Cave Dweller Saturday

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Cocoons of glistening ice in Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland; geometric Fingal’s Cave in Scotland; echoey mouths of darkness in Mexico’s cenotes. All over the world, caves have inspired awe, as well as providing shelter.

This week, a slightly lesser-known site, Margate Caves, has reopened after being closed to visitors for 15 years. Campaigners have been working to save it from redevelopment since 2008, raising funds to preserve, restore and reopen it.

The caves were formed from a chalk mine dug in the 1700s. The stone was extracted by hand using iron picks, whose marks can still be seen on the cave walls. Around 2,000 tonnes of chalk was hauled out and used to make bricks and cement for local building work. Once this was completed, the caves were sealed again and left undisturbed until the 1800s when, so one story goes, they were rediscovered by accident by a gardener working for the landowner, one Francis Forster.

Antonia Wilson @ THE GUARDIAN

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18 Responses to Cave Dweller Saturday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Closer to home, there is Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico. Great bat flights each summer evening.

    With a detour on the way home, Den could visit the Lewis & Clark cave in Montana.

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  2. Den says:

    Sorry no detours on this trip, got a house to buy.

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  3. Micki says:

    Trump is unhinged.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Yes, The Donald is insane. So?

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    • Carol says:

      Everyone is his enemy. He lives to start a fight with someone. He’s always in the midst of chaos. A life of constant drama caused by him.

      Everything is the worst ever. Our allies are treated with disdain by him because he knows every damn one of them is 10 times smarter than he is.

      What a freakin’ weirdo he is. Every morning when I wake up I’m still shocked that THAT man won the election. It’s so surreal.

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  4. Micki says:

    I read this in the comments’ section at a NYT article on Trump’s erratic behavior on trade, tariffs, etc.

    Southern Boy
    Southern Boy
    CSA1h ago
    Times Pick
    Even as an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, I believe the trade war is getting out of hand, but for me and millions of other Americans, there is no viable alternative to Donald Trump. In 2016, HRC made it clear that she would be the president of Americans who she did not consider deplorable. In 2020, those vying to be the candidate of the opposition are offering solutions which they will not be able to deliver, in that I can’t image the majority of the legislative branch going along with them. I will vote for Donald Trump in 2020 because like in 2016, the opposition offers nothing to me. Thank you.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    A hawk on an updraft. Just 43 minutes to the Birch & Barley in the sun.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Carol, if you had a few sheep and a llama as shepherd, your lawn would be cropped for you.

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  7. Carol says:

    Den, you’re staying in a camper on the property of one of your kids?

    No groceries. Does that mean you’re at their mercy where food is concerned? Hope they’re feeding you. But you have a car if you need anything.

    Squabbling. No Bob to squabble with, I miss that.

    Thanks for the update!

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