Enjoyed a picnic lunch watching the windsurfers and kitesurfers who were out in droves, taking advantage of the blustery conditions to reach some astonishingly high speeds. Didn't even think to glance at the time, so was quite surprised to discover when we got back that we'd been out for four hours.
I now have to rush off to do at least some of the large amount of gardening I had been postponing until today. Will put names in the hat and draw the winner of Harpole & Foxberrow later this evening.
Found this dead gannet on the beach. A live but sickly one (which sadly died while in care) was discovered on the island recently, very close to where this one was washed ashore today. Gannets aren't usually found on Mersea, so this is a bit worrying. Could it be related to the dreadful effects of global warming on the gannet population much further up the east coast, on the Bass Rock, which I mentioned here last year and which is explained on the Birdwatch blog?