I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and sky,
I left my shoes and socks there,
I wonder if they're dry
Well, I did go down to the sea again today but kept my shoes and socks on, because it was hellish cold - but it was a great way to spend a Saturday.
After a browse around Tynemouth Market, we walked out onto Tynemouth piers ....
.... where we encountered this very handsome pigeon, with beautiful orange eyes and iridescent throat plumage, before we headed along the path to North Shields for fish and chips in the excellent Waterfront fish and chip restaurant ...
... passing these busy purple sandpipers that were feeding along the sea wall while they waited for the tide to turn.
After that we had a quick stroll alone Union Quay where this black-headed gull and ...
..... herring gull posed for portraits
As we walked back to the car park someone threw chips to the herring gulls, so predictably all hell broke loose as they scrambled for them. A cacophony of herring gulls.
Then it was off along the coat to St.Mary's island, where the sun came out.
Lots of these beautifully patterned grey top shells Gibbula cineraria under the rocks around the rock pools...
.... and even more of these hermit crabs to tease, by turning them upside down ...
..... and watching their contortions as they were forced to come out of their shells to right themselves.
One very disgruntled hermit crab.