Archives for category: seaside

Wind’s rush and sea’s roar

Are broken by the skitter

Of a kicked pebble. 


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin


Over seaweed fronds

And rivulets in the sand

A shadow hand plays


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Eight in a row

Cormorants and gulls



(c) Jackie Le Poidevin


The pier’s old dome
Rebuilt in a passing cloud –
Starlings flock
(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

A still sea –
But beyond the reef
Light dances.
(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

I walk on ripples –

The sea’s great footprint shifting

Under my small step.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Cradle rock –

Waves sing lilting lullabies

For seagull chicks.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Cradle Rock is at Moulin Huet, a cove at the bottom of the cliffs in Guernsey (where I grew up). The image below shows one of 15 canvases of the bay painted by Renoir on a visit to the island in 1883. The area is named after a former watermill owned by a Monsieur Huet (pronounced locally as “Whet”).


For Carpe Diem: A Clam, in which Chevrefeuille explored a haiku by Basho about Japan’s Wedded Rocks that is full of double meanings.

The area of Eastbourne at the foot of Beachy Head is called Holywell. The name comes from a spring that seeps through the cliffs and emerges underneath a chalk outcrop known as Pinnacle Point. Most of the springwater is now collected at a pumping station next to the point, and only a trickle comes out on the beach at a little grotto.

Holywell is pronounced “Hollywell”, so no one knows if people once thought the site was holy or if the well was simply near a holly tree. But it certainly feels magical, far removed in time from the town’s apartments and ice-cream kiosks. When I was out walking there a couple of days ago, there was a guy playing an alpine horn (one of those horns that’s so long the base rests on the ground) in front of the grotto, which was unexpected! Even more surprising, there were flowers growing on the cliff face, including several of these blue spikes. I believe they’re Viper’s Bugloss or Echium Vulgare.

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I was particularly struck by this one pointing towards the pinnacle.

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Well’s miracle,

Chalk towers flowering blue,

Pinnacle points.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Linked to Carpe Diem: A lovely name. Holywell and Pinnacle Point are certainly both lovely names but none of the Echium’s many names do it justice – it’s also called blueweed, adderwort, blue devil and snake flower, among other things.

Blue-eyed daisies –

Sun seekers from a far land,

Gazing out to sea.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

In honour of the lovely display of osteospermum (also known as the African daisy, Cape daisy or blue-eyed daisy) on Eastbourne’s seafront this year. I’ll post a photo another time.

Far from the still pond,

Iris shivers in delight

In the sea wind.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For my intrepid sister-in-law, Iris.