Wednesday 6th December:
Well, we found ourselves with another couple of days free in our current busy schedule (roll on next summer when we hope to be free as birds to roam at will).
The forecast was “Wild and Windy” which I like. It keeps the coastal car parks clear. Hayling Island is, in my opinion, ten times nicer in Winter than Summer. Wrapped up warm you can walk along the beach to sea-front cafes (or the Ferryboat Inn) or you can just watch the crazy wind-surfers battle the elements from the warmth of Humberto’s cab. We spent two days doing both those things.
We had our evening meal in the “Inn on the Beach”, just a five minute stroll from the car park. It was blowing an absolute “Hooey” as we walked there, real winter coastal weather…lovely.
I can’t resist Moules Frites when they are available and these, I have to say, were superb. Bigger than any I’ve had in France (and I’ve had lots in France). We had a lovely evening in there before staggering (it was the wind, honestly) back to Humberto for the night.
The Hayling beach appears to be a Mecca for Windsurfers and Kite Surfers. It looks terrifying to me in such winds but, credit where credit was due, these fellas were tearing along and making it look easier than it undoubtable is.
The following day we walked for about 40 minutes to the Ferryboat Inn where we had some (Medicinal purposes only) Hot Spiced Apple Cider. That definitely warmed us up for the walk back as the sun started to set spectacularly.
It was only a 2 night stop but we had about 200 days worth of weather. It changed avery 20 minutes.
A hasty breakfast on Friday before packing up and we were home an hour later, avoiding the disaster-zone that is the M27/M3/A34 junction on a Friday afternoon.
Two days in Humberto still feels, in a nice way, like a full holiday.
Now to wait for another gap in our current busy lives so we can grab a couple more winter away-days.
Lee @ Go Humberto!