Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Grey seas

A very brief spell of sunshine this morning tempted us to go for a walk by the sea. We settled on Ilfracombe, just 9 miles away but by the time we got there the sun had disappeared and the sky and sea were almost as grey as the rocks. But there were some magnificent waves to see.
I love the sound of waves crashing onto the rocks ....
.... and Ilfracombe is the perfect place to see and hear them.
Things looked calmer as we walked along the path towards Capstone Hill .....
..... and when we reached the harbour there was a hint of blue in the sky.
It was a mere hint, though. By the time we got back to the car park, the rain had started and is set to last for the next few days - back to the sofa and my books.

16 comments:

  1. Here in Florida, we had sunshine and blue skies this afternoon, but now it's 27F (-3C) at 11:45 PM. My gorgeous bougainvillea -- 10 feet high and 15 wide along the fence suffered a bit last night when it wasn't nearly as cold, so by morning, it may be only a memory.

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  2. You'll need IE to open the picture. This is getting very annoying.

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  3. It's so beautiful in your neck of the woods, Monix. I've spent many a happy hour in Devon, grockle-ing!

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  4. e, I didn't have any problem viewing the picture via Firefox. I use Microsoft Picture Manager for viewing picture attachments. Are all 5 pictures on this post visible to you?

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  5. Dulce Domum, I am sure you would be considered a welcome visitor and not a grockle!

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  6. It is a long long time since I've been to Ilfracombe. My memory says that I got there from Barnstable on a rickety old green and cream bus.

    The photos all show up fine here on Firefox (both the older version and the latest)

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  7. Stephen, I think you would find a more modern and comfortable bus to ride in now. There is no longer a rail link, though. My husband's great grandfather used to be the crossing-keeper at Braunton, on the railway line from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe. The old line is now a lovely track for walkers and cyclists.

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  8. m. yes the pictures you posted were visible, but not the picture at the top of your blog. Normally I just click on a picture or link and it opens right up in Microsoft Picture and Fax Viewer.

    By the way it was 22F this morning. That must be a record.

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  9. That sounds really cold to me, e. We have had a few very cold nights this winter but usually we remain well above freezing here on the coast.

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  10. Oh lovely, M! I haven't been out of the house for a week (the dreaded lurgy) and really needed a *sea* fix. Thank you for supplying it. Ilfracombe is looking lovely, haven't been up there for years. I used to be a regular in the embroidery shop there. Wasn't it terrible last night? Been nice here today but storms coming in again tonight they say. Hmm, a book by the fire is sounding pretty good.

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  11. Cath, is that the Smugglers' Shop at Capstone? I was there, yesterday.

    Bad weather has arrived.

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  12. I've never been to that part of England in real life - but I traveled to Croyde and Clovelly on my map when I read "Nesta's New School" by Angela Brazil as Nesta and her family goes there for vacation. It is so many years since I read the book but it has stayed with me, as I loved the description of the landscape and the places they went.
    Margaretha

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  13. Oh, it is heavenly there! Again, all pictures appear to me on Firefox and on Safari on my Mac, and they are wonderful!

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  14. Margaretha
    You passed right by my house as you travelled to Croyde on your map. Do call in next time and we'll share a pot of tea.
    Maureen

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  15. Nan
    I have to remind myself not to take the local spectacular views for granted. I sometimes let weeks go by without walking on the beach or cliffs.

    I just cannot work out the picture mystery but I'm glad that you can see them.

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