You get two for the price of one today. Come 3PM, we’d had breakfast, cleaned the house, put up some more Christmas lights, had lunch and some other bits and pieces and apart from the walk to top up the bird table I hadn’t left the house. I wanted to go for a walk. I popped out for an hour or so.
Not really knowing where I wanted to go – actually, that’s almost not true. I thought about getting on my bike and cycling to St Mary’s church with the GoPro mounted on the handlebars recording, or I could cycle up to Rowner church and have a look at that, or the Mott & Bailey (site) in Alver Valley, but then I looked at the palm tree which was waving about quite a bit so I decided that I’d rather go for a walk than a bike ride, I decided on old faithful, a walk to the waterfront.
That didn’t disappoint, whilst a little bit breezy, it wasn’t too cold stopped off near Walpole Park to watch a gaggle of geese feeding next to the cockleponds. There was quite a large gathering of pigeons there as well, and a chap quite close to them trying to get some pictures. I didn’t want to disturb the birds, so I avoided going near them. Only for a couple to just blithely walk past them. As it happens the pigeons just moved out of their way, and then resumed their position. OK, I thought I can do that. Then as I was walking past them filming with the GoPro, a lady with a very large dog (on a leash so not their fault) spooked the geese, they took off and flew within a few feet of me settling on the pond. I’m wondering if I have got that recorded. I’ll have to take a look.
I arrived at the water front via Trinity Church, walked out to the end of the Haslar Marina Pier Wall, then back along the promenade. I was about to walk away from the waterfront when I realised the Bunkering ship Whitonia was coming down the channel on her way out. So I had to stop and get a couple of pictures of her.
Then as I was about to leave the water front for a second time, I realised that the Commodore Clipper was following the Whitonia out. So obviously, I just had to wait for her to go past. Which gives you your second picture;