Good morning from a sunny Shoeburyness in England…
Here in Shoeburyness we are situated right at the end of the Thames, a quiet area known for sailing and water sports, amongst other things. It has been, as you can imagine a busy time since arriving home. I thought I would show you some of the area so you could could see the comparisons with Lake Worth.
Our pier here is a 1 3/4 miles long and is the longest pleasure pier in the world. It has been through some tough times over the years.
We have two excellent theatres and an 8 screen. We have two shopping centres, one at either end of the High Street. Like many High Streets, Southend struggles with shops closing and others opening, we have a market each week and entertainment takes place each day.
On Saturday we held a march protesting about our small libraries closing. Although they have built a huge new library in town at the cost of 7 million pounds, not everyone can get into town to use it. We have a university in the centre of town and the library will be used by students as well as the general public. You never know whether protests will be successful but you have to try. Our Summer is wonderful, long sunny days with occasional showers, perfect for school holidays! The beaches are clean and well maintained, it would be better if all our visitors took their trash with them or placed it in the bins available but I suppose we cannot have everything. When our beaches were upgraded and palm trees were planted, many people scoffed saying they would not last but they have and lend a great tropical feel to the place. Beach huts abound along the beach and are owned by residents of the area. They have cooking facilities and seating areas inside, perfect for days by the beach all year round.
As you can see here, Jill Karlin from Lake Worth is visiting and will be teaching yoga and talking about our community garden project in a variety of venues. Our policeman here are not armed as they are in Lake Worth but do manage to keep order very well.
I will be going to London soon and attending art courses and starting back at my voluntary work and will remember to take photos for you. Until then have a wonderful week full of fun and happiness…..