Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sea of Turquoise, Barn & Sheep and Artistic Footsteps

"Sea of Turquoise" :- Beautiful isn't it! This is a view looking East from the huge protective wall and arm of Brighton Marina. The cliffs thunder off into the distance as the sunlight spakles and dances across the English Channel. It's rare to see the sea like this, it's usually a dark and menacing colour with churning waves. IF you look along the lne of the cliffs you'll see a natural dip, that's Ovingdean Gap. Just beyond that you can make out the famous sea & landmark of "Beacon Mill", the black windmill that sits on Beacon Hill Nature Reserve near the village of Rottingdean.

"Barn & Sheep" :- Desolated, deserted and dilapidated. This is the old barn that stands in the ruins of Norton Farm. The farm is located in a remote downland valley to the east of Brighton in East Sussex, England. Now it's only inhabted by sheep but it was at one point a thriving little hamlet and busy farmsted. The area has been in use since the 1100's, Bronze Age and Roman artifacts have been found here. By the 20th Century the area was no longer in use but the during WWII the buildings were used for taget practice by the Allied artillery.

"Artistic Footsteps" :- I love these steps! I always have done. I remember running up and down them as a child when we'd go on a day visit to Rottingdean on the south coast of England. At the time they were simply a little, steep set of steps that wound around and to many people now that's how they still appear ... but for me they are something else! These steps were built sometime in the 1800's. I don't know the exact year or date, I wish I did. They used to lead directly down to the pebbled beach and fshing boats, that's all changed as they now drop you onto a wide concrete promenade that's part of the undercliff walk that was built in the 1930's. But the steps are still the original steps, in their original position, unaltered. What excites me is the thought of those that walked up and down these very steps. Rottingdean is the village that Kipling and Burne-Jones lived in. There are old photographs showing Kiplng stting at the bottom of these steps. You can also bet that if Burne-Jones (who happened to be Kipling's Uncle) lived in the village then he used these steps too and if he did then i'd bet that William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti probably did too. I love these steps.

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