Standing Sticks of Norfolk

Oh dear, oh dear, we had to rescue our beloved Dina in the last moment. Totally absorbed with her camera, she was so fascinated by the remains of the ancient harbour of Thornham (West Norfolk) that she didn’t notice the incoming flood. She should have known that the flood always comes from behind to surprise the inattentive. You wouldn’t believe it, but the waters are coming in much faster than you can run – especially loaded with a tripod, filters, the cameras and lenses. That’s like a miniature tsunami. 

Oh dear, oh dear, da haben wir unser Dinalein im letzten Moment retten müssen. Im Photographierwahn, fasziniert von den uralten Hafenbefestigungen in Thornham (West Norfolk), hatte sie nicht daran gedacht, dass das Wasser stets von hinten kommt, um den Unaufmerksamen zu überraschen. Und glaubt uns, die Flut kommt schneller herein als man laufen kann – zumal mit Stativ, Filtern, Kamera und Objektiven. Das ist wie ein Mini-Tsunami.

Dina wanted to photograph those old wooden posts which she disrespectfully called “sticks”. Maybe that was their revenge. The Norfolk coast is mostly shaped by horizontal lines and those ‘sticks’ are revolting being vertical. Actually, this has a long tradition here. In the nearby Holme the Sea Henge was found which dates back to early bronze age about 2500 BC. But there were only small oak stubs left that were taken away for restoration years ago. 

Dina wollte diese alten Holzpfeiler, die sie despektierlich “Sticks” nannte, fotografieren. Das war dann deren Rache. Klar doch, eigentlich ist ja Norfolks Küstenlandschaft von der Horizontalen geprägt und diese “Sticks” setzen eigenwillig die Vertikale dagegen, ganz wie im nahen Holme, wo das Sea Henge gefunden wurde, dass aus der frühen Bronzezeit, etwa 2500 vor unserer Zeitrechnung stammt. Von ihm waren aber nur noch Stummelchen von Eichenpfosten vorhanden, die vor Jahren abtransportiert wurden, um sie zu präparieren.

Don’t be fooled by the tranquillity and the stillness of the water. These waters are wicked, very malicious indeed. Our dear Dina forgot to have a look at the tide table. Suddenly the hungry sea came running against the land. Water is filling your wellies and the pull is enormous. But we clever Bookfayries don’t only look into books, we also flutter above the beaches to keep an overview. So we could just rescue our dear Dina with her photo equipment in time. Otherwise, you couldn’t have seen these pictures.

Lasst euch nicht täuschen, diese Ruhe und das stille Wasser ist höchst tückisch. Dinalein hatte gar nicht daran gedacht, in die Tidentabelle zu schauen. Plötzlich kommt die hungrige See ins Land gestürmt. Das Wasser läuft in die Stiefel und der Sog ist nicht zu unterschätzen. Aber wir Buchfeen stecken ja unsere Köpfchen nicht nur in die Bücher, sondern flatternd über den Strand behalten wir den Überblick. So konnten wir Dinalein mit ihrer gewichtigen Fotoausrüstung gerade noch retten. Sonst hättet ihr diese Bilder nicht sehen können.

 

With kind regards from our adventure
Mit lieben Grüßen von unserem Seeabenteuer

🧚‍♀️ Siri 🙂 and 🙂 🧚‍♀️ Selma, heroines of the sea

 

 

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© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2018

 

 

 

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    • Dear John,
      thank you very much for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Dina will tell you how she took those pictures a bit later.
      Wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • No HDR, John. I used Lee filter at sunset and edited the captures in Lightroom and PS and also used the Nik filters for tonal contrasts. Thank you very much for visiting. 🙂

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  1. Fortunately, Dina was able to get away in time. Never underestimate the speed and the violence of flood. In any case, the adventure has produced beautiful images. What a phenomenal atmosphere in the photos.

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    • Ahoi, dear Matroos,
      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 🙂
      Actually, Dina should have known. Her grandfather was a whaler and she is born next to the sea in Norway. Anyway …
      Have an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  2. Phew…that sounds too close for comfort! I’m so glad Hanne is okay but not surpised that the art took precedance over noticing such a inconsequential thing as the tide! Seriously, this is scary and brings home the force of nature. It happened to me with my son in Cornwall when he was a toddler – I just picked him up and started to wade through the water to the sand higher up, some kind folks picked up all our stuff.

    The photo is stunning, full of drama, the sky a major work of art in itself. I love the ‘sticks’ and interesting to learn about their history.

