Sunday, April 02, 2017

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Post 1495. Monday April 3

A-Z Challenge 2017

Tales of everyday life in the coastal village of Amble Bay

Hi, how are you settling in?

Well, here we are at Amble Bay beach.  It’s not the prettiest beach I admit, but at least there’s no risk of being hit on the head by a coconut! Those wonky old beach huts could look quite attractive with a bit of work, couldn’t they? No? Maybe not!

I see you have your bucket and spade. It’s pebbly here now but there’ll be some soggy sand when the tide goes out.

What are you looking at? Oh her! I should have warned you. That bit along there's reserved for folk of a naturist persuasion. That’s Naked Nora practising her yoga. No, not a pretty sight, but not as alarming as Arthur in his orange mankini! He didn’t realise it was a joke when we gave it to him. He thinks it’s very fetching and regularly strolls along here wearing it in the summer.

This old fishing boat has been in the Whiting family for generations. It’s got more patches than my gran’s patchwork quilt! But Willy goes out in it most days and usually comes back with a few wriggling fish. They sell it in the fish shop over there by the car park. I prodded a lobster in there once. Wretched thing snapped hold of my finger. I got my own back though - I ate it! 

Fancy an ice cream?






Arthur who was the subject of my first tale seems to have become a minor celebrity in A-Z land! He will feature in all future stories, so if you missed his introduction you can find it HERE!


Tomorrow I’ll be taking you to The Church for a chuckle or two!

To read a brief description of Amble Bay and see a scribbled map just click HERE

Previous episodes A B C D E F G H I JK L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


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70 comments:

  1. I quite like pebbly beaches. More...how shall I put it? textured? Though perhaps not with a Nora naturist thrown in!

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Textured! That's the poet in you coming out! I like it. Thanks for being the first on the beach.

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  2. Naked Nora doing her yoga sounds interesting haha! I would definitely think ice cream is in order after that!
    Debbie

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  3. Oh! I might run from this beach...

    But I'll take the ice-cream :D

    Anna

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    1. Don't worry Anna, it's only a small section at one end!

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  4. A mankini? LOL Never heard that one before! Interesting beach. :D

    Calen~
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    1. Yopu certainly wouldn't want to see one! Thanks Calen~

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  5. Haha suddenly spotting Naked Nora caused a bit of a fright but otherwise I'm liking the beach! 😉

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    1. Best look the other way - I do! Thanks Miss Andi

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  6. Hi Keith ... did 'you' eat the lobster and finger and all?! Naked Nora a worry, but Arthur in his orange mankini is a bit much! Great visit to the beach ... cheers Hilary

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    1. No, I licked my fingers though! Not too many mankinis on Eastbourne beach I trust.

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  7. That’s Naked Nora practising her yoga.
    No, not a pretty sight, but not as
    alarming as Arthur in his orange mankini!

    Love the humor again Keith. You have a special knack for it!

    Hank

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    1. That's very kind of you Hank, and much appreciated.

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  8. The more i see him, the more i like him - your old Arthur . He is making me more optimistic about old age. :) Enjoying the vivid details and fluidity in your stories.

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    1. He's a good advert for old age!I've got heaps mote to tell you about him over the next few weeks.Thank you.

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  9. That coconut falling from the tree happened to me in Miami Beach. I actually stuffed it in my luggage and brought it home with me.

    @msdeniseh553
    Denise at My Life in Retirement Brussels, Belgium

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    1. You lived to tell the tale then! Cheers Denise

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  10. I would love an ice, but I'll have to eat it away from the beach in case I spy Naked Nora, or Arthur in a mankini; either of which sights might cause a significant lessening of my enjoyment of said confection.

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  11. I like the sound of that beach though I'll stay away from Naked Nora! Oh and I'll take that ice cream too. ��

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  12. I live at Bournemouth on The South Coast quite near the beach, this reminded me of home.
    Great post Keith.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I actally live in Bexhill on Sea a bit further along the same coast as you and I used Normans Bay, a couple of miles away as my model for this beach. It was good enough for Willy the Conk in 1066 so it's good enough for me!

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  13. Very nice imagery. You really drew me into the scene.

