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Not easy to find in Seaham?

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You’d think that a bleak north eastern beach would be a good place to find a little Solitude, wouldn’t you?  Strangely enough, that isn’t the case. This particular beach has become a mecca for sea glass hunters and gatherers.   img_6644

You could hide out in the caves with a fair chance of solitude, but they’re not very safe. Erosion has created some fascinating shapes, though.

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So your best bet is to head as far down the beach as you can go, without getting your feet wet, that is.  Even there, a far from home Devon artist was determinedly hunting through the pebbles, looking for sea glass.

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This is the lure, at the end of the beach.  A solitary and beautiful rock, leaning out to sea. Seeking its own solitude.

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There’s always a way to find solitude, if you crave it.  For me, it’s an essential part of life.  A bit like the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I hope this weekend brings you whatever you require.  Cate usually requires six words on a Saturday, but often she gets more.

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124 comments

  1. So serene. I’d be exploring those caves and searching for beach glass, too. You’re so right about solitude. Even in the packed touristy areas of Prague, you can find hidden corners of solitude.

    1. People are useful when they ask questions, aren’t they? 🙂 🙂 I’m watching a great Ed Sheeran concert right now, with a guest appearance from Elton John. What a happy way to spend an evening!

  2. I often think of dense woods and mountain tops when I need to find solitude. But this post, the beautiful photos and the succinct walk along the beach to the proud stone column standing watch.

    This is paradise Jo.

    If I can mangle a John Muir quote often attributed to hiking… “The sea is calling and I must go.”

  3. Solitude in nature is especially nice. Beautiful photos. I wish we had blue skies. It’s been all clouds and rain this past week.

  4. Good to make the most of days like that Jo … although a crick in the neck is a distinct possibilty after hunting for treasures head and eyes down !
    Lovely it’s so close and a regular haunt for you 🙂 Gorgeous !

    1. We make a good twosome, Poppy. Mick has his eyes on the sea glass and I just follow my camera. When he finds a deserving artist he just hands his loot over. 🙂 🙂 Good weekend?

  5. Beautiful photos, Jo. I saw several pebbles that I would like to take home with me… 😉
    Have a wonderful day. (You must be living at the most wonderful place on earth!)

    1. It does sometimes seem that way, Helen, though less so on a grey day. 🙂 Just come back from a lovely walk on our local beach. Life’s hard, but someone’s gotta do it! Thanks, darlin!

  6. Such peace and solitude in these photo, Jo – alas, not in real life! Glad you found a spot for quiet reflection in the end. As for the sea glass, I have to ask, why is it so popular? What is it exactly? The glass washed up on shore or something else? Is it used for art work?

    1. Hi Annika 🙂 We started to collect it for a stained glass project at Lumiere in Durham in 2015. You might remember it- a glittering wave? Before that I wasn’t really aware of it myself, but it has become very popular with jewellers and people who make souvenirs and arty things. It is basically very old glass bottles (from clifftop glass factories that no longer exist) that have been churned in the sea for many years. I love the drama of that beach but it’s amazing how many people were walking along with their heads down. 🙂

  7. Some cracking photos there Jo. We saw the sun yesterday, but it’s always good to have a nice day at the beach. I remember ages and ages ago, you commented on one of my cornwall posts to say something like “nice beach, but not as nice as ours in Northumberland”. I thought you were crazy, but now I understand what you meant!

      1. Things are good! I’m heading to Lorne today for a conference for a few days. Lorne is the beach and has some rock formations like these, am hoping I can get to those!

  8. I don’t think you EVER stick to 6 words Jo 😉
    Lovely beach photos, even the north sea looks good with a blue sky, though that beach does look a little tricky with all the rocks and pebbles. One to watch where you tread I suspect. Still a bit too wet and windy for any beach walking this weekend, but I am getting excited about a snowdrop walk soon…

      1. Yes, I am at home. The weather is cool and overcast, so not too favourable for an outing, plus there’s the Superbowl tomorrow.

