I was out walking the dog in the (quite) warm late summer sunshine this morning and noticed the Heather bright purple with the ferns beginning to change colour… Nice combo… Happy Sunday…
We decided to take our dog to one of our favourite dog-walking places on the south coast of England – Hayling Island. From the end of May to the beginning of September, dog walkers are restricted to an area away from the main beach. Anyway, we went yesterday (we had originally planned to go today (Monday) as its the last public holiday before Christmas(sorry) but the weather forecast wasnt great for today and as I type.. its pouring down with rain.
Anyway, we decided to go down to avoid the traffic and arrived around 10:45am to this… an almost deserted beach.
There were people around.. but only Dog Walkers.. the hordes of day visitors hadnt yet arrived…. (the pic below could be an entry for Silhouettes?)..
One of the things I like about this beach is that you get a good view across to the Isle of Wight..
and not forgetting the skyscape – which yesterday was just awesome….
We should have checked the high tide time as it was just about at its highest when we were there. When the tide is out, their is a vast expanse of sand and sand bars, plus trapped pools of water which the people and dogs love… next time maybe? Thanks for reading…
We’d promised ourselves a trip to London to ‘be tourists’ to celebrate our wedding anniversary – 33 years this year! As always when we go to London, we drove into Richmond Upon Thames in West London to catch the tube.. their is all-day parking which isnt too extortionate (considering its London obviously). We decided on a circular route roughly starting at Westminster, over the river to Southbank, a stop at the London Dungeon, then a walk down to the Millenium Bridge, swinging by St Pauls then head to Covent Garden for something to eat mid-afternoon. The Weather was kind.
Looking back toward Palace of Westminster and Big Ben – the whole area was packed with tourists!
A couple of shots of the London Eye now (AKA the Millenium Eye)…. not on the agenda for this trip but well worth it if you havent ‘flown’ on the eye. A flight takes around 30 minutes – awesome views of London on a clear day!
Slightly different perspective from alongside the queue waiting their turn,. I stood on one of the anchor blocks to take this…
Southbank was very busy. Lots of buskers, ice-cream, fast food, you name it you could buy it in the late summer sunshine. Even a carousel…
Hot? – have a beer in the beer garden under Waterloo bridge….
Outside the Royal Festival hall
Walking under Blackfriars bridge, looking toward the Millenium Bridge and the City Of London Skyline…
The Shard was looking very impressive -(note to self.. need to book a trip up!)
Looking back from the North Bank of the Thames toward the Houses of Parliament where we started…
Although it was very busy (especially round Covent Garden) – we had a great time. A real bonus for me was finding an Italian restaurant in Leicester Square that offered most of its menu with a Gluten Free option. We had a great day – what are you waiting for? Thanks for reading.
It’s been a while. I seem to be settling into a GF way of life. Its taken a bit of adjustment, BUT at the end of the day its just a change of diet(Discovering multple suppliers of (somewhat) expensive beers and lagers helped it has to be said).
So, whats been happening. Well. Had a week up to the north of England a few weeks ago and pleasantly surprised to find ALL the restaurants we visited had as a minimum an awareness of the need for Gluten free options. Had a delicious GF applecrumble with custard at a Toby Carvery. Even a local eatery (Woody’s Bar and Grill in Willerby) had GF options on its menu. The peak was going to a Frankie & bennies American DIner and being given a complete GF menu(here’s the proof!)
My only ‘niggle’ was that the equivalent options on the Gluten loaded menu were typically £1 cheaper – (but then I’m used to paying more for less!)
All in all a good experience.
Now, Coeliacs disease is genetic. I’ve always had it, for some reason it became more agressive(I have my suspicions as to why but dont have any proof). We’ve now discovered that my daughter (18) seems to have it. In fact she had an endoscopy to confirm this very day – as you can imagine I am getting lots of ‘Gee thanks dad!’ comments from her. On the plus side, she HAS been having various stomach problems since she was about 8 or so. Its only a change of diet and she is going to feel SO MUCH BETTER. I have to say I have never felt better.
I’m noticing more and more options in our local supermarkets too, plus attending a couple of CF exhibitions has helped immensely. It made me realise how common the condition is, plus introduced me to more companies offering GF options.
If you made it this far – thanks for reading.
Our local council has placed 25 2m high made of metal and fibre glass to commemorate the great war (strange to call something so horrific great but there you have it!). They are there to remind of the great war which started 100 years ago. Let’s hope we never see its like again.
And here’s a bit clearer shot