Once the weather turns a bit parky, it's all so easy to shut yourself indoors. Given half a chance, I could probably quite happily hibernate from November 1st through to, well, April 1st. But with an energetic four year old in the house and an in-built desire all Brits have to make the most of every drop of sunshine, we went for a walk on the beach on Saturday. We're really lucky to live so close to some lovely, untouched beaches, so it would be a travesty not to go down there when the sun makes an appearance!
Although we don't face out to sea, even in the Bristol Channel we get some great opportunities to do a bit of beach combing. In the past we've found all sorts of things from sea-bleached driftwood, crates, fishing nets, plastic floats right through to a US Army truck wheel.
Weston Bay has one one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world, in the Bay, the low tide mark is over a mile away from the seafront. So there's great scope for a bit of tideline rummaging, especially in the Winter when the tides are even higher and even more gubbins is bought up onto the beach.
On our beach combing excursion we found lots of strange pieces of wood, there was even a whole tree washed up on the beach. It's par for the course that my daughter has to crawl and climb all over the driftwood. Plus we had a 'strange stone hunt' and decorated the washed-up tree trunk with or finds.