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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

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WordPress Challenge : Growth

Happy New Year!

Rather sneakily I have pulled out a photo that I took almost a year ago for this challenge.  Back in February 2017 I added a post about a walk which included going through a wood carpeted with snowdrops.  The display, which we have seen more than once, makes you stop I your tracks, it’s quite something.

My post, from last year, about the walk is here:-

Hansel and Gretel with Snowdrops in Suffolk

For some reason I didn’t include a close up shot that I took which is strange because I was quite proud of it.  Anyway, it’s as if it’s been waiting for this challenge to make an appearance and I hope this is a good representation of the word Growth.

First sign of spring

Growth

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

Dunwich – a place lost to the sea

Every now and then we venture into our neighbouring county -Suffolk.  Southwold, Walberswick, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness – we love to go back to them time and again.  There’s just something about these coastal places – with their relaxed holiday feel and plenty of history.

Last weekend we went to Dunwich, also in Suffolk, a very small village that we take in as part of a walk (but sometimes a cycle route). We stop there, have lunch or tea or ice cream (or all of those things!) then head back to wherever we started from.  It’s a turning point.

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From a small car park at a junction called ‘five fingers’, a quiet in the middle of nowhere place, we set off  – immediately onto a footpath heading out towards the sea, through the marsh at Walberswick.  Unbelievable muddy in places, we tried avoiding it by skirting the edge of the path but in the end it got the better of us.

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Eventually the path has more height giving you a view of the reed and shingle bank just in from the sea.  We spotted Bearded Tit – a beautiful little bird, very secretive that actually has a moustache not a beard!  Google it.

We turned right at Dingle Hill which is just a small rise just above sea level! Eventually on to a stony track, the sun started to break through and we were starting to pass a few other walkers.

At Dunwich we found the popular Beach Tea Room and Fish & Chip Shop next to the large car park closed (til end March).  We sat and ate our packed lunch and watched disappointed occupants of cars coming and going.  We couldn’t help but feel a bit smug.

A little bit of history….

The fact is that Dunwich used to be one of the largest towns in England.  Boasting nine churches, two monasteries and a population of several thousand back in medieval days.  Then, after a series of storms between 1286 and 1347, almost the entire place disappeared into the sea, including the harbour which is what made it prosper.  That’s the trouble with sandy shorelines.

Back to our walk – we headed inland and through Dunwich Forest.  All heathland, coniferous trees and sandy tracks.  It’s quite beautiful.

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Almost back to the parked car there is a notice board that I had to photograph.  For all those members of my family named after my Oma – look at the Trail name – this one is for you.

It’s a lovely part of the world.

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