A moment of calm

October 26th, 2015, 1pm

It was 14°C with few clouds. The breeze was gentle.

Taking my family down to the coast on Saturday for their holiday (as it’s the school half term holiday this week) provided a very welcome opportunity for some rest and relaxation. After some rain, the skies cleared and I was able to enjoy a lovely moment on the beach, here at Littlestone (very near to New Romney, hence the auto-location label above).

The object that can be seen in the distance is a ‘Pheonix Unit’ - a reinforced concrete caisson originally destined to be part of the Mulberry harbours used as temporary floating harbours immediately after the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. But this one ran aground while being towed on its way round the coast prior to D-Day, and it’s remained off Littlestone beach ever since. A reminder of what some regard as one of the best examples of military engineering ever undertaken.

Do read the Wikipedia article for more information on this extraordinary undertaking.

David Wade, Arushi, Hedaya and So-Shan said thanks.

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Adrian Tribe

A follower of Jesus Christ, a husband and father, a Kentish Man (not a Man of Kent), a commuter to London

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