I had an afternoon out on Monday of this week and my lovely husband and I along with my Dad visited St Anne’s and Lytham on the Fylde coast.
On arrival we sat in the Pavilion café and we had a conversation about how changeable the weather in our country was and if we could only guarantee the weather, holidays and days out would be different.
I have heard this comment before and most probably like you, have uttered these words on many occasions (usually on sunny days like Monday was). But then as we walked round the area I got to thinking.
Most of us would agree that we wouldn’t go abroad as much if we could rely on the weather two days in a row let alone for a week! As I checked out St Anne’s and Lytham I saw that there was an infrastructure of hotels and apartments and shopping centres. These were small and pretty and more importantly on this sunny day busy! Both areas had lovely landscaped parks with sunken gardens along the sea front in St Anne’s and the famous windmill at Lytham.
In St Anne’s there was a pier, again small but with enough going on to pass an hour or two; there were sand dunes as well as a well kept and clean beach. The sand was a hard packed, dark gold rather than golden but with the sun shining on it, and the sea in the distance gleaming on the horizon; the scene was lovely to look at.
Both town areas had a boating lake, Fairhaven in particular was huge and St Anne’s boasted a cinema and small amusement park for children. The promenades were perfect for strolling along on a sunny day with vendors selling all the seaside paraphernalia you could want. Cafes and restaurants were in abundance and would be able to meet all budgetary and dietary needs.
We had a really enjoyable day. On our way home, in the evening sunlight, a warm glow spread over the emerald green fields, which lay next to russet brown ploughed fields; farmers in tractors working into the late evening could be seen and a herd of deer sitting outside as if they were enjoying the end of the day’s afterglow, made a perfect countryside scene.
The area had everything that you could want for a week’s holiday destination with lots of nearby places to visit as well, such as Blackpool and Cleveleys further up the coast.
The only problem with this scenario is the reliability of the weather. Yes, Monday was a lovely day but the change on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week left a lot to be desired. The weather forecast for the rest of the week predicts temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees, which would mean that these areas would not be as hospitable and appealing. This is a shame. I’m sure that other areas of British Isles have a lot to offer us in the way of holiday or day out destinations but our weather unfortunately ruins the planning of them!
I do hope that the weather forecasters’ predictions of a hot summer this year is true because I would recommend that you set out and explore the British countryside and coastal areas as much as you can – as I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed!
Thought for the day: Sunshine and warmth lead to contentment.