    Hope you’re all well and enjoying the weekend. xx

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    • Good evening, dear Annika,
      indeed, in Cornwall, the sea is even more powerful than in Norfolk. But even here one should never forget the tides, they make themselves known, no doubt. Dina came back quite wet and cold and immediately put a tide table in her photo-rucksack.
      We are very happy that you like Dina’s photography. We love those moods too.
      Thank you very much and have a harmonious week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  3. was soll ich dazu sagen………….. schön, wie immer.
    Die Fotos strahlen so viel Ruhe aus und man kann sich dabei schlecht vorstellen, wie wild diese Wasser sein können.
    Aber Dinalein hatte ja ihre Beschützer! Liebe Grüsse Laura

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    • Guten Abend, liebe Laura,
      ja, Siri und Selma geben stets Acht auf die liebe Dina, die dazu neigt, alles zu vergessen, wenn sie fotografiert.
      Du wohnst ja eher meerfern, da musst du dich besonders vor der tückischen See hüten, wenn du ans Meer reist. Die meisten ‘Landratten’ machen sich nicht klar, dass die listenreiche Flut einen meist von hinten vom Land abschneidet, um einen dann von vorne zu bedrängen. Echt hinterhältig!
      Mit lieben Grüßen und herzlichen Dank fürs Kommentieren
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Good evening, dear Sue,
      the fascination with these ‘sticks’ made Dina wet and cold with the help of the cunning sea. But when she looked at her pictures after a stiff whisky she was happy again.
      Wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Pete,
      so kind of you to have missed us 🙂 🙂 Our only excuse: we didn’t feel like blogging. But now we are happy to blog again. We needed this break.
      Thank you very much for liking our post. Do you know Thornham? You go to the Lifeboat Inn, pass by the pub and go down to the end – very atmospheric there.
      Wishing you a wonderful week and thank you.
      Love from
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭
      xxx

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  4. Great pictures as always from the ever reliable Dina. So pleased that she was not lost to the mercy of the cruel sea. Greetings from Kyrgyzstan, where there is no sea at all but lots of beautiful mountain lakes. All the very best and hope to see you soon. Laurence

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    • Dear Laurence,
      first of all, a very wonderful time in Kyrgyzstan! Wow, that sounds to us like a fairy tale country. Are you collecting info for a new edition of your travelling guide?
      We have to meet when you are back. We just built a summer house for guest in the garden. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to stay overnight at ours?
      Thanks for your kind words 🙂 🙂
      Love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭
      xxx

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    • Dear Klausbernd. I arrived back yesterday – from warm Kyrgyzstan to even warmer Norfolk. It was a wonderful trip, if rather tiring. Yes, I was there collecting information for the next edition of the guidebook. Now I have to spend most of July writing it. It would be lovely to meet up soon and the suggestion of staying in your garden summer house is very tempting indeed. Would late July/early August be a good time? All best wishes from Jackie and me. Laurence.

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    • Dear Laurence and Jackie,
      it is really hot here, indeed. We spend most time out in our garden.
      Late July/early August will be fine for a meeting. We will be here the whole summer and looking forward meeting you. You have to admire what we did to our garden and terrace 😉 Wishing you a great day and happy writing
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. So glad you helped pack out the equipment and made a rescue possible. She wouldn’t be the first to get caught by the tide. Lovely pictures, and I must differ with your opinion on the revolting sticks. In an otherwise flat landscape, those “sticks” add a lot of interest to the scene, not to mention the history.

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    • Dear Peter,
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma always have their eyes on her, especially when she gets carried away.
      Great that you like Dina’s photography and our dear Master’s text and us Bookfayries of course.
      Have a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Good evening, dear Sandy,
      thank you very much for your kind words 🙂 🙂
      Well, Dina can swim 😉 – but not her equipment 😦
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear GP Cox,
      yes, we do!
      We are so happy that you like Dina’s pictures 🙂 🙂 That is a great place on our coast, very atmospheric.
      We wish you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Thanks a lot, dear Tish,
      the sea is like The World in middle eval pictures, it has a beautiful seducing side and a scary dangerous one. Untrustworthy, she is the ‘fruchtbare’ and ‘furchtbare’ mother – a play of words C.G. Jung used. But this makes her interesting, doesn’t it?
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s pictures 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Margaret,
      she is a survivor – with the help of Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma.
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  6. Good to see you back, dear friends. What a beautiful spot you picked to get caught by the tide. Tides do what tides do – they turn! Glad you all got home safely.
    Warm greetings from sunny Norway. We had the warmest May in history and June is not bad either. 🙂
    Per Magnus

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    • Our dear Norwegian friend,
      we love it: ‘tides do what tides do – they turn’ INDEED! Dina needed a foot bath in the North Sea to learn this lesson 😉
      We heard about the hot weather in Norway. Enjoy!
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭
      XXX

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    • Dear Marylou,
      you are absolutely right! But Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma always have an eye on Dina, fortunately.
      Bedankt that you like Dina’s photography 🙂
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Peter,
      yes, the lesson is learned. “Don’t sleep” as Gurdjieff used to teach.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Wishing you an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  7. Liebe Dina,
    wie gut, dass Siri und Selma auf Dich aufgepasst haben! Denke immer daran: Deine Kameras koennen icht schwimmen! 😀 Aber ganz fantastische Fotos sind Dir da gelungen!
    Liebe Grusse aus Fritztwon ins kleine Dorf am grossen Meer,
    Pit

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    • Lieber Pit,
      vieleicht sollten wir Dinalein eine wassdichte schwimmfähige Kiste für ihren Fotokram basteln. Selmalein hat schon damit angefangen, und ich soll dieses schmierige Silikon verstreichen, kalfatern sozusagen.
      Schön, dass dir Dinas Bilder gefallen.
      Ganz liebe Grüße an dich und Mary vom sonnigen Meer in den Süden von Texas
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  8. Schön von euch vieren zu hören!!!!!
    Und ein Glück habt ihr Hanne retten können!
    Ich wünsche euch einen schönen Abend, hier in Berlin sind alle ganz verrückt nach Fußball. Mein Fall ist es nicht aber jedem das seine.
    Liebe Grüße von Susanne

