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The afternoon being wild, the wind gusty, the clouds scudding across the sky and the light alternately Mediterranean bright and Scandinavian dull, I decided on a Poldark excursion along the tops of the cliffs, though not having a horse I had to make do with Shank's pony, always an acceptable substitute.

But what wind! It blew from half a dozen directions at once, the grass rolled flat before it, but here one way and there the other so that you were alternately pulled and pushed by an unseen (though not unheard) hand. I have never felt wind like it before. When it happened to be behind me it made me run, when against me it made me stop and when at my side it had me lurching violently. In certain places it was like a narrow liquid torrent that you could see on the grass in front of you. One moment you were in a light breeze, the next step and you were in a wind tunnel - a few steps and you were out of it again. There seemed no rhyme or reason to these hurricanoes of wind. A few birds - one I think a peregrine - surfed the storm, keeping high up, well clear of the cliffs. Meanwhile below, the grey sea lurched and foamed and raged as though it were trying for an Oscar.

Adhering to my optician's instructions I wore my sunglasses but once on the cliff the wind simply snatched them from my face. A hat - even a beanie - would have been an impossibility. I would have taken pictures but wind isn't terribly photogenic and besides I found my phone had gone flat. So the picture here is an old one, taken on a calmer day.
No wonder ships dragged their anchors in such weather! Talk about blowing away the cobwebs. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 18th Aug 2017 - 06:44PM   Posted by Fennie   Windy Lark Comments: 7

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Faith's Avatar Did you take the photo Fennie - it's amazing. Lucky you, living with such views.

Posted by: Faith on 18th Aug 2017 at 08:37PM

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Fennie's Avatar Yup it's one of mine - taken with an iPhone, from the cliff top looking across to Exmoor. The tide seems to be out. Cliffs are pretty high just here. But you get these light and dark effects. That's why I like going there. About 15 minutes drive from home and then 5 or 10 minutes walk from the car park. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Aug 2017 at 08:49PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Think it is the remains of a hurricane!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 18th Aug 2017 at 08:49PM

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Fennie's Avatar It was a hurricane, Withy, though it didn't bear much rain just at the time. If we had palm trees they would be bent double, but we don't so they weren't.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Aug 2017 at 10:22PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Just as well you weren't blown off the cliff, especially with a duff mobile phone!
I love your description of the sea auditioning for an Oscar. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Aug 2017 at 10:19AM

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Camilla's Avatar That is an amazing photo Fennie from what you tell us it is so lovely where you live.

They can be quite frightening those strong winds Fennie, no wind here just intervals of rain with the sun, we just made it back to cottage yesterday afternoon from the beach when the heavens opened up and we had a little thunder and lightening .

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Aug 2017 at 10:50AM

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Fennie's Avatar Had I been blown off the cliff, FN, I can assure you there would have been no more Lark Posts. The cliffs even where I took the photograph must be five or six stories high and they go higher than that. Not only that but the edges are very crumbly and dangerous and collapse regularly. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Aug 2017 at 11:47AM

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