A Shrine and a Mine?

A late afternoon stroll to the Cove and across the Lots for all the family. Our walk to the Cove is enlivened by the spectacle of two teenage girls trying rather half-heartedly to get a halter onto a reluctant small pony. The sun is shining and a grassy bank is yellow with daffodils and primroses. In a garden on Cove Road…

Propped near the base of the cliffs at the cove, with offerings of broken glass, a simple shrine to the spirits of the bay?

B’s friend T is here with his mum and they play together in the mud/sand for a while.

A decides to investigate the odd hollow in the cliffs…

This is reputedly a haematite mine dating back to Roman times. From within we get a worms eye view of the cliff-top trees…

The presence of the haematite is betrayed by the red hue of the limestone…

…of the walls of the mine, and in some of the shingle on the beach…

A Shrine and a Mine?

5 thoughts on “A Shrine and a Mine?

  1. dragonmage06 says:

    Very neat pictures. I really like the one of the “shrine” one, and the bird. The name of it escapes me at the moment, what type is it?

  2. Hi Mark…
    I have just read your comment about the differant Pheasants we have… We do get the one with the white ring around it’s neck also…. and I’m sure that cross breeding happens as well. It’s not just the white neck ring but the colouration on the back of yours is different….

    It seems that the one in my post is a Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) and yours is Phasianus torquatus.

    After a search on google I came up with this Mark…

    “The Pheasant was distributed from the Black Sea across Asia and into China but it has been introduced into many countries beyond its natural range. It was probably introduced into Italy by the Romans and into Britain in the 11th or 12th century. It is both attractive and tasty and is a major game bird in many countries.

    The birds introduced from China are of the sub-species Phasianus colchicus torquatus and have a white neck collar and grey rump. The nominate sub-species P. c. colchicus has a brown rump and no white collar. Both are present in Britain but many birds are hybrids.”

    I’m glad you asked me about them now as I have learned something this morning… have a great week and keep up the good work.


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