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Covehithe, Suffolk

I visited Covehithe, Suffolk, on Friday (19th).  It was my first time there since 1980, when I wrote about it for the East Anglian Magazine – the days when local and regional magazines carried such things, not just today’s consumer advertorials.  That’s not the only thing that’s changed. I mentioned ‘a half mile walk to the beach’, but you can’t do that anymore: doom laden signs say ‘No entry’ and warn of the dangers of crumbling cliffs.  A footpath now leads south to the beach near Covehithe Broad.

My article eulogised the ruins of St Andrew’s church.  I wrote that they ‘are a moving sight…the chequered flushwork is pock marked…Nature is taking over…(they) float on a sea of grass which undulates and shivers in the wind…’.  It was the ruins I wrote about, the ruins I photographed for a gloomy picture (above) and the ruins I remembered.  On Friday the small thatched church of St Andrew, built in 1672 within the crumbling walls of its predecessor, came as a complete and pleasant surprise – a pleasant surprise too that it was open. Photo: St Andrew Covehithe, Suffolk, July 2019

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Shingle Street – ‘Yesterday’

This is one of my favourite pictures of Shingle Street, first posted in July 2012. The Beacon, as this bungalow is known, achieves an unexpected celebrity in the new Danny Boyle / Richard Curtis film ‘Yesterday’ as the home of a reincarnation. Photo: The Beacon, Shingle Street, July 2012.

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Fen Landscape 34 – Crop Circle

Crop circles have been explained away as the result of magnetism, the weather, animal activity, changes to crops, the paranormal (including UFOs) and mischievous human behaviour.  This crude effort looks more like slightly drunken tractor driving.  Photo: Little North Fen, Cottenham, July 2019

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 14

Why does it seem that a couple of hours browsing round a museum or exhibition is always more tiring than a five mile walk?  Maybe it’s the pace, the stopping and starting – experience tells me that a slow, ambling walk is more wearying that one done briskly.  And why are there so few seats, or why, like parking meters, are they always taken when you need one?  Maybe the curators don’t want you to linger – it’s good to report to sponsors that the maximum number of bodies have been through the door.  Or are they afraid that close scrutiny might reveal too many emperors without clothes?  Photo: National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece, June 2019.

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