We went to the seaside today. So did a few other people, but we had chosen our day well and there were no crowds. We went to Sutton on Sea for lunch (yes – fish and chips) and Skegness in the afternoon where we had sugared ring doughnuts. After that we went to Gibraltar Point and saw a few birds.
After twelve months of staying inside my legs are not as good as they could be and my enjoyment at being outside was slightly constrained by the persistent idea that I should avoid people. I have also developed a habit of looking at the fuel gauge with sorrow as we seem to have used a month’s fuel in just one tip. All in all, it was not a trip of unalloyed joy and it may be a while before I really start to enjoy myself again.
I took the small camera today and missed the reach of the longer lens on the big camera (look at me being all technical) but didn’t miss the effort of charging up all the batteries. I really must start using the “new” camera as I’ve had it for over 12 months and haven’t yet used it. The rechargeable batteries for the big Olympus are all unreliable these days, which is why I use the small one for work and decided to take it today. That one isn’t holding a charge particularly well, but it’s better than the other one. Twelve months of lockdown seems to have finished off all my rechargeable AA cells.
High points were the delicious cod and chips from the Dolphin, still open as a takeaway, and a couple of birds – a dabchick at Gibraltar Point and a curlew which Julia spotted on the golf course. We went back to look at it, and it obliged by flying a in a few circles before leaving to get some privacy.
Julia taking photo at Gibraltar Point – with my knees I have to do that sort of thin using the zoom lens. I’d never get up.
It’s going to take a bit of getting used to, but I am sure I’ll start enjoying days out again. It’s worth it for a dabchick.
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In Maine, we have quite a few places where you can get good fish and chips. Because of this post, I am longing for them right now. 😉 As for going out…for some of us, it’s going to take a while to feel comfortable being around other people. This is certainly true for me. The pandemic has marked many of us. I think this is as it should be.
It has caused a few permanent changes to the way I think. Not sure quite how my new life will develop.
You are not alone.
We will get through it. 🙂 It’ not like the six years of war my parents had to live through with swets on ration…
Wonderful fish and chips. I, too, could never get up from Julia’s position – not that I could get down there either
When i finally get round to inventing anti-gravity long johns we will have no problems.
The dabchick is enjoying his fish too, sans chips. Good fish and chips are hard to get over here.
They aren’t always good over here. 🙂 They tasted all the better for the outdoor setting.
Highly adventurous. Ah, I can smell the fish and chips.
It was a bit strange at first but I gradually got use to the freedom, 🙂
We are trying to pluck up the courage.
It was a cool Wednesday on an unfashionable bit of coast – leading myself in gently. During the school holidays I will revert to germit!