Tuesday, 30 March 2010

My mistake was to think these two are the same plant.

The first one I am told is the butterbur, Petasites hybridus, a native plant that grows in damp places.

This one, part of a group, is growing by the stream in Mundesley.

The second one is Petasites fragrans and is growing on the cliff.
Its common name is Winter Heliotrope and it is from North Africa. The flowers are similar but, as you can see, not quite the same. The heliotrope has some leaves when flowering while the butterbur does not. Neither plant is that common so finding both of them on my patch is rather exciting.

Monday, 29 March 2010

The cliffs where the kestrel is nesting.

I saw one of the pair hunting but could not catch it on camera.

Along the base of the cliff the plants are beginning to grow again and reclaim the sand. A rose is coming though a clump of grass which gives it some protection from the weather.

Not all the rubbish is ours, this bottle has a foreign connection.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Gentle sea this morning.

Not much happening this morning, no driftwood and no interesting rubbish.

A few herring gulls flying around crying as they do, they are the noisy ones. One is sitting on the groyne watching me trying to get a close-up. They are very smart in their spring plumage.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Lesser Celandine flowering on the river bank.

A bee on the wing heading for the wallflower [Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' should you want to know].
Two frogs doing what they do at this time of year.
It is a lovely warm day in the sun, too nice to be indoors.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Blackheaded gulls at the sea edge.

Abstract art, ready made, all I had to do was bring it home .......
As it was five feet by four I left it where it was and just took the photo.

The sea was looking good in the sunshine, I think spring has arrived.
( I also think the small brown bird that I saw in the garden was a garden warbler so it must be spring.)

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Saturday night ........

After dinner conversation has changed or is it a laptop tutorial?
The Beach Hut has become the happy home for geeks.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

A coltsfoot growing though the barren clay

The layers of sand and clay at the bottom of the cliff look like real rock but, if you touch it, it is very soft.

The second 'rock' is just clay but it has some nice layers and colour.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Yet another fishbox.

Is this the rare Butterbur growing on the cliff or something else?
I found a patch of this plant last year growing by the stream and this new find looks very similar. The one by the stream is not flowering at the moment but I think it is still there. Butterbur likes damp ground and the cliff has several small springs in this area so it is a possible habitat.

If you know this plant please let me know what you think.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Low tide and the sand is back.

The first coltsfoot of the season is flowering, at last a real sign of spring.

The tin can was a bit of flotsam, or is it jetsam? Either way, from the label the contents were painted on a ship's bottom.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

A mermaid's purse .....

........ or if you prefer the egg case of a skate. There are quite a few around at the moment so the skate population may be thriving.

The label is for you to work out, could be limited quantity, but of what?

Friday, 12 March 2010

A bit of colour....

Rope comes in many colours and this is a lovely intense blue. I`m not sure what to do with it so I left it for someone else.
If you walk on the beach who knows what you will see or find.

This lid just made me smile.

The oystercatchers were doing what they do and looking very smart in their spring plumage.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Signs of spring?

Celandines on the river bank and ducks on the water .... it`s still grey and cold but there is hope.
From the beach rubbish I like the boxes make great planters.

The oil drum is less appealing; on the other hand if I were into steel bands I`m missing an opportunity.

Friday, 5 March 2010

High tide at Mundesley

Plenty of sea and no beach so I will not be walking this morning.

I could go paddling but I know how cold the sea is now so I`ll wait for the summer.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Anyone for sandcastles?

With any luck the sand will be back for Easter.

The sea has brought in some driftwood, which is great if a little large. This piece looks a bit sad as the metal on the pointed end has rusted into a face.

The plovers are still running around finding food and staying in camera range.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Birds are the order of the day.

A young lesser black backed gull looking rather handsome on the beach.

A pair of plovers on the seawall finding something to eat but don't ask me what.

The local kestrel sitting on the cliff just watching the world go by.

The sun was shining and it was a little bit warmer but not that much.

Monday, 1 March 2010

A bright cold morning.

The sea has taken the sand away and left all the pebbles behind making a long walk hard work.
If the sun stays out I will take a proper walk this afternoon. It`s a lovely day and a chilly one.