A year ago today I arrived at the Square Tower in Portsmouth as Miss Collins and left as half of Mr and Mrs Davies. The first place Gary took me (many years ago!) was to the beach in front of the tower. That stretch of beach and the towers which guard it have been important to me ever since.
Some of the contributors to these collections have shared their feelings on love or the sea.
Rosemary J Kind (the editor) has her wedding anniversary in the same week as mine and says, "We spent the time around our first anniversary in Nice, and stood on the beach watching the most wonderful Bastille Day fireworks on a floating pontoon in the bay."
Tina Burton married in '99 at Burgh Island Hotel. "It was the most beautiful day. We went outside after the ceremony and had a panoramic view of the island with lagoon blue sea all around us. whenever I see a lovely blue sea, it reminds me of our wedding day."
Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights is an australian. I'm soooo jealous of the Christmas beach BBQs she told me about. I've long wanted to do that myself.
Susan Jane Jones's contribution is based in part on her own love story. She parted from her husband but felt they'd get back together again - and of course she was right.
Gill McKinlay lives near Southand on Sea. Every morning, she drives to work along the seafront admiring the view and thinking how lucky she is to have such an enjoyable commute. But as a child she spent the family seaside holidays curled in the caravan with a book. Her sister once remarked she couldn't even remember her being on holiday with her!
Alice Parrant went with her new boyfriend to Brighton in mid January. The sea wind whipped into them and the waltzer on the pier made us both ill, but they had a marvelous time. Three years later they got married, so it was the start of something very special!
Judith Bruton is an art lover who's nostalgic for the French riviera.
Jeff Williams Wrote Coffee With Luna and says it's a mix of current trends in social media and young love on campus----the kind of thing I witness every day as a university mathematics professor.
Gary Helm tells me he's been married for 43 Years (not words as I originally typed!) and sent me a poem to sum up his feelings on the subject which ends 'To know, of all the great luck I had in life the greatest was you.'
Are you in love, do you love the beach, or are you just all at sea?