This is the first day I’ve felt up to anything more than a token walk but finally I’m feeling more myself - except that it was massively windy and pouring with rain - real stair rod stuff! So I sulked around at home and cleared away a lot of things ‘out of harm’s way’ meaning that my grandchildren are coming to stay this weekend. My reward was that the sun came out and I was enticed. It's co-oo-old but a really beautiful bright day for a walk so I thought I’d take you with me.
Out of the front door of the building where my flat is and into the green square.
Down towards one of the views that persuaded us to move here
Round the curves on the crescent below our square
Down the steps to street level
Across the road to the sea onto the lawns with their ubiquitous dogwalkers. There was a white standard poodle with outrageous pom-poms and a pink diamante bow on her forehead but the owner forbad me to take her picture so you’ll have to imagine that very formidable sight!
Further along the promenade there is the first of two cafes - this one. with no inside space, generally has a seagull waiting for any scraps left by customers.
Too cold for a coffee here today although there are various intrepid coffee drinkers enjoying the view of the sea but let's plod on . . .
. . past the Peace Statue
. . past our poor burnt out pier, the victim of arson, which has a beauty all of its own
It's alright - we're nearly there!
And here it is - our final destination!
A beautifully restored Victorian bandstand. Musicians used to play here regularly but now the upper part has tables and chairs in the summer or on balmy evenings there are tango nights or live music of one sort or another. The downstairs used to be the dressing room and instrument storage room, when needed, but now it has been converted into a very quaint little bistro with extremely good coffee. Definitely a good thing because I’m running out of energy and need to top up for my return home.
Hope you enjoyed the walk - come with me again soon