Day 20: Littlehampton to Selsey Bill – Storming & Norming

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England, Sussex
Harbour Park, Littlehampton, Sussex.

Harbour Park, Littlehampton, Sussex.

Rain falls so insistently the geese stand with their bills tucked under their wings. Moments later I’m startled by a lighting flash and immediate thunder clap that sounds overhead – the rain dial is upped to monsoon.

Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Milky landscape – despite the weather feel happy to walk along along the strip of sand at the edge of the waves. Sky, land and sea – everything is water.

Beach Huts, Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Beach Huts, Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Hours of rain walking later I pause in the Bait House cafe in Felpham and feel embarrassed that they had to mop after me to prevent other customers slipping after all the rain sloughed off me into the floor. The waiter in the cafe says sometimes the flood is so bad everyone’s fish ponds overflow – “There’s carp in our river and everyone tries to catch it”

Slipway, Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Slipway, Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

The storm clears momentarily which makes for just the kind of inky skied photography that I hope for during these storms.

Bognor Regis Pier I, Sussex.

Bognor Regis Pier I, Sussex.

Butlin’s a huge warehouse fenced off from sea – more prison camp than holiday camp from this side. The water flume has a disconcertingly rusty industrial quality.

Splash Waterworld, Butlins, Bognor Regis Holiday Park, Sussex.

Butlins, Bognor Regis Holiday Park, Sussex.

The British after a break in torrential rain are like the Viet Cong after a napalm strike – the holiday makers emerge on mass the instant the rain stops. Unconquerable promenading, drinking tea and talking about the weather.

Bognor Regis Pier II, Sussex.

Bognor Regis Pier II, Sussex.

Beach on the beach offers a rather sorrowful man-made rectangle of sand on the shingle in Bognor. Further along Vision nightclub on the pier is festooned with cctv eyes.

Slug & Beach Huts, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

Slug & Beach Huts, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

“Oi Luv, look there’s a walley trolley here” – a man points at the land train sign on the water front.

Wreck of WW2 Mulberry Harbour pontoon, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

Wreck of WW2 Mulberry Harbour pontoon, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

Aldwick Beach, Sussex.

Aldwick Beach, Sussex.

Outfall, Aldwick, Sussex.

Outfall, Aldwick, Sussex.

Marker, Pagham, Sussex.

Marker, Pagham, Sussex.

Saltmarsh landscape of Pagham Harbour a welcome and more sheltered change even though requiring an 8 Km detour. Very slippery path around that would be underwater at high tide, generously scattered with baby crab shells.

Kayaks, Pagham, Sussex.

Kayaks, Pagham, Sussex.

The only food I find to buy in the pub at Pagham was a packet of peanuts but times like this the chemistry of the food turning to energy is so tangible and I march on reinvigorated.

Pagham Harbour I, Sussex.

Pagham Harbour I, Sussex.

A deer close enough to see the texture of its coat stares at me momentarily. Oak tree groaning with acorns overhangs the salt marshland provides momentary shelter from the rain.

Seagull, Pagham Harbour, Sussex.

Seagull, Pagham Harbour, Sussex.

Large graveyard at Norton priory with many recent burials. “DAD” spelt out in a white floral tribute at the foot of the freshest.

Pagham Harbour II, Sussex.

Pagham Harbour II, Sussex.

Store in Selsey has a hand written note on the till –
‘No Top/Shirt No Service’.
“Lots of naked people in here?” I ask
“Oh, we get all sorts”

Pagham Harbour III, Sussex.

Pagham Harbour III, Sussex.

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