good for me as I always fill up a carrier bag to bring back home for the compost heap! I also collect stones and shells with holes in, as they make lovely features in the garden, threaded on to string, rope or canes.



A few years back the wooden groynes along our beach were replaced with rocks sourced in Larvik in Norway and transported to the site on large flat bottom barges. Also a shingle bank was developed to provide protection against flooding ie overtopping, the sea washing over the defence, or breaching, where the defence collapses allowing the sea to flood the land behind. The extra shingle was dredged 10 miles south of the Isle of Wight and transported to the site by dredger and delivered to the beach through long submerged pipeline.

This has provided our area with a stable beach and also a habitat for specialist plants.



Earlier in the day we had cycled along the coast west towards Worthing hoping to pick up some fish from one of the fishermen who sell their catch, fresh from the boat. We decided on sea bass which early evening we cooked, heads still on, on the barbecue and ate with fresh crusty French baguettes. No time for photos before the meal, we were ravinous after our fun-packed day.

17 comments:

Christy said...

What a fun day at the beach! I love to gather bits of pebbles, shells and sea glass too. I love making mobiles out of them! :)

Oh, fresh from the fishing boat fish is the best!

Pat said...

It looks like you and J had a very pleasant summer day!

Obviously the sea bass you bought from the fishermen were delicious...lol!

Is there any sea glass to be found along your shore? It's my favorite thing to collect, but getting so rare here.

Simone said...

Louise you are so lucky to live by the sea! I have hated this hot and humid weather but I am sure it would be more bearable if I had a beach to visit. I bet the fish was delish! I couldn't eat them with an eye looking up at me though!

Ragged Roses said...

That sounds like a great day Louise, isn't it wonderful down here at the moment. I think I've spent every day for the past week on the beach and swam in the sea daily too, it's wonderful. The seaweed does get everywhere though, as I found in the shower tonight!
Kimx

Charli and me said...

What an absolutely wonderful day you had. I wished I lived by a beach. I do ride my bike every day. Thank you for sharing your photos. I felt like I was there. They were beautiful.

LizzieJane said...

What a wonderful day! I think it does us good when we have days like that one. The fish and baguettes sounded delicious!

The Dutchess said...

So great to live close by the see,its a two our drive to the beach from where i live..But i live in the "woodlands"and i love this! A five minutes bike ride into the forest.
I prefere the fish to be headless because i always think the fish is looking at me and saying"Now look what you have done.."

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Louise, this is a wonderful post and I so enjoyed seeing the ocean in your part of the world. What a wonderful idea to take an apple and a water and just sit there and take in all of the beauty. Lucky you to live so close to the beach! I will have to keep my eyes out for rocks with holes in them.

hugs,
Becky

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Suzie Sews said...

my kind of post....

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The sea looks absolutely glorious! Happy day to you!

Alison Boon said...

Looks like a fabulous day.

Glo said...

What a wonderful day you had at the seaside ~ nice to be there in another part of the world :)

M.Kate said...

Sounds like a fantastic day to me!! those sea bass sure tasted good !

Katherine said...

What a beautiful place to enjoy a hot day! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

hee hee... glad to see someone else can't wait to take before pictures of a yummy meal. Looking at those fish, proves that you both were ravenous!

Jennie said...

ooh what gorgeous photos!!!

Flighty said...

You are so lucky to be able to do this! xx

Kris said...

What a wonderful day. I love all your photos. They really told the story of your day brilliantly. I especially loved your fish heads and skeletons! They just screamed delicious to me!