late autumn sunshine

Its been pretty wet and windy recently but when the sun comes out it is still amazingly warm. A quick walk in the sun along the Whitsand cliffs and it catches our shadows at Freathy.

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Cabin envy in the woods

more Autumnal cabins from Cabinology on Tumblr

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A garden cabin

We stayed for a few days at a friends near Brighton and teenage son had the choice of sleeping on the sofa, or his own cabin in the garden. No contest, the cabin has a built in bed and an office area for a laptop and with the weather being unusually warm for the end of October the cabin was not going to be too cold, as the French doors face South so the winter sun was warming the room up all day.image

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The side door entrance found down the bamboo lined path. Perfect for a 16 year old who wants his own space.

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Plymouth Breakwater

Sunday just gone, him indoors and I took ourselves off to the Royal William Yard to take part in a boat trip out to the Plymouth Breakwater. The trip was a three hour round journey with a stop off at the breakwater so we could all get off and walk the mile along. When Plymouth became a major sea base in the seventeenth century the volume of ships increased and with it came an amazing amount of wrecks. Ships were driven into the Plymouth Sound by southerly winds and now the water is scattered with the wreckage. In 1811 work started to create a breakwater to give protection to the Sound, a quarry was opened along the Plym in Oreston to produce the amount of stone needed – around 4 million tons- and it took three years of sinking rock to start to make a difference.

Fifty years later work started on the Breakwater Fort which was armed in 1879 with eighteen rifled guns in armoured casemates to defend the Plymouth Sound.

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Sunday was a dry and clear day with calm waters but just as we boarded word came through from the harbour master that winds were 4 knots higher than should be allowed for disembarking, so we were unable to set foot on the breakwater and follow in the footsteps of the Victorian Plymouthians who would promenade along it for recreation.

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I wanted to see the survival cage up close, a six foot spherical cage on a seventeen foot pole which takes it above the high water mark; this was for stranded seamen to climb into to wait until rescued.

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Here’s the survival cage and beyond the breakwater you can just see the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand and the Cornish cliffs.

For more information about the breakwater and Plymouth Sound and for a closer view of the survival cage visit http://www.cyber-heritage.co.uk/breakwater_in_plymouth_sound/

 

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Cabin envy Autumn

Here’s an autumnal looking cabin envy for you

This is Crystal Mill, an old air compressor station in the Colorado mountains. Photo by Jason Hatfield

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More wrecks in the bay

There was an interesting debate happening on the facebook page of Rame Peninsula Beach Care when they uploaded these photographs. The question is, the remains (above and below) belong to which ship? Sand has been washed away to reveal this relic but people are saying that it was there in the 1970s suggesting that over time sand is washed away and returns in a regular cycle. We notice this at our local beach at Whitsand where, in the summer the sand is flat and solid and then, come winter, it gets swept away to reveal large boulders, only to return as flat sand the next spring.  Some people are suggesting the new  wreck is the Emma Christ whereas others say the remains are of the Chancellor but, as there is a ships boiler a few miles East at the other end of the bay (known locally as Boiler beach) the debate is, which boiler is from which ship.

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The Canteen at Maker

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Chalet guests suggested we took a trip to Maker Canteen for lunch, someone else had pointed us to it when I posted about places to eat out, so we went off and had a wonderful lunch, all locally sourced and catering for all palates. Spectacular views down into Kindsand and Cawsand from the tables outside and great reviews on trip advisor.  I thought it may only be seasonal but according to their facebook page they will be continuing to cater throughout the winter, Tuesday – Sunday 9.30-4pm (though you might need your wellies!) There’s more information about the area and the history on this site run by the Rame Conservation Trust.

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