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This was the winning entry in a Lonely Planet travel writing competition for “the best place to be today” in conjunction with the launch of their new book.
Drawing back the curtains I stare out onto the sea, blinking in the low autumnal sun and gazing across to the just visible Skegness buildings on the horizon.
I enjoy a tasty breakfast of pancakes topped with locally produced bacon and lashings of maple syrup whilst looking out onto the sea. Today it’s calm. A gorgeous bluey-grey and dotted with white flecks as the waves break in the distance. Look closely and you can spot grey dots appear and disappear as a seal pops up for breath.
A morning spent reading the papers under the warmth of the sunshine in an Indian summer is never a waste of a day, but come afternoon I’m desperate to get out and about.
Wellies on, dogs on leads and enough money for ice cream for the return journey in my pocket, I’m off out.
The dogs strain on their leads; desperate to jump in the sea and on and off the rocks which currently lie uncovered at low tide.
The dark grey rocks covered with mossy looking seaweed make for perfect rock pools with tiny fish dashing in and out of the shadows and crabs scuttling by.
Walking down the deserted golden sand beach, crunching on razor clams and mussel shells with every step, I stop for a moment to take it all in the squawking of seagulls, salty smells and warmth of the sun mixed with a gentle breeze.
With tired dogs dragging behind (the sign of a great walk!) it’s definitely time for an ice cream break! Luckily there’s no limit to the options when you live at the seaside. I opt for locally made. It’s creamy with a delicious waffle cone and the helpings are always so generous! Jaffa cake flavour, with soft cakey pieces and tangy orange swirls, has fast become my favourite. The dogs stare up with hopeful eyes. Sorry, you two, but this is too good to share!
The rest of the afternoon is spent discovering foodie delights in a local deli, learning about fabulous local producers and picking up new cheese to try later on.
As sunset comes, I’m back at home gazing out on to the sea again. The best part about this area of the world has to be its sunsets. Forget Santorini or the Tuscan hills, the sunsets out over the Wash are the best! The sun falls slowly into the sea, reflecting its deep oranges and pink colours on to the water.
Sometimes it lights up the whole sky and it’s funny to watch people pull over in their cars, get out and take a picture, before continuing on their way; a testament to how impressive the sunsets truly are. This evening the sun looks like a big ball of fire. It falls slowly, touches the sea, and then it’s gone.