Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sunset Sands, Trebuchet Balls and Bench and Tree

"Sunset Sands" :- It's wonderful when low tide coincides with sunset in Brighton. You have to walk quite some time over the vast pebbled beach before you hit the sand but it's well worth it when you finally get there. This was shot a few days ago on 9th September around 19:15 pm. I was amazed to find I had the beach pretty much to myself.

"Trebuchet Balls" :- In and around the medieval moat of Pevensey Castle in the village of Pevensey (in the Wealden district of East Sussex, England) they found many round stone balls. They weren't the size of metal cannon balls, these were huge, hulking, heavy stone balls. Loads of them. So they brought them up and filled one of the old castle rooms with them and stacked a few within the grounds of the castle. These balls were ammunition for use with a Trebuchet which was a type of catapult that was used as a siege engine in the Middle Ages. It was the largest and most formidable of weopons as it was designed to use a counterweight to launch projectiles weighing up to 350 pounds at the enemy and their castle walls. t's incredible to stand by these thigs and see their sheer size. It must have been terrfying to hve them flying through the air towards you. The castle was also used in a much later war. Can you see the slit in the castle wall just left of middle at the top. That was used a World War II pillbox.

"Bench & Tree" :- A green and pleasant image from the grounds of Mitchelham Priory in Hailsham, East Sussex, England. The priory has 800 years of histpry attached to it. It started out life as the Augustine Priory of the Holy Trinity and was founded in 1229. Thanks to the tyrannical King Henry VIII the priory was dissolved in the 1537 dissolution of the monasteries. Then from the 1600's onwards it passed through various private owners who simply lived in it until 1959 when it was finally given in trust to the Sussex Archaeological Society. Mtchelham Priory is surrounded by England’s longest water filled moat.

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