It looked like a good day to go out last Sunday, (16th November 2013). With the shortening daylight hours, every opportunity has to be taken when a day is at its best, at 'the top of the day' as the local expression goes. We found ourselves walking a bit of the North East Coast. You are never far from countryside, in fact, the three, sea shore and countryside, merge. The sun was low in the sky, seriously blinding for driving into, and also, for walking. It was not particularly good either for photographing some of the weird and wonderful things that caught my eye; maybe I shall get pictures of them another time.
Hardly noticeable, this water treatment plant sat neatly on the coast.
Sheep grazed. They were not interested in us. I think they must be used to people. Perhaps too many people had wandered by. The path ahead of us through the field where the sheep were, was closed off by a five-bar gate. It was not intended that the gate should be opened. It was secured with barbed wire. The gates we had already used were dropping on their hinges by a considerable amount, requiring some heaving to open and close them behind us. It was not unreasonable to conject, therefore, that there may have been some issues with farm gates being left open.
Hay bales were sitting in the stubble on the fields. The bales were outlined by good surfing waves At a distance, the bales almost seemed to be being pushed along. My stereotypical picture memories, much like the old masters, are of hay stacks in fields, with more rolling fields surrounding them. Bales and sea surf were unexpected companions. If you peer into the surf, you will just be able to make out a surfer, (a black dot).
I counted about ten surfers in this group. This coast, indeed this bay, is known to serious national and international competitors for the quality of surf. Recently, there was a major competition here.
You might just be able to see a few surfers in action through the spray 'curtain'
...and these surfers are flat-lining on their surfboards.
Very many years ago, there was land reclamation on this part of the coast, the sea is now reclaiming back the same land, partly through erosion and in part, because, the unmaintained harbour breakwater, (the upright boulders, which are seen in this picture) has given the sea free reign to move back in.
This doorway to nowhere testifies that a substantial property was built here. The barley twist design the stonemason carved either side of the jamb is still intact on the right. The doorway is beautiful in its decay and solitude.
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Démocratie selon Ségolène Royal
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