#ScenicSaturday 16/July/22

Soft chalk, laid down over millennia by the shells of billions and billions of sea creatures, curves out into the North Sea to form Flamborough Head. Time has brought the tides and storms to crash against the land and break the white stone off to form the beach below. On top, the layer of clay and soil remains a fertile medium to grow crops and graze livestock. Slowly, the restless waves wash away the cliffs, forming caves to collapse and give back the land to the hungry sea. As those tides rise and storms grow more fierce how many more years before the barrier is cut away?


Daily posts on natural beauty are hard to sustain if I’m to get on with my normal writing, so I’ve opted for a weekly one. Sometimes, they’ll include sympathetic built structures, and sometimes I’ll add words. I hope you’ll continue to comment, like, and share so we spread the joy of natural beauty to as many people as possible. It just might persuade some to join the cause and fight to stop the coming climate emergency and species extinction.


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12 thoughts on “#ScenicSaturday 16/July/22

  1. Yes, I understand the differences, having lived in Germany and also having spent a lot of time in the UK when I was growing up. 35-40 is quite normal here for July and August, and our infrastructure is ready for it, including with ac almost everywhere you go. But 46-47? Yikes. That was hot, and we didn’t have humidity. The forest fires were brutal (and lead to landslides and floods when the autumn rains came).

    Of course, now we’re hearing all kinds of concerns about climate change, but we heard that last year, too, and no movement occurred, again. No surprise, really.

    Don’t forget about lukewarm showers or baths or dunking your feet in cool water; moving more slowly, drinking lots, a cool cloth on the back of your neck (keep one in your freezer) – they all can help. Glad to hear that Valerie likes it! Cheers.

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    1. Thanks, Lynette. We had lukewarm showers. As for moving more slowly, my arthritis ensures that! Lots of water consumed from the filtered water we store in re-usable glass bottles in the fridge, and we are taking our walks when the temperature drops each day. Looks as though we’ll be getting back to our normal seasonal temperatures in a day or so, but I expect some peaks and troughs, of course.
      As for the politicians and commerce actually doing something to both accommodate and prevent climate change, that’s not going to happen, with our current system, unless it financially rewards those with the power. And that rather raises the question of how we remove that power from those who fail to deserve it and give it to the people instead. Perhaps the one thing this heatwave has finally done is raise awareness of the reality in many who have previously ignored or denied the science.

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      1. I read a piece in the Globe and Mail about how hard air travel is on our environment and have excerpted it:

        According to the David Suzuki Foundation, fossil-fuel emissions from flights stay in the atmosphere and will continue to warm it for hundreds of years; by 2050, a quarter of all carbon emissions could be from flying. To put things into context: You’d have to drive your car for a year to match the emissions produced from a single flight from Toronto to Barcelona.
        Here’s a link to the entire article:


        I knew that air travel has an enormous impact, but I didn’t realise that it was that much.

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        1. Yes, I’ve always been aware of the carbon contribution of air travel, which is one reason I fly at most only once a year. In fact, we’ve decided we will take no more overseas holidays the require flights. The only flight we may take in the future would be if we needed to visit our daughter in Australia, as that journey cannot be reasonably made in any other way at present. Thanks Lynette, I’ve shared that link on social media so it reaches more people.

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          1. Thanks for sharing the link, Stuart (glad it’s working as G and M usually only guests once or twice and sometimes not at all). I agree that sometimes flying is the only way (I know that extremely well given my work in the north).

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      1. I heard that you are having some extreme heat. Last summer we had about a week of 46-47C (I remember seeing 46° in the shade on my deck). Nasty. I’m thinking about you – I hope you’re able to stay reasonably cool.

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        1. Extreme seems a moveable feast, Lynette, dependent on geographic location. Here in the UK, we have NEVER experienced 40C, our current record stands at 38.7C in Cambridge a few years ago. The problem is that our infrastructure is not designed to cope with high temperatures, only with mild variations of cold and warmth. So, our roads, railways, hospitals, and most homes are not able to accommodate extreme heat. Very few homes or public buildings sport air conditioning, so those who have health issues are in danger of problems once the temperatures rise above normal body temperature, and we have a culture that tends to worship the sun, since our past has left us with so little of it!
          We took the necessary steps – closed curtains on the sunny side of the house, windows opened early morning to let in cool air and then closed when temperatures began to rise, a walk taken in the shade of the forest before the heat became too high. Whilst I have health issues that react poorly to excess heat, Valerie is a ‘fur coat in the Sahara’ gal who loves nothing more than high temperatures! She says of the latest temperature here of 35C ‘It’s just about reaching my level.’

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    1. The area does have a good supply of kelp, Noelle. But I’ve never seen otters here. Sometimes you’ll find a porpoise dipping in the waves, and a little further along the cliffs is a well known bird sanctuary favoured by thousands of sea birds. This is on the east coast of the North Sea. I know there are sea otters on the west of England and Scotland, where the Gulf Stream brings Atlantic warmth with its ready food supply up the coast, though.


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