Saturday 30 May 2020

virus, what virus?

30th May 2020, Alnmouth, 9am

A beautiful blue sky Saturday.  It's easy to forget there's a potentially deadly virus out and about in the population.  I hope not too many people do forget.

Friday 29 May 2020

sitting on the dock of the bay

29th May 2020, Buston, 5:30am

It was an early start after I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep.  A common enough condition just at the moment.  I even forgot my phone so it was a blast from the past relying on the camera for all the photos.

I've never seen boats leaving the river before.  maybe it's because I was there early, maybe it was to do with the tide.  It was interesting to watch them go by.  I'd love to see the view back to the beach some day.

Thursday 28 May 2020

on yer bike

28th May 2020, home to Howick, 11am

A nice long cycle.

I passed these fields.  I am told they are Phacelia Tanacetifolia or purple tansy and white flax, Linum Suffruticosum.  They are planted as a cover crop where a field isn't being used for anything else and they provide an abundance of food for insects and bees.

Wednesday 27 May 2020

tentative hope

27th May 2020, Buston, 7:30am

All quiet beneath a gentle sky.
The weekend crowds have gone home,
Nature seems to be breathing again.

To be able to walk on my local patch of the coast again feels like a small but significant step forward. I see hope in the fronds of the ferns, tentatively unfurling in the warm springtime sunshine hoping that the frosts of winter are behind us.

Tuesday 26 May 2020

ironic beer

26th May 2020, Longhorsley, 8am

Henry is a very bonny wee spaniel.

26th May 2020, Buston, 6pm

An evening cycle down to the beach.  This beach was very busy yesterday because the other beach car parks were still shut.  It brought crowds to a beach which is normally a haven of peace and natural beauty.  They left their mark.

It was a gorgeous evening though.

a hot day

25th May 2020, Longhorsley, 8am

Watching the blue skies through the cool trees.

25th May 2020, Warkworth, 4pm

A few folk around the beach but everyone social distancing.  The dogs loved to be able to cool off in the waves.

Friday 22 May 2020

beach rocks

22nd May 2020, Warkworth, 8am

A windy day and the sand was blasting across the beach.  We climbed up into a dune and sat for a while.

Daisy got bored and zoomed down onto the sand

There's a lot of fascinating geology hereabouts.  These boulders within the sandstone are caused by precipitation and accretion during the geological processes that changed sand to sandstone over a few hundred million years.

evening blast

21st May 2020, Buston, 7pm

I waited at home all day so that when I got here it would be nice and quiet.  There were 15 cars parked but not much sign of the people from the cars.  It's a great 20 minute blast down the hill on my bike to the beach and mostly off road too.

Wednesday 20 May 2020

time to spare

20th May 2020, Alnmouth, 8am

You can't beat a walk without a time limit.  
Time to wander, 
sit and stare, 
soak up the sun, 
take in the view.

a few beach days

17th May 2020, Hauxley, 8am

18th May 2020, Buston, 7pm

An evening cycle to a deserted beach.

19th May 2020, Alnmouth, 7am

19th May 2020, Warkworth, 5pm

Beautiful beach art left by someone else for others to find.

We walked right into the evening

Friday 15 May 2020

in a quiet place

15th May 2020, N Alnmouth, 7:30am

The first thing that struck me was the patch of light on the sea out by the horizon.

On the shore everything was bright and colourful.

We found a quiet place to sit and Daisy looked one way while I looked the other.