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  14. Interesting read.....an ice cream at the end with Nora and the mankini is perfect

    Ridhii
    https://randommusing2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/boon-from-god-atozchallenge/

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    1. I'm sure the three of you will get on very well! Cheers!

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  15. Naturist beach indeed! My, my, Amble Bay has a few surprises. Goodness knows what the church will bing tomorrow! Loving this Keith.

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    1. It's 'Ample' Bay when Big Bertha parks her butt down the nudist end! Glad you are liking it Iain.

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  16. A pebbly beach would certainly be different from what i'm used to, i think i will enjoy reading more about it!

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    1. All the beaches along my coast are pebbly! I've heaps more to tell you about Amble Bay - I hope you enjoy your future visits.

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  17. How fascinating! The thought of Naked Nora really lifted my spirits. Hats off to her. I'm enjoying your posts a lot. Happy A to Z ing.
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    1. I fear Nora would expect you take more than just your hat off! So glad you like it.

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  18. What a quirky spin on a beach! Naked Nora is quite unabashed from what I make her out to be.

    Great stuff!

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  19. Now that was an interesting trip to the beach and an ice cream in the end made it perfect! :)

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    1. Which flavour did you choose? Thanks so much Shilpa

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  20. I'd run from Naked Nora and any man in a manikin. I wonder what the PC brigade will call it when 'man' is forbidden,

    Bob's B for Burghley House at http://bit.ly/2nQOASk

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  21. Sounds like one of the beaches near me!
    Good for Naked Nora! I'm glad she feels confident enough to let all her bits hang out! :)

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    1. Unfortunately 'hang' out is about rght Jodie! Loved you black dog story by the way.

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  22. Such a fun beach description! I am excited to read all the adventures!

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    1. Plenty more to come! Thank you Tawnya

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  23. Loved the beach description :)

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    1. It's a nice little beach despite Nora and her mates! Thanks Manisha

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  24. This is probably a delightful beach. The more pristine, the more crowded. Not to say this one isn't--I simply keyed in on your opening. That, to me, was just right.

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    1. It's going to be a bit busy during April, but normally it's very peaceful!

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  25. Sounds like a lively place, especially when Arthur's around!

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    1. Arthur is always around Nick! Cheers!

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  26. The image in my head of Arthur in his mankini is hilarious!

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    1. I'd keep it in your head if I were you! A 95 year old in a mankini is not exactly a treat for the eyes !

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  27. Sounds like a beach that will always provide an interesting tale.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    1. Oh yes, you never know which way to look! Thanks Patricia

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  28. Oh my goodness! Naked Nora doing Yoga on a pebble beach? Ouch! :)

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    1. She has a bum like leather lynda so it's not a problem!

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  29. That ought to teach that lobster a lesson! :)

    Ice cream sounds lovely, thank you! :D

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  30. I love rocky beaches! I was thinking I might take a stroll, but at the site of Arthur in his mankini, maybe I'll come back later. ;) Great post.

    A to Z 2017: Magical and Medicinal Herbs

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    1. You are safe this time of year - it usually appears from June onwards!

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  31. Oh, dear, naked yoga and manikins'. We are in for a fun time! Hmm...

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    1. Oh yes, it's fun here! Thankd Yolanda

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  32. Arthur in a mankini? Now, that's a visual ;-) It's all happening at Amble Bay, I do believe it, I do believe it's true!

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  33. Hello, fellow A-to-Zer! I enjoyed this post heartily; also, I like your map. "I prodded a lobster in there once." Excellent!

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    1. I'm really pleased you like it. Thanks Melanie

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  34. Naked Nora and Arthur in a mankini, I'm not sure that's the kind of beach scenery I'm looking for! :-) I'm more enjoying it here on the Gulf Coast this week, where there is absolutely no one on the beach but Papa Bear and I, since it's a weekday. Crowds appear on the weekend, but we will be gone by then.

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    1. I've been enjoying your FB photos - I didn't expect to see you here just yet. I'll make sure Arthur and Nora are not there when you come next time!

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  35. Naked Nora is the lesser of two evils? Please, no pictures of Arthur in his mankini!

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