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Although we haven't experienced it as bad as some parts of the country, particularly Wales and Cornwall, we too have had our very rough days here in Dover, we have certainly had our moments. Maybe the worst of the stormy weather is gone now...or do we speak too soon? This picture above was taken yesterday and shows the sea just outside the western exit. The seabird thought it best to move sharpish when it saw this roller approaching...not sure what kind of a bird it is but it doesn't look like the standard seagull.
Scroll down the page to see the Le Touquet deal from MYFERRYLINK.Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 08:04
These are rough oul times weatherwise and no mistake, and it goes on.. with a further Atlantic surge due in today monday. The picture above shows the sky yesterday morning over the channel. A big big sky with very unusual cloud formation..with added swirl. Once again it was the sunday morning calm between two storms as before long this sky had transformed itself into a Force 9 Gale of some severity.
And Now...for those contemplating a breather from all the buffeting...here's an idea from MYFERRYLINK....
A January Getaway in Le Touquet
Exclusive offer at the luxury 4* Le Grand Hotel for MyFerryLink customers
For those looking to recover from the hectic bustle of Christmas and the New Year, MyFerryLink has the perfect solution. The Dover-Calais ferry operator has teamed up with the gorgeous 4* Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet, to offer its customers an exclusive deal for a relaxing January getaway.
From now until 31 January 2014, travellers with MyFerryLink can enjoy a two night stay in a double room, plus breakfast and three course dinner for just €185 per person (based on 2 people sharing a room, beverages excluded). That’s a €45 saving per person on the usual price! And with any duration prices for a car and up to 9 people starting from £70 return, customers can enjoy a luxury three-day break from just £190 per person.
Located by the beautiful Canche estuary, the luxury Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet is just a 10 minute walk away from the centre of this chic coastal resort. It is home to a magnificent collection of contemporary art and also offers customers a large indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and beauty spa with a range of massages and treatments. The hotel’s acclaimed La Lorelei restaurant offers a contemporary fine dining menu, or for a more chilled buffet style meal, customers can eat in the Roots restaurant with its innovative ‘urban seaside’ interiors.
Le Touquet boasts miles upon miles of sandy beaches - ideal for relaxing walks to blow away the midwinter cobwebs. There’s a wealth of cafés and restaurants to choose from, and the designer clothes shops and huge array of beautiful locally produced food shops are perfect for browsing and choosing gifts to take home.
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Have a soft spot for Le Touquet myself for sure.
Thanks Tempie, glad you are liking the pictures.
Monday, 6 January 2014 - 06:22
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (email@example.com)
Hi Paul Boland, Thank you for getting back and letting me know! My apologies! I will go to the main forum, register and post my request there. GREAT PICTURES!
Kind Regards Tempie Williams Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 12:57
This is about as LIVE as we can get...the Port of Dover guys came to retrieve their stairwell a few minutes ago.
Yes you are right indeed Vic they came to get it poste haste as you can see from the picture above, also you are right about the safety aspect of things, people should keep well clear when its at its worst. Thanks also for the info re fixings etc. Those fixtures and fittings have had to put up with a fierce pounding lately. I never remember it as bad.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:57
vic matcham, Dover
Thanks Paul are you trying to make me feel better about it.?
but I think it is the fixings out of the wall not the weldingthis time,they could still be the old ones lots of good outdoor paints about now. but somone will be taking that up the s/yard if it is not moved soon
Some great photos of the sea taken but as already said the public should stay well away from the fencing and walls,if they go in they will never get out again with the winds and sea like it is now the waves will push the person hard up against the wall and that will be that but some will not be told till it is to late.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:54
Thanks Ray and Vic re the information below about the walkway/gangplank or whatever one might call it. I did wonder if it might have come from the Prince of Wales pier but.... The picture above left shows the very very high tide almost swallowing the local pier, and the pic on the right shows the sea about to reclaim the stairs having given it up earlier. The tide is low as I write and it is still there in situ mid beach( further pictures below ). It looks quite a new stairs Vic so maybe one of them newer fellers did the welding work on this one.
