This weekend we took a family trip to West Mersea. West Mersea is a small town on an island (just) in Essex. It is about 1.5 hours from London so makes for a very easy weekend away. With a population of just over 7,000 (according to Wikipedia) it is a lovely quiet seaside town. Being winter it was very quiet this weekend, however I expect it will get very busy during the summer months.
We stayed at an Air B&B house, which was perfect for 4 adults, 2 kids & a dog. Highlights of the trip were walking along the beach, watching the sunset and a short boat trip with the kids to see the mudflats. It has been 4 months since I saw the sea last, so it was very LOVELY to be by the seaside. I think the best thing about London is getting out of London, this trip reinforced that in my mind.
The beaches in the UK are quite different to the ones at home. One thing I find amusing about beaches here is the rows of little beach huts. I used to think the huts were sheds for sporting and picnic equipment, but now I can see they are little spaces for comfort and cups of tea. They are very cute and a little strange to this kiwi that would be perfectly happy with a blanket on the sand.
The other interesting thing about West Mersea is the crabbing. On the wharf the kids lower bangs of bacon, the crabs latch on & get caught in a net. They end up in a bucket for a while & eventually get released back into the sea! An entirely pointless exercise, but hey a the kids seem to enjoy it!