november and the sun is warm

November 10, 2013


We woke up to warm sun this Sunday and it was most welcome following torrential rain and a storm ten days ago. Standing in the attic window, I spied a swimmer doing a fast crawl towards the pier – wondered if the sea was warm too – and was a little relieved to see him exit the water about 30 minutes later.


The storm threw the pebbles over the lower promenade disguising the division between beach and tarmac  . . .


the burnt out pier

. .  . strong shadows on the soft, sandy, lower stretch . . .


. . .  all the crunch is now higher up mixed with seaweed drying out and crisping up.



Taking this shot, I start to notice the cracks and fissures in the concrete oversail . . .


. . and conscious of Cornelia Parker, having watched and been influenced by her episode in What Do Artists Do All Day, started to take more detailed shots .  . . .


cracks 2

. . and then I started to think what I was going to do with the photographs – time will tell.


cracks + view

Down in Hastings, the Herring Fair should have drawn in many visitors to compensate for the washout of yesterday. Sonny had some fine kippers – a pair are in the fridge. Yum.


Wild nights – Wild nights!

Were I with thee

Wild nights should be

Our luxury!

Futile – the winds –

To a Heart in port –

Done with the Compass –

Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden –

Ah – the Sea!

Might I but moor – tonight –

In thee! Emily Dickinson  Wild Nights

3 Responses to “november and the sun is warm”

  1. Tom Says:

    Detail shots are such fun. You are already doing something with them, no?

    ‘Sharing is fun’ at least that’s what I say to Hunter.

    The front looks so much better with the pebbles spread out. I wonder if anyone would agree… keep it that way…

    I miss kippers. Not much smoked fish action down here. Cured pork belly is all I can think of.

    Special light where you are. It tries so hard; an ‘aching blue’ if that is possible. As opposed to the effortless blues of Provence.

  2. julia fogg Says:

    aching and creaking blue – it’s almost painful as you say in contrast to the easy going. Unfortunately dog walkers insist on a pebble free walk way so no, it’ll be all swept back again. It is a good experience though when we have rough weather – for a day or so!

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