View of Southend Pier by boxplayer

View of Southend Pier

On our trip to Leigh and Southend with colleagues from Dave's work.

A mild day but windy by the sea, and quite cool at times with sunny intervals. Not half as nice as our previous trip with my sisters at Easter.

We were out at 9ish to catch the overground to Liverpool Street where we picked up P who'd walked all the way from Edmonton rather startlingly.

We wound our way, admiring the city architecture such as Lloyd's and the Gherkin, towards Fenchurch Street. Here we found S who'd got herself a bit lost. By this time, so were we and we had to ask someone where to go as Fenchurch Street is possibly the most tucked away mainline station.

Found F, D and B, T and C waiting at the station and once Dave had got himself out of the loos, we got ourselves a groupsave tickets, third off which was nice.

On the train to Leigh, saw quite a lot of sunshine out of the window with nice views out to Hadleigh Country Park and the castle and then the estuary. Got off at Leigh, but with only one woman's toilet was about 10 mins before we finally left the station.

Wandered through old Leigh, grabbing whelks from Osborne's stall, then had a beer in the outside terrace of the Mayflower. This ended up being a bit of a wind tunnel so we decided to go in search of food elsewhere.

Seemed very expensive at the Peterboat so we came back to the Mayflower and got takeaway fish and chips to eat on the benches opposite. Plus a bread roll for me. I was very entertained by D's mode of eating - the most dainty, fastidious eater of fish and chips I've ever seen.

The food seemed to take longer than last time even though the queues were less oddly. In fact the whole place was so much less busy than when we went at Easter, throughout the day despite it being a bank holiday.

We walked on along the sea front, the tide totally out this time, just stretches of silty mud flats. Past Chalkwell, we got some more sunny intervals. Very scenic here with odd boats on the flats.

Stopped for ice cream at the big 30s Rossi's ice cream parlour - lovelhy signage and old stained glass signs for Horlicks, Sandwiches and Minerals inside. But the servers were a teensy bit ditsy and they didn't seem to have such nice flavours as on our previous visit to a smaller outlet. No sorbets either but was OK - went for a chocolate and mint chocolate chip double cone.

Sat outside before walking on to Southend. Here D and B and F left us. We looked at the terrible Adventure Island ride for a while - which made us all feel rather sick. Then walked to the end of the pier. Was lovely looking over the sea with the clouds grey above and views of the shore stretching in both directions.

Treated ourselves to tea and cake at the end. P ran back along the pier but we got the rickety train back. A short walk to the station to catch our train. I managed to doze off, was so tired. Home to put a bread on. Foxy was curled up in the garden.

No surprise that the Brexit Party won the Euro elections.

Rossi's, Westcliff-on-Sea

27 May 2019
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
Is that boat meant to be in water?
June 9th, 2019  
@kjarn So that's the mud flats of the Thames estuary - when the tide goes out, it really goes out.
June 9th, 2019  
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