After two weeks of mighty storms and bone numbing temperatures, we have a mild, calm day on the island with amazing atmospheric light. We’ve had high winds, roaring seas and storm surges for days – and there has been some serious erosion to the coastline all around the island. This is evident even on the small beach below the cottage – the dunes have been cut back and there has been a huge amount of sand lost and swept out to sea.
The storms which bring the greatest damage are usually the ones that are prolonged – lasting days – and the erosion becomes incrementally more severe. If we have a spring of gentle and benign tides the sand will be returned over a number of weeks and the marram grass will have time to reestablish itself.
We’ll also feel less battered and bruised!