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Susanne,
      unsere lieben Buchfeen und Masterchen sind auch nicht an Fußball interessiert, beim Dinalein ist das schon leicht anders, aber nur leicht. Ich weiß gar nicht, wie das hier mit unseren Nachbarn ist, aber kein Mensch spricht über Fußball, so dass diese Weltmeisterschaft fast an uns vorbeigegangen wäre. Hier ist mehr Tennis der Straßenfeger.
      Wir hatten, ehrlich gesagt, keine Lust zu bloggen. Die Pause tat uns gut. Jetzt macht uns das Bloggen wieder Spaß.
      Mit lieben Grüßen vom sonnigen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Lieber Klausbernd, liebe Feen und liebe Hanne,
      ich mag im Moment überhaupt nicht essen gehen, überall, selbst in der kleinsten Pinte stehen Fernseher, die überlaut die Gäste beschallen. Public Viewing wird diese Unart genannt.
      In Berlin hat es begonnen zu regnen. Welch ein Segen für uns und für die Natur…..
      Liebe Grüße von Susanne

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      zum Glück spürt man hier vom Fußball nichts. Es hat doch ‘was, am Ende der Welt zu wohnen. Mögest du den kollektiven Fußballwahn gut überstehen.
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  9. Lovely to read from you again, dear friends. Great work from all of you! 🙂
    Thornham looks like a place I’d love to see the next I come to Norfolk. 😉
    Sending you love Stockholm,
    Kram Annalena Xx

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    • Dear Annalena,
      we enjoyed a little break from blogging and now we are here again 🙂
      Next time you are here we’ll go to Thornham, great Bookfayrie-promise!
      Lots of love xxx kram ❤
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear David,
      one has to fight with the elements for producing art, hard life of being an artist …
      Thanks for commenting.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  10. Ah the beauty and terror of the sea – even when the sea is tranquil there is always the potential of wind and crashing waves. One of my favourite quotes is by Hermann Broch: “Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be a part.” Much love and hugs to my dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley.

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    • Hi, dear Rebecca,
      wow, you quote Hemann Broch, an Austrian classic author I never read. And he is so right about us living at the coast – except Dina ;-).
      Hugs xxxx from us and lots of love to our dear Canadian friend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Eddie,
      yes, we are all okay and happy. Our beloved Bookfayries were great!
      Doesn’t say Buddha “Don’t get attached”? A lesson for Dina not to get carried away photographing.
      have a happy week
      Namaste
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Dear Sinon,
      we are happy that you like Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂 THANK YOU
      Actually, an archetypal picture, ancient shapes under blustery skies, isn’t it?
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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    • Thank you so much for liking and reblogging our work, Simon! You made our day. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a lovely evening. We’re heading for the sauna now.

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  12. Your story of Dina’s rescue reminded of my own adventure with my friend Klaus in 1960. We had just come out of Spain at the Atlantic coast near ordeaux to continue our journey home. My friend had come down with the stomach flue and was too weak to continue. So we pitched our tent at a deserted beach and settled down for the night. Loud screaming in French from some fishermen’s wives alerted us to the danger of the incoming tide. If we had not responded, we have drowned that very same night.
    I am glad the fairies were able to rescue you, Dina. I also enjoyed looking at the outstanding photos you shot while your like was in extreme peril.

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    • Good afternoon, dear Peter,
      oh dear, that could have easily turned into a disaster. You were lucky!
      Amazing, how much we are dependant on others – fishermen’s wives and Bookfayries.
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s photography – it’s so moody this time.
      With lots of love from the sunny coast of Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, dear Leya 🙂 🙂
      As you are interested in art, did you hear that one the most prominent Mackintosh buildings has been severely damaged by a fire this weekend. What a pity!
      With lots of love from the sunny coast of Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Fortunately, Dina is protected by our beloved Bookfayries.
      Have a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  13. Water…friend and foe. Maybe a kayak next time to get a ride back in from your adventure….or sit on the stumps until it goes out again 😀
    Great pic’s Dina, beautifully shot. But don’t shoot your lookouts, they were only mesmerized by your work 😀

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    • Dear Mark,
      an inflatable kayak, a great idea that is! Climbing these sticks and stay there for 3 to 4 hours might be a little uncomfy 😉 But now the sticks are happy again because they are so skillfully photographed. You know, those sticks are vain, oh dear, and we are not any longer allowed calling them ‘sticks’ anymore.
      Thanks and cheers
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  14. What wonderful photos of Thornham; a place I don’t know but wish to, now I have seen the pictures. I am so pleased Dina escaped the tide in time! I hope you all have had a lovely weekend 🙂 🙂 xx

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  15. Stunning images and I’m so glad to hear Dina was rescued. Beautiful sky colour and reflection in the first image.

    I can’t help but wonder what those vertical wooden posts represent.

