Sunday, 4 October 2015

Summer Season Is Almost Over

The beach huts were looking beautiful the other week when I went for an early walk with the dog.


I love the fields behind, with the bales of hay waiting for pick up.


They wont be here for long as the time has come to move them off the promenade for the winter, the beach hut removal team has already started, a true sign that the seasons are changing.


Rock-samphire growing out of the promenade wall, will soon be gone or washed away.


The last few days of beautiful holiday weather saw the beach teams cleaning the sand early in the morning as the cafe behind was getting ready for a busy last weekend ahead.


Meanwhile, whilst I was decorating......


the pets found quiet places to sleep




a cruise ship came and went


amazing spiders made wonderful webs


the beach looked beautiful


and the swans came to Broadsands



At last the painting (well most of it) has been completed and the new flooring is down throughout the house. It's been a very busy couple of weeks and quite disruptive too. I still have to paint all the internal doors and put up the new blinds, but it does feel like we are getting there. 

The loft is still full of our pictures and possessions and I'm really looking forward to opening the boxes, unwrapping items and finding the things I like once again, after over a year in storage boxes.

I came across a lovely website a while ago called War Mule. The person who has written the site works for the Donkey Sanctuary and is looking for war stories concerning animals, especially horses, mules and donkeys. If you know anyone who has something to share or something to contribute in the way of poems or images, please do get in touch with them. 

I would very much like to visit the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park. Have any of you visited this? The sculpture, carvings and bronze animals look so beautiful on the website.

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we've had recently and I look forward to keeping a little bit more up to date with your posts from now on.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie

22 comments:

  1. I remember the maniacs kite surfing in November and DEcember at Brighton beach. Maniacs!

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    1. Well the water is supposed to be warmer towards November than in the summer, but yes we see the surfers and stand up paddle boarders through the winter.

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  2. Glad the decorating is coming to an end, it is such a disruptive job. The weather has really changed today, there's a storm brewing up outside now, by the sound of it.

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    1. Looks like it's going to be cloudy all weekend and then beautiful for Monday when we are all back at work. Windy but mild as I write this and the bay is full of small sailing boats.

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  3. What a lovely sense you give of that end of season feeling. I love the photograph of the beach huts with the field behind,

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    1. Hello Freda, thanks for your kind comments. Today it's all cloudy and grey, but I had some great weather for photographing beach huts, which always look pretty in bright sunlight.

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  4. I didn't realise that the beach huts were removed - that must give a backend of summer feeling when the tractors roll in. I have never noticed the rock samphire growing around the coast - have you ever tried eating it? Love the last photo of the swan and gulls, and pleased that the painting is drawing to its conclusion for you.

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    1. Hi Rosemary, no never tried eating it, although I did see some recipes on line. I guess the huts would be damaged by the winter weather so they move them back into the car park areas. It's also a way of making money for the council-although you can do-it-yourself.

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  5. The removal of the beach huts does signal the changing season doesn't it? We watched them being taken away from the beach and up to the safety of the car park at Llanbedrog a couple of years ago - before that I'd never thought of the huts being moved. Your photos of the last days of the season are wonderful. Animals always find comfy places to sleep no matter what is happening around them:)

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    1. Hello Rosie, yes the pets know the best places-I look at them and wish I could get so cosy and have a great nap too, but there just seems to be not time at the moment. It's sad seeing them removed but great when they come back as you know the season is starting up again.

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  6. I too mentioned the beach huts moving in my previous post. Despite all your hard work it looks like you are loving your new location. The animals are looking very relaxed in their surroundings hope you can soon join them!
    I love the backdrop of the fields behind those beach huts. Have you eaten rock samphire? I haven't managed to find any growing around here. Both of my grandfathers were in the Calvary in the 1st World War one of them was badly injured , Since reading War Horse I have often wondered whether his horse was injured too, unfortunately there is no one now alive to tell the story. Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, shame all these old stories have been lost, I've been reading a couple of books about dogs during the Second World War and I'm always thankful that people have managed to find it in their hearts to remember animals during these terrible wars. I'd love to join the pets for a nap....seems like a long way off though! I'd always be affraid of eating something 'wild' in case I poisoned myself!

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  7. Great to hear from you and to catch up on your news. I am glad that all is going well and that the work on your home is nearing completion, you can soon sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours! It will all be worth it when it is done! xx

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    1. Thank yoy Amy. I'm totally cream-crackered, I'm sure I never, ever want to decorate again!

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  8. The colourful beach huts are really photogenic Suzie. Glad to hear you are slowly getting there with the decorating (I can see us doing it for years :( ). Great to catch up on your news and see photos of the pets :)

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    1. Many thanks, I'm finding it very hard to keep up at the moment, I suddenly seem to have no extra time. I think the new doggie takes a lot of what was my spare time. I can't believe how quickly it's flying by!

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  9. We saw the Animals in War memorial from the top of the tour bus in London. I would have loved to have walked around it but my bout of food poisoning took care of that. Loved your photos today. Your sweet pets look very comfortable. I enjoyed all your other photos also. Yes the season has come to an end. We were at the beach also on this side of the coast and had to deal with monsoon-like rain due to the hurricane but the people in the Carolina's fared much worse than we did. My heart goes out to them.

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    1. Hi Denise, I'm determined to go and visit one of these days! I'm so glad we don't have 'your' type of weather, it was very scary sometimes where we lived before but this house is very sheltered, we can watch the weather across the bay in relative safety.

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  10. Isn't it sad to close down for winter? I had no idea that beach huts went on the move. Well done on getting your decorating done. •whispers•.. Does this mean you'll be in properly for Christmas?

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    1. Hi Sarah, yes I think we will...I was planning where the Christmas tree would go just the other day!

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  11. Lovely scenes from beautiful Devon and the beach huts are certainly very picturesque. However I didn't realise that they were moved elsewhere in the winter months though I suppose it makes sense when I think about it! Loved the pics of the rather content and chilled out animals as well :-)

    Glad to hear that the decorating is continuing to progress and fingers crossed that all is done before winter arrives :-)

    Kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thank you David. The pretty beach huts are moved to the car parks near by as the tourists don't fill them enough. My poor animals are so used to house moves and decorating now, that they are quite used to it!

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