With the last of the amazingly unseasonable weather forecast for today we decided to go to the seaside. Not the normal sort of seaside but the lovely peninsula of Sand Point on the Bristol Channel (only 30 miles from home).
The National Trust website describes it as follows:
The stunning stretch of coastline around Sand Point and Middle Hope sits north of Weston-Super-Mare. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, and it’s a wonderful place for a picnic, as the views are spectacular.
And so we took a picnic (or at least a few sandwiches and some fruit from the local supermarket).
We were so confident of the weather that neither of us took a coat. And so good was the weather (sunny all day and at least 16 C – as high as the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain) that as I write this blog I can even feel the effects of sunburn on my face
No coats needed today
I was surprised that I did not see much vegetation to reflect the lovely weather (as I had seen in our local urban park the day before) but I suppose this peninsula is generally very exposed to the elements and nature knows what’s best for itself. Nor were there many birds but fortunately we did see a pair of stone chats and 2 rock pipits and regularly heard skylarks. At sea there were a pair of herring gulls and a dozen or so black-headed gulls. The only thing to reflect the warm weather was a Red Admiral butterfly (much too quick for my photographic skills).
The sea looked like the Mediterranean
Wonderful sunshine all day, but misty at sea; so we were deprived the views of South Wales
A herring gull was the first bird we saw
One of two rock pipits
Back at the (sheltered) car park there was a blue tit feeding off a tree which was beginning to blossom.
Catkins at the car park
Gorse on the peninsula