I went out to the shed so that I could get a screw to put up my wall mounted barometer. I’ve tried picture hooks and they didn’t work – wrong size. I’m pleased that it is now up, and I can look at it every day. But that isn’t the story. When I went out to the shed I was surprised at how warm it was, and very bright. It was a morning for a walk.
I thought about driving or cycling up to the Alver valley and walking through the woods. unfortunately, even though it was bright there were some dark clouds and according to the forecast, rain was threatened. The decision was made, I would do my normal walk. That way I would never be more than a few minutes from home.
The walk along Stoke Road was quite interesting, there were a surprising number of people, and a bit of a crowd outside Christ church. I don’t know what was going on, but there was music inside and every body looked reasonably cheerful.
I turned the corner by the old BT exchange, BT vans still park there, and I confess that I am curious as to what the building is used for. Now on to South Street, heading down towards the Cockle Ponds. I confess I’m quite keen to see what it happening to the Jelly Fish. As I get near I can see that the local model yacht club have an event on, there are quite a number of large models racing. The operators of the yachts are very skilful in the way that make the boats sail the course. It does look quite appealing. They make it look very easy. I’m willing to bet it’s not.
There were a couple of jelly fish in the smaller pond and I was disappointed to see no jelly fish in the western end of the larger pond. As I walked along the side of the pond I saw that the sea slugs were back, not may of them, only three or four. They were swimming quite enthusiastically.
Then as I walked to the eastern end of the pond the number of jelly fish went from practically none to increasing numbers, once again there were thousands of them;
The Promenade was not so busy that I felt unable to keep away from people. I met a friend and chatted for a few minutes. I think it was the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was in harbour. It didn’t look as thought there was an incident in progress, either it had ended, or it was a training trip.
As it happens, the rain didn’t arrive other than a very few drops later in the day. It really was a very pleasant walk.