Garden, Photography, Seaside, Winter Walk

A last Winter Walk to the seaside

I was inspired by A Tidewater Gardener  who set a challenge to take a Winter Walk before 19 March, when winter officially ends, and share with others what can be seen on that walk.  There are those who have posted a Winter Walk who live in beautiful picturesque villages with scenic views, good enough to be in a holiday brochure.   Not everybody is lucky enough to live by the seaside so, despite the misty chilly morning, I set foot with my camera to take a pictorial trip down to the seafront.

The most direct route is a very wide road lined either side with majestic fir trees.   I love this road because the trees form a fantastic archway with the sea at the bottom of the road.

A misty Sunday morning in March

 I love the pattern of tree bark.

 It was so misty there was little point in taking a photo of the view from the top of the road, there wasn’t one this morning and it would just have been a white photo.  The photo above is facing up the road.   

I clearly remember going to the seaside as a child and the competition between my brother and I as to who could shout “I can see the sea” first.  There is still a sense of excitement to get to the bottom of the road and smell, hear and see it.   I take my mum down in her wheelchair these days and we have our own competition as to whether the tide is in or out.  This morning the tide was out.

There is a park with a bowling green and pitch and putt on the front with a pretty garden.  I like it because it doesn’t have the formality of the usual park garden, but at this time of year there is not much to photograph, that is where it falls down, it is not a winter garden.  There were some lovely crocuses, most of which were flattened by the earlier rain but the intensity of colour was well worth capturing.  It was such a contrast to the grey and misty morning.

The park, being sited just across from the sea,  surprises me to find olive trees with their gnarled trunks and wispy leaves.  They seem out of place somehow, more suited to a beach in Greece, but its good to see them surviving the ravages of winter by the sea.  I do know how hardy they are, though, and I have one in my garden, although not all wizened and old like these.


Just before I left the park, I suddenly saw a couple of daffodils poking out of a lavender bush.  They too seemed out of place but there they were, growing happily and bravely, where they shouldn’t be.

Crossing the road on to the seafront, there is the Southern Water drought garden.  When it first appeared  the wood sculptures were new and bright and stood out a bit, but it has weathered well and the drought resistance plants such as Sea Thrift are thriving.  Yes, the sea is there but you can hardly make out the horizon, it was so misty.

Finally, before I turned for my walk home, I had to take a photo of seaweed, after all it is part and parcel of the seaside.  It adds to the ozone, although in summer months it can sometimes be a bit overpowering.  This seaweed had collected in a piece of driftwood, like a little bowl of seaside salad.

I hope you enjoyed my Winter Walk which, after 19 March, will change constantly throughout the seasons.

Thank you Plantaliscious for your lovely blog post, without which I would not have known about Winter Walk.

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15 thoughts on “A last Winter Walk to the seaside”

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! You won one of the prizes in my Winter Walk Off. If you let me know what address you would like to use, I will mail your prize. My email is “morehiways at cox dot net”. I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. hello Ronnie, I very much enjoyed your walk to the sea, I too was wondering what part of the UK you are in especially when I saw the water breaks they remind me of the south coast, Bognor, Littlehampton, etc. Frances

    1. Well done Frances! Worthing/Goring so you were very near. You must have lived on the South Coast to recognise it. Thank you for subscribing I hope I manage to keep you entertained!


      1. hello Ronnie, I grew up near Sutton, Surrey and my Dad had a motor bike and sidecar, most Saturdays in the summer were spent at Climping, it was very basic a farmer opened up one of his fields to park in, I lived on a very large housing estate and every summer about 11 – 15 coaches decended on Littlehampton full of children aged 7 – 14! happy childhood memories of the late 40’s and 50’s, I’m ahead of you I hit the big six O five years ago and I’m loving it so relax and enjoy, Frances

        1. I can just imagine you all piling off the coach at Climping. Childrens seemed to have so much more fun years ago or is that my imagination. My father (born 1924) said they used to drive down with a neighbour in their car to Climping from Chiswick. Clearly a favourite destination!

  3. Enjoyed your walk Ronnie ~ how lucky you are to be so near to the sea. We still have a competition to see who sees the sea first whenever we are heading to the coast 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for participating, especially for showing a place near the sea. If you poke around my site you will see lots of my part of the Atlantic. I tried to figure out what part of England you live in, is it Isle of Wight? I was surprised to see an olive tree on your walk.

    1. Hi Les, I live on the West Sussex coast. Olive trees grow quite well here, but I have never understood quite why or how.

      I will poke around your site to look at your part of the Atlantic.


  5. How NICE to take a seaside walk…we are very very far from the sea at any rate, and may only see it once every few years if lucky. And the yellow crocus! They are so happy and pretty!

  6. Hi Ronnie-what a great idea to photograph a winter walk. So often we are so busy getting to where we are going that we don’t notice where we have been and miss so much,particularly in the winter when we can just put our heads down and battle on taking no notice of anything in our path. Even on a grey day your walk was lovely-I love the colour of the crocuses-so cheery on a dull day, even if they are a bit battered!
    Thanks for your kind words on my blog. Its reasuring to know we are not alone in our struggles! xx

  7. That olive is less ‘wizened’ than brutally pollarded. Love the rest of your walk. And have just read a blog post about how Japan has a lost a large stretch of coast where they harvested sea vegetables. Exactly the salad you talk of ;~) Oh and Lost in the Landscape has a ‘beach Zamboni’ on his tsunami post – no seaweed allowed on THAT beach!
    Diana of EE

  8. Oh how wonderful! I’m so glad you took us for a walk to the sea, I miss it, and I could almost smell and hear it. I love those trees lining your route, and the happy crocuses, but my favourite photograph has to be the sea itself, with the wooden breakwater. So evocative, I love it when sea and sky merge like that. I’d swap all the pretty buildings round here to be able to stroll down and watch the waves, though I know it can make gardening a little challenging. Thank you for the link!

    1. Janet, so glad you enjoyed my walk to the sea. I loved your walk and your beautiful scenery but when push comes to shove I wouldn’t be without being able to walk to the beach and see the sea every day. My apologies for mispelling your name, it is now corrected.

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