Early morning on the water

Looking back towards a sleepy Blakeney.

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.

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Autumn brings big spring tides in Blakeney

Panorama of Blakeney Quay flooding on a spring tide

The strengthening winds of autumn, low pressure in the North Sea and the natural cycle of spring tides will often bring the sea flooding over Blakeney Quay as the year wanes.

I could see it from the bedroom window this morning and ventured out with Bonzo, my trusty four-legged assistant, to take a few photos before breakfast.

Spring tide flooding Blakeney Quay, lapping at the steps of the Blakeney Hotel

Full moon over Blakeney Harbour on a big spring tide

Bonzo helping with the photography

Tell-tails fluttering in the breeze in Blakeney dinghy park

Panorama of Blakeney Quay flooding on a spring tide

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living. Bonzo, who is considerably more famous, has his own @bonzosworld.

Blowing from the North and West

The wind was in the North and West this morning, bringing the tide flooding over The Carnser in Blakeney. One of those gusting, squalling days which speaks of a North Sea changing its temperament and settling into the grumpiness of winter.

A single boat was braving the harbour chop, spray breaking over its bows, as the professionals from the boat yard continued about their business, bringing the leisure craft home for winter.

See our Instagram for a video with a rather different perspective on the same tide…

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.

Meadow yachting

That wonderful, peculiarly Norfolk pursuit where sails appear to glide over the grass.

This was taken on the Norfolk Broads, but when the tide is right, the same phenomenon may be observed in the creeks between Blakeney, Morston and Cley, as shallow draft boats explore the marsh channels. The water needs to be high enough to navigate, but low enough the hull remains hidden below the grass and reed banks.

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.