The walk to the waterfront usually takes me just about 10 minutes. I follow the same route most of the time. As I leave the house, I look up at the sky, to see what it looks like. I’ve looked at it once already out of the bedroom window, but that was 10 minutes ago, and things can change quickly. I don’t mind if it does change, the only thing that would stop me going out would be heavy rain.
As I walk down the road, I’m listening out for the birds. I can only recognise some birds, magpies & blackbirds, Doves obviously, and a couple of others. But nowhere near as many as I want.
On my route, I walk past places of history; St Georges Barracks, The Masonic Lodge. As I am walking I usually see the same people, some I don’t say anything to, some I say good morning. There are one or two with whom I’ll stop and have a chat.
Before leaving home, I always check to see what the tide is doing, and what the temperature and pressure are – the pressure I get from a local website, I compare with the reading on my handheld anemometer. If the tide is really low, the ramp down to the Gosport Ferry pontoon can have quite a steep slope on it. Before the lock down, there was a lady who would take a bike with a large facility on the front for making coffee. I often wondered how she managed to get down the slop without crashing as the bike was probably very heavy. Obviously, that all stopped with the lockdown. I do hope that when things ease, she is able to come back.
when I arrive at the waterfront, I always look to see what the sky looks like behind the Spinnaker, I like a good dramatic sky as that makes for an exciting picture.
It’s not very often that the water in the harbour is really rough. In fact, the largest waves I see are the bow waves of a ship coming in, typically one of the Brittany Ferries. I was advised by a captain of a ship that when the water has slow calm look to it, with an oily texture, and indeed, it can be called oily.
I know it’s the same walk every day, but I do change it especially at the weekends, although it’s easy sometimes to just do it, rather than go somewhere else. But, I really should do more of that – going somewhere else that is. Difficult during the working week though.
The main thing is, I enjoy it.