One thing the little coastal town of Swanage has is seagulls! There are indeed lots of them living off the leavings of the visitors lunches. There are lots of visitors as the town is only 25 miles by car via the ferry and a good day out on the sun for many. While small it has spent millions recently doing up the promenade which with the abundance of eating places, and a few attractions for the kids can keep some folks happy for a few days. We brave men left the woman searching the shops while we fought the chill breeze on the pier.
The pier is much used by divers searching the many wrecks around here and checking on the life we never see that lingers under the water. It may look empty but a vast amount of life forms exist under our noses that only such divers meet close up. Close up we met many from the film crew going about their business including a black security guard who being based on the pier with no shelter was wrapped up as if on an Arctic expedition! Poor lad he had little to do at the time but shiver, we greeted him and giggled a wee bit. Why I giggled I know not as I was as cold as he! The ship had the name 'Jolly Rodger' on the stern (that's the back bit to you) and flew a Skull & crossbones flag high above.
We guessed this meant a kids programme was being made but could not be bothered to ask. High above we see a little cloud but above the sea there was little in the way of clouds. The Great Leader mentioned that as always the sea has little cloud while the land always has cloud above, indeed that was the case here. Over the land a great mass of threatening black stuff could be seen but above the sea it was clear. This is because of heat rising off the land perhaps, maybe a clever person can explain.
One eyesore remains in the town, this desperately requiring upgrading building! Contrasted to the work already done this scar implied someone somewhere was hoping to cash in somehow! If you look closely you will not the hole in the wall isn't ans the windows on either side aren't either! The pics are better seen on my Photo Blog but enlarging this gives a good view. I am not really keen on murals myself, I see them usually as graffiti and usually awful graffiti at that. This however was clever, artistic and vastly improved an eyesore.
Poole harbour contains the home of the Lifeboat institution the RNLI. This marvellous organisation is responsible for saving thousands of lives year after year. Each man is a volunteer, each highly trained, each worthy of praise. The fishing boat alongside looks delightful but in a storm, which can arise quickly or possibly a weather warning be ignored, then little craft will be happy to see the unsinkable lifeboat approach. Occasionally lifeboat men are lost at sea, they deserve any medal they get.
There is a fantastic Heritage centre in the town, small but brilliantly laid out. I was very impressed with it. Like us all they lack money and over a hundred volunteers help keep the place alive. There are four 'shops' inside. Each one representing something of the past, each with a person inside, a dummy I mean, and this all put together by a volunteer! Some man I say! This was a small place but I loved it and was impressed by the layout, use of space and the volunteers I spoke to there, great people. We can learn from them.
Our good lady pointed out that the seagulls feed off what the people leave, or have stolen from their hands, but surely a young bird walking around carrying his own plate was taking things a bit too far! She had a point!