Luckily for TLOML my favourite little sister lives in a charming little seaside town with a gentle beach break, just a couple of hours on the train from London. My parents live nearby, and if my sisters co-ordinate we can create a weekend full of niece-and-nephew chaos. There's nothing like the sight of 5 small cousins making merry to put thoughts of sunny California far from my mind.
So we headed up to Saltburn for a long weekend of sun, surf, and family fun. And here's how we're getting on:
1. Sun. Mostly absent. When it does appear, weak and fleeting.
2. Surf. Totally absent so far. The North Sea is as flat as a pancake from South Gare to Staithes. And something tells me TLOML won't be appeased with more traditional seaside pursuits like donkey rides and Punch & Judy.
|Yes, kids still go on donkey rides on the beach here|
|And Punch & Judy put on a show too.|
So, on reflection, I think I'd take a grey weekend with the family in Saltburn over the glories of Malibu. A little surf or a few rays of sun are all that's needed to bring TLOML round to my way of thinking...