A long weekend by the sea, in glorious sunshine… Sun, sea and ice-cream. The first of many this year, I hope. This was Friday at Bognor Regis after a good walk along the prom. It’s lemon meringue flavour; and had fizzy crunchy little meringue pieces mixed into the tangy lemon. I’m looking out for this again! West Wittering has a beautiful sandy expanse of beach. On Saturday lunchtime it was full of happy dogs playing, kite surfers, kite flying families, horses galloping along the beach and walkers striding out in the sun. It was t-shirt weather again, woo hoo! Apart from watching others enjoying the beach, stopping to examine interesting looking pebbles (I have one with a fossil) and look for sea glass, we played ‘which one would you like’ as we passed beach houses. I like the chalet style on the right. What about you? We’d walked 5 miles along the shore, not easy going on pebbles towards the end. We walked on sand some of the way, but the tide was coming in fast and covering it as we got to East Wittering and Bracklesham Bay. We stopped at the Medmerry Holiday village, which fortunately had a very comfortable pub. This gate made me smile as we walked back to the beach after lager shandy, crisps and a well needed pit-stop. (You know that feeling of relief girls?!) How’s that for driftwood? Although I had a rule that I wouldn’t start any new crochet until I’d finished the motif blanket, my fingers felt sooo itchy to do something. It feels like weeks! I packed my basket full of new yarn, but with the great weather for walking I didn’t open it at all the whole weekend. Evenings were for wine, a little chocolate, reading or a film. On Sunday we visited Uppark House and Garden. It’s become a tradition to seek out a new National Trust property on the last day of a holiday or mini-break. It’s perfect for a good wander inside and out in lovely surroundings, a drink and snack, then a good mooch in the gift-shop.
Do you remember my Wool Money post? I still don’t look at odds, history or jockeys or trainers, it’s completely randomly based on the horses’ names. As I sat on a picnic bench back at West Wittering on Saturday evening I checked the Grand National results, with the last 1% of my iphone battery. I leapt into the air and looked everywhere for the Mr. I probably looked like a mere-cat on sentry duty. One of mine had WON! Last year’s joint membership to the National Trust was funded by his lottery win, this year’s renewal is thanks to Many Clouds. I had low expectations for the scent garden at Uppark, this early in the year, but wow! The scent from so many hyacinths was stunning. Unfortunately my nose and eyes ran for the rest of the day! Oh well, we’re heading to hay fever season. I’ve just checked my anti-histamine supplies and typically all are out of date. There’s obviously good business in the hay fever relief industry.
Aren’t these fritillieries beauties? I did start some new crochet (tut, tut) when home. It’s bright and sunny again today; so I’ll nip into the garden later to try to take some decent photos for you.
What are you up to?
It’s warm and sunny here too. Haven’t got into a T-shirt yet though! Looks like and sounds like a lovely break.
Many pairs of sandals and shorts yesterday and today! People are definitely breaking out the Summer clothes.
Looks fabulous. We also did NT things over the holidays. We’d planned to go to Goring beach but that’s the one thing we didn’t get to tick off our list. Maybe I should pop to Wittering with the dog this week, while the kids are at school. Or is that too mean?!
Not mean, sounds like an opportunity for peaceful bliss! Envious that you’re able to pop there.
Love Wittering, Bognor and Uppark, we used to live in Worthing . Thanks for the memories. I like the beach hut on the left. Hot and sunny in Reading today, all going well, touch wood! Hope you have enjoyed todays t shirt weather!
That’s good to know x
I was just saying to a friend earlier today – “we must go over to the Witterings soon!” Having seen your photos I’m even more determined to make the effort to go. x
West Wittering beach is so appreciated, it was great just watching people using it in so many different ways. Enjoy your visit.
That Uppark house is wow! I love your expression, “good mooch in the gift shop.” I volunteered for a half an hour, picked up some necessary groceries, and logged in walk-a-thon money for a few hours. In about to do princessa pick up soon.
Sounds like a very productive day!
Lovely weather you’re having, glad you’re making the most of it – made me think of a facebook post the other day, “Heatwave in the UK – 23 degrees for 2 days in a row” – how we laughed !!!
I would pick the little house with the turquoise loungers in front of it.
It’s not typical Spring weather temps here. We always appreciate it here and make the most of unexpected heat, that’s the good thing.
Of course you do. I have a recipe for homemade lemon meringue icecream, if you’d like to try some more. Couldn’t be easier and is truly delicious.
I make lemon ice cream. If it’s just adding crushed meringue don’t worry, if more then yes please! X