Let’s be English and Talk About the Weather
It’s a very English thing to do, isn’t it, talk about the weather? And who can blame us, when it is so varied and changeable. Just look at the weather we are having in England now, towards the end of September! The week has become warmer and warmer, and now, at 4pm on Wednesday, it is 25 degrees C in the shade. That’s hotter than most of our August days, lovely!
At the weekend Mr. B and I spent a glorious two days on the North Norfolk coast to celebrate his birthday, and instead of wrapping up warm for Autumnal walks in the blustering wind, we found ourselves sunbathing in sand dunes, over-dressed and under-prepared.
The beach we went to was Holkham Beach, which is my absolute favourite beach on the Norfolk coastline. There are a number of reasons why I love it so much. Firstly, it is a huge expanse of sandy beach, surrounded by a pine forest. It is so vast that, despite its popularity, you can have a little bit of beach all to yourself and easily get away from the crowds. That’s what I like about going to the beach. Going to the seaside and setting my picnic blanket down two feet from other seaside goers, having people surround me on all sides, children digging and shouting and running and laughing all around, and literally being able to see the droplets of sweat forming on pink-bellied sunbathers is my idea of hell. So not having to suffer all of that is a very good thing. That brings me to the second thing I love about Holkham: the sand dunes. Holkham has some mighty fine sand dunes, rooted down with marram grass, perfect for hiding away from everyone else, and even more perfect for jumping off, rolling down and generally messing around on. The third thing I love about Holkham are the beach huts. Oh they are beautiful, all painted different colours, all neat and little and so romantic. I love them.