We went for a walk on the beach on Thursday afternoon, and as always the camera went too. Nature is slowly reclaiming this tree root, which was left on the beach after the winter storms
it wasn't me! Someone else had built a little stone stack
this daft dog dug a hole and buried his ball
then dug it up again. I caught him just as he leapt out of the hole
I read a bit in the paper at the start of the school holidays about how many hundreds of pounds parents might spend to entertain their children. Well, here is something to do that is good fun ...... and it's FREE! Let them loose on the beach to see what objects they can find, then get them to take photos
and can they find objects that look like strange animals
with pointed noses
and funny eyes ....... ok, perhaps I am easily entertained, but I had fun!
this sandbar was formed after the winter storms, and it is slowly getting bigger
I think I find another interesting bit of old groyne every time we walk on the beach
and we have to have a rusty bolt!
do you recognise this logo?
it is on this enormous Goodyear tyre
a welcome end to an enjoyable afternoon
then on Friday, we walked over to town. These swans were down on the riverside at the start of the old bridge
with their friend the goose, who was keeping an eye on me
as we walked on over the bridge, this RIB appeared, and we watched in astonishment as one of the crew jumped overboard
the boat circled round him
then he was left to haul himself back on board. But when it was turned this way we could see it was a fire and rescue boat, so we guessed that it was a training exercise
after we had enjoyed our cuppa and tarts, we walked on through the town, past the railway station, and then down through the park to the river. If you look to the left of the bench, you will see a very large rabbit sitting on the grass
part of the Castle ruins
and another part of the ruins - I really just took these two photos to show off the beautiful blue sky!
Captain Donald, setting off on a voyage of discovery?
the train gives the scale of the railway bridge, and you can see how it dwarfs the other two bridges
This pretty flower is called scabious. According to my wildflower book, it was used to cure skin complaints, in particular scabies, hence the name. It was also used to treat coughs, lung complaints and dandruff!!
having walked past the railway bridge, there was a good view of the old bridge through the new bridge
and turning round, a good view of the railway bridge, complete with its reflection in the river
as we walked back over the old bridge, we saw some men getting ready to put out their fishing net
knowing that this method of fishing has been going on for many, many years, I switched to B&W - it looks just like the old photos you see of the fishermen
on Saturday, we went for another walk on the beach ........ and I found a little wooden fish in the sand!
a rather rusty fishing boat, heading into the dock
the tide was in, so we couldn't walk along to the other stretch of the beach
we had to beat a hasty retreat to the car when there was a short sharp shower!
but then the sun came back out, and we were able to complete our walk. Sometimes when you pick up a piece of china, you hold your breath ......
....... as you turn it over to see if it has a pattern on the other side
the bow wave in the middle of the photo is from a rather weird boat ........ the bottom was like a speed boat, but with a wheelhouse like a fishing boat. It was going at a tremendous speed - scary stuff!
to finish - I did my nails on Saturday ...... and for fun I painted one silver!