Sunday, 13 March 2016

Blue skies and low tide

It has been good to see blue skies again especially after the high winds and rain earlier in the week that locally caused three lorries and many trees to blow over. Our solar panels today recorded the highest reading since they were installed in October and we have enjoyed our first ice-cream sitting outside by the sea.


 The Bay has been very busy over the weekend, although not at 7.30 in the morning when this first picture was taken ...


   and when there was only the company of a cormorant sitting on one of the navigation warning posts.


This week we have had one of the lowest tides of the year and taking advantage of this, the annual dredging of the outer harbour has been taking place. It has been a huge task to move the sand and pebbles back to the beach in between the high tides.





The lower tide has allowed closer access to some of the boats in the inner harbour.



Stonecrop growing on rocks by the harbour wall.
This year I am trying to capture more of the plants and wildlife around the bay. The skylarks have also returned to the fields above us. It is so good to hear their joyful song again, however they are not easy to photograph, unlike this goldfinch who was quite happy to pose!

A goldfinch sitting on the telephone wire
We have been busy in the garden too. Our jobs included planting some autumn cropping raspberry canes. Pride always comes before a fall - only last week I told Amanda how Tavi was so much better in the garden now he was a year older. A day after the planting we saw him proudly sitting on the lawn with a raspberry cane at his feet! What a shame the camera wasn't to hand!

View across Lyme Bay from Eype
When we took an evening walk and watched the sun go down, we met some holiday makers who were so excited by the amazing location and exclaimed how lucky we were all to be here on holiday. It seemed unfair to point out that we are able to enjoy this view via a short walk all year around.


I hope you too have enjoyed some sunshine over the weekend. 
Sarah x

55 comments:

  1. It's been glorious hasn't it. Lovely photos, especially the birds. I shall look forward to seeing the nature you capture over the year. I'm smiling at Tavi's antics - probably just trying to be helpful... Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

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  2. Idyllic photos and so tranquil. We are so lucky living all year round in 'holiday destinations '. It is so good to have the sunshine after all the storms. I look forward to seeing all the nature shots you capture this year. Have a good week. B x

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  3. Sarah! My goodness, do you have a special lens to get so close of a shot of the finch? Marvelous spring anticipation going on here! The dredging of the harbor brings back so many fond memories when we lived on the coast of Massachusetts. Spring is coming to us; our neighbor's Cairn terrier Phoebe just got her coat trimmed. You can now see her cute little muscular body! hahahahahah

    Have a fabulous week.

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    1. Hi Anita, I'm glad this bought back memories of living on the coast at Massachusetts. The photos are taken with a digital camera which does have a 16* lens. I was standing just underneath the telegraph wire at the time. Sarah x

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  4. Liebe Sarah,
    wieder einmal hast du wunderschöne Fotos veröffentlicht. Es ist immer wieder ein Genuss, wo ich doch das Meer so sehr liebe. Ja, du kannst diesen Anblick jeden Tag genießen, aber ich denke du bist dennoch dankbar dafür. Wenn mir an das Meer fahren kommt irgendwann auch der Abschied und wir sind jedes Mal voller Wehmut und Traurigkeit. In meinem nächsten Leben möchte ich auch am Meer wohnen, vielleicht auf einem Leuchtturm?
    Übrigens musst du mich nicht "Siezen". Das ist zwar sehr höflich, aber als Blogfreundin musst du das nicht. In Eurer Sprache gibt es das ja so nicht. Muss auch nicht sein.
    Wünsche dir eine schöne Gartenwoche. Habe auch schon die ersten Samen bestellt. Hier war das Wetter herrlich. Es blies ein kühler Ostwind, aber die Sonne strahlte vom Himmel.

    Alles Liebe, Barbara

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    1. It would be good to live in a lighthouse although they are usually located without much protection when the weather is bad! Sarah x

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  5. Tavi was thanking you for such a wonderful gift. Your homeland is in my dreams. Can't believe it is a real place. Maybe one day I can visit there.

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  6. Lucky, indeed! We don't have tides up here and I'm sure I would have a hard time getting used to them. As my perception of time is very poor I would never remember when to expect high and low and would most likely get it wrong most of the time.

