20 May

london 4.14pm 27C sunny wednesday 2020 high of 29.9C

i got an email from my friend john in bournemouth, with photos of his walk yesterday.  this is one of them. it showed me  the greenery that cloak the hills that skirt the beaches as he walks down the chine, which is what the little valleys are called, that  the water streams  shape the land as it drains to the sea, and it is quite a nice scenery, green on one side, then the brilliant white sand of the beach, and then the blue sea, leading to the blue sky to the horizon. i thought it had everything and looked very nice.  it looks quite wild, because it is not so built up with tower blocks and roads. so it is unlike the mediterranean coasts, where people live right by the sea, in tower blocks and have nice sea views from their flats.

in bournemouth, people have to walk or drive to the area and park their cars and then walk down the valleys(or chine) to the beach. it is great for walking the dogs, which my friend used to do so before the pandemic lockdown.  he walks other peoples dogs, people who are too busy to do it themselves. this walk he did with a friend who sold out his london flat to retire in bournemouth . there are a lot of retired people in bournemouth. you may need a car , because the hills make cycling tiring. the buses are not that frequent. and dont go to the beaches except at certain points.

i am a city person, and prefer to live in a city or big town. i would find a seaside resort too quiet for me, and i dont like the sun that much enough to lie under it for hours sun bathing. so i enjoy looking at the pictures, but it does not make me feel i am missing things not living there. haha. 

bournemouth beach


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