On Saturday we decided to give the car an outing and see what was going on at Walton-on-the-Naze.
The journey to Walton usually takes about an hour and a half, but the roads were exceptionally busy this weekend with people taking advantage of the last weekend of the school holidays. So by the time we got to Kirby Cross, Parker’s Garden Centre with its free to pee loos was a most welcome site. We had a bit of a mooch around and bought some biscuits and cider, before heading into Walton itself.
After a great fish and chip lunch at Yates, we headed out to the Naze peninsula. Despite the weather being a bit grim there were plenty of people determined to enjoy a day out by the sea in that dogged British way. Barefoot Mums, huddled in blankets to supervise their rain-coated broods as they splashed in the surf or hunted for fossil shark teeth by the breakwaters, grans munched on winkles bought at the seafood stalls, while granddads unscrewed the cap of the Thermos for ‘a nice cup of tea’ while one young couple stripped off and ran into the waves, love almost blinding them to the icy cold.
I stuck to observing the wildlife. Aside from getting a few decent pictures of herring gulls, I spotted black headed gulls, feral pigeons, sand martens, pied wagtails, magpies and jackdaws.