Tag Archives: Southwold

Oystercatchers – big and small

The Oystercatcher.

A distinctive black and white wading bird with a red bill and red ring around its eyes.  I took this photo quickly having heard its shrill ‘kleep’, ‘kleep’, call.

We were walking along Southwold Harbour and it had been wading around in the low tide mud – as waders like to do.  It flew to stand up on the wooden structures and took a good look at us. It’s a shame it was such a dull morning the photo looks a bit fuzzy.

Looking back down to the gloomy mud we spotted another adult bird and then, to our great surprise, two youngsters.  Our morning just got a whole lot lighter!

These stocky birds feed on creatures they find in or near the water digging in with their powerful beaks and breed near the coast all over the UK.

It was a pleasure to see them so close and with their youngsters.  We’ve only ever seen them through binoculars before.

Photo Challenge BIG and SMALL

 

 

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Orange – A glow in my heart

My favourite colour?  Maybe.  A colour that definitely belongs to the Dutch.

I was born in the UK but my mum was born in Holland.  This makes me half Dutch doesn’t it? Not officially of course but that orange colour certainly makes me glow.

So here goes with a few photos of orange things.

These can now be grown in the UK.  Global warming? or maybe you need a greenhouse?

Tim is now a fan or orange too and loves to wear his orange crocs.  I am, thankfully, just out of shot or maybe too far away – swimming in the North Sea.

Our trusty beach umbrella was bright orange a few years ago – now it’s a much paler shade.  Couldn’t resist this photo though – last summer on Southwold Beach.

Mid summer – beautiful flowers with bee.

On Southwold seafront parked outside one of the beach huts I spotted, well couldn’t miss, this bicycle.  Apparently imported from Holland.  Very tempted to steal it!

Finally, a shot of something that comes to mind when thinking of Holland.

Photo Challenge Orange

WordPress Challenge : Variations (beach huts)

Variations

The beach huts at Southwold, Suffolk.  The most expensive huts on any beach!  Honestly they sell for unbelievable price tags.

Almost all have names and we have our favourites.   Many happy times have been spent here, strolling along.

In the summer the doors are open for everyone to check out the contents!  Some with little kitchen areas, some with changing areas and all with an assortment of seats and tables and families & friends enjoying a day at the beach.

The photograph below, taken out of season in mid-March, is called ‘Doris goddess of the wind’.  Always with bunting hanging in the porch, we admire it every time we visit.

There are a couple of ‘special’ huts selling teas, coffees and snacks and this one below is used during the summer season by the RNLI Lifeguards.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!  Looking forward to some warmer weather….

 

 

Routine returns – walks, seals, crowds and an old bomb!

After an enjoyable family get together over Christmas we were back home and back to work before the start of 2018. But what did we do with the three days off before really getting back to normal on the 2nd January?

Writing this on the 6th it all seems such a long time ago…..

Saturday 30th December 2017 – Southwold, Suffolk

A winter walk. Wrap up and you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. So, once you’ve got to where you want to be, I recommend starting the day off with a delicious sausage roll and coffee.  Adnams, Southwold (Suffolk) was our destination and this was our second breakfast of the day.  Tried and tested (many times) we love this place.

Second breakfast in the cafe at Adnams, Southwold

Southwold beach huts

What started out as a bit of a casual stroll turned into a brisk march.  It’s easy to cover the miles from Southwold to Dunwich & back in the summer but daylight is short at this time of the year and we had almost bitten off more than we could chew!  We only had 15 minutes to eat our lunch at Dunwich and get back before dusk.

A serene beach scene at Dunwich – looking back towards Southwold

Thankfully, we made it back to the car before dark and didn’t have to use our head torch!

Sunday 31st December 2017 – Norwich, Norfolk

We took the plunge and risked a shopping trip on New Years Eve. Outdoor shops are, unsurprisingly, our favourites and we were there for their 10am opening.   I bought a mint green lightweight rain jacket – couldn’t resist adding another to my collection!  For some women it’s shoes and handbags for me it’s everything outdoorsy.

Evening meal with Tims parents and home before the clocks struck midnight.  We are really soooo old.

Monday 1st January 2018 – Winterton, Norfolk

Last minute decision to take a shortish walk at our local beach – Winterton.  Previous posts have mentioned the seal colony at Horsey which has seen a population explosion and now stretches all the way down to Winterton.  The crowds were certainly out today, taking advantage of the dry sunny(ish) weather.

Winterton Beach from the dunes

Amongst the lower dunes some pups were almost old enough to take to the sea.  First they have to get rid of their baby white fur.  This one was having a good scratch and you can see the sand covered in fur.

Getting rid of the fur

The crowds grew as we circled back to Winterton village at 3pm.  Why do people leave it so late in the day to get out?

These horse riders, who had been in the sea, had confidence in their horses to tackle steep sand banks.

So what about the bomb?  Well later in the week Tim was chatting with one of his clients who had also been walking on Winterton Beach the day after us, on 2nd January.

He had had an unusual find in the sand.  Apparently it was partially covered so he kicked it a few times to clear the sand and take a closer look, as you do. He then left it as it was too heavy to move.  This turned out to be an unexplored bomb from World War 2 and was destroyed by the proper authorities later that very day!  He recognised it from a television report.

Obviously it was unlikely to have gone off, due to the time spent rolling around in the sea, but can you imagine the news headlines if a member of the public or say one of those horses I photographed had detonated it!?

Heres to a Happy Healthy Safe New Year.

The bomb was briefly mentioned on the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-42579754

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