Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Thursday, 6 December 2007

spring tides and missing cliffs

The past few weeks have seen mammoth changes to the beach at Withow Gap. Normally at this time of year, sand on the upper beach is scrapped back revealing the smooth, slippery grey clay, however, this year we seem to have a reverse of all things normal. And so it is that now, in December, the sand has never been so high. Ten feet of vertical, peaty cliff have been buried under tons of fine sand. Now, today, instead of a scramble down into Withow Gap, clutching wildly for anything to stop you ending up slipping ignominiously in the peaty morass & looking to all intents and purposes as though you have been mud wrestling, it is a case of a gentle, elegant hop, down on to the soft sand, maintaining ones decorum! l feel quite sorry for the summer visitors, clad in light summer shoes totally unsuitable for mud paddling, blame the ancient lake god's!

The Sand Dumping might be good news for walkers but it does bring other problems, the drain is now blocked and water is back tracking up the dyke, causing the water table to rise in the low part of the field, turning it once more into the kettlehole lake of days gone past. Great for wading birds. Flocks of redshanks, lapwing & greenshanks plus loads of small waders prodding the peaty soil for a meal! So far that makes 2 interesting results of the high sandy bit, now for the down side.... each spring tide has seen the sea come up over the 'cliff' top strewing flotsam & jetsam ever where and of course hastening coastal erosion.

Finally, the dog. Lucy-Piglet. We have a positive diagnosis. It is a post esophageal stricture. L-P is currently residing at the Animal Health Trust clinic near Newmarket under going treatment and with any luck she will be back here in a week. Gordon is bereft

9 comments:

Milla said...

Best wishes to your dog. Purplecooers do seem to be having a bad time with theirs recently and I do hope yours recovers quickly.

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

I wonder how much of the cliff the sea will take with it when it rakes back the sand?

Hope LP is dong well, better give Gordon a treat poor thing!

ChrisH said...

I'm so looking forwards to a leisurely catch up with your blogs when (if) I ever finish my rewrite. In the meantime hope LP recovers soon.

Preseli Mags said...

Fascinating to read about the beach and how lovely to have a lake full of wading birds! Best wishes to LP for a speedy recovery.

Casdok said...

Yes best wishes to your dog. And must be lovely for the birds!

Suffolkmum said...

That's so interesting to read about the beach. Best wished to LP for a speedy recovery.

Cait O'Connor said...

Hope your dog is soon better. The sightings of those seabirds must be wonderful.

bodran... said...

Hello just having a catch up.. hope doggies ok xx and hows the kitchen coming on finished i bet xx

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Thanks for the geography lesson. Sounds like your boots weren't so muddy after all! Peaty morass? Mine feels that way after the Friday night curry!

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