:: Whats it all about. ::
In conjunction with the offshore windfarm being constructed in the area of Sheringham Shoal just off of the North Norfolk coast a new harbour area is being constructed to one side of the inlet and out near the life boat station that feeds the main harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea. There is actually no harbour area nearer along that stretch of coast so it made sense to build in that location as a service depot for the ships and boats that are needed to construct and service the windfarm. The construction has been by dredging the material needed to form a harbour from the actual area where it is being built as well as what looks like dredging material from the main low tide inlet slightly out to sea from the bar. A long floating pontoon landing platform has also been constructed for safe mooring. To be honest the area where this new harbour has been built was always a bit of a dead area along the inlet with very few anchored small pleasure craft and has alleviated the need to use moorings in the harbour proper where the local fishing boats load and unload their catch. The cables that take the electricity inland to the distribution point have already been laid from Weybourne on the coast through many of our fields in North Norfolk and now that spring is on the way and fields have been returned to the farmers for ploughing you would be hard pressed to find the route that they have taken.
:: Happisburgh Beach ::
Work in progress to create a gallery showing the attempts at sea defences to prevent further houses and property from falling onto the beach. The cliffs are still collapsing although just recently the government has agreed to reimburse the land owners somewhat rather than continue with the reinforcing of the defences.
:: Time for a change. ::
So we decided that the large lumps of stone that stood out near the road to stop the large farm machinery from tearing up our drive were perhaps a bit overkill and could possibly pose a risk to cyclists /motorcyclists. It was decided to plant a hedge and as it took hold to move the stones back underneath it and out of harms way. Thats when we discovered that the previous owner had maybe chatted up the men laying the tarmac road to run it into the drive a little. OK! no big problem and out came the trusty Kango. Next to dig away the layer of loose stone and earth, no big problems there then. The next layer was just compacted earth/clay and after attempting to use my trusty hole digger I had to resort to a pick axe and still no decent headway till I tried the kango and found the ground so hard that the kango was actually needed making a sound as if it was cutting through concrete. Even after pouring some water into the bottom of the holes before planting it was found that the water was just not soaking away because of how solid and compacted the soil was. After plenty of soaking and forming a ditch like set up I finally managed to get plenty of water into the soil helped along by a decent amount of overnight steady rain. You just would have not believed just how hard and dry that soil was helped by the lack of a decent amount of rain over the past twelve months or so.
My wife provided plenty of tea that made all the difference when taking break between each new planting:-)