Shadows lengthen in Hartlepool marina
I’ve been scrolling back through my Monday walks, trying to decide where to take you next. I still have a few, unshared, Algarve memories, but I think today we’ll just have a peaceful stroll around our marina. I’m continuing my hassle free mood. The Christmas rush will arrive soon enough.
Though the last few days here have been damp and dreary, last weekend the sunsets were liquid and beautiful. Perfect for a stroll! Dusk comes early at this time of year and, with the sun so low in the sky, the light and shade has a magic all its own.
The view from Jackson’s Landing
Looking down towards the marina
The colours reflect so well in the calm water
The sun bounces off the apartments
And then fades!
You’ve probably noticed, I can always loiter by boats. And with the sun descending into a liquid pool, the temptation is even greater. I succumb every time!
The sun paints highlights on the boats
Lovingly caressing the red
Then sinking gently towards the water
Magical, isn’t it?
I struggle to tear myself away!
Light is a deceptive thing because, as I look back, the boats appear still well lit. I look towards the sea, and wonder if I might make it to the sea wall in the time remaining before sunset.
Looking back across the marina
Beyond the lock gates, two overgrown, ramshackle piers reach out to meet their mate across the water. There is a poignancy to them, with their neglected grassy tufts. The new sea defense walls make them look very shabby, but it’s atmospheric out there, with the evening shadows.
The poppy tribute in the marina
The lock gates
The new sea defense
And the old pier
Can you see the fishermen, huddled against the rocks?
A last dazzle of sunlight
A cycle path leads around the back of the apartment blocks, and back to Jackson’s landing, where we started out. A smokey haze rests on the water as the final clouds drift up and away.
I hope you enjoyed my very local stroll this week. No place like home? I’ve had the saddest weekend and would like to extend huge thanks to my blogging friends. They’re always there when I need them. Spending time on this post helped a little to distract me from the sudden and tragic death of a dear friend and neighbour in the Algarve.
If you’d like to join me on a walk, short or long, you’d be more than welcome. The logo above will take you to my Jo’s Monday walks page. Meanwhile, many thanks for all these great contributions. Time to put the kettle on, and enjoy.
Jude’s having a great time in Australia! Check this out :
Dee Why Lagoon
Colline’s walk couldn’t be more different! Brrrh! 🙂
A Walk through the Park
Drake’s a little early with his Christmas walk, but he’s off travelling soon :
Early Christmas walk
Texan beauty is what we’ve come to expect from Amy. You won’t be disappointed!
Always nice to welcome someone new, especially on a waterfall walk :
Handstands and Hiking
And loiter in some mysterious woods in Germany. Thanks, Tobias!
Home Range II
Or you could go admiring clocks with Elena :
Where is Solothurn?
You know Yvette’s always fun! How about a train ride this week?
Triple Crossing Train Tracks
While Jill’s taking us where the trees are green :
Eastwoodhill- a tree lover’s sanctuary
Have a great week of walking! I hope your weather’s good.