We found parking right on the harbor, and our first order of business was hopping onto one of the ships to have a pint down below, out of the cold wind.
I had a good scrumpy cider, and we enjoyed the novelty of bobbing up and down inside the ship as we enjoyed our drinks. The walls were lined with nautical maps and old pictures of the boat in harbors at various places around Europe.
The village is on an inlet, and so people park near the harbor and then walk about a kilometer or so out to the sandy beach. It was SO windy, and surprisingly cold. Fortunately, Amelia and Jeff had brought some warm clothes. Not me– I tend to be way too optimistic about these things.
We walked quite a ways, then got tired of carrying our picnic, and climbed down the slope to sit and eat our lunch in a little rowboat.
That was fun and novel! And we got a lot of interested looks from everyone walking by…
After that break, we walked the rest of the way, past the marina and found an area that was sandy and somewhat sheltered from the wind.
This is what Amelia had been waiting all day for! She got to build some sand castles, and Jeff and I enjoyed laying in the sun. By the way… The craziest thing I saw was scores of Brits already burnt to a crisp, laying in the sun and drinking beer! It looked so painful, but hear this is pretty normal. I suppose the alcohol helps numb the pain of the sunburn, but part of me was very concerned and wanted to offer a gallon of water and a long-sleeved T-shirt to everyone I saw! (The guy in the picture below must have just been getting started!)
After some time in the sun, we found a little train that took us back to the harbor– we had already spent so much time walking in the wind, this was a big relief. We spotted this sign and of course had to stop in:
The cider was so good that we brought a couple bottles home! Here’s an old cider press– I love seeing traditional equipment like this.
On our way home, we stopped at a farm to pick up the most beautiful bunches of asparagus I have ever seen. It was such a nice way to relax at home, grilling a chicken and enjoying it with a cold asparagus soup and that wonderful cider. We felt like we took full advantage of where we live.
And our hearts were all sunny and warm…