Jo’s Monday walk : Along the shore

Can you guess where?

Can you guess where?

I wasn’t sure what to post for this week’s walk.  I haven’t yet taken you to Nottingham and I know that many of you like castles and history.  But when this is published, I will be in the Algarve, and hopefully on my way to a Monday walk.  It seemed only right to take you along.

My favouurite kind of shell

My favourite kind of shell

The river beach on Tavira Island is rich with this type of delicate beauty.  It never ceases to amaze me that, no matter how many are taken home, there are always more to discover.  Come with me on a simple stroll along the beach and see what we can find.

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When you ride across to the ilha on the ferry, the river beach is where you land.  Often enough I loiter here.  There’s always a passing boat to wave at or admire.  I like to follow the shoreline looking for ‘treasure’.  There is a greater variety of shells on this side of the island, which seldom gets dashed by the Atlantic waves.

Looking back at Tavira from the river beach

Looking back at Tavira from the river beach

Meandering

Meandering

When I tire of looking, I head over the ilha to the main beach.  There are a number of sandy trails crossing the island- some easier to follow than others.  I sometimes get a little disoriented and wish I’d stayed with the main path, but eventually the sea always appears on the horizon.

Am I nearly there yet?

Am I nearly there yet?

At last!

At last!

Depending how hot the day, I may just choose to collapse here for a little while.  Down on the beach, someone has been creative with shells and two fish survey the world, just a little wearily. It is rather a warm spot to be out of the water!

Creative with shells

Creative with shells

Leaving behind the crazy fish, I simply have to kick off my flipflops and dip my toes in the surf. I know I’ve said it before but this beach really does stretch for miles.  You have the choice of simply returning to the river beach by following the sea wall, or you can walk along the beach till you’re ready to flop.  I’m sure you can guess which I’m inclined to do.

Fancy a paddle by the lighthouse?

A bit of a splash by the lighthouse?

The beach bar at Barril acts as a powerful incentive.  And there’s the beautiful Anchor Graveyard. Because sunset comes earlier at this time of year, this trip I may just manage those sunset images I’ve always coveted.  For now, I’ll leave you with a gallery I took last time I was here.  I think you can find your own way home?  See you there!

I’ll be back in the UK for next week’s walk.  Maybe we’ll do Nottingham, but we’ll definitely be walking somewhere.  I hope that you’ll join me.  If you have a walk that you’d like to share, it would be great if you could link to me, or leave a link to your post in my comments.  The details are on my  Jo’s Monday walk page.

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Time to share this week’s walks.  Kettle on and feet up!  Many thanks to all my contributors.

Drake has me singing again as I stroll alongside him  :

Here, There and Everywhere 

High fashion and shoes this week with Violet Sky  :

Shows who you are

Enjoy a change of pace and place with Cardinal  :

Berlin Street 0741

Sharing comes naturally to Amy.  Do join her and her delightful ducks  :

Jo’s Monday walk

A very special garden from Jude.  Enjoy it because it’s her last before she’s off to Australia!

Garden Portrait : Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens

Dear Meg takes us to the Australian bush, on a serene walk with nature  :

The river road 4

Noe is back this week, playing with the children on their island paradise  :

Amazing journey to Rajuni Kiddi Island

Brilliant, aren’t they?  I hope you enjoyed them all as much as I did.  Happy walking!

175 comments

      1. Sleeting today and then lots of heavy rain at least I will not have to shovel 🙂

        He made it through surgery but will not be himself for a few weeks so I will simply make him comfortable keep house and pets cared for and paint 🙂

  1. Thanks for the blue skies and beach today – it is so cold here as November steles in. I also really liked the dangling shells…. and footprints. Have a nice week amiga – ((((hugs))))

  2. ciao Giovanna, non mi dimentico ti te e mi piace sempre guardare e leggere i tuoi post anche se in ritardo, sorry, questa zona è molto selvaggia ma piena di piccole cose bellissime, anche io amo molto passeggiare sul litorale in cercva di conchiglie…ma qualche anno indietro ce n’erano molte di più–
    felige giorno cara

  3. Great post showing all the interesting things that make a beach walk so enjoyable.
    The anchors reminded me of tombstones and I liked the way the shape of the riprap echoed the shape of the red and white striped entrance marker.
    Your blog is a great way of inspiring people to walk and notice all the wonders to be seen.
    You have many talented followers besides my pommepal.

