Chalk cliff flowers

Flowers in the chalk cliff

7 Day Nature Challenge. Day 4

I was walking along the chalk cliffs near Brighton, noticed these flowers growing out of a ledge and thought how miraculous nature can be.

The lovely Joanne from Coffee Fuels My Photography invited me to the 7 Day Nature Challenge, and I urge you to join too.

~ Spotted Cow

 

Belle Tout lighthouse

Belle Tout lighthouse on the cliff's edge

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a lighthouse, the Belle Tout Lighthouse at Beachy Head is only an hour & a half train ride to Eastbourne from London. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1902 because it wasn’t visible on foggy nights and it now runs as a b&b. In fact, it was moved back from the cliff edge in 1999 and the rails are in place if it has to be moved further back one more time.

There are spectacular 360° views from the communal top floor. Out to the east, is the working Beachy Head lighthouse down at sea level. And over to the west are the Seven Sisters cliffs – we walked 4 of the 7 before the ups & downs got the better of us, plus we had to walk back !

It was an amazing pre-Christmas weekend and we felt very special staying in the lighthouse. Didn’t everyone want to live in a lighthouse when they were children?

~ Spotted Cow

View east to Beachy Head lighthouse

View west to the Seven Sisters

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

View of Seven Sisters from the beach

Now. The view of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs from the beach at Birling Gap on the East Sussex coast. I went down there for a long weekend getaway before Christmas.

The cliffs erode about 0.3 to 0.7 metres every year – that’s one to two ruler lengths – which means that houses have had to be demolished or buildings have had to be moved back from the cliffs edge over the years.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

~ Spotted Cow

Getting a better view of the Seven Sisters

Birling Gap

3. Just Smile

Chalk drawings on the wall

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge

Picture 3/Story 3

In the last post I told you about the walk I did under the chalk cliffs at Brighton. You are constantly reminded that they are chalk cliffs because the sea wall is punctuated with sequences of graffiti and drawings that people have made with loose white stones lying around. I came across this one that says “Just Smile’ and it instinctively made me smile ! So I took a picture.

~ Spotted Cow

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo (It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph) and then nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Do try it !

2. Under the chalk cliffs

Beneath the chalk cliffs

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge

Picture 2/Story 2

I discovered a lovely walk that starts from the Brighton Marina, which runs along the sea wall and under the chalk cliffs for about 4½km to the village of Saltdean. Not many people seem to know about it and it’s a lovely respite from the tourist crowds.

The white limestone cliffs against the rest of the monochromatic landscape is beautiful. The exceptional feature about it is that there is a motorway above the cliff and you cannot see or hear it. Walking along the path, you might imagine cows and fields. This is even more impressive if you realise that the cliffs are continually eroding and the road sits right on top of it. I kept looking up to see if I would witness a Mini and a bit of cliff hurtling toward the sea. In the event, nothing happened and I lived to tell the tale.

If you want to look it up, the walk is descriptively called the Brighton Undercliff Walk.

~ Spotted Cow

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo (It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph) and then nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Do try it !