The English Seaside Chronicles, Part I

At the end of last week, when the promise of a weekend was looming bright on the horizon, discussion invariably moved in the delightfully inevitable 'what-are-you-going-to-get-up-to-this-weekend?' direction. "I am going to go to the seaside!" was my gleeful answer. My lovely colleagues proceeded to tell me the delights and dooms that lay in wake at Weston-Super-Mare, the nearest bit of beach for us (honourary) Bristolians. Mr Weather Man promised a generous downpour of rain. And I was warned not to sink in the vast expanse of mud on the quest to reach the sea.

Saturday came and between the heavy showers (which we mostly left behind us in Bristol anyway) my friends and I were able to enjoy a lovely day at the seaside, complete with games on the pier, a breezy ferris wheel, sitings of donkey rides and the odd damp sandcastle. We sat and ate ice creams under ominous clouds and later enjoyed fish and chips in the warm evening sun.  It was the quintessential English day out where sunglasses and umbrellas held an equal status. True, the sea did lie miles away, accessible only over the perilous sinking mud. And it was certainly too cold to lounge on the sand. But it was very beautiful and I felt happy to be at the coast again. Here is an English seaside chronicle in pictures.

Welcome to Weston-Super-Mare | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The Ferris Wheel | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Shining | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Where's the horizon? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The mud | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The Birds | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The English seafront | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The pier | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

We lost ourselves in the maze of mirrors | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Cheap thrills | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Orange | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Carrousel | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Goes together like a horse and carriage | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

A-pound-a-ride | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

DANGER | Photo: Rosie Pentreath


  1. Ohhhh Rosie this is so lovely. I haven't hung out with you in so long I'm jealous! So glad you had a nice day and that horse is BEAUTIFUL. XXX

  2. Come and visit! You're welcome any time x


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