Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…


By a happy coincidence, the sun was shining and I was off work at the same time as a friend with a car, so the only thing for it was to head off to the seaside for the day. Forty five minutes later we were walking on the sand discussing beach huts when we noticed that just across the road were some amazing gardens.

Apparently, the local council had spent a vast sum of cash, including money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, on regenerating their eight Edwardian gardens. Wow! So much to see it was a little overwhelming at first. Bluebells were everywhere, along with yellow irises, large white daisies, wallflowers, marigolds and dozens of beautiful flowers I don’t know the names of. Ponds, waterfalls and sculptures were dotted around the place along with pagodas and other such hideaways to enjoy some shade in the heat of the day.

Walking works up your appetite so after a large portion of chips we went off to explore the docks and nearby nature reserve, before returning to the pier for cappuccinos and a final wander around the perfectly manicured lawns. I’m so lucky to have like-minded friends, who are willing and able to treat me to special day trips like this…


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