Carry a camera!

You never know when you’ll see something memorable, and when you do it’s good to record it.

This week we’ve had contrasting weather.  On Tuesday (or it might have been Monday) the morning was bright and clear, so I was intrigued to see a bank of cloud lying on the water just visible over the marine lakes.

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So I carried on around the costal path, to see this:

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A solid looking bank of what I now knew must be mist lying across the Bristol Channel. I could see it was just rolling forward towards over the water.  A little further on …

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… I drew level with the mist and could see how thin the bank of mist was.  It was actually more like a long sheet,  billowing out like a sail.  Traces of mist drifted on after the main bulk, and further down the estuary I could see a similar bank rolling in, closer to the Welsh side.  I’m beginning to understand why they call this Poet’s Walk!

It’s something I’ve not seen before.  Glad I had the camera with me!

Yesterday the weather was completely different with a strong wind whipping up what passes for surf locally.  Being a muddy estuary, the foam was a marvellous crispy brown – no white horses here!

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness?

Well not today, and not in Clevedon.  Although it has been very misty lately, the weather has changed and winds are blowing from the North, and what a beautiful day!  Quite exhilarating even though it was quite cool.

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You often get quite geometric bands of colour here looking out to Wales across the sea wall, marine lake and the Bristol Channel, but today the effect was particularly spectacular as the sun was so bright and the wind fairly strong.

And then walking around Poet’s Walk it all turned into an old fashioned nature walk, with a beautiful red admiral butterfly on some ivy …

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… and the specks in the water towards the foreground in this picture are canda geese.  I can tell you they were making a terrific noise, so I can only assume they were planning on flying off soon.

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Beautiful!  It’s not all that long ago (20 years or so) that you’d be able to see masses of red admirals every autumn, but now they are a rare sight, which is very sad.

On a completely different note, while writing I’ll just mention the special offer we have on some wigs in our ebay shop.

You didn’t see that coming, did you!!

One of the first things we bought to sell when we started the shop were some very good quality, long wavy wigs.  They are really beautiful, and come in blonde, red, brown and black with red highlights. People who have bought them have loved them, and said they will definitely be using them again.  We are moving into art work – much more interesting for us – so took these out of our shop.  However, as we are approaching halloween, this seems a good time to re-offer them and we listed them at £24.99.  As we would like to sell them quickly, we are offering them at a 20% discount.  The sale starts tomorrow 11 October.  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Spectacular Cloudscape

Just had to post these pictures of this evening’s sky.  How fabulous!  Hope these quick snaps do the spectacle justice.  Such a variety in the skies over Clevedon.

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So inspired am I that I have joined the Cloud Appreciation Society.  I believe I may be member 33, 377, but it depends how quickly the site updates.  If you’ve never heard of the society, have a look.

That’s all!

Seven swans a swimming

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About a month ago a lone swan – this one, I think – landed on the marine lakes at Clevedon.  It has cruised around, accepting bread from locals and snacking on seaweed in between, and we have been wondering whether he would stay or move on.  On the one hand, an expanse of fairly sheltered water, and lots of food.  On the other hand, no other swans.  Then about a week ago a second adult swan turned up , and this afternoon we saw a third, a juvenile this time with mottled brown/white plumage.

There is plenty of time for a few more to join the flock before Christmas.  Hopefully we will have a picture of seven swimming together soon!

It’s been very cold here today, and the water in the lake looked on the point of freezing, almost gelid in appearance.  Another beautiful sunset too.

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That’s it!  Short and sweet today.  Except, quick as ever, I have just realised that tomorrow has one of those significant looking dates – 12/12/12.  It must mean something!

Clouds

What a spectacular sky we saw yesterday:  great dramatic clouds rolling up the Bristol Channel.  Here are some photos to give you a flavour.

 

 

All three of the above were taken yesterday, within minutes of each other as we strolled along towards the pier – they just change before your eyes!

Of course we had some torrential rain to go with the clouds, but fortunately were tucked up in the Little Harp with a pint at that stage!  The pubs are nicely spaced along the coast, so you are never far from a haven if the skies open. I’ve also invested in a North Face coat, which I think will get plenty of wear through to the spring.

Living here I can understand how legends arose of magical lands that are sometimes there and sometimes not there.  There are days when Wales has vanished (sorry, Wales!) in a bank of grey mist, others when it looks like a distant shadowy land, and others when you can almost see the individual houses.  You could step across.

Firework night tonight, and there is a big display at the cricket club, which is on top of Dial Hill.  There should be good views from across town, so a chilly evening walk may be in order.

This week we have applied to join the Friends of the Curzon Community Cinema.  You get to have an insight into the decisions being made about the cinema, and we both love the fact that it is there, so the £125 for us to give some extra support for a year seems like a reasonable sum.  And, amazingly, I am joining the gym!  We have one just down Strode Road, and I need to have a little more exercise in my life.  Running up three fights of stairs, and hanging up the washing isn’t quite enough.

More soon about Clevedon, charity shops, soup and knitting, but not necessarily in that order!