Another week of changeable weather with storms that took away another part of the beach below our famous golden cliffs (sorry picture not taken) and a poor dead dolphin washed up on the sand. On Valentines Day we planned a day out at Lyme Regis. The weather was so awful that we ended up working instead! I'm pleased to say that on our second attempt to visit Lyme Regis the weather was just like a spring day making the views even more spectacular!
|Lyme Bay looking towards Charmouth|
As it was half term and the first decent day everyone was out enjoying the sunshine and low tide!
The sky was so blue and this display of the colourful dogwood so eye catching!
The colours on Eype beach are more muted.
We are continuing to try and reduce the number of single-use plastic items coming into our house. We now have lots of toilet rolls wrapped in paper rather than plastic and have gone back to using washing powder rather than liquid, all these small changes do make a difference, I was very encouraged this week talking to local retailers this week to hear the efforts they are going to trying to find alternatives. I took part in another beach clean to gather material for a project a local school is involved in to highlight the plastic debate, although we didn't find as much rubbish as before!
|The Nurdle hunters - even a passing dog came to see what was going on!|
On Saturday we went to Charmouth Heritage Centre where we joined Philip Strange to take part in a Nurdle Hunt, as I have mentioned nurdles (sometimes called mermaid tears) are plastic pellets the size of lentils. They are increasing being washed up on the shore and are eaten by fish and sea birds mistaking them for food. The plastic pellets are melted down and used to make most of the plastic items that we use today from bin bags to phone covers. Spills take place when they are handled or transported.
|My husband searching for nurdles|
Unfortunately we didn't have to venture very far from the Centre to find them. I gave up counting them after I had picked up 120! We had never come across so many on mass before although we were told that there were less on this stretch of beach compared with the previous year. It did feel as if our efforts were like a small drop in the ocean! Our hunt did however create lots of interest, as those passing stopped to find out what we were doing. It was good to meet up with another fellow blogger, although there wasn't much time to chat and I forget to photograph the occasion!
|Our nurdle collection which we estimated to be around 200.|
Wishing you a happy and healthy week, thank you for popping by.
A quick reminder for anyone else who would like to take part that next week's post will be another visit "Through the Garden Gate." I know my post will definitely be more colourful than last month as we welcome and admire the first signs of Spring.