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Where the Seaton Sluice sand dunes roll down to the sea... [Apr. 17th, 2016|10:20 pm]
Since it's my birthday, I got to choose what we did today. I asked to go to the seaside, and that durham_rambler and D. should between them make the rest of the decisions and surprise me.

They elected to go to Seaton Sluice and eat fish and chips at the Harbour View - no great surprise, we have been there before, and like it. The surprise was that it isn't open on a Sunday, so we went to the King's Arms instead:

The King's Arms

It's not as superlative, but the fish and chips are perfectly adequate, and there's a view from the window across the harbour, along the coast to Blyth and inland north to the Cheviot (which, after yesterday's 'April showers', was topped with snow). After lunch, D. set off for home, and durham_rambler and I went for a walk on the beach.


The tide was high, and the beach was busy: lots of people with dogs, a pair of horse riders, someone flying a kite. We stood for a while and watched four surfers out beyond the breakers never quite scrambling onto their boards. I tried to take a photograph, an arrangement that pleased me of black stone, yellow sand, creamy white foam: but wave after wave came in and retreated, never quite close enough to my stone. Finally, a wave (it could have been the seventh, I wasn't counting) spread its lacy border so far and so fast that I not only didn't catch my photo, I had to back off in haste to avoid being soaked - and when it retreated, it took my stone with it. So that was that.

We walked back through the dunes. Suddenly, the blackthorn is in flower -


- more than in flower, it's very nearly in leaf, too.

Nearly home, we called in on F., who gave us tea and conversation and home made cheese scones, still warm.

[User Picture]From: sartorias
2016-04-17 09:38 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I hope it was a wonderful day, and a wonderful start to a splendid year.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-18 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was a good day, and I, too, hope it's a good omen!
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2016-04-17 11:23 pm (UTC)
After lunch, D. set off for home, and durham_rambler and I went for a walk on the beach.

Happy birthday! That looks like a wonderful beach.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-18 10:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. We have some spectacular beaches: this is a good one, but by no means the best...
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[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2016-04-17 11:47 pm (UTC)
The happiest of birthdays! Seafoam and blackthorn.

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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-18 10:21 am (UTC)
What more could anyone ask?
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From: cmcmck
2016-04-18 10:37 am (UTC)
Crazy thing is that the blackthorn is weeks behind here in the deep south east!
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-18 11:07 am (UTC)
I'm just beginning to see it now, which seems late to me - yet the leaves, which ought to lag behind the flowers, are appearing already. Go figure.
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[User Picture]From: klwilliams
2016-04-18 07:26 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Though it sounds like you had one.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-18 07:38 pm (UTC)
I did indeed, and thank you.

Since desperance has been urging us to remember what we were doing four years ago, I've been remembering a birthday spent with him in Santa Cruz...
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