On Saturday we got off to a quicker start. We took the Brighton train from St Pancras but that seaside resort was not our destination and we would have to change trains en route. The question was where it would be best to do so.
The station and the trains were crowded. Perhaps the fine weather had brought people out but there also seemed to be some football and rugby matches on, to judge from the way people were dressed. The train was packed with people standing. I had a window seat and was thus imprisoned. My back shows little sign of improvement and I need time to get up out of my seat.
I suggested that we put off changing until we reached Gatwick because I knew lots of people would get off there, clearing the way to the door and making the train wait so I would have time to get off. The plan worked. Moreover, we could take the lift from the platform to save a painful climb up the stairs.
We boarded the second train and in due course reached our destination: Littlehampton. Arriving there is a slow journey because the train traces a loop through smaller towns such as Worthing and Goring-by-Sea.
Staying with the horological theme for the moment, I found this imposing specimen in a mainstreet. Note the legend “Progress” beneath it: they are fond of progress in Littlehampton.
The last time we came here, we went on the beach to the west of the town and saw the wolf spiders. Today, we stayed in town. The weather was warm and sunny, not so much a day for rushing about; more a day for strolling and sitting. So we strolled and sat.
We strolled through the old arcade but the place to be in Littlehampton on a sunny day is the seafront, which is a pleasant place to be as these contrasting views show.
There was a feature of Littlehampton that had attracted me to the place the first time I came here. You can just see it in the third photo above. Swans! I have nowhere else seen so many swans all together.
There were so many, engaged in so many different activities, especially when people fed them, that I spent some time watching and photographing them and could have spent longer.
After lunch, we took the bus to Arundel. The town is famous for its castle, which you can see here jutting above the old Post Office, but we did not visit it. Something to do another time, perhaps.
Arundel is quite a pretty town to visit and a good place to go if you are interested in antiques as there are antiques shops everywhere. Below are a couple of pictures of an arcade that was unfortunately shut by the time we got there and third is of another fascinating shop.
Something else that caught my imagination was this swan. She is nesting and so close to the road – and a public walkway – that it is easy to approach and photograph her. I couldn’t see whether there were any eggs in the nest but I assume there must be.
We took the bus back to Littlehampton and from there, the train to Victoria. We are now officially on holiday so, all being well, more adventures will follow in the course of the week.