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    • Dear Vicki,
      actually, those vertical wooden posts are the remains of an old quay. In comparison to the nearby Sea Henge, they are quite young. Thornham harbour was a busy place in the 18th and 19th c. when smugglers landed their goods right here because it was, and still is, quite hidden. But of course, those posts invite projections and that makes them so attractive, at least for us.
      Thanks and wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Jo,
      “it seems to need some courage or ignorance to shoot great pictures” – that was our beloved Siri’s commentary.
      Thanks and have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Simone,
      Kunst benötigt anscheinend Opfer und bisweilen lohnen sich diese.
      Habe Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar. Das Licht war wirklich speziell letztes Wochenende.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen vom sonnigen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • You are so right, always be aware of your surroundings – not only when taking photos.
      Thanks for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  16. Was hast du gerufen, als du in der Not warst? Oder haben Siri und Selma es einfach so geschafft, die Rettung zu veranlassen? Oder hattest du ein Handy dabei? Oder war doch jemand in der Nähe, der rechtzeitig warnte und half?
    Baumkreise kannte ich auch noch nicht….
    Tolle Fotos, die unbedingt auf einem Stick bewahrt werden sollten.
    Innere Antenne benutzen, Flutwarnungen beachten…Köpfchen einschalten, Gefahren nicht unterschätzen vor lauter lauter….wieder was gelernt….
    Wunderschöne atmosphärische Fotos und die Story zum Nachfühldenken, Extraklasse!!!
    Herzliche Grüße von Pia
    Fluten seit Gilgamesch….oje…

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    • …weiß nicht, ob das jetzt schon wieder mal zu off-topic ist, aber, dass man Babys früher angeblich schon im Mutterleib mit schmutzigem Wasser taufte, ist ein absolutes Nogo…

      Und dann wünsche ich mir, dass die liebe Dina in Zukunft bitte seeeeehr gut auf sich aufpassen soll, keine Kamikaze-Nummern mehr!

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Pia,
      Sirilein und Selmachen haben Dina einfach zugerufen: “Schnell!! Schnell weg von da!” Dina packte sogleich ihren Kram und lief sogleich los durchs steigende Wasser. “Always be aware” das sollte die Devise nicht nur am Meer sein. Gurdjieff meinte das, wenn er seine Lehre “Kampf gegen den Schlaf” nannte.
      Toll, dass dir Dinas Bilder gefallen.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen vom sonnigen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Ja, ich weiß auch nicht, wie gut recherchiert so ein “historischer” Roman wie z.B. “Die Hebamme” ist…..hatte mich instinktiv auf die Seite der Amme gestellt….hhhmm…..
      Krissi, die bei Beltz arbeitet, versorgt mich gerade mit tollen Kinderbüchern, damit sich meine Schreiberei verbessert…
      Es gbt in der letzten Woche vor den Ferien diesmal gar kein Eis, sondern die tolle Geschichte: “Wenn du eine Sternschnuppe siehst, wünsch dir was”.
      Kinder jeden Alters sind fasziniert. Wir malen nach der Geschichte links auf ein Blatt Papier 5 Farbflächen und rechts daneben gestalten wir mit diesen 5 Farben dann Bilder, die wir danach in Bewegung umsetzen.
      Da kommt Freude auf!
      Allerdings spüre ich überall eine gewisse manupalitorische Energie….für mich bleibt das Thema, wer weiß schon was, wer glaubt es nur, wer glaubt nichts und was ist die Motivation dahinter sehr spannend. Ich gebe noch ab und zu ab und zu, was mich echt nervt an mir…
      Die Flutgeschichte glaube ich jetzt mal und Siri und Selma, wenn ihr nicht gerade wieder auf Dina aufpassen müsst, könnt ihr gerne vorbeiflattern und den glücklichen Kindern beim Malen und Gestalten zuschauen.
      Dass Baumstämme beleidigt sind und sich rächen wollen, glaube ich nicht!!!
      Meine kleinen Tanzmäuse haben gesagt, dass sie beim Fußball für Mexiko gewesen wären, weil die besser gespielt hätten, könnte natürlich etwas faul sein und sie wollten einfach nicht zu den Verlieren gehören…
      Dina könnte auch Schwimmflügelchen tragen beim Fotografieren oder einen Schwimmring…
      Tschüüüühüß, macht´s gut!

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    • Liebe Pia,
      na, da sprichst du ja ein komplexes Thema an: Was ist wahr, was ist Wahrheit? Man könnte sagen, dass der einzig objektive Standpunkt der subjektive des Betrachters ist. Zu diesem Ergebnis kamen die Qantenphysiker. Scheint uns plausibel. Oder wie es Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma sagen: “Die Wahrheit ist relativ”.
      Ein Text, wir unser Text im Blog hier, bildet ja nicht eine Außenwelt ab, sondern konstituiert seine eigene Welt. Anyway …
      Vielen Spaß mit deinen Kunstmäuschen
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Ja manche sind vitaler als andere…
      Heute würde der Titel meines selbstgeschriebenen Lieblingsbuchs lauten: “Als mein Kampf vorüber war”…kann man ja nicht schreiben zum Glück…
      Der Anfang wäre in etwas so : Treffen sich zwei : ” Hallo du Idiot!” “Danke gleichfalls!” “Danke!”…
      Mir fällt jedenTag ein anderes selbst geschriebenes Lieblingsbuch ein.
      huch, heute schon der nächste Titel: Beobachtest du noch oder lebst du schon….braucht auch keiner….relativ gesehen…
      Zum Glück sind bald Ferien!
      Liebe Grüße und Danke!!!

