Sunday, 4 December 2016

Finding fossils

Last weekend before the latest cold snap we awoke to some sunshine and decided to head west along the coast to Charmouth. It turned out to be a good decision, don't you think? It was a lovely walk along the seashore, but there is much more to see here......

The coast around Charmouth and Lyme Regis (seen in the distance) is world famous for fossils, which are easily found washed out of the cliffs and on to the beach. It is normal practice to see people holding hammers and looking closely at the stones and gravel on the beach rather than enjoying the scenery! Fossils from this stretch of coastline can be found in many museums all around the world.

The cliffs tower dark and menacing above us. The cliffs are unstable and landslips could occur at any time. When there is a landslip, many fossils hunters arrive searching in the hope of finding something unusual or big! There are least a few occasions during the year when people get stuck in the mud and have to be rescued.

The tide was out and we walked further along the coast than we had done previously, and discovered this unusual rock formation that has been weathered by the sea. What does it remind you of?

We weren't looking particularly hard but we found this imprint of an ammonite and also a belemnite.

As we headed back to the car via the heritage centre (they had a Christmas craft fair and were selling coffee and homemade cake), we looked inland where it didn't quite so blue and admired the colours of the reeds.

This week it has turned colder and we have had some frost in patches. There aren't many leaves left on the trees and it is beginning to look more like winter. We also had a lovely visit from fellow blogger Seagirl Suzie  and her husband. It is always a pleasure to meet blogging friends face to face.

This was another visitor to the Bay this weekend - he came to see the Christmas tree lights being lit! How are your preparations for the event going? I have so much still to do!

Thank you as always for the lovely comments you leave, they always brighten my day!
Sarah x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Through the Garden Gate November 2016

Another month draws to a close and with the daylight hours decreasing the changes in the garden this month have been more dramatic. At the beginning of the month the grape leaves were still displaying beautiful colours and now they have all gone!  On the fig tree the leaves just all fell off within two days of each other! Has anyone else noticed all the leaves dropping off at once, in their garden too?

We still have a few autumn raspberries, variety Joan-J, which were recommended by Sam at a coastal plot. Although they are in their first year and aren't planted in an ideal situation  next to the shed,we have been pleased with the crop, the berries are so big and tasty.

One of my biennial honesty plant (lunaria) which I grew from seeds, I received from CT from Countryside tales is in flower. I always thought this usually flowered in May. It's very strange as there are no signs of flowers on any of the other plants I have grown from the same batch of seeds! I love it's alternative name  Money plant  - the seeds pods (still very green above) are meant to resemble coins.

Since the heavier rain earlier in the week has disappeared, we have been spending lots of time in the garden tidying it up for winter. I much prefer doing jobs at this time of year rather than working out in the freezing cold in the winter months. The last tulips have been planted and I am hopeful of a good display next Spring!

My husband has been replacing the fence this week too. He wanted to do it in the Spring but there were so many plants appearing that I persuaded him to wait until the Autumn. Much to our surprise and relief Tavi didn't realise that he had free access to the field while the new one was being installed!

With the new fence installed we have moved this grass so we get the full effect of the sunlight shining through it. We are hoping that it will not be damaged too much by the strong coastal winds.

Colour in the garden this month is provided by the sedum (above) and the hydrangea (below). What are the dominant colours in your garden this month?

And finally .... a medlar from the community orchard. Have you ever tasted a medlar? It doesn't look very appetising does it? Peel the skin away and the flesh looks just like a rotten mushy brown apple, but the taste was delicious, it was sweet and reminded me of date mixed with a very ripe apple. It's flowers in the spring are meant to be unusual and beautiful too, I will have to remember to take the camera to the orchard next spring and capture them.

Please visit the other gardens who are joining me in "through the Garden Gate". If you wish to join us please mention in the comments below.

Others taking part in through the garden gate are:-
Coastal Ripples
Margaret's patch
Elephant's Eye on False Bay

Thank you for visiting and leaving me comments, have fun this week!
Sarah x

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wet tidings

Water was much in evidence this weekend and for the start of the week!  On Saturday morning we wandered along the River Asker enjoying the golden colours of the trees alongside the river. In the evening under a heavy deluge of rain, we walked through steams of water flowing along the road, to see The Simon and Garfunkle Story. It was very good, the singers looked and sounded like the original artists, and between the songs they sung they told us the artists story. We felt as if we had been transported back into the 1970's, we didn't escape from water here either listening to Bridge over Troubled water!

I was first introduced to Simon and Garfunkle when we had a new music teacher at school, she was younger and recently divorced, struggling to bring up her new children alone. (it was rare in those days.) The songs we had previously been singing in music lessons were old fashioned and dull. She obtained new music books for us with songs from the Beatles, and she would also play us songs from her favourite LP's. One day she invited a few of us to lunch, and the sound of Simon and Garfunkle blasted through the air as we played in a Kent Hop Field, so their music always transports me back there. Did any of your music teachers influence your choice of music?

A friend came to lunch on Sunday and to walk off the roast dinner we walked along Cogden beach, it doesn't look like it but the height of the waves was about 8 foot high!

More heavy rain over night caused flooding. Donkey Lane,  probably an old smuggling path, was awash with water. Tavi loves water so he couldn't believe his luck to find lanes and roads full of it today! Luckily the waves had decreased in size today.

I have been looking for ages for a stool to sit and enjoy the view of the sea and this weekend I found it. It fits in with our coastal theme, although it too features lots of water!

It didn't take someone long to find how comfortable it was either! Hopefully it will be the one and only time that he gets to use it! I hope you haven't suffered too much rain this week.
Until next time.
Sarah x

Monday, 14 November 2016

Just in time

I was only just in time to watch the sun sink into the sea!

At 4.20pm I glanced out of the window and noticed the colour of the sky. A quick look on the internet confirmed that sunset was at 4.27pm,I only just made it down to the sea shore and it was well worth the rush!

It's amazing how far the locations of the sun rising and setting move in the course of a year. It is good to notice this and marvel at the different views it gives us.

As the sun set the fishing boats headed home after another hard days work, can you see the line of sea gulls plotting its course as it heads back to harbour?

Last week was hectic, things always seem to come along at once, luckily this time they were good things! It was the Annual Bridport Literary Festival and also some of our favourite bands were playing close by, so there were 5 events that we attended!. We also converted our home office to accommodate two work spaces. It seemed very strange having a desk again and even stranger sitting next to my husband! We are both involved in a number of community voluntary projects which are taking up lots of our time but are enjoyable! How did I have time to go to work!

Still need to sort out the windows!

One of the authors we saw  was Tristan Gooley who talked to us about his latest book How to read water. It was a very interesting talk and I am already looking at water in a completely different way! I loved some new terms we learnt, such as these ripples on the water caused by the wind are called Cats Paws......

and the rays of sunshine over the water described as glitter paths......

 We still had time for dog walks and walking along this lane it almost felt that we had stepped back in time.

As I stood observing the two minutes silence in the Community Orchard, the Armistice service took place beside the church next door and my thoughts turned to those who had left these shores and had never returned

Thank you for sharing with me last week all the colours that you are surrounded by. The striking vibrant colours some of you described were such a contrast to the whiteness of frost and snow that has arrived in some parts.

 Until next time.
Sarah x


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