Remember: Press F11 for a full screen view of this page.
" Pin Mill final day "
Date & start time: Other days around 24th August 2011.
Location of Start : Pin Mill, The River Orwell, Suffolk, Uk ( TM 206 380 )
Places visited : Wolverstone, Pin Mill and the Butt and Oyster Pub.
Walk details : Local.
Highest point : Not very high !
Walked with : Cathy and Richard, Matthew, Sam and Alexander, Ann and the dogs, Saffie, Theo, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine, then low cloud and grey weather.
[ Alter the settings to zoom or change the Map, use Everytrail to download the Gps route ]
The sunshine, the flowers and the boats on the Orwell River estuary make a fine combination for a local walk.
We celebrate a birthday and then travel home on a rather grey morning.
A family outing to stretch the legs and enjoy the sunshine.
Leaving the village we climb past old cereal fields and on towards higher ground.
Looking back down the field to the Orwell River estuary.
One of the houses on Page's Common
which overlooks the old cereal field where the poppies have had time to grow.
We head out across a few more fields in the direction of Wolverstone Park and woodland.
Everything is dry and so the poppies add real colour to the rather dusty looking fields.
Michaelmas Daisies and some yellow ragwort (help please if I'm wrong !)
Careful where you tread . . . a classic Scottish purple thistle.
Beautifully manicured Yew Trees lead up to the church at Wolverstone.
If you go down to the woods today . . . don't panic . . . the bear's asleep !
The marina with a hidden view of the high level Orwell Bridge in the distance.
Back alongside the river, we pass the old river boat, now renovated and available for holiday rental
A green Thames barge is moored up near the Butt and Oyster.
The sailing club has built a new pontoon to allow access to the water at most states of the tide.
With the tide in, this young lady helps land her Mirror Dinghy on "The Hard" instead.
The boatyard has lifted one of the boats out of the water in order to do some work on it.
[ The trailer is left in the water and the boat sailed in at high tide . . . it has then been towed out to the road and clear of the water ]
This coastal barge is one of many that has been converted for living accommodation.
Down from the pub there is a whole village of houseboats moored up along the river side.
Back at the pub on a lovely summer evening, the locals and visitors are enjoying the sunshine.
It's Matthew's birthday . . . big kid . . . count the candles !
It's all MINE . . . I think ?
[ Hold your cursor over the picture to help him blow out the candles]
In the evening we adjourned to the Butt for a meal to celebrate further.
- - - o o o - - -
In the morning the picture is a little less picturesque.
Before we leave I wonder down "The Hard" to catch a close-up of the moorings at low tide.
New this year is the drying-out boards for working on the bigger boats.
Beaching the barges or larger yachts on the beams allow work to be done, such as painting or cleaning, in the few hours between tides.
This avoids taking them out of the water and gives access to the keel and underside.
Normal mountain techniques applied to a rather grey seascape produces a different panorama from my normal wide photos.
We leave the boats in order to travel home to Cumbria.
I'm sure they will get better weather by the time of the next tide . . . or the one after.
- - - o o o - - -
Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . wellies for the low tide walks.
Previous walk - 22nd August 2011 Constable Country
A previous time up here - 23rd / 27th August 2009 Pin Mill in Suffolk
Next walk - 1st September 2011 Fellbarrow with Dave