Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Barns ness lighthouse remained semi-automated requiring a single keeper until 1986 when it was fully automated, in early 2005 the uk and ireland lighthouse authorities decided that the barns ness lighthouse was no longer needed and was sadly deactivated in october 2005.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Looking back and down towards the coast lies barn's ness light house, and the north sea.
And a little further inland lafarge cement works.
A quick picture of the LHT disc complete with panner racks and mudguards.
I continued my cycle east along the old closed off A1 out towards the power station which lies about six miles from Dunbar.
And out along the break water at the point, the picture above shows the dolaces which are laid individually to protect the shoreline around the power station from coastal corrosion......
They also protect the Dunbar lifeboat which is moored in relative safety from strong northeast storms like the one we had here just last week, the lifeboat is a trent class capable of a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles, it's powered by two mman turbo engines.
While out on the point i took a quick pic of st abbs head in the distance....
The components list
Surly disc trucker frame (steel)
Deore chain set 48/36/26
Hollowtech bottom bracket
Slx rear mech
Slx front mech
Slx rear cassette
Die compi brake leavers
Shimano 160mm rotors x2
Shimano front and rear disc brake calipers
Mavic 717 rims built with halo black spokes and Slx hubs
Continental gatorskin tires x2
Sks mudguards x2
9 speed sram chain
Turtec front and rear panner
Pro 110 stem
Ritchy comp drop bars
Chris king head set with carbon spacers
Brooks b17 leather saddle with suspension seat post
Dura ace bar end shifters x2
Deda green bar tape.
Monday, 1 October 2012
There was also lots of wild life that suffered natures wrath, these sea urchins have been up routed and washed ashore over the hard ground which has removed most of the spines, lots of dead young sea birds where also lying on the beach.
Most of the local creel fishermen have reported lots of damage and some are even missing gear, this is a parlor creel so called because of the parlor trap at the end, the lobster is attracted into the trap with fish which is tied in a bait band found in the centre of the creel, the parlor trap is in the top left hand corner of the picture, a soft eye is tied into the netting which the crustacean thinks is away out, once it passes through the soft eye closes behind and the lobster is then trapped, these creels tend to keep 90% of what crawl into them making them the ideal lobster pot.
I cycled around the point and back in along the beach towards john muir country park, now the rivers and burns have receded and returned to there normal levels, the only thing left to remind us that there was ever a storm here is the odd uprooted tree and lots of drift wood scattered along the tyne estuary.
Still going strong after nearly two years abuse, and lots more sandy fun to come.
I then decided to cycle through the park and make my way home, another enjoyable cycle on the coast.