The sun's out in Brighton, and after quite a cold Winter, we really needed this to lift our spirits. There is so much to do here all year round, but nothing beats sitting on the beach in front of the famous but degrading Old West Pier, and soaking up some warm sunshine. This has to be one my favourite spots, and I do wonder how much longer the Old West Pier will be here for us to look at. Slowly but surely, the weather and the waves batter the ghostly structure. Piece by piece, bits of metal fall into the water, never to be seen again. Soon it will just be a memory, cherished in the many photos that have been taken over the years, documenting it's slow decline.
The kids love it too. For slightly different reasons. They never get tired of popping stones into the water, trying to get them to skim the surface, bouncing in and out of the waves. And probably because they know that being on the beach means there's usually an ice-cream involved, or some scrumptious fish and chips. Brighton is famous for its fish and chips, and there's nothing better than digging into an open bag, wooden fork in hand and ketchup at the ready, with the sea-front to admire.