The forecast said rain, a glance out of the window said otherwise, so, after a knocked together lunch from yesterday’s leftover mushroom and courgette stew, tarted up with some spinach, pasta and smoked paprika, we headed out in the car for the coast.
The outgoing tide attracted flocks of waders, gulls, oyster catchers, black-headed gulls, and some I haven’t yet been able to identify, all running along the shore at the receding waters.
Inland as we turned from the beach towards the marina we passed pochards, tufted ducks and more black headed gulls and what I think could be a Bean Goose.
I stopped to talk to another dog walker with a pair of young Tibetan Terriers before turning back to complete the circuit by retracing my steps, returning to the shore.
Some pictures from this morning’s walk from Waterloo Marina. I come here often because of the flat smooth surface which makes it ideal for Heidi’s buggy. We had already made a visit to Stanley Park before breakfast, and as soon as I had finished my bowl of cereal, brushed my teeth and ran my fingers through my hair, I bundled the dogs off into the car and drove the seven miles to the marina car park at Waterloo.
Usual Sunday morning boating activities taking place on the boating lake. I normally take in a stroll round the lake and then back home – but today decided to continue along the promenade. At Blundellsands we abandoned the prom for the grassy bank behind the sand dunes, very popular with dog walkers. I try to encourage Heidi to get out of her buggy and take some exercise along this stretch of the walk. But soon she was back in the buggy and we were striding along the prom heading towards the top car park and the prospect of a bag of chips from the mobile burger van. Little Miss Hoppalong was a big hit with the caterers and was offered a sausage to share with Max. We sat for a while enjoying our lunch and enjoying the views across the estuary.
A walk along the coast at Another Place was cut short by the incoming storm. Barely made it back to the car before the rains came. I struggled to get the door open in the wind. It was raining both inside and outside the car at that point. Still it was all worth it to get these shots.