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Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Beside the Sea 1

And you can’t get much closer than this!

Beside the Sea 2

This is the view from a parking lot in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. The railway runs right along the coast from Muizenberg to Simonstown. A scenic commute.


post script: I found an ancient recording of Basil Rathbone singing I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside, from Sherlock Holmes, 1939. Enjoy!




Boats 1

We’re in Aldeburgh again, a lovely seaside resort in Suffolk, taking a long stroll North along the coast towards Thorpeness. You may remember my ‘Snooks the Dog’ post and the boating pond here in Aldeburgh?

There were many little boats pulled up onto the beach and of course I had my trusty Canon with me, so snapped away as we walked.

Boats 2

Though the shot above shows the boat in more detail, I prefer the first photo, with the reedy grass blowing in the breeze in the foreground and the blue sky horizon.

Boats 3

I presume these were all fishing boats at one time or another;

Boats 4

though now some of them looked more as though they were lived in, or used for storage, than sailed!

Boats 5

This cute little red one looked like a toy boat! At first I thought it was the Life Guard boat; it certainly looked ready to launch at a moment’s notice. But on googling the boat number (Hooray for Google!) I discovered it is a fishing boat called Spring Tide and is in active use.

Boats 6

And where would all these boats be without an anchor, to keep them in their place?

Erm, perhaps not this one! I think it would sink these tiny boats if they tried to take it on board!


post script: These photos were taken last August, when I was in the UK. Since I only post on my trip about once a week, it is taking a while to get through all the photos!


December Scenes

Beach 1

Beach 1

I love seeing winter photos on other blogs; typical December scenes from the Northern hemisphere.

I thought you might like to see some typical views from the Southern hemisphere.

So here are a few photos to tide you Northeners over the cold December weeks.

Beach 2

Beach 2

When you celebrate Christmas and the return of the sun, these are the sights you can look forward to, next summer.

Beach 3

Beach 3

On the other hand, I guess we Southerners will be celebrating the departure of the sun? – Which is in no way a bad thing!

Beach 4

Beach 4

Unless you are actually at the beach, December is way too hot down here!


Down The Line

Down the Line

Down the Line

The Southern Line railway runs all the way from the centre of the city of Cape Town, along the coast to Simonstown; a distance of about 45 km. The tracks seen here are at Kalk Bay harbour.

In summer, a steam train runs this trip on Sundays, offering a glimpse into a bygone era.

It is a lovely scenic ride and you couldn’t get any closer to the sea if you tried!


Sun Day

Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg Beach

What do you do on a Sunday in December?

Here in Cape Town, South Africa, you go to the beach.

There is always a breeze and you can escape the summer heat for a while.

The sea may be icy, but the surf is good; some of the best in the world.

And don’t worry about the sharks; there is a Shark Spotter, keeping watch from high on the mountain. Yes, sharks are easy to spot from above, but if you are that bothered, then don’t swim out beyond the surf line.

Or be like me, and just walk along the beach then have an ice cream!