After yesterdays traumatic first venture into the outer world, Sarah had txted me asking if I wanted to go with her to Fraisethorpe that I spoke of yesterday. It’s known as a Dogs Paradise and dog walkers and happy dogs spend many an hour there. Within a stones throw of Bridlington yet a totally different world. Wide expanses of beach and sea and I’d have the comfort of Sarah next to me so I happily agreed…
Sarah wasn’t due until 10.30 so I had time for my early morning. It was another cold and frosty morning as I set off through the field
Yet the sun was shining brightly. It was still early so the pond was still and quiet, the ducks just getting ready for the day ahead.
I was back to see how the ducklings had survived the night but couldn’t see them anywhere to begin with. A beautiful haze hung over the water. The coldness of the night meeting the warmth of the morning sun
Then I spotted them at the far end of the pond on the little island with mum
Trying to count them all as they scurried here and there
Still ten, thank goodness, all had survived the night. I love this time of year when the first appear. It’s as though nature is giving you a reason to be hopeful
Satisfied that all was well in duck land, I wended my way round my usual circular route.
A pheasant brightening up the early morning field, where the harvest was starting to appear
The beauty of a gold finch high up on the top most branch of the tree on look out duty
The humble sparrow in full song calling out to its mates
And a bullfinch to round off my early morning trundle
What a start to a promising day…..
Sarah arrived as planned and we made the shortish journey to Fraisethorpe on the East coast. We parked up first by the enormous windmills that line the single track road
The car park looked chocca to me but Sarah said she’d seen it busier and it wouldn’t seem busy on the beach due to its size. Because I was with Sarah, there was no panic, no anxiety, I just went along with what she said and I wobbled down the soft sand to the glorious beach. It was as she said
Sarah had put her wellies on to paddle in the cold North Sea so we ambled up to the waters edge
It was so peaceful here, just the sound of the sea for company
Sooo many dogs played happily and chased around the beach
Sea birds foraging along the shoreline….
We found a gap looking out at sea between the rocks. I tried to get low enough but I knew if I bent down I wouldn’t get up again 😂…..Sarah had to look away as I wobbled and slid across the rocks 😂 but finally I handed my camera over for Sarah to get the shot I wanted
Sarah had timed it so we walked so many minutes then had the same minutes to walk back again as she had to get me back to town for a very important appointment …..
So we turned and retraced our steps only nearer the shore this time and were treated to the special appearance of the Sand Martins who dig holes in the dunes
They were so quick but I managed to get one in flight too – more by luck than judgement
Time to head back…..as for my special appointment…..well….I no longer look like Ginger Biscuit the pony in the village field as I had my Covid haircut but more of that tomorrow….
The day ended with a beautiful rock-a-by-baby moon…..