Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Penshaw Monument - Again

I've more photos of Penshaw Monument than you can shake a stick at, but I've not seen this particular cloud formation, matching the hill below, before and I couldn't resist yet another photo.

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Friday, 11 February 2011

Things on the beach - Seaham Harbour

I like Seaham, and they are currently spending a wad of money to create a marina in a part of the old harbour, which is great. These photos indicate a link to the past perhaps, not the way that the town is generally moving.

These two gloves were lying on the sand - no human intervention on my part!

This is coal dust on the beach. I don't know if it due to the, now long discontinued, practice of tipping mining spoil into the sea or because there is an exposed seam underwater somewhere.

Here's a couple of rather more pleasant pictures.

The church of St Mary the Virgin, Old Seaham.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Effluent Entering the River Wear

These two photos show the discharge from what I assume to be Northumberland Water's sewage treatment plant in Barmston into the river Wear, adjacent to the Wildfowl centre in Washington. I sent these and other photos to the Sunderland Echo, but not a peck of interest from that quarter (31-1-11). The environment section of Sunderland Council did show some concern however and contacted the national agency whose responsibility it is to monitor river water. I await their comments with interest.

Edit - I had better get the phrase river water pollution UK in here so that it can be picked up by search engines.

So is this a one off incident? Apparently not, the next time I walked that way the stuff was still pouring out (7-2-11)