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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... - Helen's journal and online home
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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...
This morning I did a load of washing and hung it out in the garden to dry before popping into town to drop off my prescription renewal and do some shopping. And then we drove to the beach where we sat for a while enjoying the sunshine while we ate a picnic in the form of a Co-op meal deal.

Barmouth viewed from Fairbourne

After lunch we walked to the end of the spit to look across the estuary. If you look carefully, you can see a small, two-coach train crossing the bridge.

Barmouth Bridge and Mawddach Estuary

At the end of the spit is the terminus of the miniature steam railway.

Fairbourne Railway

The journey back was made more interesting by a slow-moving cavalcade of tarmac laying vehicles. They seemed to have got a rolling process going and were happily laying a new road surface on the move. One huge vehicle poured tarmac, another coming behind tipped grit, another rolled everything flat. Cars were just expected to overtake. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to have the STOP/GO controls sorted out properly because we got stuck behind the cavalcade while a stream of traffic was coming the other way. So we had to proceed at the pace of a string of heavy vehicles laying tarmac whilst trying to climb a very steep hill. Our old Daihatsu really didn't like being asked to move that slowly. Eventually there were no more approaching vehicles and we reached a wider section and could overtake.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed

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cmcmck From: cmcmck Date: August 15th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love narrow gauge steam! :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 15th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heee! That one is very narrow gauge.
cmcmck From: cmcmck Date: August 15th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup!

Reminds me of the RH&DR :o)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: August 15th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely sounding day--except for getting stuck at a snail's pace there.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 16th, 2016 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That was a bit frustrating, but otherwise an excellent break from routine.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: August 15th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
So we had to proceed at the pace of a string of heavy vehicles laying tarmac whilst trying to climb a very steep hill...

LOL. And I thought the traffic here was slow...

Fabulous coastal shots.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 16th, 2016 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
To be honest, considering that they were resurfacing the road, I was quite surprised how fast they were going. Though of course it was far slower than you really want to drive.
del_c From: del_c Date: August 16th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 18th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! That was it exactly, except instead of scuttling around the whole road surface, they had organised all the huge vehicles in the correct order, in single file, laying one lane of tarmac while traffic attempted to flow down the other side of the road.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: August 16th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
How beautiful, the seaside. I need to go soon. It is a 7 hour drive I think. Maybe seeing Yellowstone at the end of the month will be an OK substitute for now.

The Tarmac situation, ick ick. Your poor car!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 18th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're so lucky in Britain. Unless you get stuck in holiday traffic, it's never more than 2 or 3 hours drive to the nearest coast. In our case it's about 20-30 minutes.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: August 18th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh you are lucky with the sea that close! At least the river is here and it runs thru town, sometimes I have to go walk by it, just to see some water! And that helps, some.
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