Tuesday, 18 February 2014

More Storm Damage




Before and after the storm. More pictures of the damage are being shown in the local newspaper now. This little cove, reached only by a steep climb, normally looks straight out of a Victorian film set. Now it looks more like a disaster movie.

A few miles along the coast the road is collapsing, and everyone has had to evacuate their homes.




The army has been called in to help people remove their belongings. This road has suffered land slips before, but not on this scale, and it is still moving.


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Yesterday....

....we had quite a lot of this......







which led to yet more of this......






The Isle of Wight just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Thanks, Cliff!

In my garden one daffodil is trying to decide whether to bother opening it's petals any further. It's been in a half-opened state for over a week now.




Can't blame it, really. It's keeping company with my only other sign of spring, a wallflower.

 

The huge cooking apples we get are still going strong, feeding the blackbirds







Round the back, the neighbour has planted some new trees to replace the fallen ones






My house is one orchard, one road and one field away from the relentless crashing waves of the sea, that have destroyed the sea walls all along the south coast of the island, from Sandown to Freshwater.

We are quite safe, protected as we are by a tall cliff face. It's clay, and being washed away continually, but still far away enough to not worry about it.





So I'd just like to say "Thanks, Cliff, for keeping the sea where it should be, on the beach"


Rolly went for a check at the vets, as he's on thyroid pills. He's actually put some weight on since last time. Mind you, this is what he does all day, in between eating. All the cats are going stir crazy this weather.








Spring is round the corner........isn't it?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Another landmark gone!


As you drive along the south-western coast of the Isle of Wight, you will drive past a place called Hanover Point. It is well known for dinosaur footprints and a landmark right out at sea, known as the Thimble.






Even if you're driving, it's impossible not to quickly glance out at the man made marker, if only to see if there's a cormorant or two on top.









It's always been there, and I've never known why.

Yesterday I discovered a local theory that I seem to remember my dad telling me years and years ago, that the army built it for target practise.

However, in reality it was built as a marker by the army, who were firing practise shots from Fort Redoubt, on the western side of Freshwater Bay. Firing was not allowed to be aimed between the marker and the coast, as there was a chance it could hit the land on the Eastern side of the bay.

The Thimble was built in the First World War, and yesterday it collapsed beneath the mighty waves.




It listed for a day before succumbing to the relentless surge, and now it is no more.
There is a discussion about if it can be replaced or re-built. It serves no purpose other than being a landmark, but it will be missed, especially by the cormorants.
The expert on the radio said, dismissively, it was never built to be a permanent structure, and it would be very difficult and dangerous to re-build.
Well, it's lasted 100 years so it hasn't done badly. Now it's gone to it's watery grave, along with another natural rocky landmark just up the coast, the Arch Rock, which collapsed in 1992 leaving two stumps of rock footprints.