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    • Liebe Pia,
      in der Tradition der Gurdjieff-Gruppen gibt’s den Toast auf die Idioten. Jeder ist ein Idiot, obwohl ursprünglich die ‘ideotes” die Unpolitischen waren im klass. Griechenland.
      In Köln sagen wir ‘jeder Jeck ist anders”, naja, fast so bei Gurdjieff.
      Mach’s gut
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Rabe, Kleeblatt, Sonne muss es leider Buchstabieren, die Bildchen habe ich nur auf dem Iphone, aber da fand ich auch keinen Raben…
      So jetzt schön lecker Woodtea trinken, Danke nochmal!
      Alles Liebe nach Cley

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Pia,
      Woodtee – das haben wir ja noch nie gehört. Witzig, ich las erst Wodkatee 😉
      Habe ein feines Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Wodkatea wäre jetzt super, nur ohne Tea, nähe mich hier gerade ins Koma….soooo viele Blumen, Sonnenstrahlen und Regentropfen wollen morgen (jetzt doch) mittanzen, Help!!!
      Siri, Selma, Help…
      Durchhalten, einmal mehr…denke die ganze Zeit an deinenn “Nähmaschinen-Traumvortrag”…Danke dem Erfinder der Nähmaschine
      Liebste Grüße!

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Pia,
      wir schicken Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma zu dir herüber, was kein Problem ist, da wir ideales Flugwetter haben, Sonne, warm und windstill. Die haben flinke Feennähhändchen.
      Schönen Sonntag dir.
      Mit lieben Grüßen
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Vielleicht wird dir ja Dina ihre Tricks verraten. Dazu kommt allerdings, dass es hier oft sehr klar ist, da es geringe Umweltverschmutzung gibt (keine Großstadt oder größere Straße in Nord-Norfolk, auch keinerlei produzierende Industrie) und ständig ein Wind weht.
      Danke für deinen lieben Kommentar.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen vom Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Vielen Dank für dein Lob, Gerhard. Ich habe mich sehr darüber gefreut, wie doll! 🙂
      Das Foto ist bei Sonnenuntergang mit einer Nikon D800 aufgenommen worden. Ich habe das Weitwinkelobjektiv Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 benutzt, mein Lieblingsobjektiv. Dazu habe ich ein Stativ und den Lee Filter 0.6 hard grade und einen Fernauslöser benutzt. Landschaftsaufnahmen mit einem Filter dieser Art bringen mehr Klarheit und Detailtreue, dazu größere Farbbrillanz.
      Zu Hause habe ich das Foto in Lightroom und Photoshop bearbeitet. Ich fotografiere stets in M-Modus,ausschließlich RAW Aufnahmen.
      Ich hoffe, ich habe mich jetzt klar ausgedrückt. 😉
      Liebe Grüße aus dem Garten,
      Dina

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    • Ja danke!
      Von den Filtern habe ich noch nichts gehört.
      Ich nutze auch kein Stativ und habe auch kein spezielles Photobearbeitungsprogramm.

      Mal schaun, ob ich mich durchringen kann, mehr Zeit ins Fotografieren zu investieren.
      Deine Fotos jedenfalls sind superklar!

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    • Well, not really low tide … This place, the former quay, is slightly elevated and as you can see, already surrounded by water. The risky thing is, the road to get out of the harbour is at a lower level and in your back – half an hour later this road was completed flooded. Of course there are warning signs when you drive down the road, but trust me to forget time and place playing with my camera. 😉

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  17. Tides in that area are always quick on the rise because the sea is so shallow – very risky to go there! Fortunately it seems that there was nothing worse than wet socks and a red face. Nice images to complete the tale 🙂

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    • Thank you very much for your commentary 🙂 🙂
      We suppose you are very excited watching football now. We hope you’ll see great games.
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 :-):-)

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    • You’re right – I’m watching football though I don’t get very excited about the World Cup. 😉 I’m looking forward to the start of the new season for my local club which is more important in the grand scheme of things. Hope you have a great week too 🙂

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    • Good evening, dear Jacqui,
      you are right. Those posts were sealed airtight by the saltwater. They were underwater covert with silt. A big tide washed them free.
      Thanks for liking our post 🙂 🙂
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 :-):-)

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    • Maybe an adventure makes a photo really beautiful, at least moody.
      Our beloved Bookfayries take care of us, they are very attentive like fairies are.
      Thanks and cheers
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 :-):-)

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  18. They do have that ‘seahenge’ look about them and Dina’s photography capture the melancholy of those vast, empty expanses of marshes perfectly. I am very glad that the girls were able to warn her in time. Wet wellies is one thing, a wet camera quite another! Nice to see you back on the blog. Hope you are fully rested and that summer has come to Cley 😀
    Jude xx

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    • Hey, dear Jude,
      we enjoyed our spontaneous break very much, as much as we enjoy blogging now again. We spend a lot of time in the garden, drove a little bit around and read and talked a lot.
      Dina really likes this place. She found it. What a shame I never got any further than to the pub halfway to the Old Harbour.
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma are busy on our terrace building a kind of `camera-equipment-ship’ or CES, how they call it.
      From the sunny coast of Norfolk lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 :-):-)
      XXXX

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  19. Those tides can cause quite the havoc, can’t they? Poor Dina, but thank goodness that she was rescued – lucky for us, these shots are gorgeous and stunning. She caught that “special moment when the sun goes down and shows an array of elegant colors” that everyone is after. Beautiful work Dina!!

