a cold, crisp autumn day on the coast. happily swimming in the sea with sand between my toes. all the pebbles had washed up to the top of the beach and kids playing on the rocks. dogs being walked, people as little figures on the beach, crouched on the sand to look at something or gazing solidly out to the horizon. • this could be the coast in tasmania, new south wales, south australia or victoria, with her big sky and people wandering in wind cheaters. instead it’s sussex in october, and it was here that i really felt close to home.