Wednesday, 23 December 2020

The last four miles.

Whooooppeeeeee, I've finished. I went to Cleethorpes yesterday because I fancied walking along a beach, something different to the village and fields around here. I made a little video.

I took some photo's as well. The car park was next to the duck pond. There were literally hundreds of wildfowl, mainly Canada Geese and Swans. Nice that they have designated a feeding area. 
Here are the rules. Oh, maybe not a good idea to feed them then. 
More rules. Now you have to sort out which birds you want to feed, and have the appropriate fodder for them. Only wholemeal bread allowed. Don't forget to cook the pulses and rice first. Ask them to tell you when they have had enough, and don't give them any more. 

Next onto the beach. The sun is lost in the clouds and it's a bit cold. I put my big jacket on but my hands are cold. The sea is way out in the distance, half a mile of wet sand to plod through if I want to stand by the waters edge. I should have put my wellies on. I won't bother. Looking old and cold. 

The Town Hall is a lovely old building. 
The Clock Tower at the railway station. 
A reminder. 
Rules for placing deck chairs on the beach. 
The entrance to the pier. 
Fish and chips and a pub at the end of the pier. A few people taking advantage of alfresco dining. 
A few typical seaside shops were open, some of them with their displays spilling out onto the pavement. 
The evening is almost here. 
Saved the best one till last. I spent the last half an hour trying to find a good spot to photograph what could be a stunning sunset. Glimpses of it could be seen over the rooftops. It's a shame I am not on the west coast, that would have been brilliant. Pretty pleased with this shot though. The flock of birds came over just at the right moment. 
It was dark when I got back to the car. All the wildfowl were asleep on the pond. It was very eerie. 
Now it's lunchtime. Looking miserable outside, I'm glad I made the effort yesterday to finish this walk. I will continue walking until the end of the year, but have stopped counting. The new calendar is ready to start again on January the 1st. 
Thanks for popping in. Cheerio for now. Tatty byes, Catch ya soon. Toodle pip.   ilona

16 comments:

  1. That last photo would win an award in a contest. Have you thought of doing that after virus over? Hope so, you have an eye for it like me :)

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  2. I love the golden brightness of your sunset! Thank you!

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  3. I take great enjoyment seeing your beautiful photographs and crafts. Many thanks and keep up the inspirational work!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your walk mileage. Sunset looks lovely. Have a nice Christmas and here's to a better 2021! Viv

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  5. Your photos are lovely Ilona. You don't look cold and old! Cold yes, but an active lady keeping healthy and enjoying the fresh air!!

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  6. Congratulations and a lovely walk to finish the challenge! Great pics though I do think it looks a bit 'nithering'! Vicki

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  7. I love your blog, videos and photos. Merry Christmas Ilona

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  8. You look especially healthy, not at all old.

    I chuckled at your description of feeding the birds.

    I haven't been to cleethorpes for over forty years when we used to go and stay in a caravan on a site with an outdoor swimming pool where I learned to swim.
    I remember the site also had a cinema and my parents putting us children to bed and going off to watch a film at midnight.
    Fab photos as always.

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  9. You are right, your last photo is spectacular. Congratulations on completing your mileage, you are an inspiration to us all.

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  10. Merry Christmas, Ilona. I read your blog every day. I think you have a good life!

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  11. Trumpitier swans from Canada spend the winter here in Arkansas every year. There are usually 300 on two separate ponds here. They eat corn and people feed them bread. I guess they like it -- they come back every year. Beautiful and totally amazing. Congrats on your miles, your beautiful photos and your blog. Such a treat while we are forced to stay close to home.

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  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ilona 🎅🎁🌲

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  13. I love that sunset photo. Merry Christmas.

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  14. congratulations on your reaching your walking target, what an inspiration you are x

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  15. A notice like that appeared on the Ulverston canal near me, urging people not to feed the ducks, swans and geese bread, it was removed a few weeks later as they all became severely under weight. The notice was removed and the RSPCA asked people to go back to feeding them all bread.

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