|We live about 13 miles from Luton.|
|Best sandy beach I have enjoyed in the UK.|
After this first visit to the town, we liked it so much that every subsequent year has seen an annual pilgrimage to the town by the Keane collective. After an initial stay at a Bed and Breakfast establishment, we happened upon a lovely place in Kirkley Cliff - number 18 that we have returned to year on year.
Our children are much older now 15, 18 and 19 and it's a source of continuing pride to me that even now they still want to join us in our celebration.
2014's itinerary was as follows:
Friday 11th........ leave home 7am. Full English breakfast about 9am en-route, though two of our tribe went for the American menu option with pancakes and syrup accompanying the bacon. Arrive about 11.30 at our guest house. Dump bags in rooms and head off for a walk along the sea front and then around the town centre. Unsurprisingly I managed to visit a few bookshops, both of the new and second hand variety and added to the library. The rest of the gang managed to enjoy a bit of retail therapy also. We managed a spot of lunch and a refreshment whilst strolling around the town.
Steak, chips, onion rings and salad for me. No dessert - though I did have some of my son's cheesecake which he was struggling with. No alcohol - I haven't had an alcoholic beverage since the end of February, as part of my dietary regime, in an effort to shift a few pounds - the rest of the tribe enjoyed some wine and cider though. A stroll back along the sea-front and a nightcap at the Hatfield Hotel, which in my case meant coffee. We did catch the tail end of the hotel entertainment with a tired sounding vocalist singing along to his tape machine. It was harder to decide who was more jaded, him or his audience.
Saturday 12th........ on this day 26 years previously, my life changed immeasurably for the better (another story)...... 8.30am - cooked breakfast. 10am - sat on the beach in a chair reading (Lori Rader-Day's The Black Hour).....11'ish probably dozed off again for an hour or so! My son and youngest braved the cold North Sea for a pleasant swim. Afternoon on the beach - sandwich and coffee for lunch. 5pm....off the beach a little bit sore on the shins where I caught the sun, 5 minutes walk back to our guest house. Another snooze, a shower then dinner at another establishment recommended by Sandra our host.
303 Eaterie - around the corner with about 5 tables maximum. Amazing home-cooked food in a lovely restaurant run by a friendly husband and wife team. Home-made chili and rice this time, followed by cheese and biscuits and coffee. Back in our room earlyish - or at least in time to catch the last 20 minutes of the penultimate World Cup match between Brazil and The Netherlands.
My family aren't that great at posting our own photos and I tend to rely on images found on-line for a lot of my non-bookish posts. But here's a link to a photo my eldest daughter put up as we were on our way out Saturday evening. Here!
Roll on next July!