Early Beer

On a sunny Sunday at Beer in East Devon, it pays to be around bright and early to enjoy the peaceful beach. With blue skies and the crunch of the waves on the pebbles and just a few people it’s a perfect spot.

Looking east
Looking east
A shimmering horizon
A shimmering horizon

The stuff of coastal folk

As blue as can be!
As blue as can be!

Busying up, it's 10 am and there must be 10 people on the beach!
Busying up, it’s 10 am and there must be 10 people on the beach!

Looking West, Branscombe is around the corner, I don’t think you can walk it at beach level, but you can always climb up to the South West Coast Path.
I hope you liked an early peep at Beer?


Lazy Poets Thursday Haiku & resolving yesterday’s mystery!


Lost Chlorophyll

 Once green tendrils found

safe harbour on the pebbles

crisply dried seaweed


Well done to Christine, beach comber extraordinaire, as I write she is the only one to guess correctly! I wish I could tell you more about this seaweed but as it is so decayed I couldn’t identify it when I  searched. Isn’t it remarkable? Every scrap of colour and moisture has disappeared and you can see it’s skeleton if you click to enlarge.  I’d love to know how old it is. I found it at Beer and as that is on the Jurassic Coast perhaps its been lying there for millennia. Or perhaps it arrived with the winter storms! It’s surprisingly strong and survived being crushed in the bottom of my camera bag for several hours.

Has anyone seen anything similar? Any sciencey people able to explain?


Travel Theme: White

To mark the 30th annual World Peace Day Ailsa has chosen White this week. I’ve chosen three peaceful white scenes to share with you.

The first is taken in Beer, a little fishing village in East Devon. Beer is on the Jurassic coast and it’s a place I visit regularly. It’s always mystified me because it has white cliffs, but as you can see in the distance, the cliffs to the east at Seaton are red, as are the next around to the west. 

Next, a pretty white thatched cottage also in Devon. 

Finally, a lovely white entrance to a temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The door is solid silver. 

Please go and visit Ailsa – it’s worth the trip for the white peacock!



RNLI Duck Race

The RNLI ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution for those outside the UK) has been rescuing people at sea since 1824 and in that time has saved more than 139,000 lives. They currently have 330 boats in 23 stations around the country of various sizes and classes. A registered charity, all of its funding comes from donations and it is manned by volunteers. We all know that they rescue people from stricken vessels. You may know that their lifeguards patrol beaches and perform first aid. Did you know they have a flood rescue team? Also volunteers, specially trained  in swift water rescue techniques and ready to travel anywhere in the world.

Today I was in Beer, a lovely east Devon village with a Lifeboat shop raising vital funds to keep the service afloat. I learnt that it costs £75 for a rescue tube, bright yellow and made of plastic foam, with enough buoyancy to get an adult back on dry land. This is a small necessity, a tamar class lifeboat costs £2.7 million. I don’t know why there is no government funding for  lifeboats, but I guess that if a charity works why would they bother?

Today it worked like this.

A duck race! It’s lifeboat week in Beer, this is one of their fund raisers and a great success with the little ones that also raises awareness.