HOT, HOT, HOT again today (25c) but I got to go to the beach and have a gorgeous swim. Still a bit lame but my mum said I may as well prance about on the sand as dance about on the concrete in the street. With it being sunny there were loads of visitors, but there’s plenty of sand for all of us. My mum says when she was a kid the beach was so crowded that if you went for a paddle you couldn’t find your family on the way back. This is her as a nipper playing on the sand – and it might even have been Whitley Bay. You can tell it’s ages ago cos the photo is black and white which is all you could get then. Colour hadn’t been invented. Wonder what it was like in a black and white world?