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Sidmouth a day at the seaside

Well not actually a day. I had to do some real work and then after I had a stroll along the sea front and went to see a very old friend for lunch. Then I did some more work on my way back. Not a bad way to spend a day!



Sidmouth a day at the seaside

Well not actually a day. I had to do some real work and then after I had a stroll along the sea front and went to see a very old friend for lunch. Then I did some more work on my way back. Not a bad way to spend a day!



comments (26)

  • Penny
  • still here
  • 6 Oct 2014, 00:57
One of our family's old haunts, Bill. My grandmother's cousin (my godmother) lived in Sidmouth all her life. Nice place but shame about the pebbly beach, which I hated when I was a little girl.
Bill Phillips: We seldom went when we were kids because of the stony beach. Exmouth was nice and sandy!
I've not been to Sidmouth since my schooldays, I remember it as being very nice, Bill, as is your photo.
Bill Phillips: It is a nice town. We rarely went when I was a kid as the beach is stony. So we went to Exmouth and Sandy Bay (before the latter had a million caravans)
feather clouds... silver seas... dark brown cliffs and very old rowboats...
what else could one ask for Bill... well done....petersmile
Bill Phillips: not a lot really Peter smile
  • Astrid
  • .....somewhere in the States.....
  • 6 Oct 2014, 03:26
This is a wonderful picture. Love all the soft tomes and the rocks are beautiful, so is the boat.
Bill Phillips: Otter Sandstone about 250 million years old
Not a bad way to spend the day at all, Bill!
Bill Phillips: I thought so Ginnie grin
magnificent clouds in the sky. great subject too, very well exposed Bill
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ayush. It was a beautiful day
Superb capture with this amazing sky Bill!
Bill Phillips: It was a glorious day Richard
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Oct 2014, 06:10
You and I have similar tastes, Bill - I took a picture from the same place last year -
Bill Phillips: I had better weather grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Oct 2014, 07:18
A fine image indeed, the curve of the boat and that of the clouds compliment each other
Bill Phillips: They do rather and that is not fiddled smile
We have stood here a few times, and will be back again in November no doubt.
Bill Phillips: Lovely town Sidmouth. Seldom went there as a kid as the beach is stony
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 6 Oct 2014, 09:00
That sky makes this quite a stunning image Bill. I would have to need the colours down a touch, got the whole of the boat in the picture and posted it on Droitwich Friday. But then it's boring being perfect.
Bill Phillips: Agree about the boat. When you have complete control (i.e. the thing in't going to move )there is no excuse. The colour looks better on Flickr
Love those red cliffs. Sure looks like the island. Love that sky too.
Bill Phillips: Sidmouth lies within a wedge of the Otter Sandstone (245 - 235 million years old) exposed due to faulting to the west of the town that interrupts the general eastward dip of the rock layers. Westward the Otter Sandstones disappear from the cliffs under Peak Hill replaced at beach level by the Mercia Mudstone group (235 - 204 million years old). Approaching Sidmouth from the west there is a fault that exposes the Otter Sandstones again and results with them suddenly appearing in the cliff face adjacent to the younger Mercia Mudstones. East of the town the eastward dip causes the Otter Sandstones to disappear again below beach level, replaced y the Mercia Mudstones. Both sequences are red indicating they formed in an arid environment.

The Otter Sandstone at Sidmouth is particularly well known a source of Rhynchosaur fossils. These strange creatures grew to about 2m, walked on four legs and fed on plants that grew in the sandy river plains. They are described as mammal-like reptiles and have no close relative today. Although the fossils of Rhynchosaurs are very rare important specimens have been collected form the Otter Sandstone at Sidmouth and Ladram Bay. The Otter Sandstone is regarded as a globally important site for Triassic fossils.

The ancient environment

The Otter Sandstones formed after a brief very dry period and were deposited by large braided rivers. The red colour of the rock indicates the landscape must have been arid but, with the rivers offering a source of water, plants and animals could colonise the area. There were also a variety of animals inhabiting this environment including Rhyncosaurs and other early reptiles. The harsh arid conditions and fast flowing rivers at this time meant that remains of these creatures were rarely fossilised.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Oct 2014, 10:40
This friend is so very old, you had to chew his lunch for him? Or just a figure of speech?

Not bad at all.
Bill Phillips: The old friend is a she and I have known her since she was about 13 and I was 15. She runs a guest house with her husband and she made lunch for us...Salmon and very nice it was too
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2014, 11:16
It all works, Bill. Looks as though the boats dressed for that amazing sky. :o)
Bill Phillips: It was a happy accident Jennie
Fine shot, Bill - sounds like the kind of day I would approve of smile
Bill Phillips: It was very civilised Tom, and lovely to see a dear old friend
The sky sets the boat off very nicely Bill. Love the colour of the rocks too. I'm just along the coast from you today
Bill Phillips: I noticed that Janey. I wish I had had time to visit the trams
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2014, 12:21
Work? I thought that was what us poor people had to do. The coastline looks lovely.
Bill Phillips: It is. I never found a job that paid me a lot of money to fully express my incompetence so I have to keep earning a bit where I can
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 6 Oct 2014, 12:24
I've sat on that bit of beach behind the boat ...about 25 years ago
Bill Phillips: You were a young firebrand then I imagine comrade
It's a very peaceful shot, Bill. Love the sky, it goes on forever.
Bill Phillips: Well at least as far as Cherbourg I guess
You've made this picturesque scene come alive, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Beverly.
Very serene, nice feel and shot Bill. I remember running out of lifts and spending the night in a bus shelter here when hitching back in the 60's
Bill Phillips: Well there are worse places for that to happen John
Not a bad picture, either.
Bill Phillips: I've done worse
As we will be in this very spot next week I may well crib your photograph, presuming of course the weather decides to behave itself.
Bill Phillips: Well imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Brian
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2014, 19:08
and a lovely picture to show for it, what interesting looking cliffs against the sky
Bill Phillips: Yes it is a beautiful deep red sandstone Anne
Wonderful shot Bill!!!! LOVE that sky!
Bill Phillips: It was a glorious day E
  • Ray
  • TheVillage, Thailand
  • 14 Oct 2014, 13:40
Bill Phillips: Thanks!!!

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