When Stewart asked what I wanted to do for my birthday this week I knew straight away I wanted to go to the seaside.
We set off early Monday morning and headed to the Suffolk coast. I couldn't decide whether I wanted to go to Aldeburgh or Southwold but we plumped for Aldeburgh so I could see the wonderful Maggi Hambling sculpture on the beach.
"Scallop", a four meter high steel sculpture, is a tribute to the composer Benjamin Britten and the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned" are taken from Peter Grimes.
It is fabulous and wonderfully tactile.
I then indulged in a little bit of paddling... can't possible go to the seaside and not dip my toes in! I resisted going in for a swim though as even in July the North Sea is a bit on the cold side!
We then wandered back up the stony beach to the town where we bought fish and chips, which we ate from the paper sitting on the Promenade.
As it was still early we decided we could manage to fit in Southwold too so drove up the coast via Snape Maltings... where we indulged in a little shopping!
Do not be fooled by the sun shimmering on the sea at Southwold... by the time we had walked along the pier the wind was whipping up a storm and we just had time for a quick ice cream before the rain set in and we headed home.
Back home there was a bottle of champagne in the fridge along with a box of chocolates and a DVD (The DVD wasn't in the fridge!)... a perfect end to a perfect day. Not exactly a day of healthy eating but it is only once a year!