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  7. It has been a lovely day here too (still a little bit of snow on the hills so I made a tiny snowman in the sunshine!) and you took some beautiful photos, as always!

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  8. It is so beautiful there. I love seeing the activity connected to the sea. It is a reminder how important it is in our lives. Great post.

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  9. I'm so glad you're having nice weather. We had a few days last week of Spring, but it is back to cold and rainy. Love your photos! And you are indeed fortunate to live where you do.

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  10. Heute antworte ich mal in meiner Muttersprache. Würdest du mir sagen, ob du mich verstehst? Ich liebe die Landschaft, in der du lebst und ja, es ist eine Gnade, dort zu leben. Als wir hier einzogen, haben wir Flugblätter versandt an all unsere Freunde. Leben, wo andere Urlaub machen, stand darin. Denn wir wohnen ja auch in einer Urlaubsgegend. Aber eben nicht am Meer. Lass es dir gut gehen!

    Sigrun

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    1. Ja, ich kann die meisten Worte verstehen. Wir werden ganz in der Nähe unterwegs sein Kommen den Rhein Mai nach unten, wo ich glaube, Sie zu Hause sind. Sarah x

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  11. Beautiful photos and isn't it lovely to have the sunshine and blue skies back again. How lucky you are to live in such a stunning location. xx

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  12. The difference between high and low tides can sometimes be staggering, as your photos show. My parents once had a dog who would pull up every rose bush they planted and parade around the garden with the rose in its mouth. I remember one particular specimen got planted three times!

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  13. It's been beautiful here too and it looks like the good weather might be around for a few more days yet. Yesterday was really mild and we were out doing some gardening with a few less layers of clothing than usual.

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  14. The weather has been great hasn't it, your tale about Tavi made me giggle xx

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  15. It's lovely to see the blue skies and the stunning sunsets. The dredging does look like a large operation - no wonder it's drawing such a crowd. I never have any luck photographing skylarks either, so I'll just enjoy the sight of them and their beautiful song.

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  16. I love that time in the morning with the special sunlight and stillness. It was a gorgeous weekend of sun wasn't it?! Your last photo is incredible! Have a lovely week.xx

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  17. We had a mixed bag of weather this past weekend. 6 cm of snow, 10 mm of rain and 6 hours of sun. Snow snow go away...

    xo

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  18. I lived in Bournemouth for ten years and spent many hours in the area you capture through your lens. Now I am back in my native Yorkshire your blog gives me so much pleasure, thank you.

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    1. Thank you for your comment I'm glad it brings back memories for you. Yorkshire is a wonderful part of the country too! Sarah x

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  19. A lot of work to keep nature at bay. Looks like a place I could settle in for an age

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  20. Ah, dogs and sticks... :-) Our newly planted autumn-fruiting raspberries were prolific and delicious last year, so hope yours are too. The skylarks are singing their hearts out here as well. Gorgeous photos, Sarah, especially that sunset shot. Sam x

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    1. It was you who inspired me to try the raspberries after seeing your bumper crop last year. We have gone for the variety that you recommended. Sarah x

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  21. It is always such a pleasure to read your blog and to see these things that I most likely won't ever have the chance to see. Your blog is like a lovely travel trip. Your goldfinch doesn't look anything at all like ours do around here. I'm glad your weather has settled down, ours is dreary today with rain - at least it isn't snow. You are so very lucky to live where you do and see the beauty every day - not just on holiday. Tavi is just showing you how much your efforts are appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Your photo of the three boats at the bottom of the ladders and steps reminds me of the movie, "The Secret of Road Inish"! I'll have to watch it today!

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation I have just watched the trailer and will have to watch the movie now! Ireland is such a magical place and the trailer bought back happy memories of our holiday there. Sarah x

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  23. Visiting your blog just makes me smile :) Always such lovely photos. That dredging looks like a rather futile task though. Is it worth the effort?

