where the south downs meets the sea ...
Green Sussex fading into blue, with one grey glimpse of sea.
Beautiful Cuckmere Haven, where country and sea blend into one.
Sheep seem unphased when hanging off the steep slopes. The National Trust have reintroduced sheep and cattle to graze in this area.
The Cuckmere River meanders from the South Downs to the English Channel. A grey heron wades through shallow water, along with it a little egret.
The beach at Cuckmere Haven was featured in the 2007 film Atonement. A postcard of one of the three Coastguard Cottages overlooking the beach, was a central element of the plot with Robbie Turner focusing on it as the idyll where he and Cecilia Tallis would retire after World War II. The final sequence of the film with Robbie and Cecilia running in the waves was shot on the beach.
The chalk landscape is constantly changing. The cliffs are eroding at a rate of 30-40 cms each year.
Sea kale (crambe maritima). By May the buds have turned into flowers with yellow centres, with a honey scent.
The Coastguard Cottages as seen in the photo, once kept watch for contraband, a boom industry in these parts 200 years ago.
On the way home we stopped at Middle Farm, a working farm at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs. The plant section being strategically placed at the entrance of the farm shop!
More wildfowl. Ducks relaxing and preening by the pond's edge.