Tempie Williams this is not the main forum, this is the Sea News section for nautical items only. You would need to post your message on the central forum which is now under.. www.dover.uk.com/forums/ .. following our merger. Register with Doverforum there and you will probably have more of a wider chance of getting help. The Register link is at the top of the page there on the right hand side. Good luck in your quest.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 07:40
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Members of the Dover Forum,
I am posting my ancestry request for information below upon the kind response suggestion of Mr. David Hannent FRICS FBEng MCIArb ,
“ Hi Seasons Greetings.
I find your quest very interesting but I really am not into this kind of research. I have my own family tree which is sadly neglected due to me having to work all hours. I am sure those you have contacted will help or perhaps try doverforum.com and post a request - there are many there that have time and knowledge.
I wish you well
Firstly, my name is Tempie Williams. I am American- born with deceased American- born parents. My husband is British -born with Dominican parents and we live in Crawley, England. I accidently just came across the 'Dover Historian' website and with great interest! I sent my request to the publisher and several others in England, US and Dominica , as I am coming to you here, asking if anyone could assist me in finding out more information or point me in the right direction regarding:
A slave according to the 'Slave Registers of Former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812- 1834 and Dominica General Registry of Slaves … stating his:
Estimated birth year: is abt 1800, Age: 17, Nationality: Creole, Gender: Male, Parish: St. Joseph, Colonial Dependency: Dominica , Name of owner or Plantation: Dover Estate.
Secondly, I believe according to all my research that he could be the father to my 3rd great grandmother born in North Carlina according to , USA on my mother ( born in Alabama, USA) ancestry lineage. I am finding fascinating discoveries in both my mom and dad's ancestry lineage. I have a ancestry wiki page that I tried to post here and was not able to but coulf provide if needed to give better detail to my story.
Again, If you have any information or can point me in the right direction, I would be most appreciative. I can be reached at: email@example.com
(P.S. I also sent an email to: Mr, Paul Boland : firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding my posting of this request.)
Tempie Williams (of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Tempie Williams )
Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 06:30
vic matcham, Dover
I hope they are not I fixed them there but that years ago.Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 14:06
Ray H, Dover
Those steps look familiar, i suspect they have broken away from the beach access opposite the Gateway Flats!
Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 10:28
Just come back on to add this picture to the ones in the post below..as just noticed what has surprisingly washed up.
...Yes indeed its a gangway or walkway of large dimension and the stormy weather clearly took it from elsewhere and deposited it right here on the beach. If anyone is searching for a missing stairway then here she is... I'm still waiting nay hoping for a pot of gold to turn up one morning! What are the chances??
See also the pictures below just added earlier.Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 08:22
WATCH OUT GUYS ! THERE'S ANOTHER ONE COMING...
These youngsters had much fun yesterday dodging the seafront waves. The relentless spray and pounding had them hugely entertained for ages. Much better than video games!!? And fairly safe to do in Dover but not safe everywhere as we hear on the news. But of course nobody should take any chances.
The Spirit of France was back in full service yesterday after its refit, see also post further below. Here she is arriving back into harbour in the choppy afternoon conditions. The hazardous weather goes on...the ferries had to cope with a Severe Gale 9 out in the Channel again yesterday.
This chap at bottom of picture was caught by surprise by the leaping wave as he strolled along yesterday. Whoooosh!
Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 07:26
As seen in some of the pictures below our weather sure has been relentless, and certainly would not have wanted to be crossing the channel in that, one minute wind and rain the next sun.
And like many others have suffered from the storms losing tiles and guttering, pretty scary indeed.
Friday, 3 January 2014 - 12:34
The sky yesterday over the channel at about 3.30pm. Hard to say whether it was the calm before the storm or the calm after the storm as there are so many storms now that ones head is in a spin from the buffeting. But it made for an interesting cloud formation anyhow.
P&O's superferry the Spirit of France is just back from a refit which was carried out in fine style and on time despite the awful weather. Came back into service last night but conditions being what they are we have no picture of the ship as yet...but here is one I made earlier ! Incidently the Spirit of Britain leaves for a refit today.
The Spirit of France...
