I'll tell you what I miss most...the seaside, I used to live one mile from the ocean and now I'm many more miles away from it.
That's not to say I'm not happy with the welsh beaches I live close to, I adore the sandy shores of Pendine, Pembrey and Llansteffan...miles and miles of broad sandy beaches, perfect for walking the dog, splashing through the waves and soaking up the sun. They don't get as busy as Brighton beaches and they are my favourite places to be.
But, and it's a big but, I miss my childhood beaches of Brighton and Hove. I don't understand why, but I even have fond memories of climbing up from the sea, across the pebbles 'ouch', hopping and stepping carefully to find your towel, placed strategically far up the beach... I remember wandering, again stepping carefully, across the beach trying to find the patch of sand that you know is there...but where? Then you find it... A metre square patch of golden sand...what a find, a real treasure! And sitting on the pebbles, throwing stones at drinks cans lodged ten feet away! And I love the 'plop' of stones as they arc and plunge into the sea as they escape your hands.
I love the big stone groynes placed between the beaches, I can remember spending warm evenings sitting on the end of these watching the sun go down and enjoying friendships and romances! I loved late evenings watching the sunset with the ocean stretching out in front of me...
I remember the magic of walking on the Palace Pier as a young girl, and staring down through the weathered wooden boards at the green ocean twinkling and sparkling in the sunlight below. The salty smell of the ocean and the wind rippling through my hair...I relived all these last week!
So I miss Brighton...I think there'll always be a magic in your place of birth that you won't find anywhere else!