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The shifting sands of East Head

by Clare Mansell
The shifting sands of East Head

East Head is a sand dune spit at the entrance to Chichester Harbour and right at the eastern end of West Wittering beach. I first visited by boat in my twenties when we’d cadge a lift on whatever floating vessel we could come by, bringing with us ball games and disposable barbecues. I borrowed a sailing boat once, forgot to put the bungs in before we set sail and only noticed when I saw it had sunk in the shallow water where we’d moored it. We got it afloat and made it home just, bailing out all the way.

Later I cycled here, via the small ferry that crosses from Bosham to Itchenor, and had similar mishaps with a puncture and a passing stranger who stopped to help us.

These days we come by car with dogs and a small child and just as my life has changed, East Head is always evolving too, a constantly shifting spit of sand anchored to the mainland by the briefest of hinges. If you look at historical charts you can see how the whole land mass has moved around the clock face over the years, from 3 o’clock in the 1700s to 6 o’clock where it is now.

These places that we return to time and again become markers in our lives, ways to measure the changes while all around us the sands are shifting.

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9 comments

Isisjem November 24, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Great pictures. I didn’t know this place existed.

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Jo Jo November 24, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Beautiful post, Clare, words and pictures.

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) November 27, 2013 - 11:44 am

Thanks Jo, I really appreciate the comment. Sometimes you sit down to do a blog post and think “what the heck am I going to write to go with these pictures” and then it just comes… 🙂

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Carie November 24, 2013 - 10:36 pm

It looks gorgeous – cold but gorgeous!

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Coombe Mill November 24, 2013 - 10:47 pm

What lovely sentiments, also great that you are re-visiting favourite places with your own child now to make some lovely new memories. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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TheBoyandMe November 26, 2013 - 11:58 am

So perfect, the light on the back of your boy’s head is wonderful, and I love the shot of your dogs as well. Bet it was a bit nippy though?

Popping over from Country Kids.

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) November 27, 2013 - 11:45 am

Yes, very nippy, but the light (when I caught it) was lovely! 🙂

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Nancy November 27, 2013 - 11:41 am

Beautiful light, beautiful photos… and I love your message about the shifting sands.

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Angela December 4, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Stunning photos, the light was just perfect. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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