  9. Beautiful images and words, Jo. And blue skies. 🙂 Solitude is precious, but hard to find in some of our crowded countries. And in our tumultuous minds. 🙂

  10. There is indeed always a way to find solitude. Such magnanimous and beautiful pictures 🙂 I love how they bring forth the beauty and enormity of it all 🙂 best wishes.

    1. I’m zumba’d out, Jill. First one since the dreaded coughing virus. 🙂 Don’t think I’ll be doing much rambling today, though it’s beautiful out. Maybe later 🙂 Enjoy your down time!

  11. Lovely photos (as always!) and perfect for the solitude theme. Sea glass has become a big thing, hasn’t it? I remember as a child seeing it on the beach and thinking it was an interesting thing, but it wouldn’t have occurred to me to pick it up and keep it – I was too busy looking for shells, or a good stone to throw into the sea. 🙂

    1. We got involved when a friend was collecting it for the Lumiere show at Durham. (Every other year- it’s on again this November 🙂 ) Now whenever we go to that beach everybody is heads down looking. (except me cos I’m busy playing with the camera 🙂 ) Thanks, and have a good weekend hon!

    1. There’s always some on this beach, Cathy, but sometimes it’s tiny. Mick collected some and handed it over to the artist I mentioned. He was chatting away while I was looking for nice shots. 🙂 Weekend off for good behaviour?

    1. I managed to keep them out of my photos, Rosemay, but there was an unbelievable number of people hunting. It’s mostly quite small and you can hunt a long while for not very much. It’s lovely here today, thanks. Fresh and bright. I walked across the park to zumba so I’ve earned a rest now. 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend yourself!

  12. It looks beautiful there. I’m surprised there weren’t more people on the beach. I love finding treasures washed up on the sand. I brought home a little. collection of fragments of blue and white china I found on the beach at Lyme Regis. Have a lovely Sunday.

    1. I very carefully kept them out of my line of vision, Carol, but there were dozens of folk there hunting. It’s well known for sea glass because of the bottle factories that used to be here. Lynton and Lynmouth were on Julia Bradbury’s walking programme last night and I was very envious. Ours are rugged and not quite so pretty but I like them. 🙂 All good with you?

  13. We’re having rain , at last
    Not that I like it ,but we absolutely needed something to clean the air…
    Quite different from what you show here , plenty of light and blue sky!
    Love your walk and your magnificent shots!

    1. We haven’t really had much rain this year, Anna. A lot of grey skies at times, but the last couple of days have been clear and bright. It’s a joy to be out when it’s like this, but you need a warm coat 🙂 🙂 Thank you! Happy Saturday 🙂

    1. There used to be bottle factories up on the cliff top, Andrew, and the debris was washed out to sea but keeps on returning in ever different shapes and colours. It’s become quite popular with jewellery makers and people who make arty souvenirs. 🙂 🙂 Thank you! It was a lovely day, and is again today.

    1. We’ve been so lucky the last couple of days, Tanya. With the forecast of ‘Doris’ we were expecting gales, rain, and freezing temperatures, but it hasn’t got here… yet! 🙂 🙂

  14. Sad to hear about the erosion. It looks like a very nice place to play hide and seek 😐 In the photos of the water, in some of them it look like there are soap bubbles in the water lol 😀 Funny how the water looks sometimes. Have a good weekend, lovely ❤

  15. You know this is my kind of beach don’t you? I hope the Devon person found some sea glass, I’d be most put out if I didn’t. I think we’re going to have blue sky today, sadly I have to paint the conservatory wall so I probably won’t get to enjoy it very much. I Hope you have a lovely day sweetheart x:-)x

    1. Mick was collecting while I pootled with the camera, and he got chatting to the artist and handed over his goodies. 🙂 He’s a good sort, really 🙂 🙂 Did you see Julia Bradbury in Lynton last night? I had walk envy! 😦 Nice here this morning so I’m going to wander across the park and give zumba a go. Sending hugs, darlin.

      1. I did yes, I love her programs, especially when it’s local. It’s VERY steep around there but beautiful, so I’d drop you off and wait in a nice café while you legged it up the hills 🙂 🙂 🙂 enjoy Zumba an dlisten to your body! Hugs back babe x

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