Strands – Discovering a Beach – Part Three

Okay here we go with the third and final part of my Strands posts, where we make our way – very slowly as you will see – back to the car. We went by way of the grass path above the strandline and explored the wildflowers growing there as well as enjoying glances across the sand dunes to the sea.

But first a reminder of the photos of Jude (Mrs Greenbench) beach combing and collecting objects for our seaside at home.

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We found our pathway home by scrambling over the pebbles and then over the sand dunes.

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Sadly some of the walkers who trod the path before us lacked caring and thoughtlessly left this plastic bottle. The seashore has enough of a problem with the plastics that roll in on the waves. It makes you wonder how many Coke bottles are dropped to bespoil our countryside every year.

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Along the path we found interesting wild flowers and the dried remains of last year’s flowers stiffly standing among them. The first clump of photos show a beautiful blue leaved grass which is grown to bind the sand of the dunes to keep them from shifting. It must have an amazing network of roots working away down there.

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The variety of the flora here on the beach itself, on the strandline, the dunes and the pathway alongside illustrates just how effective a narrow strip of land can be as a really good little nature reserve. Butterflies, bees, insects, invertebrates, mammals, birds and amphibians will find homes, shelter and food here. As you look at the following photos spot, in particular, the blackberries and wild carrots, relatives of our crops grown on our allotments, and wild forms of erodium, achillea and others that are the cousins of our garden plants.

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As we moved closer to the car park shrubs took over, some brightly flowered and berried, mostly rose briars and a type of broom. Their cheerful colours made a fitting end to our great day of beachcombing.

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About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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7 Responses to Strands – Discovering a Beach – Part Three

  1. Another great addition to your beach series–I adore the beach anytime of year. Wishes for a joyous year ahead for Jude and you.

    • Thanks Sally. Glad you liked the visits to our faviourite beach. Next year will be a good one as our son gets married and we open our garden for charity in the Yellow Book scheme. Malc

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    You have a good eye for selecting interesting textures and forms. This beach is so different from the one I visit, it is a pleasure to see. Happy New Year Malc and Jude. Susie

    • Cheers Susie. Glad you enjoyed the visits to our favourite beach. We are certainly looking forward to 2014 as our son is getting married and we are opening our garden for charity for the first time. We will be in the NGS’s Yellow Book. Malc

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  3. bittster says:

    I enjoyed the beach pictures. There’s a clean freshness to them with hard rocks all smoothed and sand swept clean and delicate flowers open. Then you realize the twisted metal, tossed driftwood, and broken rocks are all the result of a different, more angry sea.

  4. Love the composition and detail in your beach photos. They are such fun, you must have had a wonderful time.

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