Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A Meerkat adventure on Deal Pier



Last week I took a trip to Deal on the Kent coast (UK) to see my aunt. As luck would have it, she has some meerkats too ;-)

We went for an amble down to the pier, where I spent many a happy hour in my childhood eating icecreams and chucking stones into the water.



It's different now, of course. *Someone* thought it would be a good idea to modernise.

From the seafront the pier now looks like an old shed, up close - well, words failed me.



We walked back towards the seafront and in the distance I spotted the Time Ball. It's the building pretty much in the centre, just left of a blue roof (you'll need to click on the pic to enlarge it).



When I was a child I assumed every town had a Time Ball, it's funny how much you take for granted! In fact, Deal Time Ball is very special. Wikipedia explains that time balls were an essential tool for ships. The ball was dropped daily at 1pm. allowing ships to accurately determine where they were.

I just used it to see if I was late home for lunch!

One more pic from the pier before I go...



Can anyone explain to me why this island nation of ours has VOLUNTEER lifeboatmen?

Only one more day till my competition finishes!

9 comments:

Ruby Spirit Designs said...

Really enjoying the ongoing adventures of meerkat! I look forward to future instalments...

BeadyPool said...

Well, you learn something new everyday - never knew that about time balls. Did meerkat get an icecream?

niftyknits said...

bit too chilly for ice creams!

MollyandIzzie said...

Its never too cold for ice-creams! My family has a long standing tradition of visiting my aunty in Aberdeen and when ever we do we HAVE to have an ice-cream on the beach front. This year i visited in January - an had my ice-cream! lol Maybe i'm just mad!!!

I love the Meerkat adventures and can't wait to see where you go next!

Sarah
x x x

Bean said...

oh, how cute!!

pjlacasse.etsy.com said...

Heather This adventure is so fun! If the Meerkat would like to come to America I would be happy to pay for his round trip! Pam

niftyknits said...

now there's a thought...

FruteJuce said...

I love that little knitted meerkat! Such a sweet little snout!

RhiannonSTR said...

He's so cute. Or she? Anyway - that meerkat gets around.