Friday, 30 November 2007

More cliffs

About 15 miles north of the White Cliffs of Dover, the cliffs of Thanet are lower (but just as white). This bay is cut off by high tides, and so gives a safe roost to waders in winter.

At low tide (when the waders are feeding over the rocks and sand) the face of some of the cliffs show holes, which seem to be interlinked as brick arches line the interiors.
Were these smuggling hideaways from the customsmen, or storerooms for fishermen, or maybe just safety holes to shelter anyone cut off by the tide?
Botany Bay itself - was it so named before or after the Australian namesake I wonder? Sorry, no answers, just questions. Oh, the big red box is a lifeguard's hideaway, providing shelter for the occasional Black Redstart.

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