Landslip at Eype

I mentioned there had been a landslide Between Eype and West Bay. The last part of the esplanade at West Bay is also closed due to the high risk of rock falls, so this picture has been taken from a distance into the sun and I forgot that my phone is capable of better images by using a few controls! So sorry about the quality, but it does show that the debris extends right into the sea.

Landslip between West Bay and Eype

At school I remember doing something on the Cinque Ports and learning that New Romney was no longer a port because a storm caused the harbour to silt up. Since thenI have always been fascinated by

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I think I have chosen one of my new sites

I think I have chosen one of my “new” sites, Cuckmere Haven, Sussex. It is right under the Seven Sisters and somehow I have missed that section of coast from Beachy Head to Seahaven. To be honest I have not really “done” Newhaven and barely explored Eastbourne either. So, it’s a dramatic section of coast not far from one of my “old” sites so I can compare and contrast!

I am also seriously considering the Kent coast for another site. There are places I have not visited and it will be an interesting comparison to the Essex coast.

Cliff fall horror on Jurassic coast

Yesterday I was saddened to hear that a landslip near Burton Bradstock, on my home stretch of coast, caused the death of a young woman. The cliffs are always subject to erosion and the heavy rains recently would have added to the stresses in the rocks. A similar fall happened a couple of months back: not so massive but leaving a similar shape. On that occasion no one was hurt and I often marvel that there are so few injuries along this very unstable coast. The beach and stretches of the coast path are closed while geological inspections are carried out to assess the safety risks. More information

There has been a series of large landslides recently: there

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Coast Unearthed

I went to the Private View of Coast Unearthed at Bridport Arts Centre last evening. This latest show in the Allsop Gallery features work by Jeremy Gardiner and Amanda Wallwork interpreting the geology of the Jurassic Coast. In 2009 Amanda curated an interesting exhibition called Mapping the Jurassic Coast, which looked at Dorset’s coast from a linear perspective, this new exhibition of paintings and prints examines the rocks and strata that form the hidden landscape of this unique coastline.

I was particularly keen to see Jeremy’s monoprints as I am likely to use monoprint techniques in the Tidelines project and the subject being the coast … well! I found these vertical images very interesting with a wealth of textural riches

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What will be my new beaches and why?

I have been thinking a lot about the reasons I have chosen my target beaches from the past and pondering what the “rules” should be for choosing my new sections of coastline. From the outset all those years ago I think a key theme was to discover what makes those places special for me and what was it that caught me about them from the start.

Clearly some places are embedded in my history: the section from Leigh to Southend was my childhood-to-teens local coastline. My Nanna lived with my Uncle Ted in his house overlooking the estuary at Leigh and my Auntie Lil lived in Southend. It was an easy bus or train ride to either from my childhood

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Sebald and Shingle Street

I am reading Sebald’s Rings of Saturn at the moment and I went to an evening celebrating Sebald at Bridport Arts Centre last Sunday. I had to go because I had read in Roger Deakin’s Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, “Read Sebald and you can never look at the landscape in the same way again.” I ordered the book and within hours had an email from a friend telling me of the Sebald evening. No brainer really!

It was an interesting evening featuring a wonderfully frank and irreverent lecture on Max Sebald’s life and work from Uwe Schüte and a screening of Grant Gee’s Patience – After Sebald introduced by Gareth Evans.

The evening was started off with a reading

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Charmouth wander

This morning I escaped to Charmouth. I’d been planning a walk for the project there for a few days and today looked good and I wanted to get away from the builders chipping away at our garden stone wall which is being repaired. I hoped for peace and maybe a few fossils. But at Charmouth fossil hunters were chipping away at rocks! Probably more fossils in our wall than on the beach today.

The recent train has brought down a lot of mudslides and there was plenty of splattering still going on. While I was in the studio yesterday doing dribble paintings the mud was painting green-grey scribbles down the beach.

Liquid clay flowing across the beach at Charmouth

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Lots of vegetation on the tideline at West Bay

I spent most of the day in the studio working mostly on Tidelines ideas: painting tidelines and beaches, in particular working on some ideas from a recent walk on Cogden Beach. The sea most and soaking drizzle of the morning gradually cleared and the evening was gorgeously warm and bright so I had a quick walk on east Beach at West Bay then back round the harbour.

West Bay this evening

The tide was well up, an hour and a half before high water, and getting near to the rocks of the wave-cut platform in places. There was a lot of flotsam, vegetation of a reedy nature, so the tide line was thick and the waves left overlapping subsidiary

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Irish advice

My friend Francesca let me have a copy of this picture she took on a trip to west Ireland. This is the sort of information we should all be familiar with.

How long will your litter last in the sea?

Beaches so far

I have been giving my choice of beaches some thought and have decided exactly on the “from the past” category. Going clockwise round the coast of England and Wales these sites are:

Holkham Bay, Norfolk and the sands each way: towards Wells-next-the-Sea in the east and west towards Overy Creek Shingle Street, Suffolk and the beach south towards Bawdsey Leigh-on-Sea to Southend, Essex: specifically from Leigh station to the Kursaal Brighton beach from Brighton Pier past the Marina (not there in the old days!) towards Ovingdean Marazion, Cornwall – east from the village to about Long Rock Broad Haven and Little Haven, Pembrokeshire The Lavan Sands off Llanfairfechan, Conwy

As I have intimated, the Jurassic Coast from Charmouth to Cogden

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