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  20. Lovely photos, Dina, and a great mystery, Klaus. The existence of Sea Henge has been outside my knowledge base until now and I have turned to Google to find out more about it.
    Thanks for teaching me something new today.
    Ω

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    • Dear Allan,
      you’ll find some info about the Sea Henge on Google.
      The people of Holme next the Sea were very cross that it was taken away. But it was dangerous to reach and visitors disturbed breeding grounds of the seabirds.
      We always learn through blogging a lot as well, especially reading and answering the comments.
      All the best, cheers
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  21. Wonderful pictures in spite of the attack of the tides… love the ancient weathered textures of those wonderful old posts…thank you for giving us their history – I had been curious…
    yes, wasn’t it sad about the Macintosh Museum fire…
    If you go to Cumbria, be careful of the tides on the great empty beaches there – they race in at 30 mph and many people have never made it back… thank heavens Dina did make it back safely and wiser !!!

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    • Dear Valerie,
      quite a while ago we visited the Hill House and other Macintosh-buildings in and around Glasgow and were impressed by his elegant architecture. We blogged about the Hill House https://fabfourblog.com/2014/10/10/hill-house/
      One has always to be aware of the tides, actually on every coast. Fortunately, Dina is very well looked after by Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma. Wow, 30 mph that’s even faster than here at the Norfolk coast. We experienced such powerful tides at the coast of Normandy. Anyway, our beloved Dina has learned her lesson.
      We wish you a happy week and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Guten Tag, lieber Ernst,
      da freut sich Dina sehr über dein Lob 🙂 Ganz herzlichen Dank!
      Dir wünschen wir alles Gute und fröhliches Gärtnern.
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  22. Diesen Wust an Kommentaren kann niemand mehr verfolgen, die pure Masse ist einfach zu viel. Überlege nun ernsthaft diese Funktion in meinem Blog abzuschalten bzw. nur noch selektiv für ganz spezielle Posts als echtes Diskussionsforum einzusetzen. Bin dann auch schon wieder weg aus eurer Welt. Schöne Sommertage! @ Ulli

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    • Hi Ulli,
      wir finden das toll, dass so viele bei uns kommentieren. Durch das Lesen und Beatworten der Kommentare wird uns Vieles deutlich, was uns bei der Veröffentlichung noch unklar war. Wir finden die Kommentare und deren Beantwortung bildend. Außerdem sollte unserem Verständnis nach das Bloggen der Kommunikation dienen und nicht dem schnellen Austausch von inhaltslosen Textbausteinen.
      Danke fürs Kommentieren, auch dir schöne Sommertage
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Hallo nochmal, ich habe den Eindruck, wir reden aneinander vorbei, o.k., ansonsten einfach vergessen, was ich geschrieben habe, wenn für euch alles super ist. Ich sehe hier beim Bloggen nur ähnliche Massen-Phänome wie in den 80er-Jahren in dem internationalen Mailart-Nework, quasi das analoge Bloggen von annodazumal. Und das war mir bei dem Wust von Kommentaren wieder eingefallen. So sieht halt jeder die Welt ein wenig anders. Muss mich jetzt aber wieder um die analoge Welt kümmern, denn die hat Vorrang. All the best @ Ulli

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    • Wir bloggen wegen der Kommunikation, naja, sagen wir, wegen der Kommunikation, die sinn- und inhaltsvoll ist. Und wenn’s uns zuviel wird, machen wir lässig eine Pause wie die letzten Wochen.
      Na, dann gehab dich wohl in deiner Welt, mit vielen Grüßen aus unserer
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  23. Engaging images and commentary, as always.

    Old wood often has a story to tell. Perhaps warnings as well. The challenge is, old wood often speaks quietly, in creaks and cracks and hums, like the tenor of fayrie wings. 🙂

    Well done Fab Four.

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    • Good morning, dear Thorsaurus,
      thank you very much for liking our post 🙂 🙂 and what a charming commentary 🙂 🙂
      We agree, old wood speaks to us but sometimes we have our problems understanding woodish and you are right it’s quite similar to fayrish.
      We wish you a GREAT weekend
      Lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Julie,
      we always keep an eye on Dina when she is photographing. She forgets everything else then.
      Thanks and wishing you a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  24. Beautiful and evocative – and quite scaring! This is a gorgeous setting for your adventurous expeditions! 🙂

    This month I visited Saint-Malo in France and learned what tidal changes mean. When I stepped out of my beachfront hotel the night I arrived, I noticed a distinct lack of beach. Instead, there was only ocean: kilometres of choppy English Channel, uncomfortably close to the hotel’s entrance. But by noon the next day, the ocean was gone. As in, vanished. In its place was a beach that seemed to stretch forever – nearly 2km off the coast!! When the water comes in, many holidaymakers are taken by surprise, not expecting anything like the speed of the water.

