Life’s a Beach #glorioussuffolk

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We wanted a place to let Dog do his doggy stuff and headed for a small hamlet called Covehithe. It has some eponymous cliffs and a stretch of lovely sand so, well, why not.

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First there’s the ruined church of St Andrew, redolent of mystery tales and ghost stories – well it was until Dog decided to christen Martin Jolly (1813 to 1864) while I was setting up a rather arty shot. Never work with dogs…

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Leaving the church rather more quickly that we intended we scuttled past some snorting pigs – this part of Suffolk is Pig heaven – Big Sow Country if you like – and headed for the beach.

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Southwold, to the South, loomed out of the mist.

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There are reed beds aplenty hereabouts. The seas runs across shingle banks and creates brackish lakes that are nirvana for migrating wildfowl and bird life generally.

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Once over the lip of the marshland though the wind really announced its presence – as you’ll hear in this video clip.

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I managed to capture Dog in mid flight – what has distracted him I wonder?

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One of the things this stretch is well known for is the fallen trees from the cliffs that erode further to the south and wash up here.

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Apparently the land around Covehithe has eroded by 500 metres between 1830 and 2001. They are sometimes made into informal sculptures…

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…. and sometimes they are left to rot away.

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Signs warn you to take care.

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Indeed by now the incoming tide was making itself as present as the wind so we about turned and headed for the car and coffee and cake. Always welcome after a stroll.

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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59 Responses to Life’s a Beach #glorioussuffolk

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    WONDERFUL post, Geoff! What a fabulous place! I am so far from the sea here, for the first time in my life. You just made me realise how much I miss it at times. Iove wild windy beach walks. Your little doggy was having a super time… particularly love that action shot! 😁

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  2. M. L. Kappa says:

    What a lovely post! Quite made my day.

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  3. Judy Martin says:

    I loved this post, Geoff. There is just something about the beach on a windy day. I love the sea and enjoyed the shots of the crashing waves. Loved seeing Dog come legging it into the picture too! I do like a brisk walk along the coast, wrapped up warm, and getting a load of the sea air! Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

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  4. Simon says:

    Nice shots, good to see a local here.

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  5. Miriam says:

    Wonderful post and photos. I share your love of the beach on a wild windswept day. And so does my dog.

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  6. GP Cox says:

    An empty beach gets me to daydreaming! Looks like a wonderful day for you and Dog.

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  7. Isn’t the beach just the most wonderful place to be – no matter the weather you always return invigorated and enlivened and smelling of salty air and just a little crusty …… Great photos and especially Dog in mid run [how did you manage that?] he looks so happy 🙂 That’s an awful lot of birds in the first video and I see Dog even managed a video-bomb in the second one. He’s a clever boy!!

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    • TanGental says:

      Dog take his vanity seriously so tries had to be in every shot! And yes the crunch of waves on shingle is one of the most de-stressing noises I know Lie on a beach and let the cares wash away. As for Dog I mid air, just struck lucky I guess…


  8. The wind-whipped videos and a perfect stroll… whatever distracted Dog, it led to a great shot. 💕

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  9. Mick Canning says:

    A great place, Geoff. You have reminded me that we need to visit there again soon.

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    Glorious, indeed! What a lake full of birds and a beach full of wonder. Dog is handsome in his shots and video appearance (he looked to be saying, “Busy, Dad…”). I had to watch the surf several times. The cliff sign cracked me up, so formal and comprehensive. Over here, we’re like “Danger sliding cliffs.”

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  11. There is no sound like waves on pebbles, that whoosh and ripple. Close your eyes… And Dog is gorgeous.


  12. Sacha Black says:

    Some excellent photos here. I’d rather like to see a post or two from the dogs perspective…. See if he enjoys these wonderful walks as much as you 😋

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  13. Excellent pics and text

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  14. Given we lived near the sea for the last five years this just tells me how much I’m missing it. Those wonderful windy days along the coast are truly refreshing. Toby loves the beach (especially licking the wet sand), so he’ll be as glad to get back to living by the sea as we will.

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  15. Allie P. says:

    Great action shot of the running pooch!

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  16. restlessjo says:

    Ah-ha! Video is what I should have done with my fleeting storks, Geoff, but I seldom think of using my phone with my camera to hand. (note to self for next time 🙂 ) Love the shot of ‘bounding’ dog 🙂 Thanks for joining me again. Happy weekend!

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  17. Gorgeous photos. Absolutely love the ruins but the beach ones are beautiful, too.

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  18. willowdot21 says:

    And then you dry!

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  20. Sherri says:

    Glorious Suffolk indeed…thanks for the reminder, lovely pics and post Geoff 🙂

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