The outlook on Seaham Beach
This week I’m taking you back to the north east coast of England, with a bit of a purpose. I’ll explain more later but I need you to keep your eye open for sea glass. The beach at Seaham is one of the best locations I know for finding it.
Between 1853 and 1921 Seaham was home to Europe’s largest glass bottle works, supplying millions of hand blown bottles. Enormous amounts of waste glass were left at the end of each day, and this was generally thrown over the cliffs and into the sea. More than a hundred years later, scrubbed smooth by the power of the water, we have sea glass in many shapes and colours. Are you ready to hunt?
We’ll start on the cliff top and work our way down
It’s not very steep
And soon we’re at the beach
With more pebbles than you could ever want
And among those pebbles, the precious bits of sea glass. You can follow the beach round to the small harbour and the lighthouse, if you like, but I’m going in the opposite direction- north towards distant Sunderland.
There’s rather a lot of beach to examine!
Rusted groynes litter the shore
Filling up with pebbles
Rather incongruously, some have been mended
While overhead, the cliffs menace!
Let’s get up close and personal with a few stones. You never know what you might find.
We’re looking for a hint of glitter
Unconcerned, a man walks his dogs
What’s this? Look at the shimmer!
I simply love the textures
You might remember we did something similar just south of here on Crimdon beach, a while ago, and ventured into some caves beneath the cliffs. I’m drawn on along the endless beach, intrigued by my surroundings. Dog walkers pass me by, with a nod and a smile, and occasionally children ferret on the beach.
Mindful of the dangers these crumbling cliffs can pose, still it’s hard not to be lured closer.
The cliff formations fascinate
Torn and twisted as they are
And here a table, nicely laid
You know that I’m not going to be able to resist some close ups, but I treat the cliffs with due caution and the respect they deserve. So should you!
I know that some of you are claustrophobic so I won’t linger. The fascination of the shapes and vistas can keep me endlessly there on the shore, forgetting my purpose. That morning a lady was standing, her dog patiently at heel, gazing out to sea. After the briefest of smiles, I carried on my exploration. As I turned to retrace my steps, she spoke to me. “Did you see the dolphins?”
Crestfallen hardly describes it! I would have loved to see them and wished she had spoken sooner. We stood a while, hoping for a return, but they had gone. And so I climbed, regretfully, back up the steps.
Depending on the tide, this walk can be as long or as short as you want to make it. If you are free the next few Sunday lunch times, you will assuredly have company on the beach. My husband, who designs gardens, does most of his work with CAD (computer aided design). He was more than pleased to be contacted recently by Stuart Langley, a local artist, in connection with a light installation to appear at this year’s Lumiere, in Durham. It’s an imaginative and exciting event, and Stuart has been a previous contributor with his Stained Glass Cars. The project he is working on requires a substantial quantity of sea glass, and so he’s hoping for some help in gathering it.
If you can help in any way the Lumiere site gives details. The event itself takes place from 12-15th November, and if you can be there I can promise you a delightful evening. It takes place on alternate years, and this was my post for 2013. It was a magical occasion.
No putting the kettle on today! I will still be in Bristol for the Hot Air Balloon festival when you’re reading this, and not back till very late in the day. As usual, I will catch up with you all as soon as I can, and apologies to all those who are sitting unattended in my Inbox. There’s plenty to keep you busy till then because once again I have some wonderful walks to share. Many thanks to all of you who have joined me and, if you would like to do so next week, details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page. Just hit the logo above.
Gardens with rhodies have always been irresistible to me. Bogs, not so much! Thanks, Anabel!
Geilston Garden and Tom na h’Airidh
Hitting the heights with Drake! Don’t we always?
A revelation for me about Toronto! Totally changed my thinking… thanks, Jackie!
More city madness with Pauline! The inevitability of change :
Gold Coast Icons
If you’ve come to expect beauty from Amy, you won’t be disappointed here either!
Monday Walk : Banff Rocky Mountains
One of the best things about blogging is sharing magical posts such as this. Many thanks, Suzanne!
Killarney x 2
Too good at speaking my mind, sometimes! Hugs, please, for Jude :
The Levant Mine
A little bit of fairy dust, anybody? Sure to find some with Violet Sky!
Wishes and dreams
While anyone seeking inspiration should surely make a visit to Lucile :
The Quest for Inspiration
And anyone wanting to recapture childhood only needs to visit Gilly!
I Wish I was Ten Again
Debbie’s back from exotic Singapore with some cracking good sights!
Arty Stroll along Orchard Road
And to finish, from Laia, what could be better than?
A beautiful, pleasant walk in Abel Tasman National Park
Fantastic, aren’t they? Nothing more to say than ‘have a great week’. Hope to see you on the beach at Seaham, or failing that, at Durham in November.