Friday, 1 August 2014

An Author's Garden, Real Ales and Storm Field

"An Author's Garden" :- Between 1897 & 1902 the acclaimed writer & poet Rudyard Kipling lived in the village of Rottingdean (a few miles East of Brighton) on the south coast of England. This was the village where he wrote "Recessional" (in the Burne-Joneses' house), some of the "Just So" stories and the first part of "Kim". He eventually moved to "Bateman's" in Burwash, East Sussex because his privacy was compromised in Rottingdean due to many trying to get a glimpse of him as they went past "on the double-decker horse-bus". This image was taken on the 13th July 2014 during the Kipling Festival held in the village and shows the "Green Flag" award winning Kipling Gardens in all their glory. In the distance you can clearly see the famous land and seamark that is "Beacon Mill" standing pround on Beacon Hill, a local nature reserve.

"Real Ales" :- Pubtastic! After a long, sunny and very hot walk around the town & port of Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex I was ready to take the weight of my feet and grab a cold drink. So it comes as no surprise to hear that I eventually found myself in a public house called "The Red Lion Inn" that's located on the Old Shoreham Road (A283). The Inn is ancient as it dates from the 18th Century and has a very low oak beamed ceiling that does from time to time cause the odd customer a headache! Apparently it was once a cottage that was connected to a monastery before it was converted in the late 1700's to a pub and later a coaching inn. The pub has a fascinating and at times dark history which you can read all about here :- The Red Lion Inn. My pint of beer can be seen on the the bar (far left).

"Storm Field" :- A large and extensive network of farmland sits between Ovingdean, Woodingdean and Whitehawk (to the East of Brighton). They are riddled with public footpaths and bridleways that spin off in various directions which can save a lot of time if you are on foot. I often walk into Brighton from here using the pathways instead of sticking to the main roads and it can knock a good 40 to 50 minutes off the journey time. You don't really want to be up there after dark or during bad weather. It is bleak, wild and windy and if the skies open there's no shelter from the rain. I shot this a few weeks back as a heavy band of cloud moved in and started to turn the golden fields black. It was an ominous sign to get home as quick as possible as a downpour was imminent!

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