Beach Days: West Wittering

It’s a rarity that we have a bank holiday weekend in the UK and glorious weather but that is exactly what happened this weekend. The sun was well and truly shining and what better way to spend the day than on the coast.

We knew it was likely to be heaving but we have been so busy of late with weddings and holidays and renovating our house we thought this is the only option for a quiet day of doing nothing. So it was decided we would get up early and make the trip down to West Wittering in West Sussex. 

We have a lovely little dog who we like to take with us on as many adventures as possible and as he has never been to the beach before this trip was all about him. 

The Wittering’s are very dog friendly- they can’t go on the whole beach between May and September- the main section in front of the beach huts is off limits but it is plenty large enough for them to frolick away from this area- and truth be told much better as the rest of the beach in front of the sand dunes was lovely and quiet even on the busiest of days. 

The Wittering’s are around an hour and half’s a drive from London and it’s a relatively easy drive. Parking is plentiful- there is a big expanse of grass to park on which is pay and display- £8 in summer I believe it’s £6 in low season so make sure you have cash. The area is well catered for with toilets and a cafe selling ice cream, the obligatory fish and chips and any other refreshments you might need.

You can bring BBQs and all the catering you desire with many people setting up camp on the grass in the car park before making way to the beach. 

The water was very calm and shallow- perfect for dogs to paddle in and the wide expanse of beach means mans best friend can really let loose. 

The glorious soft white sand in the dunes was a lovely secluded spot to sit and let the pup calm down after the excitement of playing with so many dogs and experiencing the sea for the first time- he ran in after a big lab chasing a ball and got quite a shock when just his head was out of the water. 

For me this is the perfect dog walking spot before the crowds arrive- and probably even better out of season. 


Misdemeanour #3

This is more a common occurrence than a specific misdemeanour nowadays.

Or maybe the little monster is in training for a new job, to be the new Andrex puppy… Yep toilet roll is the feature of this story and Finns desire to get into the bathroom when we aren’t around and unravel the entire roll. Then when we find the mess he has created he proceeds to jump all over it and protect it so we can’t clear it up!

Unfortunately with this one he looks so cute rolling around in all the loo roll it’s hard to be mad. But then again it is a terrible waste, if only he really was sponsored by Andrex…

Note to self, never leave the bathroom door open… 


Misdemeanour #2

I love shoes, I truly believe a girl can never have too many, (like bags, lipstick, nail polish, jewellery) Finn however thinks differently…something he perhaps learnt from my husband… 

Or maybe not, maybe it was his love for shoes that drove him to undertake misdemeanour number two. 

I recently purchased a pair of gold topshop sandles that are the perfect party shoe, super high, barely there and great value for money. 

I came home from work to find said shoes in Finns bed… chewed. It seems his aim was to bite all of the gold off the heel. Tiny teeth marks everywhere, shoes now ruined. 

Maybe he mistook them for one of his chewey bones, they are quite similar I suppose. Or maybe he is the naughty dog deep down we all know he is but due to his immense cuteness think of a multiple of excuses for his ‘cheeky behaviour’. 

I have no idea how he managed to get hold of them and get them out the box and into his bed but he did and now they are no more.

From now on all shoes must stay out of pups reach. Maybe another visit to topshop is due… 


Misdemeanour #1

#1Stealing Sweets

Finny is my 9 month old French bulldog. He has always had a mischievous streak- when he was a wee puppy he got up to all sorts but we thought he was finally mellowing. We thought wrong.

I am a true sweet lover, sweets are one of my many vices and i always have a bowl or jar of sweeties around the house. We happened to have some leftover raspberry bonbons from our wedding so a large glass bowl was placed on the dining room table as a new centerpiece.

Finny being a frenchie and a young one at that is a relatively small dog, dining tables are way out of reach for such a pup so this was deemed a relatively safe place to leave them and not an unusual act.

Somehow this tiny little piggy managed to climb onto the table and eat the entire bowl of bonbons, blue slime was found all over the table and my laptop.  An entire bowl- gone. He loves his food but this was a new low even for him.

Sweets may longer be a part of my household…..