Oh dear! sorry to hear you had tiles off your roof Colette. A number of people are reporting the same, very difficult times for guttering, tiles, and everything else. More high winds on Sunday too I believe. Batten down the hatches!
Yes lovely picture from Samphire. Is it au naturelle or is there some Photoshop happening? Lovely soft tones. I heard on the quiz Pointless recently that Samphire is actually a wild seaside asparagus...there you are, not a lot of people know that.
ADDED: the Prince of Wales pier is open to the public again. Some of the safety fencing was destroyed by the high winds and it was closed for safety reasons. Some of the guys that fish down there did so on the beach instead. They will be glad to see it open again. However as the weather is horribly unpredictable these days its probably best not to go down there in high winds.
Friday, 3 January 2014 - 08:15
Barry W-S, Dover
That's a great haunting photo of wccp at Samphire Hoe taken by Stephen, it brings to mind shades of David Lean's 'Great Expectations' no less Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 20:50
howard mcsweeney, dover
sorry to hear that colette i have been lucky so far - touch wood.
not actually the sea here but a lot of it is in the photo taken by stephen walker of wccp at samphire hoe on the 27th december.
Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 19:36
Colette Boland, Dover
Some Fab photos on Sea News depicting the ever changing weather conditions we are experiencing these days. We have suffered some tiles off roof with leaks in the house. Today gives us a chance to rectify some of the damage before the next onslaught tomorrow & over the weekend.
Hope your telly is back to normal today PaulB Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 11:52
We are enjoying a brief lull today after some atrocious gales and conditions yesterday.... during this stormy period right across the area there have been reports of trees down and some structural damage.. many houses have suffered slate loss etc etc and on a more minor scale even yours truly's TV picture went for a Burton yesterday, breaking into coloured boxes and then failure. Havent seen that kind of thing since pre-digital. The weather seems to be dominating everything at the moment as we stagger from one storm to the next. This is the day to get out and about as we understand there are more Atlantic lows trundling our way for Friday and again on Sunday.
The picture below shows the channel this morning...approximately 8am. The sun is promising to break through.
The Calm after the Storm. All operating normally at the Port.Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 08:29
You dont need me to tell you that conditions have been awful. Here are another couple of pictures this time taken yesterday. The storms go on....and heavens with more to come by all accounts.
The picture above shows the Dieppe Seaways yesterday battling its way to Calais. I watched the ship leave and it is looking more than a tad weatherbeaten at the moment. But I guess no surprise there...normally a very sleek looking ship and generally immaculate, but the weather takes its toll.
Below we have a durability test about to take place on one of the new seafront lights. Whoosh it got a pasting and a pounding. Nice pale light they emit...all are working well save for one central one...I mention that again in case the guys from the Port are looking in.
Nice picture below there Howard from Robert Bradford...always like to see the ones from the heights. Very welcome.Wednesday, 1 January 2014 - 08:26
howard mcsweeney, Dover
dramatic photos there paul, the previous day the wccp team were up st martin's battery and it was all very different.
photo courtesy of robert bradford - wccp.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 - 13:16
Once again we got a fierce battering this morning here in Dover. A severe FORCE 9 Gale shivered the timbers all about and made conditions horrendous in the harbour and out on the Channel in particular. Sailings continued but it was treacherous out there...here we are with the exclusive pictures...
The picture above shows the Rodin. As soon as it stuck its nose out into the open sea..well it came in for an immediate hammering. This is literally a few metres outside harbour. Let the onslaught begin.
The pic above is not sharp but I thought it still worth showing for the nigh impossibility of the conditions. Underneath that mighty wave is the Cruise Terminal swamped and dwarfed. The white van to the mid left shows the scale.
The waves powered over the outer protective wall too. Even the long distant container ships struggle.
The Pride of Burgundy takes a mighty roll..its nose sinking down just outside harbour and its stern pushed round. The DFDS vessel ahead powers towards Dunkerque. These two final pictures above and below were taken a tad later..
The Pride of Kent returning home...with huge difficulty. Anyone onboard will be feeling it by now, having come across the Channel like that.
Bit of a shocking change in the conditions compared to the tranquil pix in the post below.
Monday, 30 December 2013 - 15:31