I had the pleasure of awaking at 6am this morning, a pleasure because the sounds of the ocean were undisturbed. Having risen and contemplated my day I decided to head to town and pick up some bits that I need, I confirmed availability and set off for the station. I had checked train times and alterations before departing but apparently that was not enough. On arrival at the station I was told that my destination was closed, that doesn’t count as an alteration or disruption apparently, go figure. Finding myself at the train station on a bright sunny day with nothing to do I decided to go for a walk, 5 miles later I am writing this.
Walking along the coast at 09:30 on a sunny bank holiday Sunday is an absolute joy, it takes you back to your childhood. Watching children racing ahead of their parents to get to the beach, the look of excitement conjured up by golden sand is a wonder to behold. Watching families setting out their patch of beach, playing ball games and generally enjoying the weather cannot fail to make you smile. Watching older couples setting out their deck chairs looking forward to a day of dozing in the sun next to the beach. Young teenagers drifting towards the pier and making plans for flirtatious frivolity, what things to behold. It seems that even nature* herself is not averse to pausing and viewing the vista that she has created. As I walked along the promenade I saw a small bird watching the ocean intently, forgive me for not knowing the species. The bird made no attempt to move, he seemed totally enthralled by the view to the point that I had to walk around him. This was not some large killer bird, to be fair even the gulls have some timidity around people, this was the size of a sparrow. It is funny how little things make you realise that we are all part of some bigger picture. Having stepped around this small creature I turned to see if he flew off thinking that he may have been deaf and not heard my approach. He had still not moved but had turned to look at me as I watched him, doubtless he was thinking something along the lines of ‘that idiot is walking backwards’. It is nice to see that even the wildlife sometimes takes the time enjoy the view.