A beach bathing in the bright morning sun. A somewhat unusual experience for someone from the Netherlands, where we go to the beach to watch the sun sink into the sea. Seeing the sun rise from the water is a wonderful experience all the same…
The same beach in soft evening light.
Beachy Head is famous for its white chalk cliffs extending over 150 meters above sea level. They are beautiful, and deadly. Crosses near the cliff edge remind visitors of that fact.
Some people slip because they get too close to the edge. There are warning signs and a negligible fence made from a single wire, but only at the highest point.
Unfortunately, Beachy Head is a well-known location for suicide attempts. Organisations such as the Samaritans and the Beachy Head Chaplaincy patrol the cliffs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They reach out to people, encourage them to seek help, and often succeed in preventing suicide.
On a foggy winter day, visitors of Blenheim Palace can only guess at the grandeur of the place. Dimensions are lost. Vistas are obscured.
The scene is gift wrapped in mist, waiting for the sun to reveal it. The monumental house, park and gardens.
We’ll revisit in spring or summer.