Posted by: Corri van de Stege | November 10, 2007


Wells next to Sea 

 Autumn chill and winter storms suddenly descended with a vengeance this week and storms battered the coasts of Norfolk, where I live.  It was only last weekend that we went for a long walk along the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, with long stretches of sand and water inlets at low tide, in fairly balmy weather.  It was a beautiful and wind still day, not a sigh, just sky and water merging into a very small strip of the surf breaking on the beach in the very far distance as we came down.  We never even made it as far as the actual edge of sea and waves, in particular as we were not too sure when the tide would rise again. 

I love these quaint names of the villages and towns in Norfolk as if thought up by a child who’s writing her very own fairly tales and the names thus invented became part of the vernacular and were written large on signs and directions for the villages scattered along the coast and further inland.

Last weekend I also did some reading and research into the sea surge of 1953 that caused mayhem and death in Holland as well as in Norfolk, unaware that a similar threat was just round the corner.  I was very small when that disaster happened and did not live in the stricken areas, neither do I remember anything about it as it actually happened.  However, one of my siblings told me that in good Christian spirit all us children had to donate toys, not old ones, no really good ones that we were attached to.  All donations were collected by a horse-drawn cart, piled high and disappeared.  One of my brother’s favourite teddy bear vanished this way, a calamity, he still remembers some fifty years later!

Fortunately no great disaster occurred this week, not in Norfolk, where in the 1953 floods some 300 people died.   Strange how you can be engrossed in some research for writing and then that event suddenly is part of the headlines that same week.



  1. Nature can be cruel, indeed. It seems this year it is paying excessive attention to Britain, among other countries.

    Let’s hope nothing bad happens to you and yours, seachanges.

  2. Jose: fortunately I live well away from the coast and on higher ground 🙂

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