Sparkling sea, clouds, boats and adventure?
The seafront at Hartlepool
A bright, clear day like this one always propels me to the sea shore. On the horizon the chimneys of industry and the Power Station pump smoke into the atmosphere. But on a day like this the sparkling water captures the eye and just won’t let go.
The sea is kept at bay by a defensive wall of rocks
It’s not the prettiest seafront. The concrete defences are a sad necessity these days. The local tip is just across the road, behind a low fence. Sea coal often coats the beach- gritty reality. Still the sun and the waves have the power to transport me beyond the merely physical.
Heading back to the harbour, the distant Headland peaks over the sea wall
The lock gates open to embrace the sea
Boat repairs and the sales office live side by side with the Coastguard
And then you’re into the marina proper
And every variety of boat is there
Mostly they’re white
If you’re lucky, the water goes on sparkling
And the adventure? How could the high seas not offer adventure? But my adventure is of a different nature this week and it’s time I paid tribute to Life is a Journey. Reena has honoured me with the Adventurous Blogger Award. I am constantly amazed at how far and wide my readers range these days. Reena hails from the Philippines and is a relative newcomer to blogging. If her photos of Rome by night are any indication of her talents, we have some treats in store.
In accepting the award I need to answer a few simple questions:
1. Where would you like your next adventure to be?
I’ve mostly only adventured in Europe and I have a serious hankering after the Far East. All those temples and pagodas hold me in totally in thrall. One day…one day. Anyone out there want to offer me an assignment? (I know- get in line!)
2. Where would you recommend for an adventurous time?
Strange though it might sound, the island of Madeira. There are many more exotic locations, but the landscape of Madeira is spectacular and very accessible. You can go canyonning and levada walking in quite challenging terrain, and be surrounded by natural beauty.
3. What do you regard as the most interesting culture?
There are many oriental cultures I would love to experience. Japan I would really love to visit, and newly opened Burma looks incredible.
4. What is your favourite holiday activity?
Exploring, exploring and more exploring. I hate to miss anything. (nosey, my husband says)
5. What is the most dangerous activity you’ve undertaken?
The donkey ride from the harbour up to the cliff tops in Santorini. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat and looking down a donkey’s nose into the caldera way below was more than enough excitement for me. I much preferred the cable car ride back down.
6. What is your favourite quotation?
Not strictly a quote, but my mother always used to say “never let the sun set on your anger” and I agree one hundred percent.
7. Happiness is?
For me, simply a sunny day.
There, I’m all done. Six Word Saturday, huh? I do go on a bit!
I’m not going to nominate specific people to receive this award. You adventurous types all know who you are and are very welcome to take up the award and run with it. A previous 6WS page explains it better. Please do go and visit Reena and make her as welcome to the blogging world as you’ve made me.
Just remains to say thanks to Cate at Show My Face. See you all later today as I check out what you’ve done with your week? The button below links to my previous Six Word Saturdays.