Tuesday, 23 April 2019

things people leave behind

23rd April 2019, Beadnell Bay, 7am

And the weekend crowds
They’ve all gone home
Back to their daily grind
But we’re still here
Watching the waves
And no one seems to mind

We wander up and down the beach
But all we ever find
Is solitude and peace
The things
The others leave behind

late walk

20th April 2019, Beadnell Bay, 4pm

We waited until most of the day trippers had gone for the day and had a fine walk.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Good Friday sunrise

19th April 2019, Embleton Bay, 5:30am

Up very early with Lucy and the dogs to get to the beach for sunrise.

It was well worth the effort

Down on the sand
Our footprints they walk side by side
It feels like we’ve waited so long
For the turn of the tide

Thursday, 18 April 2019

eve of the storm

18th April 2019, Howick, 7am

It’s going to be hard to find solitude round here over the next few days so I’m appreciating this morning’s peace and tranquility.

Daisy dug one of her bigger holes while I sat and watched the sea.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

bright spark

17th April 2019, Howick shore, 8am

Starting the day with Daisy on the coastal path at Howick is always a joy.  The early mist was rising and the sun was appearing from the haze.

17th April 2019, Bamburgh, 10am

A delightful couple of hours with a young photographer and her Mum.  Young people absorb information with a bright spark that lights up my day. It's a joy to teach them things.

17th April 2019, Alnmouth, 5pm

A hazy afternoon at Alnmouth made for a very atmospheric walk with the gang.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

time to sit and stare

16th April 2019, Dunstanburgh, 7am

Seems like ages since we've been up here.  Daisy trotted quickly up to her favourite place where she loves to sit and take in the view.

I like the view myself and we had plenty of time so we chilled out for a bit.

WH Davies - Leisure

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Friday, 12 April 2019

cold chilli

12th April 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

Chilly and grey this morning.  No-one else around but we didn't hang about very long ourselves and headed hone for breakfast and a day in front of the computer.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

on the cusp

11th April 2019, Howick, 7:30am

On the old quarry beach at Howick
I stood at the cusp of winter and spring
Where the sun blinked in and out of view
With a turn of the head.

Frosty chilly in the shadows
Warm as summer in the sun.

Daffodils are having a great year...

It was all a bit much for Daisy who decided to nap in the sun.

Even in death this porpoise was a very beautiful animal.  They are often seen off the Howick coast. Its skin was as smooth as rubber and was warm in the sun.  The body was heavily marked by various battle scars.  Some may have been dolphin teeth marks as there's no love lost between these two species.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


10th April 2019, Long Nanny, 6:30am

The sun had a lie-in
Cuddled in a blanket of cloud
Out on the horizon

We were there to see the second sunrise
As light spread over the dunes
Giving us long shadows
Across frozen grass

Surely the last frost of the season?
Skylarks now proclaim the spring
In crystal clear windless air
Promising peaceful tranquility

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

lifting spirits

9th April 2019, Embleton Bay, 7am

The first time on the beach for a few days due to being struck down with man flu.

This view lifts the spirits

9th April 2019, Bamburgh, 10am

Such a magnificent sight towering over the beach.

9th April 2019, Newton Point, 5pm

All blue skies and long legs...

Friday, 5 April 2019

Three dog shuffle

5th April 2019, Beadnell Bay, 7am

Daisy walked with her shadow then she was joined by her reflection and all three walked down the beach together.