Six word Saturday


 Come  with me, to the caves?


Sometimes it’s hard to stay away from the sea.  The weather these past few days has been incredible and, as always, I was drawn like a magnet.  In Panorama I mentioned the caves shaped by the motion of the waves on our north east coast.  Today I thought I’d take you down there.

Beautiful, isn't it?

Beautiful, isn’t it?

It's a strange landscape

It’s a strange landscape, legacy of a mining past

A scramble across the rocks and we're there

A scramble across the rocks and we’re there

At high tide the caves are cut off

At high tide the caves are cut off

As the tide creeps in

As the tide creeps in

Viewed from outside they're less intimidating

Viewed from outside they’re less intimidating

Especially the 'wedding arch'!

Especially the ‘wedding arch’!

I don’t think it’s a place I would loiter on my own.  At each visit the shapes have changed a little and there is new evidence of erosion.  Just time to show you a few of the rocks in detail.  Their colours fascinate- burned by the mines and bruised by the sea!

An endless array of haggard beauty

An endless array of haggard beauty

Or a lunar playground

Or a lunar playground

They speak for themselves, don't they?

They speak for themselves, don’t they?

I hope I haven’t tried your patience this morning?  I do tend to get carried away with the camera.

You’ll be delighted to know that you can have a little rest from me next Saturday.  I’ll be in the Algarve, but I’ll try not to bring back too many photos!  Have a wonderful week ahead and please don’t forget to visit Cate at Show My Face with your six words.

See you on Monday, if you fancy a walk.



  1. Well I hope you have brought back many photos both from Algarve and Poland. The cave and beach photos look like my favourite destination.

    1. I went further up the coast and found yet more caves in the week before I went to Poland, but goodness knows when I’ll post them. Thanks for your company, Paula. I’ll come and have a look at yours soon. 🙂

    1. I found some more caves a little further up the coast on Monday this week, Madhu. Amazing what you can find when you go looking. I’ve only lived here for 60 her-hum years!
      Sorry about the name debacle 🙂 I was enroute to Dad’s to do some cleaning before I go away. Me and the Samsung Mini are not your ideal combination 🙂 I’ll be lost without the laptop. Nothing for it but more walking 🙂

  2. Very lunar and wildly beautiful these photos Jo 🙂 I’m sure you’ll bring back more than a few photos from the Algarve 😉 Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine, such a glorious spring we’re having, does wonders for the soul doesn’t it? xx

    1. I found some more, this morning! Great excitement 🙂 I was on my own but they weren’t so deep. Believe me, I was cautious! The risk of subsidence worries me more than it might once have. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi again! I’m just back from exploring another bit of beach, further north. 🙂 More pebbly but I discovered today that it also has caves. Such excitement! 🙂 Thanks a lot!

  3. Always great to see the sea, and the shore, the beach, the rocks – I particularly like the low angles and the close-ups. Can’t get enough of it!

  4. nice flow- really liked the variety – the last set of rocks were my favs – (close-ups of the lunar playground) – oh and safe travels 🙂 ❤

  5. The rocks are beautiful. Sea caves have a special charm with their craggy shapes and views of the sky and sea from a place of darkness. They’re scary too, especially when you have the tide to contend with. I swam inside a deep sea cave in Western Samoa. It was a thrill, but my heart was in my throat the whole time.

    1. I had to make a return trip to take the rock photos, Otto, otherwise I would have been left behind in the caves 😦 You could spend hours down on that shore. Thanks for your visit 🙂

  6. Great shots of places that most of us never sea – deep into the bowels of the shoreline where only the sea can make such magnificent carvings. I really enjoyed the rocks and stones, for variation and colors.

      1. It was great – lots of outdoor work, that I love. Haven’t painted yet – think that will be tomorrow. Looking forward to you Monday Walk!

      1. Hi darling! Thanks and wishing you the same. I am glad. We all need a place like that. 😀 ♥

  7. Never too much Jo.This post is especially splendid:the shot looking out from the caves and those wonderful detailed shots of the rocks on the beach, and the setting-the-scene shots at the beginning.

    1. I thought you would like this one, Meg. I could see you beachcombing joyfully there. I shed silly tears this morning but my Monday walk will engross me for a little while. Hugs for the sweet photos. 🙂 🙂

  8. Whatever the rock is, Jo, it does give the impression of being fairly friable; I’m with you in thinking it’s not a place to linger in. But oh, how lovely are those wave-formed pebbles ! I particularly love those shaped like huge cigars, and always wonder how that happens.
    Lovely post !

