OK, so I feel a little bit daft. I was walking away from Gilkicker Fort and suddenly realised that whilst I had shot a fair bit of video, I’d taken no stills – which considering that when I set out for my walk, I didn’t intend to take any video, but the decided it would be good practice was a bit daft. I’ve taken several minutes of video. I’m going to play with editing it, and I may put it up on my YouTube channel.
I was determined to go for a walk today, and with rain threatening I thought I would get out straight after breakfast. I haven’t been to the cockle ponds for a while, and I wanted to get the long leg of the walk out of the way first so that I would know when I got to Gilkicker that I would only have the homestretch to do.
The cockle ponds were busy, both were being used by model yacht racers, although the smaller pond looked like beginners – which was very good. There were a group of people giving the large pond a fairly close scrutiny – I asked them what were they looking for? They said wildlife and had seen a fair few crabs. I told them about the pond emptying, and prior to that the large number of Jellyfish and the few sea slugs that I had seen. It was only a minute or two, but it was nice to have a chat with them.
From the cockle ponds I walked over Haslar Bridge and along the road past the hospital. This is an uncomfortable road to travel along. Bounded as it is on either side by walls that are easily two to three metres tall. This makes it an absolute heat trap in the summer, and a chill chamber in the winter. Luckily today it was reasonably comfortable. I was heading for the Haslar Sea Wall.
The Haslar Sea Wall is one of my favourite spots. I normally come here one my bike, with my camera, my spotter scope and radio. The quick change head on the tripod means I can change from spotter scope to camera very easily, and it is just a lovely place to while away a couple of hours. didn’t have time to do that today, but I shall be back. My next port of call would be Gilkicker.
I need to get used to being seen by people talking to the camera – not that I need them to see me; I am very self conscious about doing it. I was determined that I was going to do what I needed regardless of how many people there were about. As it happened, there were a few people who would have been within earshot, but I just ignored them, and they me.
I did several pieces (unscripted) to the camera, which I vowed I wouldn’t do, I want to have a go at editing to see if I can get it in to reasonable shape, and put it on YouTube.
I walked along to GAFIRS (Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service) as I was walking away from that, I saw a group of four people practicing with stunt kites. They put on quite an impressive show as well. That’s where the header picture comes from.
It was a very nice walk.