We have been enjoying the lovely warm weather and it was great on Sunday to get to the coast. I love all the East Anglian coast and we have several favourite beaches, depending on what we want to do. Frinton is pretty close and wins for best sandy beach around here. It is smooth with a gentle inclination into the sea - so great for children who will love building sandcastles there too - the sand sticks and you can make excellent moated castles!
I took my first dip in the sea of the year - the water was cool, but refreshing and it felt like hot bath water as I walked back into the shallows afterwards! I really enjoy swimming backwards and forwards between the breakwaters and as the tide was coming in there were some good rolling waves too.
There was also a treat in store with an amazing range of kites flying on the green above the beach. Several goldfish kites and squid as well as a spectacular egg and chips kites with sausages and mushrooms below. All looking fantastic in a wonderfully blue sky. The day was rounded off with delicious ice cream from the Coffee Parlour at the top of Connaught Avenue!
May is the most promising of months and being a little cooler than usual it is all unfolding slowly. The house from across the field of oil seed rape was an amazing sight today - a sea of yellow and a big East Anglian sky! Saw a few woods today, but Butlers Wood, which is just across this field with its wonderful array of wildlife and masses of deer seemed to have the bluest of bluebells, think they are now at their height!
I have been walking to the woods each week and watching the bluebells come into flower, playing the child's game of are they bluest yet? Last week they were quite blue, but this week they are definitely bluer - a more intense and potent blue - wondering whether they will be bluest next week - or maybe with the recent sunshine we might have just reached bluest! Usually the sun is much stronger at this time of year and flowers seem to wither in the heat - not so this year with the daily cooling of rain that has been preserving all our Spring flowers and making them open incredibly slowly.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta or the common bluebell is particularly associated with ancient woodlands, of which there are many round here and it is magical to be in a wood surrounded by blue. The blue carpet overcomes our senses of sight and smell, you are enveloped by blue!