Sunday, August 28, 2005


I'm not the only inhabitant of the fort. Last night a gang of cormorants arrived and took over the control tower and the eastern gun tower. I counted thirty nine birds, including one who perched below my window and seemed to prefer the solitude.

They ate a lot of fish, made a lot of noise, whitened the rust, had a kip and flew off at sunrise. Doubtless they return on a regular basis and I realise that the Forts have never really been abandoned at all.