Category Archives: Travels

Photographs taken during travels outside the UK and being collated into a photo book. Pictures included here are emerging from the selection process, but may not be included finally.

North Norfolk Days

Sunday 14th April A10 north to King’s Lynn – fields of rape glowing in the sun against an ashen sky.  A149 to the NN coast and through Holm, Thornham and Titchwell.  Down to the beach at Brancaster in a chilly … Continue reading

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Blakeney Angels

Panel from a south window in St Nicholas, Blakeney.  Gregory’s quote is conveniently shortened, if Wikipedia is to be believed: ‘Non Angli, sed angeli, si forent Christiani.– “They are not Angles, but angels, if they were Christian”.  Aphorism, summarizing words … Continue reading

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Carre Arms, Sleaford

Lunch at the Carre Arms on Saturday – cheese soufflé, salad and a glass of wine.  Wikipedia gives a potted history of the Carres ‘During the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Hussey family owned the manor of Old … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 16

I failed to admit in my previous posting that photography at Shingle Street on Sunday ended prematurely when my camera battery ran out.  I took a single final shot on my phone.  Lessons: make sure the battery is charged, or … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 15

Sunday 13th January 2019.  A buffeting wind gusted in from the west setting the reeds in the Oxley Marshes in a nonstop dance.  It whined in machinery and wires; the Union Jacks flapped and snapped, their ropes tapping against the … Continue reading

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Shingle Street – Changes

The beach at Shingle Street has a strange new feature (new since I was there in July 2018): a steep sided crater-like depression 40-50 metres in diameter and maybe five to six metres deep.  It is separated from the sea … Continue reading

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Snettisham Solstice

The winter solstice, the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours, is no longer celebrated by most people: the observance of Christmas has replaced its mystical pagan significance for Christians; and the season of shopping, partying and excess has swept away … Continue reading

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Bass Maltings

Until a few months ago my mental image of Sleaford was shaped by crawling through the town centre on the A15 to Lincoln – so, an outdated picture as a bypass opened in 1993.  Circumstances mean that I’m now getting … Continue reading

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Margate 8 – Broadstairs

Broadstairs is five or six minutes from Margate by train, an hour and five minute walk by road or a just over two hour stroll along the coastal path.  In other words not far at all physically.  But it seems … Continue reading

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Margate 7

Monica Sommereux chose Charles Trenet’s La Mer to start her choice of music at last week’s U3AC Music Club.  He sings of how the ‘dancing’ sea ‘shimmers with silver’, of the sky as an ‘infinite azure shepherdess’, of the ‘big … Continue reading

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Margate 6

Britain’s greatest painter (?), J. M. W. Turner, first visited Margate aged 11, his parents having sent him there to school in Love Lane. He returned to sketch in the town 10 years later and from the 1820s onwards was … Continue reading

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Margate 5

The tidal pool on Margate sands was built in 1900.  Such pools emerged in the latter part of the 19th Century as sea swimming became a regular part of a visit to the seaside, and was liberated when the legal … Continue reading

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Margate 4

Residents and visitors to Margate can see green power in action – the Thanet Wind Farm is 7 miles off the coast. One hundred turbines cover an area of 13.5 square miles, with 1,600 feet between turbines and 2,600 feet between the … Continue reading

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Margate 3

The legend on the map instructs you breezily to ‘Enjoy Margate’; the urban grime of graffiti on the doors suggests you might want to do so warily.  Really there is much to enjoy: the beach, Dreamland, the Turner Contemporary and … Continue reading

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Margate 2

Perpetual Canon is an installation by Cornelia Parker made up of sixty flattened instruments that belonged to a brass band. The ring, violated only by unwary and unruly visitors, hung in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery.  Cornelia Parker says, ‘I resurrect … Continue reading

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