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Not a normal Saturday

January 13, 2013

It rained quite a lot this morning, but we decided to go to the beach anyway because Rella had an unaccustomed Saturday off. It’s been a while since she had a Saturday.

So I made sandwiches and Rella and the Beloved gathered the cups, hot chocolate mix, tea, milk, sugar and the storm kettle and paraphernalia – you can’t go to the beach (especially a beach in winter) without a storm kettle; basically it’s a cylinder which contains a water jacket enclosing a fire chamber  and it  boils a litre and a half of water in minutes using only a  a few dry sticks and a couple of pages of the  Totnes Times  – I’m sure any local paper will do – (and a spark of course). It’s incredibly efficient and great fun.South-Milton

We chose South Milton (Arlo wanted to go to a sandy beach or we’d have gone to Street Gate which is nearer, but possibly less interesting).

It’s normally a beach we go to in summer and it does have a nice cafe, but if you have sandwiches and a storm kettle you must eschew such things. Cafes are for the fainthearted or for really, really bad weather.

The wellies and extra jumpers were thrown in the back of the car and we set off as the clouds cleared.

By the time we got to South Milton, the sun was out, heralding our arrival perhaps?

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The clouds in the distance over the sea did look very threatening, and the waves were whipping around Thurlestone rock. I did wonder fleetingly how secure the rock is – it sits in the bay and the sea throws itself at it – and the rock has a hole in it. That has to be a weak point surely?  It would be quite a thing if the rock were to disintegrate suddenly.beautiful-daughter

We walked along the beach for a while until we were defeated by the wind – which was pretty ferocious -and the stream of (really fast) water which presumably comes from South Milton Ley to the beach and which was impassable. Even by Rella. Even with wellies.

south-milton2So we retraced our steps and found a more sheltered spot away from the wind to light the storm kettle and eat the sandwiches.

We had French bread with brie and chutney (tomato ketchup in Arlo’s case), crisps, Pringles (left over from Christmas)and hot chocolate (the beloved had tea). Beach food.south-Milton4South-Milton5

The tide was coming in as were the rain clouds – so we beat a hasty retreat.

Nice day, kids.

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