  4. Hello Jo, and Happy Birthday! (I’m following M-R’s orders; we don’t mess with our friend, do we?!)

    I’m so glad I did, too. This walk was relaxing and almost familiar. The beach looks so much like Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA where I was a teenager in the 70’s. Beautiful sugar white sands, but your seashells are more enticing than those I remember from my teenage walks.

    And you don’t have the tourist feel that I remember from Pensacola, either.

    Thank you for taking me along with you. I hope your birthday is/was marvelous!

    1. I think the world’s beaches have a lot in common, don’t they Cindi? Thank you so much for taking the time to say hi. Yes- absolutely no messing with M-R 🙂 🙂 I will return your visit and I did have a lovely birthday, thanks. Alas, being a dinosaur who travels without a smart phone I’m hopelessly behind, but I will eventually catch up.

  5. Hello Restless Jo! I’ve popped over from M-R’s place because I usually do what she commands. How happy I am to have done so. Your beach photos are wonderful especially those dramatic woven nets. And wishing you a Happy Birthday.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 I wouldn’t dare disobey M-R! I don’t yet understand how she keeps up with all our birthdays. There aren’t enough hours in life, are there? I’ll pop over and say hi when I’ve got my life back on track.

  6. The scenery always brings back happy memories of my time in Tavira, Jo. I love the crazy net fish and the dangling sea shells, and that translucent shell you say is your favorite. I wish I had seen that anchor graveyard; what a cool place that is. I hope you do get some sunset shots this time. 🙂

    1. D’you know, Cathy, I still didn’t get the sunsets! Not trying, am I? But I did have a wonderful birthday. Small disaster though when I dropped my mobile off the ferry 😦 What am I like? 🙂

      1. Oh no, Jo! I’m sorry you keep missing the sunsets. But it’s okay, as long as you had a happy birthday!!

        Oh no, I can’t believe you dropped your mobile off the ferry. I hope it wasn’t a smart phone because it won’t be very smart now, will it?

        Happy happy birthday!!!! xxx

      2. It was a very dumb phone, Cathy, and I’ve been needing a new smart one for ages. Guess I’ll have to have one now 🙂 🙂 Thanks- happy weekend to you!

  7. I especially enjoyed this post, scrutinising it to compare with my home beach. That first photo is a masterpiece of composition, and I always enjoy the ways people are creative in situ: in this case with shells-and-nets. I didn’t register that this was a birthday celebration. Happy birthday, fellow Scorpio – my 70th on 3rd. I hope you celebrated splendidly.

    1. So sorry, Meg! Scheduling a walk didn’t prove to be such a good idea. I just got back and my comments are ‘through the roof’! I didn’t get chance to make more than a few responses in the week so here I am, ‘all behind’ again! And I missed your birthday, to boot! I’m a total failure. Please accept a humble hug 🙂

    1. I´m so glad! It´s a little fresh and cloudy çoudy today and I´m trying to print my boarding pass for home <(shame!) 🙂 You can tell I´m having troubles with this keyboard!

  8. amiga!even though the images did not load (i will view them later this week) this post gives such an essence of YOU!          “…the river beach is where you land.  Often enough I loiter here.”   that says so much about you.. taking time to really examine your surroundings and not race through life.  people often miss so much because they don’t take time to see the little surprises that Life places there for our benefit.  i felt as if i was walking beside myself!     thanks for a great start to the day and the week! z   i;ve tried sending this for about 7 hours now.. please forgive me if it turned up more than once, and if so, please remove the duplicates!  z From: restlessjo To: tzeebra@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, November 3, 2014 2:01 AM Subject: [New post] Jo’s Monday walk : Along the shore #yiv5251099529 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5251099529 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5251099529 WordPress.com | restlessjo posted: “I wasn’t sure what to post for this week’s walk.  I haven’t yet taken you to Nottingham and I know that many of you like castles and history.  But when this is published, I will be in the Algarve, and hopefully on my way to a Monday walk.  It seemed o” | |

