Today we explored East Mersea, the smaller of the two villages on the island...
Our first stop was Mehalah's for lunch, a delightful relaxed restaurant specialising in local seafood. There were shelves of cook books and local history books to browse through while the chef prepared the food.
After our lunch, Cliff had crab salad and I had scallops and chorizo, we set off on a walk along the sea wall - an earth bank that prevents the North Sea from engulfing the island at high tide.
Past the cliffs and we were on a shingle bank with mud flats behind, another fragile environment... and home to adders.
We turned inland, through a caravan park (almost deserted, the lull before the Bank Holiday!) and walked along a leafy lane to East Mersea church, dedicated to St Edmund the martyred East Anglian king.
"Essex peasants are dull, shy, reserved and suspicious. I never managed to understand them, nor they to understand me."
Also in the church were some rather nice needlepoint hassocks depicting local birds.
Before heading home we went to another favourite place, the Art Cafe in West Mersea, for tea and cake. And a couple of treats - a plant (I couldn't resist a bargain) and a pork pie from the butchers for our supper.
Whatever you have planned for the Bank Holiday weekend I hope you have fun
PS this blog post was written on my iPad, I'll tidy it up and add more links later