We were desperate for an outing. We went to the beach. Big mistake. It was very, very hot. It was extremely crowded. But is was good to see something different, hear the sea, enjoy the light, observe natural things. Kept ourselves as safe as possible. Shingle beach, outcrops of rock, small clumps of seaweed washed ashore, fossils in the rocks, light dancing on the waves, pebbles glistening under water. A small taste of the seaside. Next time we’ll wait for cooler weather and fewer visitors.