Weekly Photo Challenge : A Day in my Life

Start the day with a sparkle

Start the day with a sparkle

I love pink grapefruit!  Followed by coffee and toast.

Coffee and non edible books

Coffee and non edible books

That reminds me- I must start my Polish lessons (again!).  It’s less than 4 weeks till my next visit.

This being a Saturday, (I know! I know, I’m seriously late posting and should just scrape the deadline) it’s time to scoot across the park to my zumba class.  No photos, to protect the innocent, but we do have fun.  Grab any food shopping we need in town and bus back home as the legs are tired.  Make a panini for Mick, cooked breakfast for James and collapse with my laptop, quiche and salad.

Often I will spend the afternoon online while the lads watch sports, but this Saturday is the first truly sunny day in months!  “Do you fancy a walk?” I ask Mick, cautiously.  And then we’re bundled up against the cold and striding along the beach.  It’s so exhilerating, I forget tiredness.

The beach at Hartlepool Headland- almost empty this lovely day

The beach at Hartlepool Headland- almost empty this lovely day

Part of our industrial heritage

Part of our industrial heritage

Somebody's been this way!

Somebody’s been this way!

And beyond!

And beyond!

Getting nearer

Getting nearer

Heading for the gap

Heading for the gap

The pier has rotted away

The pier has rotted away

Consumed by the sea

Consumed by the sea

Beautiful in its ugliness

Beautiful in its ugliness

I love this prehistoric  monster

I love this prehistoric monster

Straight down the barrel

Straight down the barrel

And out the other side

And out the other side

Looking back

Looking back

And into the dunes

And into the dunes

It’s a scramble up to the top.  Still with me?  The pipes belonged to Steetley Magnesite, a magnesium producing company, but the site has been derelict for some time.  The chimney, which could be seen for miles up and down the coast, has recently been demolished and new homes are to be built there.

It’s not a part of town I often visit but there is a very interesting old cemetery too.  Spion Kop Cemetery dates back to 1856, and is formed from a combination of sand dunes and ships ballast, providing a rare natural habitat.

The derelict site

The derelict site

The nature reserve

The nature reserve

Spion Kop Cemetery

Spion Kop Cemetery

Jewish headstones and a wealth of local history

Jewish headstones and a wealth of local history

The town's symbol on the gate

The town’s symbol on the gate

And back along the top of the dunes

And back along the top of the dunes

Pleasantly exhausted!  You too?

Home for a cuppa, put the feet up, and after an interval, make spag bol for tea.  Too tired to take any more photographs.  Glass or two of well deserved red to end the day.  Thanks for your company.

This is my almost late entry for The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.  Click the link to share lots of daily lives.

83 comments

  1. I love your added sparkle! What a nice walk – I felt like I was walking with you. I have only been as far north in Leeds when I lived in England, but never visited Hartlepool. Thanks for taking us there!! Have a great week!

  2. Those beach photos are beautiful, and I too love your prehistoric monster. It’s an imposing structure. You could do a lot with that – photos at night? B&W? Gorgeous place!

  3. Beautiful beach you have out there, Jo. Despite the seemingly ugliness of the rotting pier, you created beauty out of it in your pictures. 😉

    1. It’s right on my doorstep so I’m pretty lucky, Malou. There are frozen days in winter when I don’t see it for a while, but it’s like a magnet. Thanks a lot.

  4. I love pink grapefruit too. I used to start every day with one whole. Your post reminded me I haven’t had one for almost a year :O. I wish you good luck learning Polish, Jo. It sounds like a difficult language.

    1. My brain doesn’t work the way it used, Paula. When I take out my text book, the words all look familiar. I just can’t put them together in sentences! Doesn’t make for great conversation!

    1. I really love doing these kind of rambles “on camera”, Naomi. I think it helps me look harder, if you know what I mean. Not that all the shots are successful. I hate it when I look at a photo and think “oh, it looked better than that!”

  5. Oh my gosh what a lovely day Jo, thanks for taking us with you.
    I enjoyed walking along your beach – all those decayed and decaying structures add so much “character” (cant think of a better word) to your photos.
    How far do you live from the ocean? Can you walk there?

    Interesting to see the Jewish graves in the cemetery.

    When are you going to Portugal?

    1. About half hour’s walk down to our marina, then we have Seaton beach(not shown) in one direction and the Headland in the other. It’s not a nice walk if you’re aiming for the Headland itself, so I’d usually get there by car (10mins) or occasionally bus.

      No flights booked to Portugal yet. Going to Poland with Dad at the end of April.
      Many thanks, Rosie.

      1. Yes, he is, Rosie, but was out of touch with the family for 64 years, which explains why I’m still trying to get to grips with the language. If you look on my A-Z of Poland page there’s a link to Exploring the Polish connection which tells the story. I can’t give you the link here because I’ve got a screen freeze on the other page. Problems commenting on Blogspot!

        Easy mistake to make- I’ll be back there(Portugal) as soon as I can.

  6. I’m very drawn to decaying structures and derelict places so that looks like an interesting walk! You must love living so close to the coast.

  7. We walked round the seafront too Jo on Saturday. It was a really lovely day even though the wind was cold. My day’s family are buried in that cemetery.xx

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