Saturday, 27 August 2016

SEAHAM MARINA BEACH .. (YES THAT ONE WITH THE SLIPWAY.) BEACH NO. 34 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR YEAR.

AN EVENING WALK
A VEGGIE BURGER IN AN EXCELLENT NEARBY CAFE
AND A NEW BEACH TO MY TOTAL OF  52

AN UNUSUAL INNER PIER.

BELT AND DOOR.

BEACH BOUY.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

24 AUG 2016- SEATON CAREW

A HOT SUMMER TEA TIME WALK. THE BREEZE OFF THE SEA WAS SO REFRESHING.

NOT A LOT OF FINDS TONIGHT.

BEACH BUOY.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

SEATON SANDS 15-08-16

My mates take a break from our #2minutebeachclean
carrying a lobster pot the full length of the beach from North Gare to Seaton Carew Village.

The Sun is setting over the village.

That's the last of the three...

BEACH BUOY.
:-)

Sunday, 14 August 2016

SEATON SANDS 14-08-16

An Evening walk; now becoming earlier and earlier as already, the nights are closing in. We are losing about 15 minutes a week as Autumn starts to stretch and yawn. A lone metal detectors scans the Beach hoping to cash in on someone else's misfortune.....

This pipe is a good guide to the sand movement .
Most of the time it is completely buried.
Sometimes it stands proud of the sands by maybe 150mm or so, today it is more like 900mm. If you take that amount of sand off for the full beach length, then the amount of sand moved is spectacular.

Another Lilac piece of glass.

Finds...

Another Lobster Pot to the collection; picked as part of my #2minutebeachclean ... a bottle and balloons too.

BEACH BUOY.

SEATON SANDS, HARTLEPOOL 13-08-16.

Many different types of clouds in the 360 degree world.
Here are the ones above the dunes at Seaton Carew.

Saltburn in the distance; so often bathed in an evening sun glow.

"There's a dark cloud upon the horizon,
And plenty of trouble in store..."
two lines from one of the songs I wrote years ago.

My Bay.

A Grumpy looking piece of beach clay, or maybe The Hartlepool Monkey?

Finds.

Going to be given to my mate with a Sunderland collection and connection.

#2minutebeachclean
carried about 2 miles with a 
reluctant dog in tow.

BEACH BUOY.
:-)

SEATON SANDS, HARTLEPOOL 12-08-16

The tide was well out and the colours were pale.

Summer and not many people about.

Lots of seaweed had been deposited on the beach lately.

Various finds from the beach .

#2minutebeachclean



Beach Buoy.
:-)


Thursday, 11 August 2016

SEATON SANDS. 11-08-16.

A lone fisherman stands hopefully at the turning tide.

Three as new crab pots, they had tags with contact number.
I phoned them , it was a Kingston -upon - Hull number.
The lady asked for the tag numbers.

Hopefully some fishermen  local  to Hartlepool can collect the pots for the Hull fishermen.

Today's Seaton Carew finds.


BEACH BUOY.

MIDDLETON BEACH , HARTLEPOOL. 11 - 08 - 16.

The tide was low.
Sea coal gatherers were on the beach.
They drag the top layer of sea coal into piles in readiness for a shovel  to pick up truck collection.
More piles can be seen in the distance.

A work of art ?

This large chunk of sea glass is circular.
It would have been over 300mm in diameter and is over 20mm thick, which lead me to think it could be off  a lighthouse?

The rest of the Middleton finds....

Beach Buoy.

TOP TEN BEACH FINDS ... No. 7

Number Seven of my top ten beach finds was found on North Gare Beach at the mouth of the River Tees.
It was low tide as I crossed the sands.
I saw what I thought was a machine cog in the buried in the sand.
In fact it was the end of the knife , just sticking proud of the sand.
I pulled on the "Cog." and the knife appeared like 
excalibur, but from the sand ... not a stone.
It stays in the house, it's not the type of thing you would take out.... but I do like the shark-like design.

BEACH BUOY.

MY GREAT GRANDAD AND THE AMERICAN .....

