Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Icy Waters, Straight & Narrow and Catharina & Margarita

"Icy Waters" :- It was the 30th November 2012 on a very cold and chilly afternoon on Saltdean beach, Sussex, England. Everything had a cold, crisp and sharp look to it. The air was bitterly fresh and there was very little (if any) heat being produced by the sun. The water was lapping gently on the pebbled beach, no waves crashing in as it was still and calm.

"Straight and Narrow" :- This scenic view looks like it was shot in the middle of nowhere so it's a surprise to find that it's just a 10 minute walk from Woodingdean near Brighton in England. Tucked around the back of Woodingdean there's the Castle Hill National Nature Reserve and you hardly see anyone there. In 1975 46 hectares (114 acres) were designated a National Nature Reserve and are now managed for the council by Natural England who arrange for it to be grazed locally. It's also been designated a Biogenetic Reserve by the Council of Europe and is a Special Area of Conservation under the European Habitats Directive. The chalk grassland is rich in orchids and other rare plants. There are also two small areas of woodland on the slopes with small windswept trees, gorse and other scrubland plants. I am lucky as it's only a 10 minute drive from where I live.

"Catharina and Margarita" :- These two stunning stained glass windows are located in the Narthex of Saint Paul's Church in West Street, Brighton. On the church website Saint Paul's it says this about the window on the left :- "S Catherine of Alexandria, (d. circa 310) The palm she holds indicates she was a martyr. She carries a book that represents her great learning, with which she argued against the pagan philosophers. She was martyred on a spiked wheel." and then describes the window on the right :- "S Margaret of Antioch, (d. circa 304) was another popular maiden martyr who is shown holding her palm and crushing a dragon with the cross of faith."

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