One of the nice things about this time of year around our neck of the woods, is that we regain the use of West Wittering. During the summer months the crowds, the expense (£8 to park a car) and the summer dog ban keep us away from this stretch of the coast, but in low season it becomes a place for wonderful wintery walks.
The dog ban is actually lifted at the beginning of October (the same time the parking charges drop to £2) but as always it’s taken us a few weeks to get round to visiting.
West Wittering Estate is connected by a sand spit to East Head, a wonderful place I have written about on this blog before. From the shore we can look back across the harbour and see our house nestled amongst the trees nearly five miles away. Last time we stood here squinting at it, it was a stark square shape wrapped in plastic. Now its slopping roof blends into its surroundings more subtlety.
Next summer we hope to spend a lot more time here. We are planning on joining a nearby sailing club and are looking forward to landing here with a picnic in tow (dodging the parking charge, the crowds and the West Wittering dog ban!) Theo has yet to spend much time on a boat, but it’s something we are keen to get him into as soon as possible. In theory he could start helming his own boat from the age of five, if he shows an inclination.
There was another reason why I was keen to visit East Head today. We came here last November and took a photo of Theo at the sign and I wanted to make it an annual tradition to record him here as he grows.
The last twelve months have seen him change from a baby faced toddler to a young boy. His blonde hair is darkening and his face is slimming too!
I’m linking up today with Living Arrows, Point & Shoot and Country Kids!