On the Cob


“It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live.” John Fowles.

It was a cold, grey, October morning in Lyme Regis harbour,


but the dogs and I strolled along anyway.


They weren’t too sure about these wobbly steps


but we enjoyed the hazy view from the top


This is the famous Cob at Lyme Regis, as seen in the movie The French Lieutenant’s Woman,  from the book by John Fowles. I’ve been up there in much worse weather and it isn’t for the faint hearted, I definitely wouldn’t want a long heavy cloak swirling around my ankles in the wind as Meryl Streep did!

Jackie at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales invited me to join in a share of three favourite quotes. This is one of the ones I had over my desk, to inspire me, when I was studying creative writing.

I’m not going to ask anyone to take part, just anyone who wants to!



The Jurassic Coast . . .

. . . stretches for 95 miles from East Devon and all along the Dorset coastline. It isn’t just Jurassic, parts are Triassic and Cretaceous, each with different rock types. It’s a fossil hunters paradise, especially after one of the frequent landslides, with Charmouth and Lyme Regis areas the most likely places to find a little gem.
My end of the Jurassic coast is Exmouth, the furthest point West, where we have red sandstone that stretches along past a couple of estuaries and then abruptly changes to chalk at Beer and Lyme Regis. At Lyme you can look one direction and see chalk cliffs and east towards Charmouth, where the fresh landslides reveal fossils, in soft dark, grey, rock that feels almost like clay at times. Chalky stuff returns at Durdle Door and Lulworth.

The west end of the Jurassic coast
The west end of the Jurassic coast
The chalk begins
The chalk begins
Here you will walk large fossils in the rocks
Here you will walk on large fossils in the rocks
Like these!
Like these!
Lyme Regis looking east
Lyme Regis looking east
An area of recent slips
An area of recent slips
Here the fossils you find on the beach are in soft grey rock and mostly ammonites
Here the fossils you find on the beach are in soft grey rock and mostly ammonites
Further east the unspoilt beach at Eype
Further east the unspoilt beach at Eype
Layers of rock laid down overcountless  millenia at Lulworth cove
Layers of rock laid down overcountless millenia at Lulworth cove

So this is the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a geological walk back through INFINITE time and its my entry for this weeks photo challenge, as well as an excuse to show off the beautiful of South West of England!

Join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/photo-challenge-infinite/

Thursday’s Windows

It was difficult to photograph these windows without standing in the middle of a busy road, so I had to be content with an awkward angle shot. Never mind they’re bright and cheerful!

Lyme Window


Sandra usually creates Thursday’s windows but I think she’s still busy with Christmas so Sharon has also gone ahead and posted hers.

Rock Hopping Lyme Boys

Whenever I see this crazy sport I’m compelled to watch but I hold my breathe. One slip could be disastrous, they are so fearless, I don’t remember ever feeling this invincible in my youth! It’s the first time I’ve seen it in daylight but I still only had my phone camera. Have you ever tried this? or any extreme sport? I would love to see your photos if so.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

Okay, I’m confused this week, this is what Cheri over at The Daily Post has to say about near and far.

Near and Far. We’re excited about this week’s photo challenge, near and far, and hope it inspires you to play with perspective, which can give sweeping images of beautiful locations more oomph and power. Perspective is what makes a flat two-dimensional image, such as a photograph, appear like it is three-dimensional. To create this effect, you can use features like diagonal lines, which converge within the frame and literally suck in the viewer.

It’s too complicated for me, or maybe it’s just been a long week! Either way I think I have done the opposite in both of these photos because I don’t know where are the centre points, but here we go anyway.

Any explanations in simple Gypsy speak welcome!


Travel Theme: Curves

Ailsa has chosen curves for this week’s travel theme. The picture I have chosen was taken in Dorset, the Undercliff at Lyme Regis again. The beach is part of the Jurassic coast and the rock there was laid down 200-150 million years ago. I think this curvy beauty is an ammonite, but it also has several other fossils in the centre. They call the area where I photographed it the ammonite graveyard because there are many on the beach.

The fossil is around 18 inches wide!

Go visit Ailsa to see some more curves!

Sunday Post: Black and White

It’s Jake Day! and the theme is black and white. I like black and white but generally not when I try it.  My all time favourite photographer, the late James Ravilious, worked in black and white. He was a local man, here is a link to some of his photos. http://www.jamesravilious.com/gallery.asp he captured everyday life in a period of great change.

My photo started life in colour and I quite like the change because of the different textures, including the sky. 

Hop over to http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/sunday-post-black-white/ for some more interpretations.

Ooh, WordPress has just told me that this is my 300th post!

And I have to add this photo for Jo Bryant!