Saturday, 16 August 2014

Split or Sit, Pavilion Buildings and Stone Free

"Split or Sit" :- A shot from high up on Beacon Hill, a nature reserve that covers (approximately) 45 acres of downland. There is a wide and grassy bridleway that's half a mile long (804 meters) that cuts over the top from the village of Ovingdean to the famous Rottingdean "Beacon Mill" windmill. Anyone using the nature reserve is asked to remain on the paths as a large population of skylarks nest on the ground in the long grasses. Butterflies flutter about the place as you stroll through and many dogs get their daily walks and runs up here. I use the route a lot as I often walk to Rottingdean or Ovingdean Gap this way. The odd wooden bench is dotted about for the weary traveller to take a rest. Just over the brow of the hill in this shot there's a magnificent view of the English Channel.

"Pavilion Buildings" :- "Pavilion Buildings" is actually the name of this small little pedestrianised road that leads from North Street to the Royal Pavilion itself, its gardens, the Dome complex and Brighton Museum. The "India Gate" was unveiled by H.H. the Maharaja of Patiala on October the 26th, 1921 and was a gift of the people of India to the people of Brighton and Hove. The gate is dedicated to the memory of the Indian soldiers that were hospitalised in Brighton and Hove during the ‘Great War’, many of them were actually looked after inside the Royal Pavilion itself as it was turned into a makeshift hospital at that time. as a THANK YOU to ‘Doctor Brighton’ for caring. Inscribed on the gate itself it says -

"This gateway is the gift of India in
commemoration of her sons who –
stricken in the Great War - were tended
in the Pavilion in 1914 and 1915.
Dedicated to the use of the inhabitants
of the Brighton, B.N. Southall, Mayor’ .

This is how Brighton got the nickname of "Doctor Brighton" as that's how Indian soldiers referred to the town when they returned home. Just a five minute walk south of this location you will come across one of the oldest pubs on the seafront and its name is ... "Doctor Brighton's".

"Stone Free" :- It was somewhere around ten to nine in the evening and I was standing on my own in a field with a camera mounted on a tripod. Nobody else was around and It was eerily quiet apart from the odd distant bleat of a lamb. I'd been hoping for a spectacular sunset but mother nature had other ideas and the sun gently dropped from view without much ceremony. But the lighting was still good and the location was enough to make up for the star's lack lustre performance. I was in the village of Avebury in Wiltshire (England) and the large sarsen stone you see in this image is just one of the many standing stones that make Avebury the largest stone circle in the world. The site covers and incredible 28 acres and the average stone weight is 40 tons! I'm not a mystical person by any means but I have to admit that when you are standing out there on your own, surrounded by the stones as the sun goes down you do get the feeling that you are in a magical place and that it's 100% unique, there's nowhere else like it on the planet.

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