Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Gate & Tree, Starboard Court and Liquid Dance

"Gate & Tree" :- Afternoon sunlight floods into a garden and casts shadows on a tree and wall. This was once Rudyard Kipling's garden as he lived at "The Elms" in the village of Rottingdean from 1897 to 1902. At the time he rented the house for 3 guineas a week and it was while he was living at "The Elms" that he wrote Stalky & Co, Kim and some of his famous Just So Stories. The gardens were very nearly lost altogether as permission was sought to build on them until The Preservation Society saved them by purchasing the land and restoring the gardens. They have held the Green Flag award (which is awarded to the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales) frequently. The gardens are open to the public, free and open seven days a week but close around dusk.

"Starboard Court" :- Not the most scintilating of shots and images but an interesting one all the same. If you look beyond and above the building at the far end you can clearly see what looks to be a huge white wall. That is in fact a chalk cliff face and the street lighting that you can just about make out up top marks where the main A259 'Marine Drive' coast road is. The concourse and buildings were once all sea until a huge undertaking in engineering reclaimed the land and the sea was effectivley held back so that mankind could build a car park, superstore, cinema, casino and gymnasium in his persuit of erradicating all nature by concreting it over. This is part of Brighton Marina, a 1,600 berth, 127 acre artificial harbour that was predominantly built between 1971 and 1979 (although it's forever being developed in some form or other).

"Liquid Dance" :- Liquid DanceWhen the weather is fine (and not raining heavily like it is today) I can often be found strolling into Brighton along the undercliff walk. The journey is just over 4 miles (6.43 km) and takes approximately an hour and a half. Just as I am approaching Black Rock (near Kemptown on the outskirts of the City) I see this little section of sea defense still standing its ground when all around it were taken by the elements and forces of nature. It makes me smile each and every time. I have no idea when it was built but judging by its construction (prefabricated concrete slabs) I would hazard a guess at the 1930's or 40's. It serves no purpose whatsoever now but refuses to stand down.

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