Monday, 2 February 2009

Sea Change

I woke up to a goodly snow splurge this morning, everything was crisp and white like best country house hotel napery. Bob, in Kent for his best friend's birthday bash weekend, phoned to say that he was stranded there.

I've been reading Jean Sprackland's collection Tilt and in it there is a poem called 'Ice on the Beach': something I've never experienced. This seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I dug out my old duffel coat, filled my insulated mug with coffee and dragged Stevie off. Unfortunately the Solway coast was, apparently, the only part of the UK mainland not to have been affected. Still, it was lovely and as we were stomping around, the sky began to lower and an icy wind got up. Bloody freezing but afraid of just missing what we'd come for we went to the Teapot, a little hut-cafe, for hot chocolate and a bun, and sat ourselves at the window. But all we got was a light flutter.

The tide was going out so we walked over this ridge of sand to a little islet.


Darkening sky.


savannah said...

incredible sight! that little causeway/walkway...i can't even imagine the icy coldness of it all! xoxo

PI said...

I've been expecting flurries hourly but nada. Too near the sea I fear although we had it in '92. I'm sure you know that Kent is often the coldest place in Britain because I think you used to live there. In those days I couldn't bear closing the shop and used to drive my old banger, skidding up and down the icy hills, with great aplomb.

Eryl Shields said...

Savannah ~ this is my absolute favourite beach, but it really was to cold for me today. XXX

Pat ~ I grew up in Kent and haven't experienced winters like those of my childhood since I moved away.

I can't believe you haven't had snow since '92!

Conan Drumm said...

Lovely spot, Eryl. And a great little break to take. Bet your brain hadn't a cobweb left anywhere when you got in out of the wind!

debra said...

Looks like a beautiful place,Eryl. I hear we're supposed to get more snow tonight and for the next few days.
At least the sun was shining today, that's a plus.

Leigh Russell said...

Bleak and beautiful.

We're enjoying the snow through the window, from the warmth of the house. It reminds me of Narnia - looking outside is like seeing into another world through the wardrobe.

Jane Dearie said...

To read 'Tilt' (one of my all time favourites) and then go there to our wonderful Solway coast - wow, you'll have had some incredible feasts for your writing. 'Tilt' a book of images cut to the bone, like the wind.
You will need so many layers though! Our inches of snow are now giving way to green patches and rain ....again. Baltic wind still blowing though!
Images of words, Jane xxx

Eryl Shields said...

Conan ~ not a one, though it took a while for it to thaw.

Debra ~ snow and sun: the stuff of dreams.

Leigh ~ get yourself out there! You might find a Mr Titmus to guide you.

Jane ~ I saw a crushed can of Carlsberg in the bottom of an otherwise perfectly clean rock-pool: no escape from the tawdry human touch.

Do you have a favourite poem in this favourite collection?

Kim Ayres said...

You're right - we residents of "further south in D&G" have still to see any snow.

Where is that beach? Is it Carrick, south of Gatehouse?

If so, don't forget you can always call in for a cuppa on the way past :)

The World According To Me said...

Beautiful pictures.

It's thick snow in Essex. The roads are too dangerous to drive on and I'm scared we are going to run out of food!

Carole said...

I love the pictures.

John and I did a bit of sight seeing yesterday to a place along the Mississippi where about 500 bald eagles, thousands of seagulls, and 300 to 400 Canadian geese had parked themselves for a little chat. The Mississippi had big chunks of ice floating in it and the birds seemed very happy and content. I forgot my camera of course.

angryparsnip said...

All I can say is Beautiful. . .

Freezing or not you live in a Fabulous area.

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ it's Mossyard, just a bit past Carrick. I like it because the tide never goes away out, so there's always waves lapping.

Worldie ~ goodness, that would scare me too! The Scots always manage to keep the roads clear, the gritters come out every evening in winter and the snowploughs are always at the ready. Even our tiny little backstreet gets cleared, so we don't have that fear thankfully.

Carole ~ The Mississippi, wow, the very thought of seeing it at all, let alone with big chunks of ice floating in it, makes me look for my camera!

Eryl Shields said...

Parsnip ~ I missed you there, it is pretty fabulous I agree. To think, when I first moved here I missed the city!

angryparsnip said...

I'm not living in the super cold with or without the snow so it is easy for me to say ... ohh ahhh looks beautiful how lucky, fabulous, love it.

I live in Tucson Arizona, a desert and it does snow in the mountains and we get winter rains but nothing like your weather. When I see the pictures the tourist kicks in can't help it.

I still miss living by the Ocean, le sigh. . .

Eryl Shields said...

It's also easy for me to say I'd love to visit the desert, I love the heat, but I know from experience how difficult it is to sleep if it's too hot.

I would love live right on the ocean, and to live in an area that has proper seasons: cold in winter and hot in summer, here it is mostly cool.

scarlet-blue said...

Lovely pics!
I grew up in Kent too, we knew what snow was!

Eryl Shields said...

Scarlet ~ we did! X