Photo Sunday: a windy walk on the Saxon Shore Way

It’s been a few weeks since I blogged here (although there’s still plenty going on over at The Blog of Theatre Things if you fancy a visit!) but I thought I’d pop in to share a few photos from a couple of weeks ago, when a friend and I spontaneously decided to join a local walking group for a Sunday hike.

We started at Newington, a village in Swale, Kent, then headed across to Upchurch and along the Saxon Shore Way to Lower Halstow. After a very welcome pub stop for lunch (it was a freezing cold day and we’d been completely blown to bits walking along the estuary), we made our way back to Newington to head home.

It was great to meet some new people and be out in the fresh air – even if was a bit too fresh at times – after a busy week. And I couldn’t resist taking a few photos, particularly along the estuary, where the skies seemed to change by the second. I do love a dramatic cloud šŸ˜‰

I hope everyone’s having a great International Day of Happiness, by the way! What made you happy today?


Photo Sunday: a grey day in Gravesend

First, a confession: I’ve been a bit rubbish at blogging lately. This is partly because work’s been busy, but mostly because I’ve been focusing most of my attention on developing my other blog, The Blog of Theatre Things (see what I did there?). So for a bit while I concentrate on that, I probably won’t be blogging here as much, although I’ll still try and post at least once a week. In the meantime, if you’re interested in theatre, it would be great to see you over at The Blog of Theatre Things šŸ™‚

Right. Self-promotion over, and on with Photo Sunday. Today I met up with a couple of friends with a vague plan to go for a walk and get some exercise. But because it’s been very wet lately and we didn’t want to end up knee-deep in mud, we ended up exploring Gravesend instead. (And then accidentally stopping at Costa on the way back to buy cake. Oops.)

Gravesend isn’t the most attractive place at the best of times, but particularly on a grey day like today. But it does haveĀ some interesting sights, not least the hugeĀ Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara. And when we arrived at the river, we foundĀ more swans than I’ve ever seen in one place, trying to decide whether to wade through the mud into the river or turn around and make their way over to the lady throwing out bread. Considering the number of birds swooping in her direction, it’s safe to say that lady was a lot braver than I am (I, being a bit of a wuss where birds are concerned, beat a hasty retreat…).

Photo Sunday: Clouds

I don’t have any new photos for you this week because I haven’t been anywhere particularly exciting (from a photographic perspective, I mean – I’ve spent the weekend at my sister’s, which was obviously very nice, but I didn’t really think you’d want to see picturesĀ of her living room). I half hoped it would snow, at least a little bit – enough to take some photos but not enough to make the trains stop working – but it didn’t. So I’m improvising and sharing a selection of old photos on a favourite theme: clouds.

I love clouds. Whether they’re cute, white and fluffy or dramaticĀ and stormy,Ā or (of course) multi-coloured sunset clouds, I find them kind of fascinating. In fact, you’re more likely to find me taking photos of the sky than almost anything else. So here are a few of my favourites from the last year or so. Enjoy šŸ™‚

Photo Sunday: A walk in the park

Last weekend, I met up with a couple of friends for a walk at Mote Park, in Maidstone, Kent. When we arrived, it was cold but sunny, and as we walked, it gradually got more and more cloudy until, in the end, we retired to the cafe for a cup of tea before heading home.

All the same, it was good to be out and get some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Sometimes that’s all you really need on a Sunday afternoon (even if it does also mean dodging a lot of small children on their bikes, and steering clear of muddy dogs).

One of my friends brought along her camera, soĀ of course we all started trying to take artistic photos. Here’s a selection of my attempts. Fortunately there were some excellent clouds and trees to work with, which always helps šŸ˜‰

PS Yes, another new look for the blog – I like this one better!