Tuesday, 8 March 2011

ABC Wednesday - Haverigg

This week's I would like to show part of my north west corner of England.  On the Duddon Estuary sits the village of Haverigg, a place of sea and sand dunes. When the tide is up it laps or crashes (depending on the weather) against the pebbles
Perhaps bringing interesting things from the sea. The bikers were taking in the sun having loaded up with drift wood.  We were coming down from the sand dunes to walk along the beach, when we came back they were struggling to pull their wheeled trailer
 up the banking of pebbles. One very long heave and their task was complete. When the tide retreats there is

a nice long sweep of sand to stroll along. I won't suggest going in the water unless you are one of those year round swimmers. I like it to hit 20 degrees before jumping in, not the 5 it is at the moment.  Perhaps you prefer a boat
down by the harbour, or alternatively pay a visit to the
Harbour Hotel. One of those beers being carried out of the door could be for you.  If its too early for a drink then perhaps call in at
at the Beach Cafe for a meal or a pot of tea, scones and cream.  I dived into the ice cream cabinet and had a ice lolly (a rocket shaped Fab in case you were wondering) to eat sitting by the sea. With irony I say, no need to rush to eat before it melts.   Up on the sea banking is
Josefina de Vasconcellos sculpture "Escape to the Light" pointing towards the sea, a memorial to honour the heroic lives lost on sea rescues in the British Isles. The building in the background houses the  Haverigg Inshore Rescue Team's lifeboat, crewed by volunteers. The dragon in the stone symbolises evil. The man is just within its reach as he escapes to the light. On the other side
nature is fleeing from pollution and extermination. I will end with the words of Vasconcellos which are quoted on the small, battered,sign by the sculpture, started in 1999 and installed here in 2003:-
"Like the first man we stand
barefoot on time's sand...
Courage and wit will keep the body,
but where's the power that can arm a soul
against the dragon who would eat it whole?
With single-minded faith and sight
Cast out the evil and Escape to Light.
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16 comments:

VioletSky said...

An amazing sculptress, this deVasconcellos.

chubskulit said...

Great choice for letter H. Gorgeous shots. I am now your follower Joy.

Have a peek on my letter H, see you.

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Hygiene, hearty treats, and a hat

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very nice pictures And thanks for the beer ;>).... I can't imagine pulling that bike trailer through the sand. Hard work. Thanks for sharing your day at the beach.

Leslie: said...

Wow! I really enjoyed seeing these photos and reading about this place. I love England and everything about it (ancestry, you know). Must remember to try to get up that way next time I'm over.

Leslie
ABCW Team

Sylvia K said...

I do love your photos and I wish I were there -- and, yes, I'll take a beer, too! Beaches are my favorite places to go and spend time -- any time! Terrific post for the H Day! Enjoy your week!!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Inger-M said...

I love these photos! And I also love your part of England...

Roger Owen Green said...

that last pic was the best! tho the driftwood is oddly soothing...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. I liked the sculpture.

Hildred and Charles said...

Great photos, - the sculpture is very impressive as are the words that accompany it.

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful post - love the sculptures and the delightful sights along this tour. Enjoyed your narrative as well.

Paula Scott said...

Wow. Remarkably gorgeous as so many of the places you take us to are!

jabblog said...

There are so many unheralded treasures in these isles - thank you for showing some of them.

srp said...

What a beautiful seaside village! I know I will never get to visit there in my lifetime but thanks for gifting us with just a bit of its charm.

peripheralperceptions said...

the sculpture is fabulous! I'd love to see if in person. I can imagine the detail is stunning.

Dhemz said...

very interesting entry...awesome photos...thanks for dropping by...great to be here!