East Coast Storm SurgeOn the east coast of England the recent storm surge affected hundreds of seals and hit right in the middle of pupping. Now the RSPCA is looking after over one hundred seal pups in their East Winch sanctuary in Norfolk. Sadly hundreds of seals were lost in the storm. More on this from the BBC website and Friends of Horsey Seals
At Hemsby seven cliff tops homes were damaged or washed off the sandy cliffs. Some people have lost their only home whilst others using them as holiday homes have not lost quite so much.
The RSPB has been badly affected by the storm surge and Snettisham, Havergate and Dingle nature reserves have received the worst damage. Blacktoft Sands, Saltholme and Titchwell have also suffered. In an email from the RSPB a few days ago, this is what they said "The devastation to some of our nature reserves has been immense, and as I write this we're still not sure of the full impact"
The Great Gale of 1866In Brixham we have a story about The Great Gale of 1866 which hit one night in January.
"The fishing boats only had sails then and could not get back into harbour because gale force winds and the high waves were against them. To make things worse, the beacon on the breakwater was swept away, and in the black darkness they could not determine their position.
According to local legend, their wives brought everything they could carry, including furniture and bedding, to make a big bonfire on the quayside to guide their men home.
Over fifty vessels were wrecked and more than one hundred lives were lost in the storm; when dawn broke the wreckage stretched for nearly three miles up the coast. Hearing of this tragedy, the citizens of Exeter gave money to set up what became the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Brixham Lifeboat in 1866. Now known as Torbay Lifeboat Station"
Extract above from the History of Brixham at
A Quiet TimeWhat a storm we've just had! I'm surprised the house is still standing-but we've had worse. Wind gusts recorded at Berry Head at just after 5pm today were 66 mph and the rain fell so fast we had 6 mm in an hour by 6pm. This was much worse that Hurricane Jude, which more or less missed us recently. It's all quiet now.
Sorry I've not been active on the blog recently and out and about with my camera. I had a minor operation just after Dartmouth by Candlelight and had to take it easy for a week or two. I'm not good at keeping still and have to rest a little bit more for about 4-6 weeks. Which will mean I'll be fit enough to start my keep fit and yoga classes mid January when the new term starts. Unfortunately I'll be really unfit by then and will have to get back into shape gradually.
I hope you are all well and prepared for Christmas what ever you are doing.
Until next time. Have a good weekend