The plan today was to meet up with old friends from Newton Longville, where we - and they - used to live. First we drove through Newhaven and Seaford to Birling Gap, where there are access steps to the beach beside the Seven Sisters, a seven-crested line of chalk cliffs.
After scrambling around on the chalk and flint for a while, we went back up the steps and walked along the top of the cliffs. There we met several birders intent on spotting a Siberian stonechat. No-one we spoke to had seen it. Later I kicked myself for not having photographed them with all their camouflaged telescopes and tripods, but just before driving away I spotted one. No, not a Siberian stonechat - I wouldn't know one of them if it had a full conversation with me - but a birder.
So then it was back to Seaford, stopping this time to see John and Adrea for the first time in many years. They are also boaters, owning a narrowboat propelled by a very unusual method. Can you guess what it is?
John and Adrea took us on a tour of some local viewpoints with superb views. We believed them about the views, but struggled to see them in the fog!
Thank you John and Adrea for the tour, the meal and the boating chat.
And the journey endeth - Beep beep beep.... what on earth????. T'was only 6.45am but search as we may, could we find where it was coming from? Ian deduced it was a low gas warning ...
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