Thursday, July 13, 2017

Death on the Beach


 No, not my death (again)
  Although we would forgive you for thinking it as we haven't been around much lately.
 Death. You know, tall chap, on the gaunt side, wears black and carries a scythe? Well, anyway, him.
 As it happens, I haven't actually seen him down on the beach myself as he's not really one for sunbathing, but is very good at skinny-dipping
Emaciated-dipping, more like!
 Well, yes, but I know he's been around lately - and not from coming across his rather distinctive footprints in the sand - rather coming across other evidence.
  But before we get to the macabre, lets have some triffids and such:


An array of Common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) growing on the cliffs in Overstrand

The tide's in


Some now wild roses growing on the beach. I suspect they were once in someone's garden until both it and the house fell down the cliff.

A Ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Glassy smooth Overstrand beach

For Dinahmow as she likes a big groyne

End of the line

Cormorants perched on the end of Dinahmow's favourite groyne

"Oh, crap! I spy Death!"

"What did he say?"  "Who?"  "Who's a spy?"

"Oh, no! The shadow of Death is upon us!"

"Let's get out of here!"

"Faster! Fly faster!"

"Byeeeeee!"

"Wait a minute...  That's not Death. They're Triffids!!!"

"Eeek! I hope they don't find me under this stone."

A victim. Although, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, I don't know.

Another victim. I think this was a curlew, with a slight possibility of being a whimbrel.


Oh, deer... (Mundesley is only a few miles away from Overstrand)
The Vos Grace keeping an eye on things.

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 That's it beach-wise for now.  When we return, we shall address the topic of tin foil that has cropped up in the comments lately.  You might want to make sure you have plenty in stock!

 

24 comments:

  1. Was this Death Beach? How odd there is a deer. But deer are a common sight in Fire Island. The poor thing. I love that you have wild orchids there too. Your pictures are stunning as always. I too haven't been around .....still getting caught up from recent travels abroad. Abroad...not broad.

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    1. The deer was certainly a surprise. As was the curlew, actually. Normally the most we have to deal with are fish and seaweed.

      Your photos are wonderful - magnificent architecture, in particular!

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  2. Oh dear,not your usual happy saunter along the beach!But the orchids are lovely.
    And you've just reminded me that my roll of tin foil has almost run out...

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    1. I was very surprised to find the orchids - and so many of them, too. I can't believe I've never noticed them before (but then I don't tend to venture too close to the cliffs, usually).

      Kitchen consumables prompting is all part of the service :)

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  3. I hope you had venison à la Lady Addle for dinner after that. I'm fascinated at the survival of a rose after a fall down the cliff!

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    1. There are quite a few garden plants growing on the cliffs and beach - almost all from gardens that are now mostly in the sea!
      After Lady Addle's mushroom mishap I decided not have the venison...

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    2. Sensible chap. That said I was surprised to step out of my door today and find three dead leprechauns and a mermaid, left there by G*ddess knows what strange fate!

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    3. I hope you got rid of that mermaid? We're in for some warm weather and they don't half stink up a wheelie bin if your collection isn't in the next day or so.

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    4. I've stuffed her and hung her from the ceiling. The takeaway over the road took the innards. I think they're calling them doner meat.

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  4. Death, time and ptarmigan and some lovely hemlock to boot. What a great find.

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    1. Both my larder and cauldron are full to the brim, now!

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  5. Yikes! Death takes a holiday on Mr Device's beach!

    PS: Glad you were spared, obv.

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    1. Thanks, LẌ. I'm hoping he scares off all the bloody annoying holidaymakers!

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  6. Holy Moley! This is all so Agatha Christie!! ;) xoxoxo

    (orchids! how lovely!)

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    1. I shall be looking out for Miss Marple on the promenade.

      And thank you for the original "Wooden Ships" over at your place!

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  7. Today I saw two dead hedgehogs and a dead deer on the road.

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    1. That would make quite the casserole!

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  8. Loads of death on my lanes.... a crow the other day, which is unusual as they are canny creatures. And then, as tends to happen, the crow was eaten from the inside out which left a pillow of feathers that blew away in the wind.
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    1. Miss Scarlet, that is very poetic. In an Adams Family sort of way.

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    2. I KNOW!!! I thought that after I'd posted it..... I think it was the inclusion of the 'as tends to happen' that made it so. I am quite proud.
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    3. P.S Did you not blog this week, Mr Lax? If not, then I think I am sort of up to date with most of my blogging.
      Sx

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    4. I thought it was poetic, too, Wednesday. Uh, I mean, Ms Scarlet.

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    5. Miss Scarlet, Not yet, but in the works. I've run out of topics lately. Got any spare memes?

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    6. Mr Lax.... I am going to try one of those Mystery Photograph posts, maybe tomorrow... I already have the photograph, so that's a start!!!
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