Summer in November

The first day of November felt like summer.  After the experiencing Halloween madness the previous night, we along with some friends, decided that a beach day was a must, especially since the day looked very promising.

But it being late autumn, I packed coats, wellies, wooly hats and scarves in the car.  It turned out that we didn’t need them at all.  Widemouth Bay (as you all know is a fave) and was surprisingly packed well not the beach (there’s always space enough for everyone), but the parking lot, considering it was the last day of the half-term break.

While waiting to meet up with her best friend F, as always, little T and her dad were lost in the rock rockpools.

Soon little F joined his best friend and they quickly had a small collection of rock pool finds, a small fish, crab and some snails.

One must never forget the rock pooling rule: What one finds, must always return back to the sea:

T and F letting their precious finds back into the water.

And then it was time to run around like loonies.

 This was what it was like the first day of November.  It certainly felt like summer that day.  Today, the 14th is an altogether different story.  As I type this, I can see our little village clothed in grey and rain.  It is definitely autumn once again.

What’s the weather like on your side of the world?

Is it sunny or gloomy like it is here?


  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    It was a beautiful day from what I remember, a perfect way to have spent it was on the beach! It’s great to see T and F making the most of the Indian Summer, it’s a shame it’s really gone and changed now. Widemouth is a beautiful beach, it’s great you’ve really made the most of it this year! Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    That is some unusual weather, but what a nice way to break it up and enjoy the beach, for most likely “one last time”! The past couple of days have actually felt like Fall for us, last night at the football game everyone was bundled up in coats and blankets, and we sold out of hot chocolate three times working the concession stand!

    • Bundled up in coats and sipping hot chocolate makes a cozy picture! Weather here at the moment is very gloomy, drizzly and blustery 🙁

  3. Kriss MacDonald

    How lucky you are to be near the beach and enjoy such a beautiful day! November has been strange weather – but I’m not complaining. Really gorgeous shots of your day at the beach x

    • You’re right Kriss. We don’t have your lovely woodland though. The one we have nearby is nothing like the one you have in your area! X

  4. Sian | The Mama Story

    Wow when I opened up your post – I thought you must be in the southern hemisphere! Can’t believe they were padding in shorts. It has definitely turned here too – winter is setting in. Beautiful pics!

  5. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    We’ve had some incredibly warm weather this month, although it’s definitely getting chillier now. How amazing to be paddling at the beach at the start of November, fabulous!

  6. debsrandomwritings

    Hi Dean, November has been unseasonably warm over here too (well up until a couple of days ago). I used to love rock pooling as a child, sadly we don’t have tides here like the UK , so my two never experienced the fun of exploring rocky pools.

    Widemouth beach looks lovely and it’s nice that you and your family got the chance to enjoy it in the sun once more before winter set in.


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