River walk along the Crouch at Hullbridge

A lovely sunny and ridiculously hot day today. I took my cameras out to the river and these photos were taken with my small digital camera. I saw a grey heron and some little egrets as well as shelduck and may have some decent photos on film (remember that?), but I will have to wait for processing. Otherwise you may just spot them here looking rather fuzzy.

It was an hour after low tide when I started, so the tide was coming in towards the end of my walk.


Fire down below


The flat downstairs from a rental flat we own has effectively been destroyed by fire. Cosmetically our flat is not badly damaged but we need to assess what unseen structural damage there is.

The downstairs tenant caused the fire with a candle / lantern in the hall and she has lost most of her furniture and goodness knows what else as well as a place to live. A lot of it is bagged up for rubbish collection.

The photos are of the burned flat, not ours. It is just shocking what damage can be done in a short time. Thank goodness no one was hurt.

It is a sharp reminder to be careful with candles this Christmas and always. They should never be left unattended.

Evening walk 29th September


The end of a beautiful day. After dropping the office post in the nearest box just in time, I took a walk around the fields and woods. Autumnal colours and views to the towers of Southend five or six miles away.

Sitting on a log by the footpath on the south side of Hockley woods, the only sounds were from the breeze in the trees and the woodland birds. I fancied I saw a sparrowhawk high up.