  9. I love the lunar landscape and views, Jo. Not a place to be around when the tide is coming in, but what a fun place to explore. The other explores give perspective to the size of these caves. I expect I wouldn’t be climbing up the steps with stones in my backpack. 🙂

    1. I don’t understand how I don’t have extraordinarily strong leg muscles, Lynne- but I don’t! 🙂 🙂 Sometimes I just stay up on the cliff top, but where’s the fun in that? 🙂

    1. My husband is born and bred here and has never left it but he said to me this morning ‘where are these caves?’ 🙂 They are sometimes under water, I grant you. Just off Blackhall Rocks- don’t know if you’ve heard of it?

  10. Jo I would love to be wandering on this shore with you. Wonderful vantages from which you have taken the photos. I really felt as though I was there. Now is that the sea breeze I small? 🙂

  11. Oh I loved seeing the “haggard beauty” of this awesome place, Jo. Caves are not places I would want to visit alone. Enjoy your trip to the Algarve. I can’t imagine you coming back with less than a thousand pics. 😀 xx

    1. Thanks, Linda 🙂 Most unusually it was about 16C that day, but it’s back to its more normal 9/10 today 🙂 Still bright blue though, which helps.
      Yes, the Doctor would be right at home here.

  12. Oh, I love caves! When I was a child, we used to visit Cornwall, and plenty of caves on that coast. Later on, I went potholing, but that’s history….

  13. The way you go inside and take the photographs, to me, makes this a special shared trip for the viewers. The framing of the dark, looking out at the various views is fascinating and hauntingly beautiful, Jo!

  14. A beautiful walk Jo! These reminded me very much of or Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. The tide changes so drastically, one must always beware of timing of the day in order to safely explore the shoreline.

    1. I would be quite fearful there on my own, Ann. There is just a hint of menace to them. I don’t collect, partly because I don’t need a handicap in getting back up to the cliff top. 🙂 Shells, now- that’s different!

    1. I was delighted with them, Jill. I was back on that stretch of beach on Friday because I couldn’t linger too long in the walker’s company. Not near the caves though! 🙂 Thanks, hon! Happy weekend!

  15. So let me get this straight…If I leave these snowy mountains, there’s like oceans and stuff? And sunshine? You say there’s sunshine? I gotta get out more.

    1. I went back on Friday to get the rock close ups, Esther. (the walkers are not THAT patient!) I could have been there for hours, but it was a different kind of day. I’m sure you could do some great pebble poems 🙂 Happy weekend!

    1. It’s an incredibly photogenic spot, Debs. I considered a ‘look up, look down’ for you. When’s the deadline? 🙂
      Got to go to the Algarve now because it’s Poland at the end of the month. After that we won’t be back til Autumn. 😦

  16. I love the last collage of the lunar playground and the beautifully colored rocks, Jo. I think I’d be a little scared inside of that cave too. I’ve never been a big fan of caves, especially ones that are “blocked off at high tide!” I’d be terrified I’d have calculated the time wrong and I’d be trapped, or worse yet, drowned, inside! 🙂 They are beautiful from the outside though. The water always creates such amazing scenes, doesn’t it? Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

    1. It’s still sunny but cold again, Cathy. More like normal temperatures for this time of year, but we were spoilt for a few days. Got me in the mood for some sun 🙂
      I’m not a caves person, either, but I was in good company that day. I’d rather play with the rocks. In fact, I went back for those rock photos. 🙂 Hope you’re making the most of your time off.

      1. I’m back to work now, Jo, but I have another 4 day weekend coming up this weekend. I’ve just booked a flight to Xi’an, home of the Terra Cotta warriors. Trying to squeeze as much as I can in over the next three months. 🙂

      2. Yes, my list is getting shorter in some respects, Jo, but also longer. I have a long list of places I’ve heard about and would love to see, but will probably never see as it will be impossible to do it in less than three months with no holidays. I have two more long weekends, but I’m pretty exhausted from fighting the crowds on Chinese holidays. I’m a little worn out from it all. 🙂

  17. I love the description of the many textures your portray here as ‘bruised by the sea’. The spaces are so atmospheric, I agree with you I don’t think I would like to be wandering alone without the natural light through these caves. They’re amazing. I loved my morning walk.

  18. Seeing these amazing images makes me realise how few caves I’ve been in. I don’t think I’d like to be on my own either! I love the pebble shots and the landslide area looks just like some of our Jurassic coast.

    1. I think you might have missed it, Richard 🙂 I did post one or two but I’m really not happy with them. I just don’t think of using my phone in the same way as my camera (unless I’ve forgotten it, or run out of battery)
      Quite a lot happening socially in the Algarve this trip, but Mick hopes he’s going to laze on a beach at least a little bit 🙂

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