Judy Blowe, a friend of Littlefair, led a fun afternoon two weeks ago reminiscing about seaside holidays. We felt spiky shells, ran our hands through sand, looked at pictures that sparked memories and shared stories with each other. Judy is a retired English teacher, so couldn't leave without helping us write a poem. We wrote down words that sprang to mind when we thought about the seaside and describing words to go with them and this was the outcome...
A DAY AT THE BEACH
Morning tide creeps in across the rocks
Waves crashing and somersaulting
like an acrobat
Near caves dark and mysterious
Glistening with slippery seaweed.
Sunrise appears and people arrive
Bringing their deckchairs
Some walk along the promenade
Towards the pier for a train ride
Or where penny machines promise prizes
Children clamour and call for ice creams
Licking furiously as they drip down sunburnt chins
Or munching fresh fish and chips in paper.
They bring their nets to dip in rock pools
Where crabs and jellyfish lurk
next to white cuttlefish
Seagulls call, screeching at each other
A sign says 'Donkey rides '.
Swimmers appear from bright beach huts
Tentatively walking across sharp pebbles
Sandcastles are swiftly built for competitions
Which disappear with the incoming tide
Sunset comes and light reflects across the water
Cheerful music drifts from a bandstand
Families pack up their picnic baskets
And wind their way home
After a special day on the beach
Aren't we a clever bunch!