It was my wife's birthday the other week so friends and family headed off to the beach at West Wittering for a Sunday afternoon of October sun and fun. The beach is located about 8 miles south of Chichester and has a lengthy sandy beach, sand dunes and salt marshes.
The wind was just strong enough to get the kite out and the sand was definitely sandy enough for Jake the Spaniel to become a walking sand pit.
Sand was also something that Merryn found fascinating, so much so that she couldn't resist the temptation to see what it actually tasted like.
When she realised that it was actually not good to have a mouthful of sand in her mouth and water was gratefully accepted, it was time to head off to the sea for a bit more fun.
October can be a strange month because the days are getting shorter and cooler and life is starting to wind down in the garden but every now and then we are treated to a day of amazing sunshine and warmth to remind us that summer hasn't let go just yet.
With the sun low in the sky and Merryn landing safely back in my arms it was time to turn back and head for home.
Walking past the marram grass along the sand dunes gave me an idea for a microscope post but I didn't collect any on this occasion. Next time I go down I will.