Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Some mornings ......

.................... you have to get up early to catch the sky. This was taken from the back door; it might have been better from the beach, but I was not dressed. It was just after five o'clock and I have not altered the colours, it really did look like this.

The Marsh marigold has turned up on the river bank for the first time this year and is looking very pleased with itself.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Mundesley's answer to the punt.

Not enough surf? No problem, get a paddle and ride the small waves. It is warm this morning so the wet suit is at half mast, you just have to get the tan.

At the other end of the beach the sand martins are setting up home. Lots of action and noise as they work out who gets which hole in the cliff. There are other holes further along the cliff but they don't seem to like them, wrong side of the track I presume.

Friday, 23 April 2010

All together now ........... best foot forward

These oystercatchers are in step on the sand looking for food.

The Dandelion may be a weed in gardens but it really is a very handsome flower.

No surf today, the sea has gone very quiet, so one more picture from the other day.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The boys are back......

The surf is running at Mundesley and three lads were out having a go.
I braved the north-easterly to get some pics, my fingers were frozen but it was worth it.
More pics later in the week if the surf holds.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The return of the beach huts.

It may not look very dignified but a forklift truck is the only way to make the descent.
The huts have been away on their holidays for the winter and have returned to enjoy the Mundesley sunshine.
As you can see, it is a lovely sunny morning but with a brisk north- westerly so I did not stay long.
It may be warmer after lunch.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Colour in the sky.

The sunset last night had a gentle hue for the first time in some time ...... is this the ash?
The sunrise also was quite colourful this morning but that is not so unusual at this time of year. A bit of colour in the sky is perhaps the only good thing to come out of this volcano.
It does make you think how dependent we all are on technology and how powerful nature is.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Springbeauty not yet in flower.

This little annual was looking very fresh in the morning sun.

An empty sky, no planes, it all seemed rather strange.
It's not that I can hear the sound of planes, because of the sea, but no traces in the sky was odd.

Here is a small web of a funnel spider with the morning dew on it, one of many on the cliff.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

You don't often find a thrush's anvil.

These are not your ordinary garden snails but the banded snails that live in the grass on the cliff. They have pretty shells and I understand surveys are done to check their numbers. The thrush did not know this so it ate them.

The Buckthorn is coming into leaf and looking rather handsome.
A Mayweed is taking over a small patch of bare cliff. There are many of these after the mud slides we had over the winter.
I shall watch with interest to see what grows on them.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Early evening sunshine.

The sea is looking beautiful and is a flat calm, as the fishermen say.

It has been a warm day and I have slight sunburn on my arms.
You don't think of factor 20 this early in the season.

The ducks were back feeding in the stream, the drake is looking very dapper.

Friday, 9 April 2010

I see no ships.

Sitting in the sun looking at the sea, not a bad occupation on a lovely day. I think I might do the same...........

The Allium triquetrum [three-cornered leek] is in flower at last, rather later than usual.
It`s not a common plant but Mundesley seems to have most of them.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A peacock butterfly in the morning sun.

A pair of mallard ducks came to visit. They were in the stream until I went out with the camera, they then dashed up the bank to greet me. The drake found the gravel a bit hard on his feet and with no food on offer they headed back to the water. They live on the mill pond just over the road from me and come to feed in the stream most years.

Monday, 5 April 2010

The long walk home.....

The good folk of Mundesley turned out to pick up rubbish from the beach this afternoon and I joined in the fun.
We filled several bags with the plastic waste, mainly bottles and polystyrene.

The IFF container had been used as a float marker for crab pots and had been recycled before. I don't know if you can read the label but it was holding " wine port " flavouring, 0% alcohol and was going to a winery, I find that`s a bit worrying................

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Jackdaws on the cliff.

These jackdaws live on the cliff and are around most of the time but have proved quite difficult catch on camera.
This morning they were digging in the sandy cliff for reasons best known to themselves and making a lot of noise.
The heavy showers were briefly interrupted by scraps of sun so I did not stay out long.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The north sea was a little full this morning.

After the rain yesterday I have blue skies and sunshine this morning.
The sea was roaring in and being very lively and crashing into the sea defences.
As you can see there is no beach this morning so I had to walk along the promenade.