Thursday 22 July 2010

F is for Flamborough Head

A little further down the Yorkshire coast is Flamborough Head. Designated a Heritage Coast in October 1979, this chalk headland is one of the most prominant featues of the East coast, jutting miles out into the North Sea, with the village of Flamborough at its centre.

As you can see, we visited here on a wild, windy day with the waves pounding against the base of the cliffs and rushing up the gullies and inlets. The spray was flying and the water churning, so that it became white with foam. It was an exhilerating walk battling against the force of the wind and hearing the sounds of the sea raging. Nature at it's raw unfettered best!

It reminds me of the first stanza of the poem by James Reeves:

The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And 'Bones, bones, bones, bones! '
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.

If you would like to read the rest of this poem, click here.

For the time being, this is the last of Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday classes. In the words of Alice Cooper, 'School's out for summer!' but we will be picking up again after a short recess involving the colours of the rainbow.

It's been a great meme to be involved in and I've read some classy, funny, whacky, informative, sad and just plain good posts! I'm only sorry I didn't join until 'Q'!

If you would like to sample some posts from this weeks Alphabet Soup finale, follow this link.


  1. Well, a whole lot of people from your part of the world must have settled in southern Ontario, because there is also a Flamborough, not far from Scarborough. This Flamborough is a lot more interesting - wilder - romantic - than the one I know!
    The poem is new to me, but perfectly describes the ocean out here in the winter.

  2. Love these misty images. Looks like one rugged day to be out along the coast.

    (I can't respond to your comments. Did you know your email address wasn't linked up to your account? You always leave such interesting thoughts, I want to be able to chat with you!)

  3. Just beautiful! What a great place that would be to commune with nature!

  4. The poem is unfamilar to me too but exactly portrays the Mediterranean in winter from my window here!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday,


    PS Mine this time is HERE. Hope you've the time to join me!

  5. I'm really glad you joined! Otherwise I wouldn't have found you. :)

  6. These are amazing photo's. I sometimes like rough weather to view water, it just shows the amazing force of mother nature ;-)

  7. What a great poem! It complimented your lovely photos so well!

  8. Beautiful pictures that bring Awe! - the poem sounds like the voice of a sailor who has lost many of friend to the sea.....bkm

  9. These were lovely pics. enjoy next week

  10. Thank you for sharing the poem and for such lovely pictures.

  11. wonderful photography and poem. ... so glad that you joined this meme ... it has some amazing participants!

  12. What a surprising post. Especially because I thought the link said "Flamboyant Head!"

    I was definitely wondering what I would find here.

    And instead of flamboyance I found beautiful and poetry.

    Thank you for adding this lovely depth to our Alphabet Soup!