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.
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.