Worthing Wanderings · 30 Days Wild 22-28
It’s been a week filled with incidental wildness. On Thursday evening I went up to Plymouth, before starting the journey to Worthing the following morning, heading off to spend the weekend at my friend’s mum’s house for her baby shower.
On the way up there were the usual buzzards flying over the motorway to admire, but more of a surprise was the beautiful deer I admired at Solent Business Park when we took a wrong turn off of the M27 into Fareham. They’re not an animal I get to see often, leaving me incredibly happy every time I do.
I often find that people in more built up areas expect those of us in the countryside to see them often, but in more rural areas their behaviour changes and they tend to stay pretty hidden from view when they’ve got the space to roam away from people. It’s the same with foxes, a lot of people have assumed I must see them all the time in the countryside but it’s often not like that at all as the wildlife is a lot shyer when surrounded by fewer people.
Upon arriving in Worthing we enjoyed an evening sat outside, eating a lovely risotto cooked by my friend’s sister. I love dining alfresco, and adding to the wildling experience I opted for Waggle Dance as my drink of choice. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and as well as looking good it’s a tasty and easy to drink ale.
After eating we went for a stroll along the incredibly windy seafront before heading to the Rose & Crown pub where we spent the remainder of the evening enjoying the beer garden. I’d never been to Worthing before so it was nice to visit a different part of the country, though I still can’t quite get over how weird it is to have a seafront without cliffs. I’m not sure I’ve ever been somewhere where you can see the sea as far as the eye can see (now that’s a tongue twister) without any view of cliffs and for someone who is used to rugged coastline, it’s definitely strange.
In the morning I excitedly woke up to a squirrel at the window. I know some people aren’t fans, but I adore them! Saturday wasn’t great barbeque weather, but we persevered and had a really nice baby shower. Sunday’s weather was much better so went for another seafront walk, watching kite surfers and looking for non-existent driftwood, followed by some live pub music.
Come Monday it was time to leave, so we packed up the car and headed off back down the coastal roads towards Plymouth, stopping briefly in Bridport to stretch the legs on the way home. As we drove we watched red kites flying above the road, a beautiful bird that I’ve previously not seen as the sightings are few and far between in Cornwall.
Over the next couple of days, we chilled out and watched a few nature documentaries in our spare time, including one on the gorgeous Iberian Lynx. I’ve been brushing up on Spanish wildlife in preparation for my two closest friends moving out there. Whilst I don’t expect I’ll see the endangered lynx, I can always hope!
It was really nice to have a change of scenery for a few days, something I haven’t done as much as I used to recently due to being preoccupied with business. A good reminder to mix things up a bit and something I’ll be trying to make more space for in my life. A change of scenery really does wonders for my mood!