Saturday, 17 October 2015
The Sea! The Sea! It's Wet...
Having arrived for a rest from my labours I was taken on a walk through a park, up the high Street crowded with heavy traffic and thousand's of people and then forced along the beach. We started high up along the chine where seaside flats with large windows and enclosed balconies start at around £400,00 and with houses on the shore with views over Poole Harbour fetching between £3 and 10 million. I will not be buying one.
I was not only frogmarched along the shore but then forced to climb back up the chine the hard way - going upwards! We took a shortcut (he said) to make it easier but I lost two stone in weight by the time we reached the top.
The sand along here is well maintained. Earlier this year in was renewed as storms had taken much away and we watched a tractor pulling deep sand back from the stairs down to the beach, the tide has raised this several feet and his job was to pull it all back. He soon gave up we noticed. During the summer there are many guards on duty, strict control over the promenade, two cyclists who went through at the wrong times were fine £50 plus much more in costs for cycling at the wrong times, and huts are placed at various intervals for the many problems families bring with them, or children as they are known.
We began our Matterhorn like ascent around here at the back of a somewhat grubby hotel. Had we been able to continue we would have reached Sandbanks where the multi million pound houses are found but instead climbed to the mere million pound ones. Flats here have wonderful views and are the last resting places of the wealthier type who retire here to waste the cash their children hoped they would inherit. We were personally ignored by several of those.
Poole Harbour, a lovely spot with water only a few feet deep for a long way out. Usually you see people standing next to a boat far out but few were about this day. In the middle of course the water is very deep and the Bologne Ferry passes by at regular intervals along side other large ships winding their way in. The views here are magnificent, the weather always changeable but always offering a variety of sky to look at and wonder. A very popular place to parade and only £2.5 million for a house, reasonable I say.
This was to be the picture of us receiving oxygen from a passing paramedic crew but I considered it too unsavoury for tender hearts...