Coast to Coast – March


I feel incredibly lucky to live so near the coast.  I have a number of different beaches, and coastal towns to choose from. Making each experience at the Coast a different one.


Harvey loves the Coast just as much as my husband and I, the sea calls to us. Harvey expressed he finds the sea magical. So, this began an interesting conversation.

What the Sea means to Harvey

Me – “What do you love most about the Sea Harvey?”

Harvey – “The way the sun sparkles on the water”

Me – “It is glistening today, isn’t it?”

glistening sea

Harvey “And I love the funny noise it makes on the rocks”

The Sea was calm, so the water gently lapped at the rocks.

Beach rocks

Roker Harbour, Pier and Lighthouse

In 1717 the newly formed River Wear Commission began to improve the harbour entrance at the mouth of the Wear. By 1750 a pair of breakwaters had been built. And by the beginning of the next century each had a lighthouse at its end.

With the growth of Sunderland as a port. It was decided to improve the approach to the river by creating an outer harbour, protected by a new pair of breakwaters curving out into the North Sea from the shore each side. The foundation stone for the New North Pier (Roker Pier) was laid in 1885. Applauded at the time as a triumph of engineering.

The opposite ‘New South Pier was begun around the same time but never fully completed due to the First World War.

Roker Pier

Stone Skimming

Just before leaving we headed to the waters edge for a stone skimming lesson. A right of passage for any small child. And especially children who have a longing for the sea.

Stone Skimming


“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.

Welcome to our Coast-to-Coast loop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from time zones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives – both literal and philosophical – of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons. Next in the loop is

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Love all the glittering light captured on the sea. Spring is in the air at last!

  2. Jo

    What a lovely way to document the sea, through the eyes and feelings of a child, I can feel all these images

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