Happy New Year everyone.
Well this page should have been posted yesterday but as I didn't get the time then, here it is now. However, I spoke too soon about Spring being on its way. What a difference a day makes! But hey ho here goes anyway.
Today the sun is shining and we took ourselves off to Leigh on Sea, just a ten minute drive from Thundersley.
We ventured down into Old Leigh fishing village, an area renowned for its abundance of cockle sheds, boats, fishermen's cottages and small beaches.
The local pubs The Peter Boat and the Smack Inn both overlooking the Thames Estuary were brimming with people either sitting by the cosy log fire inside or outside in the sun overlooking the water.
There were plenty of people about; couples walking their dogs or families out with their childen on their new bikes, roller blades and scooters etc.
There is a path that will take you all the way into Southend on Sea, a couple of miles along the coast, if you want but today we turned around at Chalkwell.
The clear blue skies and fresh breeze made it a bracing walk along the coastal path and we couldn't resist walking along the beach too.
You could almost be fooled into thinking that Spring was on its way as there were so many like-minded people all taking in the sun and fresh sea air.
We do this walk quite often and I normally indulge myself with a freshly caught dressed crab to take home for tea but alas all the cockle sheds were closed today so will have to wait until the next time.