We have lots of lovely photos of our children on holiday at West Wittering when they were young but unfortunately none in the last few years.
Whilst the children seem happy for their friends to snap them constantly for Facebook and Instagram, they became strangely shy and withdrawn whenever their parents ineptly pick up a camera.
The solution of course was to use a photographer who knew what he was doing and then use a series of bribes and guilt-inducing harangues to get the children to agree eventually to take part in a family photo shoot.
And so it was that a couple of days ago we all went for a walk down the beach with Jesse, our springer spaniel and Jason Hedges, a Chichester-based photographer who works nationally.
Jason somehow coaxed out of us dozens of really wonderful photos and we couldn't be happier with the results. So if a similar urge takes you, just do it. It's a bit awkward but so worth it.
Thanks again Jason.
Here's a selection of photos of the real star .....
These lovely vintage earrings were rescued from the car boot sale at Fontwell and now look perfectly at home on the pumice stone we found on the beach. Seems like they were just made for each other!
We've just walked along the beach at Medmerry - as recommended in The Times last year (see directions below).
The beach feels very different to the West Wittering and Bracklesham beaches - much quieter and more isolated. There are strange and beautiful mud shapes on the beach and the old, unmaintained groynes show great weathering.
The walk is part of the coastal defence scheme at Medmerry which has involved the creation of a sea marshland which floods when the tide is very high, so protecting the houses at Selsey. The wetland is home to lots of seabirds so if you are a twitcher it's well worth a visit.
Haven't blogged for ages. So rather belatedly, here are some photos of Christmas at the Twitterings ....
Can't believe how warm it is. Almost October and people still swimming. Marvellous!
And good to see recent guests adding to our visitors' stones with some really colourful signatures.
Everyone from the junior squad at Globe Rowing Club, Greenwich, had a great time on Saturday.
They entered the RIBA Sandcastle Challenge and won 2 prizes - competitive? not at all.
Followed by a swim, fish and chips from The Boulevard and then a beach bonfire and toasted marshmallows.
The bathrooms are plain but luxurious. The sanitary ware is from Roca, the tiles from Mandarin Stone and the recycled lights and mirrors from Trinity Marine. Many thanks to Roca and Tobias Key for the photos.