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A Return to the Beach, Southwold, Suffolk - 20th December 2020

We haven't been to the beach for ages, and so rectify that with a trip to Southwold on a nice day. Luckily, reports of the place being over-run by all the second-homers who escaped London prior to Lockdown 3 turn out to be not apparently true, as it's fairly quiet, for Southwold at the weekend at least. Before that, Microsoft has arranged a guest online fitness session for staff with none other than Joe Wicks, the fitness coach who became famous through the original lockdown.

next album: A Bit of Christmas Shopping, Norwich, Norfolk - 23rd December 2020
previous album: Christmas Trees and a Frosty Day, Diss and Thrandeston, Norfolk and Suffolk - 14th December 2020

2020 Isobel and Harry do a spot of Joe Wicks

Isobel and Harry do a spot of Joe Wicks

2020 Harry gets really into star jumps

Harry gets really into star jumps

2020 The Rotary Club Santa sleigh down at the Mere

The Rotary Club Santa sleigh down at the Mere

2020 Another view of the abandoned tourist office

Another view of the abandoned tourist office

2020 A damp Mere Street

A damp Mere Street

2020 There's a big queue for the chip van

There's a big queue for the chip van

2020 Damp paviers in Norfolk Yard

Damp paviers in Norfolk Yard

2020 Somebody chats to a passing rozzer car

Somebody chats to a passing rozzer car

2020 The top end of a wet Mere Street

The top end of a wet Mere Street

2020 Pigeons cling to the roof of the old tourist office

Pigeons cling to the roof of the old tourist office

2020 Harry in Morrison's car park

Harry in Morrison's car park

2020 A load of shopping in the car

A load of shopping in the car

2020 Local schoolkids have made gingerbread houses in Morrisons

Local schoolkids have made gingerbread houses in Morrisons

2020 A thousand gulls take to the air

A thousand gulls take to the air

2020 Harry points at shrubs in Bloom's nursery

Harry points at shrubs in Bloom's nursery

2020 The warm glow of Beard's Deli on Church Street in Eye

The warm glow of Beard's Deli on Church Street in Eye

2020 A return to Southwold pier

A return to Southwold pier

2020 The boys leap off the sea wall

The boys leap off the sea wall

2020 Walking along the promenade

Walking along the promenade

2020 Harry hurls himself off the wall

Harry hurls himself off the wall

2020 Fred considers the next jump

Fred considers the next jump

2020 Isobel has a go too

Isobel has a go too

2020 A seagull whirls around

A seagull whirls around

2020 Harry leans on a groyne and stares out to sea

Harry leans on a groyne and stares out to sea

2020 Fred has a lie down

Fred has a lie down

2020 The lighthouse on St. James's Green

The lighthouse on St. James's Green

2020 We queue up for fish and chips

We queue up for fish and chips

2020 A peeling 'out' sign on Mark's chipper

A peeling 'out' sign on Mark's chipper

2020 We order some food

We order some food

2020 Fred and Harry hang around

Fred and Harry hang around

2020 Looking down Station Road

Looking down Station Road

2020 A neon Fish and Chip sign

A neon Fish and Chip sign

2020 Fred looks around

Fred looks around

2020 The sadly closed Lord Nelson pub

The sadly closed Lord Nelson pub

2020 We eat our grub outside the Sailor's Reading Room

We eat our grub outside the Sailor's Reading Room

2020 Looking up East Street

Looking up East Street

2020 It's only 89 nautical miles to Hoek van Holland

It's only 89 nautical miles to Hoek van Holland

2020 Down to the beach

Down to the beach

2020 There's more leaping from the boys

There's more leaping from the boys

2020 A discarded furry glove

A discarded furry glove

2020 The end of the pier

The end of the pier

2020 Isobel takes a video

Isobel takes a video

2020 Harry McGap Face

Harry McGap Face

2020 The boys have one more leap

The boys have one more leap

2020 We hang around by the bogs

We hang around by the bogs

2020 It's a first as we're the only ones in the Under the Pier show

It's a first as we're the only ones in the Under the Pier show

2020 Isobel looks around

Isobel looks around

2020 Fred's in the Bathyscape

Fred's in the Bathyscape

2020 The very quiet Under the Pier show

The very quiet Under the Pier show

2020 Harry looks into the Expressive Photobooth

Harry looks into the Expressive Photobooth

2020 Fred looks into the eyes of a fly

Fred looks into the eyes of a fly

2020 The sun sets behind the lighthouse

The sun sets behind the lighthouse

2020 Isobel looks at the sea

Isobel looks at the sea

2020 The boys look at Tim Hunkin's water clock

The boys look at Tim Hunkin's water clock

2020 One of Tim Hunkins' copper dudes

One of Tim Hunkins' copper dudes

2020 Harry in a comedy mirror

Harry in a comedy mirror

2020 A lifebuoy

A lifebuoy

2020 Some of the overflow dedication plaques

Some of the overflow dedication plaques

2020 People wander the beach in the spray of the sea

People wander the beach in the spray of the sea

2020 Seagulls wheel around

Seagulls wheel around

2020 Harry and Fred on the pier

Harry and Fred on the pier

2020 The gang under the watchful eye of George Orwell

The gang under the watchful eye of George Orwell

2020 People on the hazy beach

People on the hazy beach

2020 The fish and chip place on the pier is closed

The fish and chip place on the pier is closed

2020 Line-art ice cream cones

Line-art ice cream cones

2020 Isobel looks at irreverent posters

Isobel looks at irreverent posters

2020 Harry looks at Boris Johnson driving a fly

Harry looks at Boris Johnson driving a fly

2020 The 80s Retro Room

The 80s Retro Room

2020 Isobel does the 2p coin pushers

Isobel does the 2p coin pushers

2020 Harry and Fred on the coin pushers

Harry and Fred on the coin pushers

2020 Fred roams around with tickets

Fred roams around with tickets

2020 The Covid-quiet amusement arcade

The Covid-quiet amusement arcade

2020 Isobel waves around her ticket winnings

Isobel waves around her ticket winnings

2020 Harry feed the ticket eater

Harry feed the ticket eater

2020 We head back to the car

We head back to the car

2020 The empty car park

The empty car park

2020 Southwold Pier in the dusk

Southwold Pier in the dusk

2020 A lone swan floats around in front of the tea rooms

A lone swan floats around in front of the tea rooms

2020 Beach huts in the car park

Beach huts in the car park

2020 Saturn and Jupiter are nearly together

Saturn and Jupiter are nearly together

2020 Saturn, Jupiter and the moons of Jupiter

Saturn, Jupiter and the moons of Jupiter

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Isobel and Harry do a spot of Joe Wicks