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Southend After Dark


The nights are drawing in but the weather has been dry, so we’ve wanted to be out and about. Last night we had a wander along Southend seafront to enjoy the lights without the crowds.


Never Never Land was a popular children’s park back when Jeff was a child – he remembers going with his parents some 50 years ago. People tell me about the model train and the animated characters that were as scary as they were fascinating, especially to young children.


It’s been closed for some years now, but it’s never been forgotten – the only part that remains is the fairy castle.


Still, it was fun to see it standing humbly in the moonlight, below the Royal Terrace where Princess Caroline visited in 1803, and just along from the modern arcades and attractions, a faded memory caught between the pages of time.


If you’d like to see some vintage footage of the seafront as it was in the late 1950’s, this video is worth watching. Never Never Land appears at the 20 minute mark.


04 Nov 2016

A Gull on Every Post


Fantastic sighting along the Southend seafront this evening as we made our way home from a meeting – the resident black-headed gulls were hosting some of their Mediterranean cousins, all lined up on posts as the tide was going out.

23 Jul 2015

Winter on the River

I am a self-confessed Hermit who has to remind herself to say yes to people, adventure, and life. It snowed a little last night (for the first time in 2 years), so it was especially tempting to stay curled up in front of the fire all day, well away from slushy roads and cold winds. Let me reiterate, it snowed a little. Just enough to provide a light dusting on trees and shrubs, and a layer of mucky slush on the roads, just enough to remind me that I don’t really have appropriate snow clothes.


I only battled with myself for a few minutes when a friend called to ask me to join her and her little boy on a walk along the seafront. I’m learning that when I say yes to adventure, I inevitably have fun — and today was no exception.


The snow was all but gone by midmorning, but the wind coming was still frigid as we walked along the sea wall, past the Crowstone, the obelisk that marks the end of the Port of London’s authority on the River Thames, and the beginning of the North Sea. Even in grey weather, it is mesmerizing to watch the the estuary shift and change with the tides.

30 Jan 2015

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