It’s been a while

I have been a bit quiet, but have still been getting out to piers.

19 piers have been visited, completed 15 plates and printed 13.

The end of August I took photos of Saltburn and Cleethorpes, a bit of a journey up the East Coast.

Then further ventures working my way around the South East, with a small diversion to try and get a decent photo of Walton on the Naze pier, not sure if I have succeeded in that.

It was nice to get Gravesend and Herne Bay in one day.

Carrying on around the coast, via Deal, Folkestone Harbour Arm, Hastings, Brighton and Eastbourne.

It was a glorious couple of days in February, catching up with friends in Brighton on Saturday after getting some nice shots of the pier and remains of a pier.

Then on Sunday made good use of the tide and weather to get a sneaky trip to Beachy Head from Eastbourne.

Which brings me up to date, with my Worthing problem. I have visited Worthing twice, driving down in beautiful sunshine to find Worthing covered in a sea mist on both occasions. 


Not completely wasted journeys, it not that often that I am the youngest person in a cafe.

So, still a couple to capture on the East Coast, Harwich Halfpenny and Skegness, carry on around the South Coast, only 40 to go.

Hopefully get a couple of days paddling next week.

Print Run

I had a weekend free, so decided to have a print run.

The day’s seemed to be spent inking and wiping, but managed to produce at least one of each pier etched so far.

Cromer

Great Yarmouth Britannia

Great Yarmouth Wellington

Lowestoft South


Lowestoft Claremont

Southwold

Felixstowe

Clacton


Southend


So that’s nine down, when I  started this the National  Piers Society had 56 on their list, it has gone up to 59, so this is either a race to finish, or a longer project than anticipated.

One down, 55 to go.

Friday was a glorious day, so a pier visit was planned.

After an early visit to the garage to get my car serviced, I wanted to visit Clacton Pier. 

This was a raid, park up, unload, kit up, paddle out, get the photos, get off and leave. As plans go, this worked out well, except for the pictures. The images of a pier, near the top of a spring tide, were disappointing. There was very little of the pier structure showing.


So after a coffee at Number 1 Kiosk, I decided to return at a lower state of tide, on Monday.

Leaving home earlier than I normally do on a work day, I arrived in sunny Clacton, ready for the rising tide. I am still not up to speed with lifting and carrying, so it means that my light, skin on frame kayak, is the boat of choice. Thanks Kiliii.


Setting out to sea, in a light NWesterly breeze, the boat made slick progress against the tide, it just felt so easy, heading further out to get some photos.


Paddling back in, with a following sea, and the mini surf surges, to an easy beach landing. While putting the kayak up on the promenade, a cheery local asked if I had just arrived from Calais. Setting my kit to dry in the sun, it was back to Number 1 Kiosk, for coffee and a sausage sandwich.

I think that one of the images above, will provide the source for the first print of the series.

If every pier needs more than one visit, this could be really tough, but getting there at the right time was a good lesson to learn.

Saturday looks like a visit to the mighty Southend Pier, with a couple of my ‘long term development’ paddlers, they are trip planning Wednesday evening.