Tuesday, 17 January 2017

uncovered

17th January 2017, Embleton Bay, 8am

The spring tide has uncovered these WW2 remains.  A lot more structure is now visible than I've ever seen before. This is S end of Embleton Bay but it's now obviously a D shaped concrete sandbag construction exactly like the one at the summit of the concrete road between Dustan Steads and Dustan village.

The concrete sandbags used to construct the pillbox lie just where they were placed in 1940.



This anti-tank block has been uncovered too.  The graffiti is as fresh as the day "Thomas" wrote his name in the wet cement with his finger.

I wonder what it said?
I wonder who he was?


Here's a poem/song I wrote imagining Embleton Bay through the eyes of a young soldier posted here in 1940 when invasion was a real threat...

A Letter Home

It’s winter 1940, in a bunker’s where I stand
I’m staring out the window at a mile of golden sand
There’s a castle in the distance, it’s really rather grand
A castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand

I’ve been posted here with Geordie, he’s a canny little man
He’s got a Ukulele and we’re going to start a band
And he says “one day we’ll make it big, and tour throughout the land”
From our castle in the distance, to the mile of golden sand

How’s my brother Tommy? He turns 18 next Jan.
They say this’ll all be over, at least that’s how it’s planned
But if he does get posted, where could be so grand
As a castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand

On a Sunday (like today is) we’d be sat with you and Gran
Having meat and veg and roasties, and peaches from a can
Well Geordie’s made a cup of tea, it’s the finest in the land
From the castle in the distance, to the mile of golden sand

When all of this is over, we should come back with the ‘van
There’s some spots to put a wind-break up, wouldn’t it be grand
To be here in the summer, imagine me all tanned
With a castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand

But they say look out the window, watch the sea beyond the strand
It’s a canny wee bit scary, the thought of fighting on the sand
But we talk about our folks back home and we know we’ll make a stand

For our castle in the distance, and our mile of golden sand




All the dramatic weather of the weekend has faded to grey...



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Sunday, 15 January 2017

a change

15th January 2017, Christon Bank, 8:30am

After a rare lie-in we walked up the field and down the road.  It's not a busy road but Daisy likes the smells on the verge, the mice in the grass and the views across the fields


15th January 2017, Howick 2pm

Beautiful light as the sun is so low even in the middle of the day.


As we walked along the path me and Su were stopped dead in our tracks by a glorious perfume.  We looked all over and eventually spotted the tiny fragile flowers of jasmine.  It's interesting that Daisy with her amazing sense of smell had no interest in this smell and showed no sign of even noticing it.  Same planet, different world.



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Saturday, 14 January 2017

waiting

14th January 2017, Embleton Bay, 8am

We got to the beach half an hour before sunrise.  The pre-dawn light was beautiful on the Skaith.  Yesterday's storm tide had flooded right up to the edge of the golf course.


The sand was swept clean and the sea had been up to the dunes and had nibbled at the edge to reveal the tank traps.  I've turned this on its side so you can see what I reckon is a caricature of Hitler beneath the swastika.


Daisy and me went up to our perch to watch the world go by and wait for the sunrise



Sunrise was delayed by a bank of cloud at the horizon but eventually the sun appeared above the cloud




The bay was transformed as the sunlight washed across the big breakers rolling into Embleton Bay


14th January 2017, Football Hole, 2pm

We were here early enough to catch the sunlight on the waves although the shadows of the dunes was creeping up.

The waves were bonny from above but intimidating from head on





Daisy was content to head inland towards the setting sun


14th Jan 2017, Christon Bank, 3:30pm

A sunset afternoon run through the woods



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storm tide

13th January 2017, 3:30pm

The N wind has stirred up the sea and there's a spring tide too.  The waves at football hole are massive and spectacular and best viewed from a safe distance.

It was already after sunset when I took these so they're a bit blue and grainy







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Thursday, 12 January 2017

back where we started

12th Jan 2017, Dunstanburgh, 8am

Two photos 30 minutes apart.  We did move in between these two shots but ended up back where we started




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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

pre- and post-

11th Jan 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Blowing a hoolie but it all looks very peaceful on the pre-dawn beach


11th Jan 2017, on the way to the beach, 4pm

It's full moon tomorrow but the nearly full moon looked beautiful so I had to stop in the middle of the road and take a shot through the windscreen


This was from the path to Newton Point.



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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

dark to light

10th January 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Our walk ranged from the glow of pre-dawn to the moment of sunrise that casts its bright but soft, golden light over the new day.





The colour of the golden light is not its only fine quality


10th January 2017, Newton Point, 11:30

Out for my morning run under mackerel skies



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