Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Deganwy View, Shady Path and Brightening Up

"Deganwy View" :- A week or so ago I had a break from Brighton and found myself (briefly) down in Devon & Cornwall in the UK. I'd not been that way for a long time and had forgotton just how quaint and traditional a lot of the towns and villages are in that part of England. One of the the towns we visited was Looe which is a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall. The town is split in two by the River Looe and is connected / joined by a bridge known as "Old Bridge" (built in 1853). we decided to stay overnight and ended up in a guest house / hotel called The Deganwy Hotel. My room was at the very top which meant several flights of tight, steep stairs (not easy with several bags) but the view from my room window was wonderful. It looked out over the River Looe towards West Looe and the thick tree encrusted hills. When I sat up in bed this is what I could see, there was a TV in the room with many channels to choose from but who needs it when you have a view like this! The owners (Duncan & Kathy Burton) were very friendly and pleasant and made us feel very much at home so if you ever find yourself down that way their guesthouse is well worth checking out. It's only a short walk (5 minutes at most) to the town (with a population of approximately 5,280) and harbour.

"Shady Path" :- This dark, shaded path leads from the corner of Southover Road and Garden Street down into Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes, Sussex, England. The Grange and its gardens date from the 16th century. This is confirmed as the date that it was built (1572) is actually on the spandrels (the space between two arches or between an arch and a rectangular enclosure) of the Newton Room fireplace within the Grange itself. The Winterbourne stream splits the exquisite gardens in two with small arched foot bridges connecting the two sections.

"Brightening Up" :- A chilly but bright midday on Brighton beach in February 2014. Shot at low tide relatively near Brighton's mighty marina which looked twice a humongous as the low water exposed its huge concrete cassions (each weighing 600 tonnes) that make up the protective arms of the marina itself. However, this view was far more pleasant than a mass of concrete so I gladly pointed my camera towards the wintry clouds on the horizon and took a shot. I love the mixture of soft whites and pastel blues in this image. It's all so very relaxing.

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