Bulverhythe Beach, which lies between Hastings and Bexhill, is the site of an old wreck and a prehistoric forest. They can only be seen a low tide however so I didn’t photograph those, no doubt I will return to do so.
Ventnor is a pretty little town on the south of the Isle of Wight. There are cafes and tapas bars overlooking a small sandy beach. In the right weather it’s almost possible to imagine that you are somewhere Mediterranean.
This morning wasn’t like that,Â a stiff wind was blowing and the air was chill after the rain in the night. There was hardly a soul around at 8 in the morning, apart from a dog walker, a runner and a dismounted biker having a smoke whilst watching the sun rise. It’s oddly pleasant to share a great sunrise with strangers, being among a select few witnesses to the beginning of a new day.
If you type Pioneer NN200 into Google you can find many – photos – of – this – boat. I was quite suprised at first, I was only looking to see if I could find some information about it. I shouldn’t have been suprised really, as it’s impressively battered and with it’s bright colours it is a draw for a photographer.
All of the pictures on Google show Pioneer on the beach, so I’m pleased that this one is different to those. On this day it was waiting around, having just been launched. For those that are interested, most Hastings Fishing Fleet boats are registered RX for Rye. This one was registered at Newhaven.
I like this picture for a few reasons, particularly the rubber gloves on the end of the poles and the reflection of the sun on the water where it laps at the harbour arm.
I’ve always liked this view across Rye Bay. It was taken from Rye Harbour, where the River Rother meets the sea. There is something about DungenessÂ Power StationÂ sitting on the shore that has always drawn my eye to it.
It has a presence. The power it represents. The threat.
Living just 20 miles from it, my dad said it wasn’t worth worrying about whether it would ever explode as we would never know anything about it. Death would come quick. I was a child. I worried about it.
That was before Chernobyl.
Has there ever been a problem, we would have known about it. Death wouldn’t have been quick at all. It would have been slow, taking everything you know and love.
Only if the wind had been blowing in the wrong direction though.
I don’t worry about it now I’m grown up.
The light and clouds on this morning provided the view of Rye Bay and Dungeness Power Station with a suitably dramatic tone.
This was taken on a dull, grey morning.
I’d taken several dull, grey photos and was beginning to feel slightly dull and grey too.
Luckily, a break in the clouds over the channel highlighted by the rising sun meant the early start and car journey wasn’t completely wasted.
It’s a sad sight a the moment but there is hope for Hastings Pier after the fire that nearly destroyed it. After a great deal of campaigning, the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) have secured a round 1 pass for an Â£8.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, including Â£357k in development funding.
Â£8 million of that will be spent restoring and repairing the iron structure.
Although a resident of the town for all of my life, I can probably count the number of times I visited the Pier on one hand. There was nothing there of interest to me, just standard tourist tat and arcades.
I think they should put a quality restaurant at the end of it, with huge windows so that diners can enjoy the views of the sea and town. I’d probably go there from time to time they did that.
The plans for the Pier according to the HPWRT website are to “restore the Hastings pier to its former glory as the â€˜Peerless Pierâ€™, iconic of the British seaside, providing all year round family activities and leisure, including traditional and vintage seaside amusements, an education centre for schoolchildren to learn about the past and the future including the environment, and the use of low energy and renewable energy sources which we aim to incorporate into the pier. But also to use the pier for its original Victorian purpose of a healthy Â leisurely Â pastime, â€˜walking on waterâ€™, therefore, our first step will be to make it an inspirational and fun board walk, part of a new a vibrant seafront at White Rock contributing to the social, Economic, cultural and environmental regeneration of Hastings and St.Leonards”.
No mention of a restaurant.
Seagulls, thousands of them. Hunting for food in the low tide like proper birds, which makes a nice change from them pinching their food from toddlers, bins and the ducks in the park.
A breezy day on the beach, with the wind blowing spray from the crest of the waves. Hastings Harbour Arm provides the backdrop. Click on the picture to view a larger version in Flickr.