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    1. If they didn't do the dredging over time the harbour would silt up also it helps the deeper harbour helps to prevent flooding. Sarah x

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  24. Hastings Battleaxe has just been down to Lyme Regis - they are doing massive sand dredging work there, too.

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  25. Hey Sarah,
    We've enjoyed very similar conditions in St Ives, including the very low tides. The sea life left behind on Porth Kidney beach was amazing. Typically I had left my camera in the car. You captured a gorgeous sunset.
    Have a great week.
    Leanne xx

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  26. I never fail to be amazed by this beautiful place in which you live! That view of the cliff is so dramatic! Ooh, lucky find with the goldfinch. I saw one when we were birdwatching last May in Exmoor but missed snapping it!x

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  27. Dear Sarah - your photos are always a joy to see. I did not realise that so much work was required in maintaining harbours, we just take these things for granted, but a lot of hard work is obviously involved.

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  28. What an interesting post...Dorset does look lovely and you must enjoy spring and summer there. Very interesting to see the low tide, an incredible contrast! Good luck with Tavi, brings back memories for us!

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  29. Yes, the weather has been good these past days ... and your pictures are just lovely.
    What a brilliant blue sky, and lovely to see around the harbour. That is quite a major task.

    I particularly liked looking at the Stonecrop growing on rocks by the harbour wall - such lovely colours.

    Have a lovely week, and keep on enjoying some good Spring weather.

    All the best Jan

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  30. The sunset over the bay is magical. I appreciate all that you share of your beautiful life by the sea. Your posts always refresh my soul. Thank you xx Kerrie

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  31. Lovely photos. Looks nice and calm today.
    Amalia
    xo

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  32. I have never seen anything like the stonecrop.

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  33. Lovely and beautiful pictures! The sunset and the views are MAGICAL...
    Have a happy wednesday, take care!
    Titti

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  34. Such beautiful photos ( as ever)!

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  35. It looks like a tough job indeed. Beautiful sunset! The ice cream sounds perfect too :-)

    Madelief x

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  36. Lovely photos Sarah. Your tavi and our maggie would make a great pair digging up things!

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    1. Yes Tavi and Maggie would make a good team! Sarah x

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  37. Hi Sarah,

    Lovely photos you have shared from around your place - the sunset is amazing and the bird on the line with the blue sky is sweet.
    Isn't it interesting how dogs always try to help out.
    Hope you are enjoying the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  38. After 20 straight days of rain we are supposed to get two days of sunshine! I just posted photos of my stormy weekend at the beach, but I had a great time and love to see the sea in any weather! I was so interested to see your low tide dredging taking place...a wise time to tackle the task! Your gold finch is lovely and different from those around us. Please give Tavi love pats from me....I'm certain the uprooting was not intended to discourage you :) xx

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  39. Good Afternoon Sarah, The photo you took of the sunset is beautiful. Dorset is such a lovely part of the country. We have beautiful views here in the Northumberland, but my it is so cold at the moment.
    I would love to sit and enjoy an ice cream but I feel I had better wait a few more months for the weather to warm up, as I feel sure it will taste much better when I can eat it in the sunshine.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  40. Poppy says please can you tell Tavi she uprooted a hornbeam sapling from the new hedge last year. She can't reach the raspberry canes because they are behind a fence :-). Glorious photographs as always especially the sunset. You live in such a beautiful place xx

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    1. Tavi is glad to hear that is not the only mischievous pup!

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  41. Keeping a harbour in good conditions presupposes a lot of work, I know it as I live close to the coastline.Your captures are fantastic!
    Olympia

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  42. Great picks, we had some lovely days last week and I even cycled along the prom to work a few times! Today has been really grey though, just put more logs on the burner :)

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  43. Beautiful photos!! We got snow again and my dream of gardening will have to wait till May. That is a beautiful vegetation growing between the rocks. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your country! Blessings to you.

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  44. Dear Sarah, as always your pictures take my breath away. You and your camera is such a great team and you live in a beautiful place. Those walks must be pure magic and give so much strength. And that first ice-cream in the sun every year sure is special.

    Take care my friend and I hope the beautiful weather has come to stay.

    Charlie
    xx

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