As we set out on our daily walk with our dogs we had no idea the adventures waiting for us. It was very cold and overcast, and I knew we were in for a downpour. So I had decided to take a more sheltered path, but when I finished locking the gates I had to change my mind. troy was looking over the sea wall and was smiling. The tide was right out, the furtherest we had seen it out since our arrival nearly a month ago.
So without another thought we strode off down the beach and headed in an easterly direction. Of course we had to get right down to where the sea was, which took us a fair way from the sea wall.
So much space for the dogs to run, in and out of the shallow waters, round and round the sand and silt. They were loving it.
We could explore a whole new world, as this uncovered the mud flats and muscle beds. revealing seaweeds and lug worms. It is so different from the pebbles and shells we normaly traverse across. A bit squealky in places, so you have to be careful not to sink.
This little village was amidst a huge muscle island we found on one of the beaches. It looked very structured to us as we surveyed the layout. It reminded Troy of the fairy houses we have found nestled in moss covered tree trunks in forests we have wandered through. One piece looks a bit like a boot to me!
This pitcure does not do justice to the size of this muscle bed, this is the one the village was found on. The figure to the far left is Troy striding out across the island.
Yes those are snowflakes you can see, as we were in the midst of a blizzard as we continued on our way.
As you can see from Talin here, it was a tad blowy, but he didn't seem to mind too much.
Willow on the other hand had a more pressing engagement. She had found a tyre embedded in the sand, but was going to have a good go at getting it free to play with.
It proved to be stuck well and truly in the mud!
As we headed for the sea wall, having satisfied our curiosity enough with the new land we had discovered. I thought I had better get some snaps of how much snow we had. It looks more like a sugar frosting coating, glimmering.
This sign shows which way the wind was blowing the snow across the sea and land.
To shield us from the wind, we walked back along the path between the sea wall and the oyster farm. The puddles were frozen, so Troy gently stepped across one to find out how frozen it was. Talin stayed back and just sniffed the ice. It looks like Troy is walking towards a crocodile, from the shape the snow had made in front of him.
Even though this plant is frozen into this puddle at least it will still get water, as they are not frozen solid.
I have tried to capture the snow on these grasses, but in reality they looked more glorious than this. There were tiny snowflakes bunched together on the heads and leaves of the grasses, glistening in the daylight.
This was a happy but disappointed boy at this moment. Happy that it had snowed, but disappointed that there was not enough to make a snowball with.
Even the covering on these wooden planks would not have been enough to muster a ball to thow. Never mind it is only the first snow of the season, and who could hope for more. At least we were out in it when it happened and could exclaim our delight in the change of scenery.
Back on the site and we came across these mushrooms glowing under the heavy snow fall they had experienced. Well at least someone got a lot of snow here.
I hope you have enjoyed our adventures which only took an hour of our time and gave us much to talk about and marvel at. I look forward to more artic weather bringing heaps of snow over the next month. I would like it to just stay at bay until after next weekend, as I am doing a christmas fair and want as many people to be able to get there as possible. Not just for me but for all those who are selling their wares there.
As I finish this post tonight the north wind has whipped up and is bringing in that cold howling wind, which makes you glad you are tucked up inside with a warm blanket.