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Underwater photograph, walking photographer taken in Bangor esplanade, Northern Ireland

The increasing struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. The reluctance to turn on the heating while shivering at my desk. The increased consumption of hot drinks coupled with more regular trips to the ‘little boys room’. These are all sure fire signs that autumn is here and winter’s not far behind!

Don’t get me wrong, I love winter and I’m looking forward to my winter walks out in the crisp, fresh air. But it’s always a little sad letting go of the summer, especially when it hasn’t produced much summer weather! A recent train journey gave me some time to reminisce about a weekend not too long ago. It was one of the few weekends in 2012 when the UK enjoyed blue skies and warm sunshine. CB and I were visiting friends in Bangor, Northern Ireland and they had just moved to a house a stone’s throw from the beach.

Not knowing when or if we’d get some hot weather again we dumped our bags and headed straight for the beach! The girls were into their cossies and out into the sea before Dermot and I could raise sufficient excuses that didn’t compromise our machismo. However, it wasn’t too long before I was tentatively wading out with my camera in it’s underwater housing.

If you’re not up for wading in Bangor there are also some lovely walks to be had over the beach and along the coastal path. Our favourite local pub there is, and always will be, the friendly and lively Jamaica Inn!

I almost forgot to mention, we were accompanied by Bangor Esplanade’s most famous (or infamous) Jack Russell – Smudge, and very photogenic she was too!

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