Monday, 9 February 2015

Beyond the Gate, This Erosion and Milton Keynes Marina

"Beyond the Gate" :- Muddy, cold and bleak. This is one of the public rights of way that cuts through farmland in the historical and ancient vilage of Ovingdean to the East of Brighton. If you manage to negotiate the mud and make it over the stile in one piece and head up over the hilll behind the line of trees you'll find yourself overlooking the city Brighton from some distance. You'll also find yourself behind the famous Roedean independent girl's school on the coast. The walk from here to Brighton takes aproximately an hour.

"This Erosion" :- We stand or lay on sandy beaches and relax. We are oblivious to what may lay buried beneath. On the beach at Ovingdean Gap to the East of Brighton sand is wahsed away offering a glimpse of a vast ancient chalk bed. This chalk dates from the cretaceous period which was around the time the Dinosaurs died out. The small clump of chalk in this image would once have been a towering section of cliff and has been worn away over an incredible amount of time. Just a minute away from here the chalk cliffs rise up from the beach and hold aloft the main coast road into the city. It will take time but one day all that will look like this. Nature prevails and is happy to wait for the sands of time to take their toll.

"Milton Keynes Marina" :- This is the marina that offers a resting place for the longboats journeying up and down the Grand Union Canal as it passes through the town of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. Right by the marina there's also a large guesthouse called "Peartree Lodge" and also the large "Peartree Bridge Inn" that not only serves various beers but also provides a selection of hot meals. I'd driven up from Brighton (aprox 193kilometres or 120 miles) had dumped by bags in my room at "Peartee Lodge" and went for a wander and little exploration. I was surprised to find this view directly outside the room that I was staying in overnight. The evening was calm and still and there was hardly a ripple on the water.

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