Dirty dreams

Its okay, I’m not about to admit to exotic night-time dreams, but dreams about walking out on the mud when the tide is out. Just recently I have had a few dreams about being out on they mud flats. A couple of miles east of Southend at Thorpe bay you can see something jutting out of the water and at low tide and you can walk out to it.

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Its the Mulberry harbour and it lies about 1.5 miles off shore and I have walked out to see it many times, now I can’t walk it’s something that I really miss.
Its part of a series of floatable harbours that were built for D-day but this section broke in half and sunk and it has been there ever since.
On a hot summers day you can walk out following the outgoing tide and despite what people think, its not muddy but more sand/mud and is quite firm underfoot. Several low areas retain water but nothing that you can’t paddle through but you have to remember to give yourself plenty of time, many people casually walk out and spend time swimming in the deep water around the old broken harbour and by the time they start to walk back, they are already in trouble because the tide comes in around you and whilst it’s still shallow way off shore, the water is deep nearer shore and the current is strong.

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Fortunately I have never had that problem and I just have happy memories of walking out there as a child and having mud fights. There are times when I wished we had beautiful sandy shores where there was always water near to shore but the mud flats have a strange beauty about them as well.
So as the weather gets warmer I welcome the sunny days but I also feel sad that I most likely will never get to walk out on the Southend mud flats again.

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