Summer on an English beach!

We visited a friend in Littlehampton yesterday. She only moved a couple of months ago, and now lives about ten minutes walk from the beach.
We looked at the grey clouds moving swiftly overhead, was it going to rain, or not? We decided to risk it, and braving the probing fingers of a stiff wind we set out for the beach. We were just past the longest day of the year, and a couple of days short of midsummers day, and you’d have thought that on a Saturday afternoon the beach would be packed; but no! Most of the usual beach side shops and stalls were closed, and only stalwarts like us had put in an appearance. There was a group of supervised, well-wrapped up children building sand-castles, a few folk walking their dogs, the three of us, and a large expanse of bleak, empty wet sand. Not at all your typical English summer beach scene!

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