Sunday, 20 March 2011
Yesterday, Saturday, I could not go onto the shore at my usual time in the morning as it was a high tide. I decided to give a couple of hours to the garden, two hours soon turned into five hours! So it was almost 5 o'clock before I ventured down on the still waterlogged shore. It was soggy and slippery but after my gardening and feeling tired I was quite happy to go slow. The sun was really low and as I walked I realised I had a long thin shadow by my side. It was a little hazy looking out across the shore but I could see and hear many different birds, the sounds echoing across the estuary. In the sand I saw bird prints, the pretty patterns twisting and curling as they made their tracks along the waters edge. It was a good day for feathers, as I collected an assortment of different sizes, colours and patterns. I found a few crab pieces but they always break when you handle the brittle pieces. As I collected a mermaids purse it was all tangled with a second one and some seaweed, maybe an interesting piece to draw. During my walk I could feel the temperature drop as the sun faded. The swan was settled on the opposite bank, sat with her neck curled as she was raking through the grass. We glanced at each other for awhile, then I noticed she was all dirty on her front with the brown soil, maybe today we are similar...both been gardening and a little grubby after our digging . The train broke the silence as it thundered past us both, we both looked up at the track. From the back of the carriage a fat red faced man poked his head out of the window with a cigarette in his mouth, from the non smoking train! As I made my way along to the station, I could smell the smoke drifting in the air. I stood on the railway bridge and just caught the last rays of the sun sinking behind the hills. It was a lovely quiet calm time of the day to go and collect for week 12. It is something I look forward to, with the long summer evenings.
Time to sort out my finds and get started on a new page. Thank you for the lovely comments, it is always nice to read them all. Still no news on my laptop! Hope you like the picture.
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, March 20, 2011