The coast has a magnetic draw for us. On the weekends, when the weather is halfway decent, we can’t think of anything better than driving the hour or so through the country to get there. We had been to Southwold before, but it was on one of those English days in August when the sunshine came and went with torrential rains in between. On that venture, we ate our picnic in our car, pulled over on the side of the road, because it was raining so hard that we could hardly see to drive.
Not this time! It was gorgeous. Windy, yes, but beautiful. And that golden, golden sunshine!
If you look for pictures of Southwold, you will undoubtedly see lots of images of these beach huts. They are privately owned, and I recently found out that they are worth something like £100,000! The value of these huts are that they block the wind and provide a roof for when you are enjoying your perfect day at the beach, and suddenly find yourself in a miserable downpour. There are also refrigerators and hot plates in most of these tiny buildings.
It didn’t rain while we were there on Sunday, and we found the perfect solution for the sometimes-cold winds. We set up our picnic area against a wind break, and it was pretty fantastic.
Another bonus feature on this beach was actual sand. Most of the beaches we’ve been to have mainly pebbles all the way to the water, so it’s not quite as fun for Amelia, since digging in the sand is her thing.
I loved climbing up these rocks and sitting in the sun, enjoying the ocean scene.
Another fun thing about going to the beach in England is that there is almost always a really cute town or village to explore when you’ve had enough time in the sun, when the clouds roll in, or it’s cold and you need to duck in somewhere for a cider.
I think we may have found a favorite!