Monday, 26 September 2011

Simple Pleasures

While Dolly waits patiently for her bloomers (her knicker fabric hasn't arrived in the post yet!) I hope you will enjoy sharing a few of my favourite pics snapped yesterday afternoon, as Stuart and I strolled along the coastline at Riverside Country Park in Gillingham.

If you pop in to my blog for a regular read, you may remember we first visited this area back in May, taking a very blustery walk along the Saxon Shore Way, towards Motney Hill.

So this time, rather than turning right at the wooden signpost, we turned left towards Copperhouse Lane.

I love the strong visual contrast between natural coastline and the imposing power station on the horizon.  The path we took yesterday was rich with seasonal browns and golds ... such a treat for the soul in the warm autumnal sunshine.

As I mentioned when we were last here, there are many wrecked boats abandoned along this route and as the years pass they rust and rot, blending peacefully into the natural landscape. I can't help but wonder what tales these forgotten boats could tell!

Rather than take my handy pocket sized 'point 'n' shoot, I made sure I took my Canon SLR camera this time, to allow me the opportunity to tweak settings and capture nature in a little more detail - it was bulkier to carry, but I am glad I made the effort.

As we strolled, my eye was drawn back time and time again to the view of the power station ...

And finally, after ambling along in the sunshine for a very enjoyable couple of hours, we headed back to 'Horrid Hill', plonked ourselves on a bench to admire the view of the rusting hulk below, then drove home to put the kettle on for a well-earned cuppa!

I hope there will be a few more beautiful autumn afternoons to enjoy outdoors before the winter chills set in. Stuart and I both love to go walking ... simple pleasures are definitely the best.

If you would like to take a stroll along the Saxon Shore Way here in Kent, I can highly recommend a visit to:

A fascinating shoreline and safe, comfortable walking ... what more could anyone ask for?!

If you would like to read the blog post and see the photographs I posted in May, please click the following link: What lies beyond ...


  1. Paula, I'm so glad you took your big camera as well. You take the most stunning pictures. Wind in your hair and sun on your face is a good recipe to put the world right.
    Simple pleasures are always the best.

  2. Hi Paula

    I am lucky enough to be able to walk there lunchtime from time to time (as I teach in Medway). I find I just have time to walk out to Horrid Hill and really clears the cobwebs!




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