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“Life is a beach…enjoy the waves!”

It’s natural now, to head to some of the more risky places when a storm is forecast. So an hour before high tide hit today, we found ourselves on Southsea Beach (Portsmouth UK) watching some of the biggest waves I’ve ever seen.

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Living fairly inland in the South means that I rarely get to watch how the weather affects the sea and the coast. So quite possibly the images I captured today are normal scenes for some people. But actually it was quite epic to be amongst the howling winds, crashing waves and flying bits of hail stones and sand grains.

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After photographing one end of Southsea beach, we decided to head back mainly because the tide was already covering our return path.  We wanted to head to the other side, but the sea gates were already closed. However a quick detour meant that we could nip around and photograph where the biggest impact of the storm was hitting.

4The carpark was underwater and most of the spaces along the coast were flooded, but we found one to perch in whilst we quickly took some more shots. And quick they were. We both ended up drenched by waves whilst we sacrificed cameras to get some good shots and footage.

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‘Joe’s’ the beach cafe was being completely overcome with waves. Despite this they were still open and serving hot food! It was a bit bizarre… they were obviously well equipped for the waves as they had special drainage points to tip the water back into the sea from. Even so…it was daunting!

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The journey home was hectic, the motorways were saturated with water and the gusts of wind were shaking the car as we travelled, but we made it home in one salty, soaking wet piece.

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Below is a video that William took with the GoPro (luckily a waterproof camera!)

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“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

Yesterday, many residents of the local town turned out to watch the homecoming march of soldiers returning from Afghanistan. We don’t often have parades such as this, so it was incredibly nice to see so many people line the streets, almost like a flash mob really. The morning begun slowly, with people milling around, doing their shopping – and then as 10:30am drew closer, the crowds drew in.

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The 22 Engineer Regiment from Perham Down all returned safely after a six month tour of Afghanistan. It makes a change from the last home-coming I went to at Wootton Bassett where the gaps in the lines of soldiers were fairly significant, as was the list of names of those who had not returned safely.

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The mood yesterday was very different, very positive and upbeat. The soldiers marching were struggling to hide their smiles and their emotion as the crowds cheered them through the town.

23Then to top it off nicely, and provide a true home-coming – the sunset was gorgeous!

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