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Not Much Left

By Hop-A-Long  
Yesterday was fun, fun, fun. The wind was pretty horrendous where I live and I have a tarpaulin tied over my polytunnel giving it a little extra protection from the winter. Yesterday saw it break its moorings in the wind. Yesterday saw me nearly become part of a tarpaulin/human kite. Just as I was getting the ropes tied back down a huge gust would arrive and snatch the whole sheet out of my hand, if I did manage to keep hold of it I was transported part way across the garden.
Then to top it all the wind got under my jacket and shirt just as I was in the most awkward of positions, like a big balloon they inflated, raised above my head and then deflated covering my eyes. It was the first time I have ever done rope threading through the fence and tying a knot blindfolded in my life, it was fine until I let the now tied rope go only to find a beautiful knot attached to thin air, the rope unthreaded itself from the fence and away it went again, only this time it had a tight knot in the middle of it that now required undoing.
I eventually got the tarpaulin secured and headed into the house for a cuppa and to check my hair in the mirror, not one out of place, amazing, having very short hair really does save on work you know.
I sat down to enjoy my well deserved cup of tea when I heard a bang come from the back of the house. Rather disgruntled that my liquid refreshment was being disturbed I went to investigate. I had opened the window in our now spare bedroom to give it some fresh air. I swear my son is a vampire, the place was dark and dingy after he moved out, it was like the curtains and window had never been opened. Anyway, the window had been violently blown wide open which had removed one side from its runners, great, its a good job I live in a bungalow. Outside I went into the wind and now rain to wrestle with the window. After about 20 minutes of huffing and puffing it was finally back in place, repaired and shut tight.
My tea was now cold. As I poured it down the sink I wiped the tears from my eyes, it's never nice saying goodbye to a good friend. I made another cuppa to help me get over my distress.
Thankfully the rest of the day went by uneventfully.

Todays upload was taken a while ago on a visit to Chemical Beach in Seaham. This is some of the remains left from the mining that went on there years ago. It is all slowly being consumed by the sea and will eventually be gone forever.

I hope you like this, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Tags: Beach Coal Decay Chemical Worn Erosion Mining Seaham Landscape and travel

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 4:26PM
What wonderfully coloured stones on this beach SmileSmile
A great pov and capture Andy SmileSmile

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Feb 2013 4:31PM
Caught in beautiful light, Andy, a fine image. Love your tarp tale, if only someone from ePZ had been there to capture you on camera Wink Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
1 Feb 2013 4:55PM
It's like 3 sentinals standing watch! The light and composition work so well. What a trying day you had! You more than earned that final cuppa but thanks for making me laugh aloud!

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 5:15PM
Ghosts of County Durham's past...
Did you see the Coal Coast exhibition, photography by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, at the Baltic when it first opened? I recommend the book if you can find it.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
1 Feb 2013 5:27PM
Great narration, lovely unpretentious shot!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:03PM
"If only images could talk?". A great image full of real life history and heritage.

Regards Nathan Grin

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:20PM
Very nice and an interesting story to go with it.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 Feb 2013 6:38PM
A great set up for a spooky beach picture--- love that low lying fog out there over the water!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Feb 2013 7:53PM
The texture of the shingle contrasts well with the long exposure sea, Andy. A lovely balanced and historical capture.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 7:55PM
There is something sad but inevitable about coastal erosion. I can't say I have been to Seaham, but last autumn we went to Happisburgh in Norfolk where a large digger stands permanently at the ready to construct new ramps down to the beach after every landslip. The atmosphere is like one single, long-drawn-out sigh . . . The irresistible power of the wind and the waves . . .

Nice one, Andy.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 8:39PM
Nice bit of sunlight on the pebbled beach, with a great sky, well composed shot - the added interest of the 3 posts are a welcome addition
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 8:21AM
A rather bleak and well composed seascape but that's not to say it isn't beautiful. And a very funny tale to start my day!
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 9:47AM
Super image, great composition and pov love it Smile


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