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Hammond Innes about our coast:
Hammond Innes on our coast:

"I think the attraction is that gives us all the feel of being on the edge of something vast ..."

Do you remember Hammond Innes, one of best selling British authors of the fifties of the last century? Wow, he wrote such a lot of novels of high adventure. Dina and our Master collected more than 20! Innes liked to spend much time on our beloved coast in North Norfolk. This area is well known as the land of the flintstones. If you are interested in the North Norfolk coast, he is calling it a bit exaggerated "The Arctic Shore", We can highly recommend Hammond Innes’ view of our coast as written down in his book "East Anglia"With photographs by Neville Fox-Davis. Innes was especially fascinated with the "flintiness“What a lovely word, of our little village Cley next the sea.

Have you ‘heard of Hammond Innes? A prolific writer of exciting novels ("a Dan Brown of the 50s“As Masterchen calls him), who was one of the best-selling British authors of the 1950s and who spent a lot of time on our North Norfolk coast. He wrote knowledgeably about our area, which he certainly exaggerated "The Arctic Shore"Called, in his extensive book"East Anglia”With photographs by Neville Fox-Davis. Innes was particularly fascinated by the "flintiness“, The flints in Cley next the Sea, our small village on the big lake.

On a very quiet day some time ago we Bookfayries persuaded Dina and our Master to take a closer look at this flintiness. It's all around us and we see it every day and then again we don’t, because it’s so familiar and a part of our background. As we did in our last blog about Fredrikstad we will discover the flintiness of Cley as the flaneur, the casual wanderer and observer. But, of course, we know the flaneur belongs to the 19th c. however the architectural structures of our village make us imagine being in the 19th c. and more so as the age of acceleration has just reached the coast road and this during the holiday season only.

One quiet day some time ago we were able to persuade the beech fairies Dina and our little master to take a closer look at these flints. They surround us everywhere. We see them constantly and again because they are such a familiar sight. As in our last blog about Fredrikstad, we will experience the “flintiness” of Cley as a flaneur. Of course, we know that this figure belongs to the 19th century, but the architectural structure of Cley offers itself as a time machine in the 19th century, especially since the age of acceleration can only be felt on the coastal road and only during the Holiday season.

We started our stroll at home. This is the flinty side of our Bookfayrie-home called Rhu Sila.
We started at home with the flint wall of our beech fairy house Rhu-Sila.

First you will notice about the architecture in our little lane that flint is composed mostly with brick, sometimes with limestone and timber as well which is producing this special ancient atmosphere. A lot of folks associate ‘ancient’ with good or bad but as flaneurs we don’t judge, we are just open for what there is.

In our little street it is noticeable that flint is often combined with bricks and sometimes with limestone and wood, which creates an ancient atmosphere. This ancient is rated by many as good and a few as bad, but as strollers we do not judge, we are open to what is.

The beautiful and iconic Cley windmill is no exception. As it triggers our imagination a lot of people are marrying here and it's said, that in the round rooms no evil can hide.

Our fine and outstanding windmill at Cley is no exception. Of course, it stimulates our imagination and so many get married here. In addition, the rule is that nothing bad can hide in round rooms.

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Flint walls draw through Cley like veins. We Bookfayries think that the life energy of our village is flowing through them. These old walls are seen as untouchable, to change them or destroy them brings misfortune.

The flint walls run through our village like veins, which we think of beech fairies, the life energy of the village flowing through them. Changing or even destroying them brings bad luck.

Sometimes you find flints which have been cut into shape. This technique is nearly forgotten.
Sometimes you will find flint that was carved with an almost forgotten technique.

Quite some of the flints were taken from the beach as pebbles. But oho, don't even dream of collecting them from the beach. You will be deported to Australia. Well, that's the law, but a friend of ours always wanted to go to Australia and so he went with a highly visible flintstone through our village, up and down the High Street for the whole afternoon, but all in vain, unfortunately he didn ' t get his free passage to Australia 😦

Lots of flints were fetched from the beach, but don’t even think about fetching them from the beach, it says deportation to Australia. One of our friends really wanted to go to Australia, so he grabbed a flashy flint from the beach and walked up and down the main street with it. In vain, unfortunately he did not get the free trip to Australia he had hoped for 😦

These materials have in most cases been arranged in a pattern rich in textures and colors and sometimes artistic builders arranged the flints to shapes and works of art.

The flints with their different colors and shapes were often artistically arranged by the masons.

Flint is a sedimentary crystalline stone, a form of quartz which is quite hard and has often a glassy shine. You find it in different colors. It was widely used as tools in neolithic times and later early firearms had flintlocks as flint produces a spark when hit by metal. Even today flint casts a spell as you see in the Flintstone comics and films.

Flint is a crystalline sedimentary rock, a hard form of quartz that often has a glassy surface and comes in different colors. Tools were made from flint in the Neolithic and later the early firearms featured flint locks, as a spark is created when flint is hit by metal. - The great attraction of Flint can still be seen today in the comics and films of the Feuerstein family.

Let us end with the flintiness of "down town" Cley.
We conclude with the flintiness of our main street.

Now you got an idea about our Bookfayrie world. Can you understand that we like it here? Coming back to Hammond Innes, like most of the Norfolk folks he likes the flint and the sea as the mother of flint. Now you know why. You will find more images of flint in “Ten reasons why we love North Norfolk”.

Now you have got an insight into our world of beech fairies. Can you understand why we think it's great here? And to come back to Hammond Innes, like the Norfolk, he loves the Flint and the sea, the Flint's mother. Now you know why. You can find more flint pictures here: “Ten reason why we love North Norfolk”.

Warm greetings from our world of flintiness
Greetings from our flint world

Siri other Selma

P.S .:
For E.A. Poe, Ch.P. Baudelaire and W. Benjamin the flaneur was not judging, he was rather the brother of the dandy. This changed at the end of 20th c. when the situation is Guy Debord pictured the Flaneur as a political person. If you want to know more about the concept of the flaneur look here and go to the English commentary of the book lady.

For E.A. Poe, Ch.P. Baudelaire and W. Benjamin the flaneur was a disinterested observer. However, that changed at the end of the 20th century when the situationist Guy Debord designed the flaneur as political. If you want to know more about the concept of the flaneur, you will find it here if you go to the English commentary of the book lady.


© text and illustrations by Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea 2015


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