I don’t know where this photograph was taken, I can’t even remember where I bought it, but I love of the idea of taking the teapot and the best teacups down to the seashore for a brew in the fresh air!
The lady on the left seems to be enjoying her tea the most or is she smiling at the sea view or the gentleman wearing the peaked cap? She is certainly not looking at the camera, unlike the lady in the stripy hat on the left, next to the young lady pouring the tea. The lady in the middle appears to be being annoyed by some sort of flying inspect.
The beach doesn’t look that exciting, with its stones and seaweed, but that could be because I’m use to the sandy beaches of the East coast. Can you make out the three chaps walking along what must be a promenade or seawall in the background? I wonder where they’re going? So many questions!
Does anybody have any answers?
The seafront was overcast this morning, but it was still warm and the clouds forming over head didn’t seem to put visitors off; in fact it was quite busy! The sea anglers were out along the seawall, but I didn’t see anybody catch anything. Two empty trailers on the slipway suggested two small boats had gone out, but I couldn’t see any sign of them out in the Estuary. All the usual suspects were on The Promenade, the dog walkers, a jogger and a couple working their way around the Oddballs Crazy Golf Course, but there were other characters out and about.
I spotted a person swimming parallel with the beach wearing a swimming cap; a braver person than me! Two chaps were carrying out repairs to the modest ferris wheel. A party of primary school children were playing games, including cricket [using plastic cricket bats]. The Pier is covered in scaffolding at the moment, as it undergoes an extensive makeover, so workmen were very much in evidence on The Pier itself and on the slipway beside it. The sails of wind surfers could be seen far out.
The donkeys were on the beach with their wrangler and deckchairs were available for hire, so it must be Summer.
Still no view from The Pier, but here is a view of it for you from the Central Promenade. I’m not sure what sort of works are being carried out on The Pier, but it appears to require a lot of scaffolding!
The Sun was out on Wednesday, as you can see from the photograph above, but was also very windy. The donkeys were plodding up and down the beach, seemingly unimpressed by the horses striding more gracefully on a parallel course. The wind hadn’t put off the crazy and miniature golfers, who were out in force [even I ventured onto the Oddballs crazy golf course] and I saw my first kite of 2015. I didn’t see any one dog walking, but two chaps with a dog were having a cup of tea outside Olivers [despite the wind a number of people, including myself, opted to take their tea outside in the fresh air].
To quote from the programme, “The success of the festival is down to a combination of world champion sculptors, a great team of planners and designers, an unbeatable technical crew and of course the very special Weston sand”. This was my first sand sculpture festival and I was suitably impressed.
The sand sculptures were obscured from view, from the promenade and the beach, by a blue fence that gives very little away. Armed with my 50p off leaflet I took a gamble and paid £3 to a chap in an orange t-shirt who offered me a pair of protective glasses to keep the sand out of my eyes [something I had not considered]. Also stationed at the entrance was an adorable Paddington Bear created by Rachel Stubbs, which was one of my favourites.
What can be done with sand is absolutely astounding. “The Brothers Grimm Fairytales” fairy tale castle, was one of the most remarkable, in terms of scale; it literally towered over one. I don’t think I noted all the fairy tales incorporated into the design, but I certainly spotted Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
If you want to know more about the festival have a look at their website:
It was a bit chilly on the Promenade this afternoon, but that didn’t stop me [and a lot of other people] from enjoying it. The dog walkers were out in force and there was a metal detectorist examining a patch of sand by the Pier Slipway, but the surprising thing was the queues of people at the various kiosks along the Promenade; I would have thought it was too early in the year to be queuing up for ice cream! The donkeys were at work on the beach, but The Pier wasn’t open, so I could not walk to the end of it and take a photograph for you.