  9. amiga!even though the images did not load (i will view them later this week) this post gives such an essence of YOU!          “…the river beach is where you land.  Often enough I loiter here.”   that says so much about you.. taking time to really examine your surroundings and not race through life.  people often miss so much because they don’t take time to see the little surprises that Life places there for our benefit.  i felt as if i was walking beside myself!     thanks for a great start to the day and the week! z From: restlessjo To: tzeebra@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, November 3, 2014 2:01 AM Subject: [New post] Jo’s Monday walk : Along the shore #yiv5251099529 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5251099529 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5251099529 a.yiv5251099529primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5251099529 WordPress.com | restlessjo posted: “I wasn’t sure what to post for this week’s walk.  I haven’t yet taken you to Nottingham and I know that many of you like castles and history.  But when this is published, I will be in the Algarve, and hopefully on my way to a Monday walk.  It seemed o” | |

    1. Hi Lisa 🙂 Tavira time is for enjoying. I race around like a maniac at home sometimes, trying to catch up (like this weekend). Many thanks for joining me. I hope you got to see the photos.

  10. Hi Jo, I truly love walks on the shore and gladly join you. Your photos bear witness to that particular shore being very beautiful indeed – it will be another item on our places-to-visit list…
    However, today I just got off at Baumwall Station in Hamburg (Germany) – some of the nicest walks I took this year start there. So this is just a beginning. And while the story I tell in my post is not about walking, it sure is about ‘getting there’.
    My approach to photography is not as documentary as yours, so I wonder if it is okay for me to join you: http://empireoflights.com/2014/11/03/the-steep-approach-to-baumwall/ – Cheers, Tobias

  11. The temperature has been dropping over here, in Canada. A sign that winter is just around the corner. Seeing those footprints in the sand was just lovely today:)

  12. Just managed to catch this before I disappear for a while. Lovely blue sky, clear water, sandy walk with you. I’ll see if I can find one similar for you 🙂

      1. Happy belated birthday Jo! Seem to be saying that a lot this week! I was too tired to log in yesterday (on your birthday) and Tuesday vanished in about an hour – odd that, losing an entire day. But arrived safely and even managed some sleep, so jet-lag not bad at all, and cuddling that delicious wee one is well worth the horrible journey. Hope you are having a great time in lovely Tavira and enjoying your beaches. I quite like the one about fifty yards from me! Shame I can’t stay here…

  13. Oh what a peaceful, sunny, gorgeous, sand-between-the toes walk this is. Love the shell creations, very clever 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful time Jo. Will you take a walk with me when you get back? Can’t say the weather will be anything like this, but it will be bracing and wonderfully refreshing. And full of swans. I’ll have it here for you upon your return. Hugs. 🙂

      1. Happy Birthday for tomorrow Jo, hope the weather improves and you have a beautiful day no matter what. The sun will shine on you either way. Birthday Hugs 🙂

  14. A beautiful walk as always. How beautiful the sea and beach is. Then I saw the anchor graveyard and thought of those who never returned to the shore.

    Beauty and the Beast

  15. So much natural beauty there Jo and such a beautiful walk. You’ve definitely captured all the beauty. Great shots and post and thanks for sharing. 😀 ♥

  16. We have the same blue sky so I don’t feel too envious Jo … but then I’ve Monday laundry blues and you’ve seashore blues . I guess it’s a win win for you 🙂
    Super sparkling pictures . That light house would be a real attraction for me 😉 .. hope you get lucky with a sunset or three .

  17. Jo, I can feel the warmth in the sun from here, not too hot though; and smell the sea air, I imagine the breeze is gentle. And it seems you have it all to yourself. Idyllic! I went for a wander yesterday. It has a very Kiwi flavour to it: sunshine, sheep, stunning views and an historical Pa site. I hope you enjoy it – when you return to the land of wifi, that is. Have a great week.
    http://jillscene.com/2014/11/03/otatara-pa/

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