It’s that time of year again! Last year’s visit was all summer and sunshine. This year was more autumnal. “Seasons of mist…” And all. That having been said, some things were the same. Food by the wonderful couple at Oystercatcher Catering with good friends and good wine.
Well, it has been some time since we posted. But don’t think we have been idle. I think to get things going again we may revisit some of the highlights from this winter before looking towards spring. Let’s face it, we got a bit of winter left before us. I will start with a photo essay of our hike to Blakeney Point to see the seals on the winter solstice. We hit the point in time for sunset and saw more seals than ever before! After that the sky was ablaze with light from pink to purple and fading to a blood red smudge on the horizon hanging on until we were back at the Cley Beach car park. What an amazing walk!
Having lived in Blakeney for two years and three summers we have only just made our first trip to the Watch House! (Half Way House to you Cley residents) What an oversight!! We should have done this every year, and will from here on in. Our adventure started with a vision. A raft. A swimming platform. This dream has taken us all summer. By which, I mean, we have sporadically made a token effort to build said raft. But the trip was upon us and we had no means of transporting our provisions. So a last ditch effort was made and the raft took form. Largely untested I was nervous it would even float and when high tide and sunset on an overcast day coincide, there is little margin for error. Luckily she floated! A gusty north wind and the tide against us we made quite a spectacle on the quay.
A good while later we arrived and could not have felt more grateful or cozy anywhere else in the world after that ordeal.
The morning was clear and bright and many adventures were had, including mud racing, skim boarding, swimming in the waves, cub, and most importantly the BBQ!
Breakfast BBQ anyone? Bubble and squeak with samphire, sausages, bacon, fried and poached eggs and grilled tomatoes! I always make a point of travelling with a chef!
All too soon it was time to go. We packed up the raft and dragged it out into the main channel. The return trip could not have been more different to the way out! We casually drifted into Blakeney and arrived in style on the quay.
What a trip. What a place. A mile from my house we found a little paradise. Holiday is definitely a state of mind. I can only advise annexing a small spit of land like a pirate to everyone to make you forget your problems.
High tide adventures.
Yesterday we decided to make the most of a Friday off work and used the morning high tide to make a trip down to Blakeney Point. Rather than hiking, or making use of the many tour boats, we were able to take the kayak at a strategic time. An hour before high tide we set off. The wind and tide against us we slowly made our way down to the point where we were treated to some time with our local seal colony. I was fortunate to get some shots of our new friends.
Please note that these are taken with a zoom and we were never any closer than 5m. We also did not approach the colony on the shore, rather they took an interest and came to us.
We then turned home and with that the tide turned to rush round the point. This time, however, we were aided by the wind which created surges we were able to coast along the top of home.
Stay tuned for a Blakeney low tide adventure.