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With the approach of Christmas, from the end of November to December is always delivery time to the Norfolk galleries. It is also a brilliant time to be out and about in Norfolk to see what birds the North East wind has blown in. In the late November 2013 visit, I had been hoping to see the snow buntings. I had walked between Salthouse to Cley. Even though it was a good place to see the snow buntings, it was a no show day.
Then two weeks later, along the East coast the devastating great storm and sea surge of December 2013 stamped its mark on the landscape.
The carpark at Salthouse beach had been reclaimed by the coastline and was completely filled with pebbles. The high shingle bank that protected the land from Salthouse to Cley had all but gone. Streams of water running off the land travelled under the shingle beach and bubbled up from unexpected places. Where the shingle bank had been completely flattened, a stream poured out into the sea dividing the villages of Salthouse and Cley. Everyone walking the path looked bewildered at the changes. The Brent geese circled the saltmarshes as if they were also unsettled by the changes to the coastline. The changes to the terrain were dramatic. A gentle mist just rested on everything as a blanket of calm. The colours of the sky reflected on the now quiet sea.‘Cley shingle bank’ has a simplicity of colour and came together in only a few weeks using just three blocks.
The linocut ‘Cley shingle bank’ was exhibited at The SWLA Natural Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries 2014. It is also included in the book called ‘Norfolk Gems’ published by Mascot Media ISBN: 978-0-9954651-6-9
Max Angus SWLA