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Monday, 27 May 2019

Diving For Dinner !

Regular readers of this blog will know that Eddie and I like visiting Mudeford, it's a sleepy fishing village in Dorset with great charm and history. Its old fishermen's cottages and historic Haven House Inn were linked with smuggling enterprises in past times. Situated on the River Mude, it is the centre of the local fishing industry with lobster pots piled up along the quay. A ferry runs from the Quay to neighbouring Christchurch and to Mudeford Sandbank, a spit of land adjoining Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Quay is an authentic working dock at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour which is known as "The Run". It is a calm area of water for enjoying sailing and windsurfing.

Taking advantage of some nice weather we recently spent a very pleasant few hours there. We always find plenty to see, and on this occasion were treated to seeing these gulls 'diving for dinner' … please click on each picture for an enhanced image.


The quay is a popular fishing spot, with a fresh fish-stall. If there should be any fish pieces left over the stall holder will often throw them into the water to be enjoyed by the local bird life …


This is the ferry that you can catch over to Mudeford Sandbank from where you can enjoy a scenic walk or ride on the land-train  … sorry doggie, you and your owners just missed this one, but another one is due in about fifteen minutes …


Yes, it was a nice relaxed few hours and of course we came home to a very nice dinner … Fish pie with a celeriac crust … well it had to be fish didn't it! See the recipe details here

You may also like to see this related post, Mudeford Mood, see it here

All the best Jan

41 comments:

Catarina said...

The pictures are fabulous!!
That was great outing.
: )

My name is Erika. said...

Oh I love being on or next to the ocean also. Looks like you had a gorgeous day and made a few hungry (well always hungry) seagulls happy!

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks beautiful. I love watching the gulls along the Rhine. Valerie

Miss Val's Creations said...

The shots of the seagulls diving are fantastic! It is so wonderful spending time at the shore, especially when the weather is beautiful.

Jo said...

Wonderful photos, it looks like a lovely place.

Pam said...

HAHA...Bet they are a lot better diving for their food then I am trying to catch food with a rod and reel. Great pics.

Tom said...

...they sure have an appetite.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Amazing pictures!

sandy said...

oh love seeing the photos! ..and reading about your weekend and your pie when you got home!

Christine said...

It looks wonderful there!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Great photos. That would be a very relaxing day..Thanks for your visit and Happy Memorial Day..Judy

Sandi said...

Mine mine mine mine mine mine...

Did you see "Finding Nemo"?

;-D

Snowbird said...

What a wonderful post, I did enjoy it, sounds like a lovely day out. Great pictures too! It's certainly all happening gull-wise.xxx

Lowcarb team member said...

Sandi said...
Mine mine mine mine mine mine...

Did you see "Finding Nemo"?

;-D

Hello Sandi
LOL! Many thanks for your comment.

No, I haven't seen Finding Nemo, although our youngest grand-daughter enjoyed the film
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finding_Nemo

All the best Jan

Iris Flavia said...

:-) Sandi just said it all!
I just saw how Dori found her parents with Nemo´s help, too.

Susan Kane said...

See gulls never fail to entertain!

Carla from The River said...

Fun. We enjoy watching the gulls when we visit Lake Superior.

Elephant's Child said...

What a delightful outing - and many thanks for taking us along.
I really love your diving birds photo too.

sheila 77 said...

These photos give a great atmosphere of the smell and sound of the sea and the gulls circling and talking to each other. We are so lucky in the UK if we are within reach of the seaside.

William Kendall said...

They're quite a crowd!

Diane said...

Wonderful pictures what a fun place to visit.

Hugs Diane

This N That said...

I would be visiting there often..I love anywhere with water..Wonderful pictures...thanks for sharing.

CJ Kennedy said...

Looks like a wonderful outing.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As someone who lives about 1000 miles every direction from the water (except for the lake in my yard from the current rains), these photos are truly impressive and wonderful. Yes, fish is far better than bird for dinner (grin)!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks like a fun getaway. Love the gulls and images. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

Sandra said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit. I can see why you enjoy it.

Lorrie said...

What a great outing. The swirling gulls are always interesting to watch. Fish pie sounds like the perfect way to end the day.

White Rose said...

Wow Jan awesome photos,love the first one,oh yummy fish pie what a way to go xx

Martha said...

Such lovely photos! It looks like a beautiful area to spend the day at. What a fabulous outing for you!

Margaret D said...

Wonderful to see those photos of the birds/seagulls.
Glad you enjoyed you time out.

betty-NZ said...

It looks like a great time out on the water! It's interesting that the birds have no problem figuring out where a free meal might be!

Teresa said...

Precioso paseo. Un beso.

Edit said...

Beautiful photos! Have a lovely week!

mamasmercantile said...

Fantastic photos, such an lovely place to visit. It really did have to be fish after a visit there.

Jeanie said...

My friend lives in Dorset but not, I think, by the water. I adore the water so seeing your wonderful gulls diving and dining really makes me smile!

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I enjoy watching birds.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Great photos!
Hugs
Maria
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Debbie said...

awesome pictures...this is home to me!!!

Bob Bushell said...

Great diving Gulls. My cup of tea.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Jan,
Nice pictures of these gulls.
They know where the food is.

Greetings, Marco

P.S. In the port area here in the Netherlands, many of gulls have made their nests with eggs along the railway.
Then they really attack you or poop on you when you walk along the tracks to go to your freight train.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh looks and sounds like a delightful place to visit ~ love the ocean!

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