So I’m not talking about halcyon, tropical beaches here; I’m thinking more of a windswept hair, lobster face, white horses, British beach. Luckily, I happened to spend the weekend on one of these alluring beaches with my boyfriend. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more in my life, I felt like the Joker with my mouth stuck in a constant ‘why so serious’ smile.
1. Buy a dinghy
I’m not messing with you, I promise; go and buy a dinghy. There was a mutual nod of agreement as we saw a little dinghy resting against a tackle shop window. It was our destiny to buy this ‘ship’. Do I think buying this £35 vessel was worth it? Considering we used it for three days and then returned it due a ‘fault in the seam’, you bet it was! We rowed round the tranquil harbour with a pink sunset backdrop to our hearts content. I say ‘we’… but Alex rowed, I sat with my legs wrapped in a blanket admiring the view.
2. Ride the waves
On a bodyboard that is, especially if you like to pretend you surf. What’s that? You don’t like going in the sea because it’s cold? Put a wetsuit on and man up. Oh, and now you say you can’t body board? Alex was ‘catchin waves’ for half an hour and now considers himself a professional. The feeling of lying on a board, avoiding the jellyfish and floating in the sea waiting for the right wave is undeniably going to make you smile.
3. Go crabbing
There’s a delightful habour wall near our beach, so obviously our first thought was ‘crabbing’. We set up a net dangling off the edge and sat in wait for our creepy crabs, which by the way both of us were unwilling to actually touch. A cosy jumper and few passerbys later and we had three of the crustaceans. There’s something very satisfying about collecting crabs, perhaps it’s the people walking by feeling obliged to admire them in the bucket.
4. Dig holes
Yes, the kind of holes your brother dug in the sand when you were little. There’s not much you can say about this, except it’s very funny. Lie on your stomach and dig like a dog until you can see Australia… or until you hit a rock.It’s kind of like the opposite of building a sandcastle, those things are just too mainstream.
5. Eat chips
Lots of them. They give you long lasting energy (I like to think) and could technically be classed as a vegetable. I think we ate seven different bags or boxes of chips over the weekend each, and I don’t regret any one of them. There’s nothing like scoffing chips while sitting on a painful rock, after a morning in the sea. My personal favourite is chips with curry sauce, a very British experience all in all.