A really really lazy day at the beach

This time last week we were in the midst of a heat wave.  With temperatures set to reach 26 degrees in Norfolk we selected Walcott as our destination for the day.

Sunday 18th June 2017

It was definitely going to be a beach day. So, with Beach umbrella, chairs and picnic packed we headed for the sand and, for us, a lazy day.

Walcott, a tiny village on the Norfolk Coast, is not a snazzy seaside place, infact it’s really quiet and not at all exciting. It is, however the only village in Norfolk where the road runs right alongside the beach making it popular for motorbikers and cyclists or anyone just touring through.

It’s suffered a bit in storms. 1953, 2007 and 2013.  Infact we went to take a look at the damage in 2013 and it was incredible – large blocks of concrete moved several feet from the sea defences and homes were badly affected.

This is what the sea wall looks like at Walcott – with a concrete walkway all the way to Bacton.  The photo below was taken at high tide and only a thin strip of beach is visible – looking towards Bacton.

On the way to Walcott was passed the more popular beach destinations of Sea Palling and Happisburgh (pronounced Hazborough).  Here the good people of Norfolk were arriving in huge numbers from surrounding villages, towns and the city of Norwich.

We had chosen wisely.  Parking easily we walked a short distance and pitched our umbrella.  If you’ve never seen these they are wonderful things these – called a Sport Brella and comes in several colours.  So easy to put up and take down it takes away all the stress that you might have with other portable shelters.

There we sat….for a few hours.

A grey seal swam past as I was having a paddle. Tim took a few photos – me & seal, both checking each other out.

Then we pitched our umbrella closer to the sea for a bit more ‘air’ and sat a bit longer…it was glorious.

After a while we could take this no longer and set off for a short walk to Bacton Beach.  The tide was going out and leaving sea water stranded in long shallow pools.  I remember this happening as a child on holiday on the Dutch coast and the pools feeling like warm bath water.

You can see kids playing in the water up ahead of us on our walk in the photo below.

At Bacton we bought a couple of drinks at this tiny place ‘The Tea Shed’ and headed back.

A nice cup of tea to finish off before going home – we joined several people at the cafe/restaurant.  As I mentioned above its a popular stopping place for motorcyclists here and they arrive in big groups at the cafe.  Today it was just us and lots of large families (large in number and size!) eating fish and chips.  I did manage to capture one keen biker….

We don’t often sit about all day but today was certainly the day to do just that.  Phew what a scorcher!

Our heatwave is over now – it was fun while it lasted.

 

WordPress Challenge : Focus

A bit of fun with this weeks challenge.

I’m trying to keep track of bees visiting our garden.  From what I’ve managed to see so far there’s a good variety, including the all important Honey Bee.

This keeping track was inspired by a television programme encouraging people to record their sightings.  So, in an attempt to study them, and find out a bit more about them, I’ve been photographing theses busy creatures.

Here are a couple of ‘out of focus’ shots.  Shared with you before I delete them….

 

However I’m pleased with this one (below) even if it’s not quite what I was hoping for it makes me grin.  The bee, having visited this flower is heading just out of shot!  It seems to be in focus though.

 

Focus

WordPress Challenge : Evanescent

For a split second, between waves on a stoney beach I spotted this starfish.  It took me by surprise, the wave and the starfish, but as I had the camera in hand I took the photograph you see below.

Strange thing is I’ve seen a 12 legged (or is it 12 armed?) starfish before – only once and used it in a previous challenge.

Previous challenge

My camera was at the ready because I’d just taken a photograph of Southwold Pier.  A seaside town we love to visit as often as we can.

 

Evanescent

The back garden – 1

These themed posts will be little snippets about our small garden. What grows here and what’s in flower at the moment.

We have tended to our garden for many years.  Some plants are new, some are old – lots have moved around in redesigns.  We rely on our perennials and shrubs – it means we can go away for a week or two in the growing seasons and not worry about them.  There are places to sit in the sun, places to sit in the shade and we are lucky to have an old red brick wall at the end.

This first ‘garden’ post is going to be short & sweet.

Saturday 20th May 2017

We worked on the garden all day today. The weeds have loved the two nights and one whole day of rain we’ve had this week.  We’ve had a few months of really quite dry weather.

Well, its bright and sunny now and looks set fair for at least a week.  This will be great news for the Chelsea Flower Show, a five day event by the Royal Horticultural Society held in Chelsea, London.  I think it is, more or less, world famous. We’ve only watched programmes about Chelsea on television.  It’s something to save for our old age….not that we’re that far off now!

Meantime here are a few photos from our own patch.

In the foreground flowering on the left Aquilegia. Masses of flowering Mountain Cornflower in the centre. Wisteria just starting to flower on the pagoda behind.

Hercules with moss covered feet

Weigela (‘Flamingo Pink’ – we think!). We’ve had this a while – its 6 feet tall at least

French Lavender – the bees love them

Chives – the bees love these too

Rhodededrums below the apple tree at the bottom of the garden

 

Finally, we love our plants and have fairly big borders but keep our lawn small.  This year the daisies have completely taken over and it looks like a mini meadow!

Even when you don’t travel too far from home it’s lovely out!

 

WordPress Challenge : Reflecting

This afternoon we decided to dust off the sun loungers from their winter hibernation.  It’s one of those lovely Sunday afternoons – lots of Spring bird song with some welcome warm sunshine (interspersed with fluffy cloud).

Laying back I hear, then spot, a small airplane bound for our local airport from Amsterdam.  Sometimes you can see the pale blue colouring of the KLM aircraft.  These flights often come in directly over our place, heading for Norwich, the only plane that has this flight path.

I’d been checking through photos I took yesterday so I point the camera to the sky and take the shot.  This afternoon the sun is ‘in the wrongs place’ and I’m a little slow but hey I’m in a relaxed mood.

Watching the plane go overhead it makes me reflect on holidays abroad and on childhood trips to my mothers birthplace Holland.  Reflecting on happy, carefree times.

 

 

Reflecting

WordPress Challenge : Danger

Personally I think there probably are too many signposts in our lives today.  However, this one stopped me in my tracks and maybe more important than others?!!

Photographed somewhere along the South West Coastal Path looking towards the Rame Headland, Cornwall (not too far from Plymouth).  Thankfully no warning flags were flying and no lights displayed.

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