Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Along the beach

Another week of changeable weather with storms that took away another part of the beach below our famous golden cliffs (sorry picture not taken) and a poor dead dolphin washed up on the sand. On Valentines Day we planned a day out at Lyme Regis. The weather was so awful that we ended up working instead! I'm pleased to say that on our second attempt to visit Lyme Regis the weather was just like a spring day making the views even more spectacular!

Lyme Bay looking towards Charmouth

As it was half term and the first decent day everyone was out enjoying the sunshine and low tide!

The sky was so blue and this display of the colourful dogwood so eye catching!

The colours on Eype beach are more muted.

We are continuing to try and reduce the number of single-use plastic items coming into our house. We now have lots of toilet rolls wrapped in paper rather than plastic and have gone back to using washing powder rather than liquid, all these small changes do make a difference, I was very encouraged this week talking to local retailers this week to hear the efforts they are going to trying to find alternatives.  I took part in another beach clean to gather material for a project a local school is involved in to highlight the plastic debate, although we didn't find as much rubbish as before!

The Nurdle hunters - even a passing dog came to see what was going on!

On Saturday we went to Charmouth Heritage Centre  where we joined Philip Strange to take part in a Nurdle Hunt, as I have mentioned nurdles (sometimes called mermaid tears) are plastic pellets the size of lentils. They are increasing being washed up on the shore and are eaten by fish and sea birds mistaking them for food. The  plastic pellets are melted down and used to make most of the plastic items that we use today from bin bags to phone covers. Spills take place when they are handled or transported.

My husband searching for nurdles

Unfortunately we didn't have to venture very far from the Centre to find them. I gave up counting them after I had picked up 120!  We had never come across so many on mass before although we were told that there were less on this stretch of beach compared with the previous year. It did feel as if our efforts were like a small drop in the ocean! Our hunt did however create lots of interest, as those passing stopped to find out what we were doing. It was good to meet up with another fellow blogger, although there wasn't much time to chat and I forget to photograph the occasion!

Our nurdle collection which we estimated to be around 200.
Wishing you a happy and healthy week, thank you for popping by.
Sarah x

A quick reminder for anyone else who would like to take part that next week's post will be another visit "Through the Garden Gate." I know my post will definitely be more colourful than last month as we welcome and admire the first signs of Spring.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Visitors to the Garden

Native birds visit our garden every day. At this time of year we hang out seeds and nuts and coconut shells filled with a home-made mixture. This morning as the wind howled,the rain lashed down, and the bird feeders swung at alarming angles there was only a very wet bedraggled robin trying to find shelter and food. It made me appreciate how lucky to have a dry home full of food!

One of our visiting robins taken in sunnier times.
We only have had one visit from one of these grey squirrels when it landed on the conservatory roof it made such a racket that everyone came running to see what it was, so I never got a chance to photograph it!

This one was quite happy to observe us from a distance!

This winter seems to be so long, cold and wet, there are only rare glimpses of blue skies so we make the most of them when we can. As we reached our front door after the walk on the beach below, it started to hail!. 

Waves crashing below Burton cliffs

On a more positive note, it is good to see the days beginning to rapidly lengthen again and we have seen this past week the first sky larks reappearing in the neighbouring fields.

Last June, encouraged by Louise from 30 Days Wild  and Ramblings of a Roaching I took part in 30 days Wild- the pictures were all take from around where we live -just look at all these seaweeds we found on the beach!

It is just so easy to forgot how beautiful it is in the height of summer, isn't it?

Droplets of rain on the meadows.
Last week we were lucky enough to win £250 on the Health Lottery - that's the largest amount we have ever won! As we have been having problems with our existing camera since  I accidentally dropped it into a thick muddy puddle we decided to treat ourselves to a new camera! When you take so many pictures it takes a while to get used to the new one and J has decided that it is much better than his mobile phone so we are now having to share it again!

Two for the price of one!
Wishing you a good week, until next time.

Sarah x

Monday, 5 February 2018

Down to the sea

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life.

To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind is like a whetted knife;

  I must go down the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that can not be denied.

 And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick is over.

It's been another busy week and my head is full of facts and stories of the past from this place, as we learn more about the characters living and gone who have called this home, the feelings we have for this place deepen.

As I read again some of the lines of Sea Fever from John Masefield  (mentioned above) they almost reflect descriptions of the past week. The wind has been so bitingly cold and we have learnt more about rare visits from magnificent wildlife, excluding Tavi who seems to have a habit of appearing in so many of the pictures!

Wishing you a happy and healthy week.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Through the Garden Gate January 2018

Welcome to the start of another years visit to my garden 'Through the Garden Gate'. I have to start by confessing that I hardly ventured into our garden this month due to the weather! When the sun has shone we have either been in meetings, or dog walking has taken the priority!

It was good to get outside at the weekend with the camera and notice the small changes that are taking place. For once the weather was mild and we even managed to spend an hour in the garden tidying up the borders and uncovering some of the bulbs.

The flowers of the Euphorbia Wulfenii stands out against our grey shed, as does the white fly which I hadn't noticed until I looked at the photograph!

The Lentern rose was one of my Mothers favourite plants. They are so easy to grow in shady areas, they flower early and come in a variety of colours ranging from white through to pink and purple. Our previous garden had a huge display that had spread over time. We are now gradually building up the plants here too.

This perennial wallflower is another good plant to have in your garden. They have a long flowering period. I must remember to take some cuttings of this after it flowers from May - July  as the perennials are short lived (about three years). This variety is called Red Jep although the flowers are more of a crimson purple colour.

In a wooden trough outside thee front door are cyclamen and miniature daffodils. I have enjoyed noticing the daily growth of the daffodils, hopefully they will soon be in flower. Cyclamens hate sitting in water I assume the drainage must be good here, as they have continued to flower all winter despite all the rain that we have been having!

Elsewhere in the garden bulbs are appearing -here you can notice how wet the soil is!

In the vegetable border the broad bean plants have started to appear and in the background are leeks and chard which provide us with much needed vegetables during the winter.

What is happening in your garden this month? If you would like to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. 


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