    Have a great weekend, dear Fab Four.
    Love, Sarah x

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    • Hi, dear Sarah,
      frightening isn’t it?
      I was facing the sea and from my elevated position, I did not expect the roads behind me to get flooded this quickly. That’s why there are so many signs out there warning “Danger – Flooding!” …

      Have you read the novel “All the Light We Cannot See”, set partially in Saint-Malo? The author Anthony Doerr imagines what the confluence of tides and bombs must have felt like during the war: “At the highest tides, the sea creeps into basements at the very centre of town. At the lowest tides, the barnacled ribs of a thousand shipwrecks stick out above the sea. For three thousand years, this little promontory has known sieges. But never like this.”

      Do you have any plans for North Norfolk this summer? Please give us a shout if you are coming! We’d love to see you again.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
      The Fab Four of Cley XxXx

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    • No, I haven’t read “All the Light We Cannot See”, I have put it on my list. Thank you!

      Have you read “The Book of Tides” by William Thomson by any chance?
      It’s a book for all of us who feel the pull of the sea and the tug of the tide. 🙂

      “An idiosyncratic richly illustrated guide to Britain’s rivers, seas and shores, for everyone who loves the water and the natural world – a Norwegian Wood for Britain’s waters
      This is a book for those who want to understand better how the waters surrounding us affect our daily lives, how it imperceptibly but crucially shapes our actions, and has shaped our landscape for millenia. It’s for anyone who knows and loves our coast, and who wants to understand, discover, surf, or sail it better.
      Inspired by his own witnessing of the power of the sea through travelling around Britain’s coastline in a panel van with his young family, William Thomson tells the story of the cycles of the sea. He combines a lyrical, passionate narrative with graphically beautiful renderings of the main forms of water which affect Britain: Rip, Rapids, Swell, Stream, Tide, Wave, Whirlpool, Tsunami.”

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    • Good morning, dear Sarah,
      we didn’t know “The Book of Tides” by Thomson. It’s on our reading list now as we collect books about the sea.
      Thanks for the info 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dankeschön, liebe Ursel 🙂 🙂
      Ganz liebe Grüße an dich und Herbert von der sonnigen Küste Norfolks
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Cheryl,
      we would be lost without our beloved Bookfayries Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma who always keep an eye on us.
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s photography 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  25. The incoming tide can be so annoying, especially when you are seriously interested in something.
    How dare it interrupt you?
    Sigh.
    Such is life……
    Many, many, moons ago, before I was taking clicks with any awareness, I was watching nesting bald eagles on an offshore island you could walk to during low tide, in Olympic National Park. I was taking clicks with a throwaway camera, and no awareness. But of course the interest in the eagles has never changed.
    I was with my young children, and my first husband who was, and still is, a truly talented big wave surfer.
    He kept telling me, “Uhhhh, Cindy, the tide is coming in…”
    I assumed he was just not as interested in the eagles as I was, which was true, not that many people are, but I was wrong in that, he was really interested in the incoming tide.
    So I ignored his warning.
    Dre, my daughter, finally says, “Wow, Mommy how will we get back?”
    I look up, saw the island was now truly an island, completely surrounded by water, and said, “Oh, shit.”
    The water is cold in Olympic National Park, and due to the currents, it was not clearly swimmable, even though we were experienced ocean swimmers. It was too much, especially for the kids.
    Everyone else had wisely evacuated the now real island, except clearly-not-brilliant-me, and my children.
    So, contemplating spending the night on this cold rock, with my kids and no supplies. I asked Peter, my first husband, “What should we do?”
    He said, “We can make it.”
    Good surfers know when they can make it in the ocean.
    I asked, “Are you sure?”
    He said, “Yes.”
    And so we did,
    He took Matteo on his shoulders. I took Dre by the upper arm, he took me by my other arm.
    And, for a short bit, we swam, with all our down jackets, which helped a lot in flotation and repelling the cold. (Thank you birds.)
    Then we found the bottom, and were walking on the ocean bed, still with the water above the kids heads, but we could walk, barely, because the tidal currents were so powerful.
    It was mind capturing.
    We made it to shore.
    We got to the rental car, stripped off all our clothes, wrapped ourselves in towels, stuck the down clothes in rolled up windows to dry as we drove, and turned the heater on to full blast.
    We made it back to the cabin, where I put all our clothing outside to dry overnight.
    It rained all night.
    It is such a complex and good memory. The kids view it still, as something awesome and wonderful.
    Thank you for triggering this memory.
    “Tide and time wait for no one.”

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    • Dear Cindy,
      I really liked to read your little experience with the incoming tide 🙂 Afterwards, those experiences are great and it’s fun to remember them.
      You were quite lucky that you were together with your first husband who knows about tidal waves. To stay for hours on such an island, if not prepared, is quite uncomfy, I suppose.
      On some beaches here a flood siren was installed to warn people of the incoming tide. The lifeboats had to rescue too many stranded holiday makers.
      We wish you a wonderful weekend.
      With warm greetings from the sunny coast of Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  26. Dina’s ‘sticks’ have an air of mystery about them. Your photographs capture the atmosphere so well. I can imagine the sea invading land to claim the those outposts of the old for itself 🙂 Hope the Fab Four are having a nice weekend.