WHILST DOING MY FAMILY HISTORY
I CAME ACROSS A LINK TO THE AMERICAN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
IN CONNECTION WITH MY GREAT GRANDFATHER 
WILLIAM GRAINGER S.G.M.
THE LIBRARY HAVE A LARGE COLLECTION FROM AN AMERICAN CALLED
 JAMES MADISON CARPENTER.
HE TOURED AND COLLECTED FOLK SONGS, PLAYS AND THE LIKE.
IT APPEARS HE MET WILLIAM
AND OBTAINED 
THE ROAD RHYME FOR HARTLEPOOL
ALTHOUGH IT DOES SEEM TO END UP AT THE RIVER TYNE.
ALTHOUGH IT IS CALLED ROAD , THIS JUST MEANT THE ROUTE THE SHIPS TOOK..
THERE IS A GRAET DEAL ABOUT THE INTERNET ABOUT THE COLLECTION.
IT SEEMS CARPENTER WOULD SIT AND TYPE WHAT HE HE WAS TOLD; TWO LINES AT A TIME.
THERE ARE MISTAKES; STRANGE NAMES TO AMERICAN EARS AND HE JUST TYPED WHAT HE HEARD.
I THINK I HAVE SORTED THEM OUT.
THE ROAD RHYME IS THE SITES TO LOOK OUT FOR ON LAND AS THEY SAILED BACK TO THE NORTH FROM LONDON.
THE FOLKLIFE CENTER AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS KINDLY GAVE ME PERMISSION TO USE THE IMAGE  IN THE PAST FOR MY FAMILY TREE SITE.
I HAVE INCLUDED IT HERE
LINE 2...SWIN.(AT THE MOUTH OF THE THAMES;WEST SWIN,EAST SWIN AND SWIN SPITWAY.

LINE 4.. LINN COULD BE KING'S LYNN.

LINE 5 ...DUDGEON ; THERE WAS A DUDGEON LIGHTSHIP. ALSO SPURN COULD BE SPURN HEAD.

LINE 8...FAR OR NIGH , COULD BE FAR ON HIGH,

LINE 10... NOR THE LEA COULD BE NORTHERLY.

LINE 11... HENTCLIFF COULD BE HUNTCLIFF.

LINE 13... HARTLEY POOL IS HARTLEPOOL .. A BITE IS A BAY.

LINE 14... SEHAM IS SEAHAM.

LINE 15... SOULER IS SOUTER LIGHTHOUSE.

IN MY FAMILY RESEARCH I MADE CONTACT WITH A RELATIVE WHO LIVED WITH WILLIAM AS A CHILD.
THE RELATIVE,S MIDDLE NAME WAS WILLIAM ; NAMED AFTER WILLIAM GRAINGER ; HIS GRANDFATHER.
I ASKED IF HE EVER REMEMBERED AN AMERICAN COMING TO THE HOUSE IN A LITTLE CAR; WHICH BACK THEN  WOULD HAVE BEEN ODD.
HE SAID HE DID REMEMBER AND WENT ON TO SAY HIS GRANDFATHER TOOK CARE OF A BOAT FOR THE AMERICAN WHILST HE WAS AWAY ON HIS TRAVELS
COLLECTING FOLK HISTORY.
THE BOAT WASN'T PAINTED BUT VARNISHED HE TOLD ME. IT WAS SIMILAR TO A COBLE BUT WITH A MUCH SQUARER AFT.
HE SAID IT WAS SOLD TO ONE OF THE PORT'S PILOTS WHEN CARPENTER RETURNED TO AMERICA.
I TOLD THE LIBRAY OF CONGRESS THE STORY OF THE BOAT AND I DON'T THINK IT WENT DOWN TOO WELL , I THINK IT IS TOUGHT HE TRAVELLED WIDELY RATHER THAN STAY ANYWHERE LONG ENOUGH TO GO TO THE EXPENSE  OF BUYING A BOAT.
I SUPPOSE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER AMERICAN WITH A BOAT AT THAT TIME WHO PAID MY GREAT GRANDFATHER TO LOOK AAFTER IT FOR HIM WHILST HE WAS ON HIS TRAVELS?
BUT IT SEEMS ODD THE ONLY RECORD OF HIS STAY IN HARTLEPOOL IS A ROAD RHYME FROM MY GREAT GRANDAD; WILLIAM GRAINGER S.G.M.1864- 1946

HERE'S WILLIAM RINGING THE FOG BELL ON HARTLEPOOL PIER IN THE 1930'S.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

10 AUGUST 2016 SEATON SANDS.

The Sun was bright but it was a silver bright not the gold glow of a sunset.
It was an early morning walk in shorts !
Caves see more sun than my legs.
The sea was about an hour from high tide and fingers of sea reached in, trying to wipe slate the clean of yesterday's story of footprints, to leave a blank canvas for today's collection of beachcombers, joggers and dog walkers.

The roar of the Sea was accompanied  by the rumble of the beach cleaning machine; like the incoming sea, the driver was creating  a  blank canvas for  the day.
Rust Coloured Jellyfish punctuated the beach along it's length.


A lonely summer dress danced in the breeze to the sounds of the Sea.
I sat and watched the sea for a while, the strong smell of seaweed filled the air and my head; as always it reminded me of Douglas in the Isle of Man. I decided to have a paddle on the way back... the first time in years.
Two groups of women ; walking in opposite directions, collide and stop to talk to each other as do their small yappy dogs.

I did a #2minutebeachclean on the way back,
it included a bald tennis ball ; scalped by the sea.
The was very little sea glass or pottery as it was almost high tide.

The dog had a paddle too and was worn out.

Beach Buoy.