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Portsmouth Harbour

Saturday 22nd October 2022, 11.15am (day 4,076)

Portsmouth Harbour, 22/10/22

After not finding much of interest in Southampton, I headed for the next city to the east, Portsmouth — a more agreeable spot. At least, to look at from across its Harbour, one of the greatest natural harbours in the world, and the explanation for why this has always been a naval base. The Spinnaker Tower, seen here, is 560 feet tall. I passed this point on my latest County Top walk, so feel free to look at that other blog for more photos and so on.

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Trawenagh Bay, Donegal

Sunday 14th August 2022, 3.10pm (day 4,007)

Trawenagh Bay, 14/8/22

Time to cross the border into the Republic of Ireland, getting out of the UK for the first time since late November. Time to get out of the city and into the country — right into it. More of this over the next few days, I sure hope.

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The Firth of Forth, from the train

Thursday 7th July 2022, 1.55pm (day 3,969)

Firth of Forth, 7/7/22

My son might have chosen to live out his university years in a place (Dundee) that is about as far as he could have got from us in West Yorkshire, while staying in the UK. But, there are compensations. Over in the distance, Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh. Closer to the camera, the Firth of Forth, all taken just before passing through Burntisland station.

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The West Pier remnants

Monday 25th April 2022, 10.25am (day 3,896)

West Pier remnants, 24/4/22

Brighton is still in the top ten of this blog’s most-depicted locations, but hasn’t been seen since February 2018, until yesterday anyway. There are reasons why I should regain the habit of coming here. How much longer the old West Pier will last before collapsing entirely into the sea, no one knows for sure, but the ruins will doubtless feature on many people’s photos before they do.

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Contemplation (10 years on)

Wednesday 25th August 2021, 8.20am (day 3,653)

Hastings Pier, 25/8/21

I started this blog on 26th August 2011, ten full years ago. Since then I have become ten years older, greyer, stouter. I do not pass judgment on whether I am wiser by a decade; only that the last 18 months have made me more cynical. This morning, our last in Hastings, I sat on the shingle beneath Hastings Pier and, like this couple, contemplated the sea on a warm and pleasant morning.

And the next ten years? If you’re still interested, follow along.

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Evening on Hastings beach

Saturday 21st August 2021, 7.25pm (day 3,649)

Hastings evening, 21/8/21

Clare and (for the third time in four days) Joe amble along the rim of the country. To the left, nothing until Dieppe in France. To the right, the town of Hastings, home for the next few nights. The evenings draw in, but summer remains with us.

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Seals on Horsey beach

Sunday 27th December 2020, 1.25pm (day 3,412)

Seal conversation, 27/12/20

“Oh, hello, Ms Grey. Lovely day for the time of year.”

“Indeed, Ms. Brown. The good weather’s brought the humans out, too.”

“Yes, I hear this is one of the best spots in Norfolk to see humans. Ah well, time for a swim.”

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Wells Beach

Saturday 26th December 2020, 12.55pm (day 3,411)

Wells Beach, 26//12/20

More than the hills and relatively extensive views seen yesterday, this is how I expected the Norfolk coast to look. Maybe the weather wasn’t quite as good as it seems here, but those are the benefits of post-processing.

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Cromer Pier

Wednesday 23rd December 2020, 12.15pm (day 3,408)

Cromer Pier, 23/12/20

If given the chance I would remove the white lines on the bottom right and there’s a little red sign between the benches that bothers me. But otherwise I am satisfied with this shot of the landward end of Cromer Pier which evokes a misty but pleasant day doing very little in North Norfolk, waiting…

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Sandscale Haws

Monday 27th July 2020, 2.45pm (day 3,259)

Sandscale Haws, 27/7/20

The beauty of Cumbria is not entirely found in its lakes and mountains. The coast is also very fine. After a terrible morning’s weather put the high country out of bounds, we got out anyway and Sandscale Haws, near Barrow, gave us something to enjoy as the weather cleared. Joe practices his ballet moves, it seems.

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