Tuesday, 12 March 2013
A desert in the UK?
On the walk back the tide had gone out, when it does there is some walk to get to the sea!
The place we were staying had planted a little dry bed, I think they need a bit of help:
The poor agaves did not look good:
There was only one that showed any real signs it may survive:
I am guessing they made a very simple mistake of planting directly into soil and not giving any rain shelter over this very wet winter. They could have spent a bit more on landscaping!
Anyway on the last day it we visited the desert. It is just along the coast from Rye at Dungeness and has another claim to fame with its 3 power stations. Apparently it got the desert status due to its lack of water: despite having sea on one side and man made lakes on the other. The last part to the drive is strangely beautiful, you have lakes surrounded an arid landscape, on the horizon lots of electricity pylons and the power stations. Then you get to the coastal road
This is the desert and it is covered in skeletons of old boats and buildings
We did get out to look at the light houses though, the old one is up by one of the power stations. It seems a long way form the sea, but at least they would never run out of power.
The new one sits in the middle of the desert, which is another strange concept.
It really is a fascinating place and one I would like to re-visit on a much warmer day!