Cabin envy in inhospitable landscape

These cabins have been chosen for their position and as you can see they start with just a friendly boulder alongside and get gradually more and more inhospitable. These are shelters for intrepid explorers on treks through Norway and Croatia all from Cabin Porn.


Folgefonna glacier. Christian Reitan



Lofoten, Norway, David Hugo Cabo


Croatia Nicola Grabar

Croatia, Nicola Grabar

finally I came across this on tumblr, I have a fear of heights and added to that the angle of the floor looks like a definite case for vertigo.

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Throw away

Here in the UK we have become a throw away nation although I’m sure its the same wherever you are and the amount of stuff that isn’t getting recycled is out of hand. Today, it seems that plastic pollution is a worthy news item, with our government looking at a 25 year plan to eliminate plastic including the 25p carrier bag tax across the board, plastic free supermarket aisles and a tax on take away coffee cups.


on the A361 North Devon

Since the new year I’ve had to make a couple of long journeys, one to Oxfordshire and one to the other side of Devon – North Devon, but that alone takes two hours because of the twisty cross country roads and what with fog and frost and starting the journey first thing I decided to stick to the main motorways. It’s quite visible how much waste is on the motorway verges yet as the route gets more rural the lack of waste is noticeable, in fact the only thing you see is road kill. On a ten mile stretch of the A361 from South Molton to Barnstaple I counted 25 dead pheasants on the roadside; had I been so inclined I could have picked most up and sold them on as braces. Yet as we come into the outskirts of towns or close to services you start to see the throw away culture, quite literally as most of the waste looks like it’s come from being lobbed out of a vehicle window.


For new year I treated myself to a reusable eco coffee cup and I love using it, plus I get money knocked off the price of the coffee for bringing my own mug, well certainly in the large company I used. Now, I personally don’t have a coffee habit although I know someone who does, so him indoors got one too!! I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel, I know it’s a small act and there’s a certain smugness about it and one coffee cup may not have an impact at all but the feel good factor is a start for a more plastic aware 2018.

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Cabin Envy Penguins

While here in the UK we currently have Storm Eleanor blowing across the country and I keep checking outside to see if anything has blown away I also take comfort in looking at these pictures.  Both are shelters, the first in Antartica and the second in Tasmania, both have penguins as peignoirs and both are sourced from Cabin Porn.


Research cabin, Antarctica, Joshua Shapiro


Shelter at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island , Tasmania, Jeff Kauffman



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winter sun


Winter sun over Rame Head.

Merry Christmas to all my Sea Field View followers, here’s to 2018 where, hopefully, my posts will be more positive about plastic pollution and the health of our seas.

Have a wonderful holiday season and see you on the other side.


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Cabin Envy bothy



This is Sweeney’s Bothy which can be found on the Hebridean island of Eigg, apparently Britain’s most eco-friendly island, well so says The Guardian. The bothy comes with fair trade bedding and towels; a wool duvet and mattress topper; organic & biodegradable toiletries and cleaning products [compost loo], plus it generates its own electricity.

Sweeney’s Bothy is one of three that are part of The Bothy Project, providing week long residencies. This happens for six months of the year and the other six months they are available for public rental. If you book the bothy you get picked up from the ferry and returned, after what must be a completely secluded break.

It reminds me of these Nordic cabins for artists I posted a while back

A friend sent me a link to some cabins in Wales just as I was putting together this post from Scotland, yet there seem to be similarities Here’s the link  – they were all winners of a competition to create cabins based on Welsh traditions.

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Plastic free


Penzance has been awarded Plastic Free Status by Surfers Against Sewage which is fantastic news and hopefully one that will kick start other towns and villages to do the same.

The five targets the project has hit to achieve Plastic Free Coastline Status.

Strategic: Approaching bodies like Penzance Town Council in order to tackle single use plastics at a strategic level

Business: Lobbying and encouraging local businesses to ban single use plastics or switch to sustainable alternatives

Communities: Engaging with and encouraging other communities, groups and organisations to take action on single use plastics

Education: Rolling out ‘Plastic Free Schools’ across Penzance

Positive Action: Holding beach cleans, fundraisers and other awareness raising events.

Surfers Against Sewage have got guidelines for communities that take you through each step so the whole doesn’t feel too large. Some steps are small and simple and ones that we can get behind, it’s about rethinking our throw away plastic culture.

We can start by saying we will buy plastic free Christmas presents and in the new year lets make resolutions that include curbing our use.

We can start by adding our names to online petitions and here is the Avaaz one to end Plastic pollution – click here


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Number One Cornish beach





I found this post on The Cornish Life that had a run down of the top Cornish beaches; in a nutshell different bloggers had sent in their top 5 beaches and the results were put together. Instead of five beaches in the final countdown there were many shared spots, which of course is understandable as people’s preferences are totally subjective. It was interesting to look at them all and nice to know there was only one I hadn’t been to. Most are long sandy beaches [no pebbles for these bloggers] and on a sunny day all could rival anywhere else in the world. Many a time I have looked down at the turquoise waters of [my absolute favourite] Porthcurno from the cliffs above at the Minack theatre and been blown away by the colours of the so so white sand and the green blue water. When teenage son was very young we spent five consecutive summer holidays in a holiday cottage along from the Minack Theatre and loved exploring the different beaches from Porthcurno along the south west coast path around Lands End to Sennen [joint third on the list]. Porthcurno, for anyone interested, came second on the list to be pipped at the post by Gyllngvase in Falmouth, known as Gylly by the locals. We happened to be there on the August bank holiday earlier this year, one of the sunniest days of the summer, and it was packed. This beach is so easy to access and there’s a choice of restaurant and cafe plus calm sea for swimming. It really did feel like the south of France when we were there. Funnily enough we had to return the following weekend for a totally unrelated reason and the weather had turned. Wet and windy with a sea mist we braved a walk along the front only passing dog walkers. Such a difference but so nice when you have the beach pretty much to yourselves.




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