Who would have thought that after the inadequate summer weather this year we would have spent 1st October on the beach in brilliant sunshine?
There were signs of autumn to be seen as we wandered from the train station to the beach.
A couple of conkers were spied and picked up to add to our ever growing stash at home, acorns(!) spotted
and a box left by someone's front gate labelled 'free food' which contained apples rom their garden. G and S enjoyed an apple each on the way from the station and back again later on in the day. Very tasty they were too apparently.
So where had we decided to spend the day? We took the train to Hinton Admiral in the New Forest and from there it was a 30 minute walk to Highcliffe and Mudeford.
This was a journey we had considered in the summer but never got round to for one reason or another and yesterday suddenly seemed the ideal day to give it a go.
Because it was kind of last minute we weren't really prepared and so there was no picnic, instead G treated us to lunch and from there we strolled back along the front to find a place to spend the afternoon.
Here is the view to our left
the one in fornt of us
a close up view of that seagull
and the view to our right.
G took photos of me having a paddle with the children and asked why I was doing a Rigsby impression all the while I was dipping my toes in!
We took a different route back to the station and walked through a nature reserve, this huge fossil was by the entrance
and we even spotted a deer!
The coastal path leads to Highcliffe Castle where a wedding party were having photos taken in the grounds. What a stunning car.
We didn't have time to stop and so G and I said that one day we'd like to come back (just the two of us) for further exploration of the castle. I only managed to snap a couple of photos as we wandered on past.