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  27. A lucky escape, Dina! But thanks for taking the risk for those photos… There’s another risk to be taken at low tide with the wreck of the SS Vina at Brancaster, when you are next looking for adventure…. RH

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    • Good morning, dear RH
      we have been at this wreck of the SS Vina at Brancaster. Indeed, that’s quite risky as well. There are notice boards warning you going out to this wreck. But we had a look at the tide table and made it to the wreck and back. If we remember it right, you have 20 min. only of getting safely to the wreck and back. It’s great out there.
      Isn’t this wreck in one way or the other connected to your family?
      All the best and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • The ship was owned by my family. In WWll she was requisition for naval target practice! Later she was deemed too costly to move & and break up so was left to rust on that sandbank. She’s lasted well considering! Best to all 4 four of you. 🚢

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    • Thank you vey much, dear Louis 🙂 🙂
      we were astonished that you know this old harbour. Not many people do because it’s a bit hidden. This place radiates a kind of ancient feeling, doesn’t it?
      We wish you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  28. hello dina its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow thats skarry abowt the fast water!!! this is why i try to stay away frum the oshun eeven if their ar stiks their to play with or posibly leev peemail on!!! i am glad yoo and those byootiful pikchers got owt sayf and dry!!! ok bye

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    • Dear Dennis the Vizsla,
      yes, with the fast incoming water that’s scary. You better stay away from the waterfront when the tide is coming in. On the other hand we suppose you are a fast runner and you can swim as well.
      Wishing you tasty bones
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  29. It was very good of you to save her from the swell of the sea. But if she hadn’t taken those pictures—and risked her life—we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy these gorgeous photos, either. Sometimes you have to give to get something. Of course, me, I am just enjoying the post…

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    • Good morning, dear Otto,
      indeed, you have to give to get something.
      We are very happy that you enjoyed our post. It’s taken at quite a hidden place with a special atmosphere. A lot a smuggeling took place there and fights with the coast guards. But that’s a while ago.
      Wishing you a wonderful Sunday
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  30. Auf Pfälzisch: Ma därf sich äfach net so uffrege, des bringt nix. Un mer wees jo net wis Wedder werd…uns außerdem: Is des Wedder noch so triiib, immer hoch die Gellerriiib…
    Man könnte sagen, dass dieser Dialekt ein Geheimcode ist.
    Huch, unten an der Bushaltestelle übt jemand singen, Töne…schön!
    Sagt an, wer hat denn diese hölzernen Gebilde in den Strand am Meeresufer versenkt, so dass sie bis in die Ewigkeit halten mögen???
    Liebe Grüße vom singenden und klingenden Schillerplatze

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Pia,
      dat Wedder ist vom Feinsten, wolkenlos, warm und windstill.
      Na, da sollte man das Pfälzische doch als Geheimdienstsprache einführen. Stell dir vor, die Enigma-Entcoder in Blechley Park hätten ihre Bleistifte verzweifelt abgenagt, hätten die Deutschen die Befehle an ihre Heerführer in Pfälzisch abgefasst.
      Was ist denn ‘Gellerriib’? “Tolles Wort! Voll cool!”, meinen Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma.
      Aus dem hochsommerlichen Cley liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • P.S.
      Wer hat die Hölzer da so malerisch in der Landschaft inszenierte?
      Das waren alte Hafenanlagen, die dann das Wetter so künstlerisch umformte. ‘Verwitterung’ heißt der Künstler. Und diese Eichenstümpfe von Sea Henge gehen auf Menschen der Bronzezeit zurück, die nach der letzten Eiszeit, der Würmeiszeit, dort herumzogen und lebten.
      Allet klar? wie der Kölner sagt.
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Aha, jetzt bin ich im Bilde!! DANKE!!!! Die Gelleriib ist die Nase, Geheimcode für Spürnase, eigentlich Karotte…
      Naja, ein echter Geheincode eben!
      Meint ihr das Wort Palatschinken hat auch was mit der Pfalz/Palatina zu tun?

      Hunger!!!

      Oje, gerade habe ich wieder einen saudoofen Ohrwurm: Morgenrot von Georg Danzer (hihi) haben wir mit 10/12 Jahren gehört, als es hier noch schön war…..
      Danke und liebe Grüße in den Garten, kann gerade den Standort nicht verlassen, Termine…

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    • Auch liebe Grüße von uns aus dem Garten unterm Feigenbaum
      Ich dachte lange Zeit, der Palatschinken wäre eine Schinkenart.
      Liebe sonnige Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Hi, dar Khürt,
      we have the feeling that danger and beauty often go together. Beauty is seductive meaning dangerous, isn’t it?
      Thanks and have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶‍♂️👭

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  31. I looked and looked at the wonderful photos, and only then read the text. I had named the sticks “timber henge” in my mind, so I was delighted to see that they have been called “sea henge.” I think sea henge is better, but either would do. I’m glad all escaped safely, too. I once watched a Japanese tourist in San Francisco turn his back on the ocean, and pay for it with a good dousing. The sea is a trickster!

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