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9th May 2021
Hiking - Walking: Around Felixstowe
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Sunday 9th May - walk ***** - The Grove woods circuit – sunny periods and milder.

A frustrating start to the day but it turned out well in the end, with a good foiling breeze forecast and after missing out on yesterday’s wind I was keen to get out on the water. The direction was SSW possibly not the best direction for Levington but there was a good high water just before midday so I hoped to go to Levington to practice my gybes, there is a limit to how many times you can watch the Sam Ross gybing video! Rob was also keen to try Levington after he went out yesterday and was far from impressed with The Dip, being gusty and lumpy, so perhaps I did not miss much there but when checking Landguard weather station the wind was very light:( We decided to look any way so I headed over to the marina arriving at 8.45 and the wind was very light, struggling to get over 8 knots! Still, I had fun with my camera watching a good fleet of squibs set up for a race as well as a few yachts both starting their races right in front of us:) Rob and I had a good catch up and finally gave up on the wind leaving then marina just before midday with the wind still very light. The odd thing was I had friends go to the River Stour and Alton Water both having OK foiling sessions in much more wind than here at Levington ??? Still never mind tomorrow is looking promising for a sail, who knows might even get out on the fin and foil with any luck!
The good thing was I got home early to see Mag busy pottering in her garden while the kittens caused mayhem, flying catching and doing their best to flatten Mags newly planted plants! Then a sandwich for dinner and still no sign of wind here in Felixstowe I gave up on windsurfing so we decided to go for a walk. Mag had collected her usual plastic tube of slugs and snails which had been munching on her seedlings to be released to the wild! We decided to avoid the prom as it would be busy heading inland to the lovely Grove Woods. There are a few bluebells and the wild garlic is starting to bloom and soon spotted our first squirrel sitting in the middle od the path as Mag released the slugs! Then we spotted the highlight of the afternoon, a tiny baby squirrel was also in the path posing for me with my camera! There were few people about, just lovely with chiff chaffs singing, I even manged to snap one. Then another highlight as we walked out the bottom of the wood, Mag saw a Jay which usually fly off but this one just sat in a nearby tree and then landed on the grass in front of us, again I got some nice pics. Back in the woods yet more squirrels including one big fella resting on the branch in the sun while a couple of others ran about high above us. There were three foils in the horse fields including one feeding and another skipping about, just wonderful:) Then home for a cuppa and cake while watching a good programme about hits from 1981!

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