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End of the Pier Lark

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This is the little cabin thoughtfully provided at the end of Yarmouth Pier for fisherfolk to camp out in and eat their sandwiches and for the likes of Beanie and Theo to play hide and seek. The Pier is the only wooden pier left in Britain, apparently, and has been given a Grade Two Listing as a consolation prize. It has been restored though and you can read the names of all those who have contributed to this effort carved in white on its planks.

The pier was built in 1873 to provide a berth for the new steam paddle steamers operated by the London and South Western Railway who would bring folk hurrying from Waterloo for their two weeks holiday by the sea. Nowadays it is a spot for children to catch crabs and their parents the occasional mackerel. The Isle of Wight car ferry leaves from close by - a remarkable push me-pull me vessel that goes backwards and forwards without turning round and is horribly overpriced, though I suppose the summer passengers subsidise the winter ones.

A wet damp grey morning the countryside wreathed in a blanket of soaking mist but we are back to work this morning for a sandwich of busyness before we go off again in two weeks to France. Hope everyone is well and happy, but I watched Montelbano last night and dreamt of the Sicilian sunshine.

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Posted at 4th Sep 2017 - 07:48AM   Posted by Fennie   End of the Pier Lark Comments: 11

Faith's Avatar I love piers and little cabins like this - great photo Fennie, wish I was there crabbing or eating sandwiches instead of hereLaughing

Posted by: Faith on 4th Sep 2017 at 08:07AM

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Faith and Everyone,

Thank you kindly for posting Fennie have been feeling out of salts these last couple of days perhaps it is a change in the weather although I love Autumn or it could be to do with that large baggage I sometimes haul on my shoulder.Very Happy

I have been to Yarmouth just a few times the last time we were on the pier were when my children were very young . Although I don't remember the little cabin as it has been brilliantly restored perhaps when I saw it in 75 or 76 it was just a shell. I am all for restoration to keep original and put it back to how it were. I never knew the IOW car ferry leaves from close by Fennie. Great photo by the way Fennie of the cabin.

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 10:12AM

Camilla's Avatar Weather much the same here too as where you are Fennie, must have been raining in the night all wet and damp in the garden. Parent collared Dove returned to the nest for the first time in three days, well I had not seen parent birds not even at night. I thought well the little squablings must have died they would not survive without being fed. This morning the parent bird arrived to the nest and was cooing loudly for about half an hour she probably noticed her baby's had not made it and adult was calling to its mate to tell. What I can't understand is why did the parent Dove not come back to her nest sooner to check on her two baby squablings that hatched last week.

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 10:18AM

Camilla's Avatar Exciting that you will be going to France in two weeks Fennie, anymore room in your luggage .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 10:19AM

Camilla's Avatar Still have not caught up with Montelbano another one for my list to catch up with.

I get reminders of drama series on my BBC registration on iPad see Lady in A Van is there for me to view I have seen it before Dame Maggie Smith is an amazing actress.

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 10:22AM

Camilla's Avatar FN go over to Charades post you have all of the answers correct apart from the fruit word... A female ex jazz singer could have tasted the correct fruitVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 11:06AM

Camilla's Avatar Adult dove is still cooing very loudly in the nest I think she is sad that her two baby squablings are not moving, why did the parent bird then not come back to her nest sooner and go away for three days without visiting her nest? I know the baby's hatched last week because I saw them and parent bird was feeding them. But no sign of her feeding them this morning she has left it too late.

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2017 at 11:10AM

Fennie's Avatar Sorry to hear about the doves, Camilla. Sounds as though the babies are no more. Maybe Mrs CD will lay more eggs.

Drink a bottle of 'Shrink Me' Camilla and post yourself over to Wales to arrive before 21 September and I'll see if I can fit you into my trolley bag - but you mustn't show up on the scanner!

(Just thought that would make a good short story all the comic possibilities of a three inch figure trying to hide, getting pounced on by cats, wanting to be fed in restaurants, being mistaken for an animated doll etc etc!) Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 4th Sep 2017 at 06:11PM

Faith's Avatar Oh dear dear, that's very sad about the babies Camilla Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Faith on 4th Sep 2017 at 08:27PM

Camilla's Avatar Yes very sad, I have just registered with the RSPB Community website and thought others could let me know what answers can be, but yes they must have died the squablings as they did not even get to be a fledgling.Sad

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 12:33AM

Camilla's Avatar Good idea to get a bottle of Drink Me to shrink myself to get in your luggage Fennie to FranceVery Happy

Perhaps I could take a leaf out of Alice and Wonderland when she went down the rabbit hole.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 6th Sep 2017 at 01:18PM

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