Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Marram grass trails at Belhaven beach...

Another wee solo cycle again from a week or so ago while G working and it was back out on the army Pugsley again to JMCP...


Today I cycled out to the point at Belhaven Bay as I usually do but cycled through the tracks in the dunes, marram grass is a natural plant to be found on dune systems and is widely recognised for its roots which help hold dunes together as they grow in height with wind blown sand the marram grass keeps growing through the sand...


Not quite disappeared in the encroaching dunes is a WW2 Machine Gun Pill box out near the point, it is quite obvious not many people know of it's existence or have come across it as it has not been treated with the usual spray tag or rubbish left...

Was a lovely day again to be outdoors in the fresh air... good for the soul...



Wee film, song is `DC (Bit, Remix of Boards of Canada) by Odd Nosdam

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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Awesome Jeep special on Youtube...

 Mid January and my Jeep is tucked away with wet roads caked in road salt, so time for another cool Jeep film from someone else from a  great Youtube channel, Check out this amazing special down under in Australia built from a WW2 Ford GPW Jeep, amazing engineering and detail...

Enjoy...


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Thursday, 20 January 2022

Cycle around Gullane/Archerfield coast...


Another clear sunny winter day on the coast and today we were down along the coast at Archerfield, days like this may be cold with the damp air but the light is amazing with the low sun and long shadows adding to a surreal atmosphere, and the coast is quiet being midweek and most folk back at work now, we hardly saw anyone today as we bimbled along to Gullane then returned to Yellowcraig...














Quality built access ramp going in allowing easier access up and down here - this is quality construction built and will not be cheap, you won't see this expense spent by the Council authorities on something like this and paid for by the Golf Course... be the last time humping the bike up the slope here, it will be finished soon!



Wee film, song is `Human Dexterity` by Euphonic 7




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Saturday, 15 January 2022

Jeep in a hedge? - film on Youtube...

 Not much left of it but how about a WW2 Jeep turning up in a hedge near where you live?, what would be the chance of that!, follow this guy on YouTube and found a lot of films by this real enthusiast informative this is certainly entertaining even though hardly any of the Jeep remains...



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Thursday, 13 January 2022

Cycle to the WW2 Sub wrecks...

 

Solo cycle today with G working so along to Gullane as not been out to the WW2 sub wrecks for a while. I stopped by the small cave at Murder Hill for a look about...


Out across the Bay to the wrecks and made good time with the sand smooth and firm...







Stunning day to be out here and as often mid week had the place to myself...

Wee film, Song is `Music Is Math` by Boards Of Canada



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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Cycle around the WW2 Tank blocks at Gullane Point...

 

Since a kid i loved coming out here with my Dad and looking at the WW2 stuff that's nearly all still visible in the growing dune system above the high tide line at Gullane point, today all on the Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve. Most of the tank blocks are still in amazingly good condition despite being built in the summer of 1940 as Great Britain hurriedly  built the coastal Crust anti invasion defence barrier along the east coast of the UK for the expected defence against the German War Machine that had swept right through Western Europe taking many countries by total surprise...

Some soldiers of other countries including Poland escaped to the UK to carry on their fight  and were involved in helping with the construction.... 

The spelling of Wednesday as `Wedenesday` a possible clue on this block dated 21st August  as most of the signed blocks here were set on or around that date that the makers signed before they had dried...


Not sure how a German military mark was left though it is reversed... prob a youngster having a laugh...


Though as we read today the reality of invasion was very real indeed and things could have been very different  today if things had went there Germans way...


Wonder what T Black did after the war?... his named is etched in several...


The blocks ran high across the Reserve and along the coast to Aberlady, where they again started at Gosford Bay at Green Craig all the way to Port Seaton and must have been some sight...

The Anti Tank stopping blocks were just one measure, Anti glider poles on flat areas, mine fields, Machine Gun Pill boxes, trenches behind machine gun pilll boxes, ant tank trenches, flame fourgasse sites, barbed wire and mortar mounted were hastily built... all to slow an invading force to allow deployment of defenders...


I uncovered this mortar mound a few  years ago and around the same time found and uncovered one at Fernie Ness both situated on a slightly raised area overlooking their target areas...






The large machine gun pill box has nearly disappeared and gives an indication of the growth of these dunes as it would have once looked out across the flat sands and today has a 70 foot dune in front of it, I wonder what else is buried out here amongst the blown sand?...



Wee film, song is `Seeya Later` by Boards Of Canada


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