The last occupants of the estate workers homes decanted about fifteen years ago, the other cottages were already well decayed and open to the weather. The chimney breast in the picture is what is left of one of those ruins. The field, now gone wild, in which the couple are strolling, would have been used by the estate employees.
However, the arch has a dual purpose, the picture above doesn't show it.
There is an inner arch wall, (dark) and an outer one. It's not a trick of the camera. The thickness of the walls allow for two substantial recesses either side of the arches. These are being used by some fishermen as store places for low value kit they do not want to constantly cart back and forth. This is an informal harbour mostly used for leisure by local people. Expensive equipment would be stored more securely elsewhere. If you look through the arch across to the far side of the harbour, you'll see a guy putting a red buoy into the boot of his car, which would have been attached to creels. His boat is out of view.
This year, this area was one of those chosen to release bees into in an attempt to boost the bee stocks in the U.K. I saw a lot of busy buzzing bees out and about. Let's hope it is a successful enterprise. This one obviously likes the Scottish Thistle.
|You can espy one delicate gossamer bee wing|
....And there was plenty blooming thistle flower for a bee to enjoy.
We left this natural wild place to cut through the ruins of the cottages. In the grass was this; how long could it have been there?
Returning via the harbour I was struck by this little cheeky touch of capstan/bollard artistry. Lavender, it seems, will grow in any conditions, anywhere!