A group of 18 hardy Shechemites braved the British summer for the annual visit to the seaside.
Thanks to the foresight of the Victorians in providing a shelter on the promenade, we were able to sit and eat our picnics without getting soggy sandwiches.
Fortunately, the rain stopped for a while and we de-camped to the beach.
Two hardy souls (Roger and Michael) even decided they wanted to go swimming. The rest of us looked on in amazement as they splashed in the waves, but maybe they had the last laugh as it could have been warmer in the sea than out of it. Some others paddled, just to say they had been properly to the seaside.
After an hour and a half, the rain returned so it was back to the beach shelter and a pleading phone call to Bob and Lesley at home. They took pity and plied us with hot tea and coffee when we arrived. Their generous and warm (in every sense) hospitality was much appreciated.
While most of us took the opportunity to catch up on each others’ news, Bob and Michael barbequed copious quantities of burgers and sausages which we eagerly consumed, along with scrumptious desserts and cakes. Sadly, then it was time to wend our way home. Special thanks go to Bob and Lesley for their unstinting welcome and hospitality, particularly as the day before they had returned from holiday – definitely beyond the call of duty. It was great to see everybody and enjoy fellowship together. We look forward to the sunburn next year!