A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that he enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the sea front at Blyth in Northumberland. He said "They have fabulous beach huts, a great playpark and an ice cream parlour". Well the play park was of no interest to me although I was impressed when I did see it...but beach huts and ice cream parlour are five words that will get me into the car and heading for the coast.
The huts could be hired for fifteen pounds a day, they have a tiny fenced in garden to the rear and the front faces the beach.
The roof is planted with sempirvirens which will look lovely in bloom.
I would want the interior to have nautical stencils and brass lamps similar to this hotel that I decorated further along the coast.
Breakwaters stretch into the sea. They were broken, with handy holes to make arty shots through.
We walked along the sands, sat amongst the dunes and watched dogs chase things. Then it was time for fish and chips and ice cream.
Blyth is a few miles along the coast from the much busier resort of Tynemouth.
Tynemouth has a weekend flea market and some very good shops and cafes. It has a beautiful ruin of a priory and it also has a thriving surfing scene.
My mum told me she remembers swimming in this pool on her holidays to the north east. Back then Tynemouth was glamorous. It's not bad now but I would love to see the pool and the beach hotels restored in to their Art Deco splendour. They could be decorated with art deco stencils from us!
Tyneside folk are known for their ruggedness. I watched the surfers and marvelled at the hardiness of bare legged famillies building sand castles....it's early winter.