Walk to East Beach, Shoeburyness and treasure

It was lovely to see East Beach again, we walked there and it was a sight for sore eyes. I have not been there during this lock-down, but today we did our exercise and walked there and back. It was windy on the beach and a little chilly, but we were wrapped up and we spent about fifteen minutes walking along and i picked up some sea glass and pottery shards.
This was the view along the beach looking along the Thames to Southend in the distance.
On the way back along the road behind our house is a couple of trees, Cherry Blossom was busting from the branches, love this colour pink and the blue sky, with the sunlight highlighting the leaves making them coppery.
Creeping over the back wall into the road was our Montana Alba clematis. It was so lovely, lots of buds and bright white flowers.
Sea glass and pottery shards from East Beach. I love finding these in the sand and pebbles, who knows where they came from but the age of some of pieces mean they have been swept around the River Thames for some time. So this is my treasure haul from our walk.

Egyptian Geese

These Egyptian geese were in Friars Park, Shoeburyness in November. They were a colourful group who seemed to enjoy their surrounding. They were a cheery treat on a bleak November day.

The Egyptian goose was introduced into Norfolk in Victorian times, and they established a good breeding group. Due to milder winters they are now appearing in other areas.

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Egyptian Geese

Copper brown Egyptian geese are in the marsh,
they call from the plumed reeds
and they leave flat tracks in the clay
when they walk past in a small group
and I hear them from far of on the porch
when the pond resound with their voices
just their at the old sunken sloop
where I notice the sun shining on the water,
how they suddenly fly up and spread
as they avoid a dog that is running loose.
Gert Strydom

Flamingo

I hope you like these photos of flamingos, love the colours and the reflections in the water. I found them on my camera as I was emptying the card, so thought it might be good to blog about some of the things which are memories to me.

Flamingo a beautiful word, the definition : a tall wading bird with mainly pink or scarlet plumage and long legs and neck. It has a heavy bent bill that is held upside down in the water in order to filter-feed on small organisms.

In our house they have another name flingamo, my son James struggled to get his head around the word flamingo, his attempt was ‘flingamo’ and it stuck. The pictures are from a trip to Amazona in Cromer and I instantly thought flingamo’s. It did make me smile and in these strange and weird times we need to keep smiling. Be safe.

Seals and birds at Blakeney

We went on a seal trip out from Morston off along the Blakeney Spit. We encounted lots of common and grey seals, terns, curlew, oystercatchers, cormorants and gulls.

Such a great trip seeing the local wildlife.

Tern fishing
Little Egret
Curlew
A parcel of Oystercatchers
Terns and chicks
Terns
Grey seals
Common seals
A gulp of Cormorants
Morston Quay
Gulls

Blakeney

Last week we had a week away and our base was Blakeney in North Norfolk. We stayed in a lovely house overlooking the salt marshes and it was wonderful. Our dogs and family had a lovely time chilling, walking, reading books and generally catching up with ourselves. It us such a great place to go and the walks in the surrounding area is a fine way to spend some time.

A pheasant overlooking the vista from the bottom of the garden
The edge of the quay at Blakeney
So still!
A mirror on the quay
Little Cat and Penguin Small enjoying the garden with sailing friends.

Seagulls

Living in Shoeburyness we see and hear a lot of seagulls. They are incredible birds and when soaring in the air so majestic. I took the below photos out at Old Leigh and they were amazing flying over the water. The photos have captured the movement of their wings, so beautiful. The poem is by Edwin John Pratt.

The Seagull (by Edwin John Pratt)

For one carved instant as they flew,
The language had no simile—
Silver, crystal, ivory
Were tarnished. Etched upon the horizon blue,
The frieze must go unchallenged, for the lift
And carriage of the wings would stain the drift
Of stars against a tropic indigo
Or dull the parable of snow.

Now settling one by one
Within green hollows or where curled
Crests caught the spectrum from the sun,
A thousand wings are furled.
No clay-born lilies of the world
Could blow as free
As those wild orchids of the sea.

Endeavour

The Endeavour is a wooden cockle boat and can be seen on the left of the picture at Old Leigh. This actual boat went across the English Channel to be part of the flotilla to evacuate the troops at Dunkirk on the 31st June 1940. (Click on the link to get more information)

This picture was taken when the tide was in and the water was so still that I could get a reflection in the water.

Endeavour

Old Leigh (Leigh-on-Sea)

Old Leigh was visited twice this week and is such a lovely place to walk and wander. The brisk sea air and the sights and sounds are lovely. I was particularly struck by the amazing clouds which were the back drop to many of my photographs. Also this was the first time I have got reasonably close to a Little Egret. Such a nice place so I will be visiting again.

Amazing Clouds
Tide is out
Container ship on the main Thames
Pretty Cottage Front
Little Egret
Little Egret
Amazing Clouds