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" Pin Mill at New Year 2019/20 "

Date & start time:      28th Dec 2019 - 2nd Jan 2020. 

Location of Start :     By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :          Peterborough on the way down and Pin Mill for a few days.

Walk details :              Local walks around Pin Mill.

Highest point :           About a whole 75 feet above sea level.

Walked with :              Cathy Jack, Matt, Sam and Alexander, Gareth, Rhian and Luke,

                                        Ann and our dogs, Boris, Bilbo, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Sunshine with a certain amount of haze at times. Dry.

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We spent Christmas at home then enjoyed time with the family over New Year. 

First we drove to Pin Mill to see Cathy and Gareth and then across to Sheffield and Tickhill to meet up with Jenna and Paula. 

This holiday we saw all the children and all the grandchildren in one week, a rare treat.

Let's start at the beginning . . .

We visited Sherran and Bill for lunch in Peterborough, on the way down to Suffolk.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday and we added our congratulations to their many cards from friends.

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We arrived after dark so next morning was the first opportunity to take the dogs and the camera out for a short walk.

The tide is high at Pin Mill this morning.

The boatyard pontoon stretches out into deep water, which has also floated many of the boats at the slip.

The white winter cover protects a Thames Barge moored out beyond the slipway.

An old anchor gains an artistic lower half as the upper section is reflected in the high water.

Another secures the moorings for one of the barges.

The swans can swim in and out of the houseboats near the pub.

Midday calm.

Heading back to Cathy's house passing the colourful boatyard.

The yard is full as it is mid-winter and many of the boats are in for storage or repair and refurbishment.

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After lunch we head out a second time with the family.


This is the sea wall in front of the Sailing Club

looking up the River Orwell

as the tide covers the salt marsh.



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The pub and seafront again as we all head out on a walk through the woods beyond.

The boat that has been lifted out and sits on the slipway . . .
. . . now has its feet in the water as the tide reaches the roadway.

Out in the channel the wind is up and people are on the move.

This rather nice yacht is making its way down channel under main sail and a large genoa jib.

Luke . . . " going on a bear hunt " at this point in the arms of Matthew.

Now on his Dad's shoulders.

With the aid of technology and a convenient tree stump . . . a family photo :

left to right:    Gareth and Rhian with Luke,  Matt, Ann, Cathy, Jack, Alexander, Sam and myself.

We headed around the top of the woodland till we joined the lane down to the house by the river known as The Clamp.

On the way down were several irrigation lakes, the water from which the farmer uses to grow his crops in times of prolonged dry weather.

The River Orwell at the footpath end below The Clamp.

Looking across the river towards Levington on the opposite shore

and downstream in the direction of Shotley, Harwich and Felixtowe on the coast.

Sail boat and row boat.
A riverside oak, between salt marsh and fields.

The gap between the starboard and port channel markers is bisected by this smaller motor boat making its way up river.

To our left, the up-river view to the boats at Pin Mill, Wolverston Marina and ultimately Ipswich at the head of navigation.

Through the haze . . . the Orwell Bridge carrying the A14 Felixtowe road high above the river.

Another nice cruising boat motor-sailing up channel as the wind has dropped and the tide has turned.

The domed roof behind is part of the Orwell Park School buildings.

Jack retrieves a wet and muddy tennis ball from Boris, Dougal and Bilbo.

Walking through the plantation on our way back to the village.

Two abandoned old boats as we approach the houseboats moored by the pub.

Back at the pub and the tide has dropped so we can walk round via the slip once more.

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In the early evening the weather improved . . . as the late sunshine added a warmer colour to the scene.

No wonder with a sky like this tonight.

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Two distant poplars

as seen from the upstairs

window of Cathy's house


complete this day's

photographic memories.



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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a high tide to cover the muddy shoreline and let the boats come to life.

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