Forbidding skies


It’s strange how little you know of your own area sometimes, isn’t it?  Countless times I’ve ridden the bus along Seal Sands Road, with my nose in a book, blotting out the ugliness.  It’s a highly industrialised area and holds little appeal, apart from the seals that inhabit Greatham Creek.

I was unaware of the Brine Fields, where saturated salt was once extracted and processed by the local Cerebos company.  Nowadays the resulting salt caverns are used for storage of liquid gas for the process industry.   A forbidding sight, complete with warning notices.


If you look very closely you might spot a grey head bobbing along in the water.  The seal is apparently oblivious to the stormy skies and forbidding landscape.  For humans those skies mean it’s time to get a move on home.  Always assuming they have a home to go to, of course.


Paula is asking for interpretations of Forbidding on Thursday’s Special this week.  This is mine.   If you come along on my walk next Monday I’ll tell you a little more about the area, and we’ll go and find those seals.  Bit of a change from butterflies, isn’t it?


  1. This is so unlike your usual posts I had to look twice to see if I was on the right blog. The intensity of your photos really conveys the way how old industrial sites take on a forbidding appearance.

    1. Was that a good thing, or a bad thing, Suzanne? 🙂 🙂 There was so much joy spilling out of the previous post, it’s kind of an antidote. I was feeling a little down and the landscape suited my mood.

      1. I think it’s great to let our posts reflect our moods. Life is so complex these days and I think it is false to present ourselves as always happy.

      2. I never falsify on my blog, Suzanne. Most of the time I’m genuinely happy when I’m writing my posts, though I do tend to focus on the beauty where I can. There’s more than enough misery in this world, isn’t there? 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t say this is forbidding Jo, more a fascinating industrial landscape that makes me think of boy stuff, engineering and things I can’t get my pretty little head around 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Seriously though the sky and odd built things makes bold dramatic scenery!

  3. I always like finding out new things about my area ! ( even brine) Nice adventure and I missed the grey head 🙂

  4. Fascinating Jo! Amazing the things you find on your walks! I’m just playing catch up now as I was in Tucson all week. Maybe I will have to post one of my walks soon!

  5. Jo it may not be as pretty as your butterflies but if we want to heat our homes and drive cars and ride in planes and trains and such, these places are necessary too. This one likely happy for a little paparazzi action. 🙂

  6. Skies like the ones posted here make me very nervous, especially here in TX. Industry has its up and down sides – this is definitely one of them. Have a lovely weekend.

    1. There’s a lot of history behind this one, Mary, but it did make me feel a little uneasy looking at all those pipes. More to come on Monday. Thanks a lot, hon! 🙂

  7. Bleak but interesting, Jo – there are pockets of industrial decay all along the east coast – a stark contrast to some of the most beautiful places on the English coastline e.g. Bamburgh

  8. Such dramatically forbidding skies, Jo. I find it wonderful that the animals here also don’t rush for shelter when the rains come down. We humans are also waterproof, but feel the need for umbrellas and raincoats. 🙂

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