Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Daily Doodle : Frog With Ice Cream

Well it seemed very approriate that today's doodle theme was of a 'Frog with an Ice Cream' as the temperature here on the South coast of Britain went through the roof. Once again I jumped in without prior ideas and simply started sketching to see where I'd end up. I ended up here ...

A Walk in the Park, Bridge Shade and Sunlit Groyne

A Walk in the Park :- Upon entering Painshill Park in Cobham (Surrey) this is one of the first views that you encounter as you wander up the path that leads into the main area of the park itself. It's a vast area of land that was landscaped in the 18th century and has since been painstakingly restored back to its former grandeur. Originally the park was more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) and was the mastermind of Charles Hamilton, nowadays it has lost a little of its original size but is still an impressive 158 acres (0.64 km2). It's a beautiful place to explore with many follies and things of interest to hold your attention as well as having a large lake and working waterwheel.

Bridge Shade :- Bridge '89' is also known as Pear Tree Bridge and it's one of the bridges that crosses the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. It used to carry vehicles (presumably horse drawn coaches and possibly very early motor cars) but is now closed to traffic and only used by cyclists, pedestrians and the odd horse and rider. The bridge was built in 1918 and is 6.096 meters or 20ft in length.

Sunlit Groyne :- It's easy to miss things when the sun is going down. You automatically focus on the West and forget there's an entire world surrounding you that's also affected by the changing light and conditions. This is why I have now taught myself to turn 360° every once in a while to make sure I'm not missing something when I am out with my camera. This shot proves the point. Normally a very dull and grey breakwater / groyne is turned into a golden wedge cutting into the sea. All other colours around compliment it and make it stand out and shine within the entire image. It was shot on the beach at Ovingdean Gap to the east of the City of Brighton on the south coast of England.

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Daily Doodle : Mouse Playing Tennis

It's very late and I am very tired so I haven't spent much time on today's given subject of a mouse playing tennis. Didn't even know what I was doing as i simply jumped in and waited to see what happened without any prior notion of where I was going with it. I don't think it turned out so bad...

Monday, 29 June 2015

Braunston 36 Miles, Old Riptide and Tree & Mist

Braunston 36 Miles :- Early morning before the narrowboats had a chance to disturb the water. The still and highly reflective water is a section of the Grand Union Canal as it passes through and area known as Waterside at Peartree Bridge in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. What caught my eye is the small metal sign (lower middle of the image) on the opposite bank stating the distance to Braunston. The smell of fresh coffee was drifting over to me from the nearby Peartree Bridge Inn which provided breakfasts fro guests staying at Peartree Lodge which was next door. As soon as the shots were in the camera I found myself drifting over towards the captivating aroma.

Old Riptide :- A strange title at first so a little explanation is needed. What you are looking at here is pure Victorian architecture that sits on the lower promenade and beneath the King's Road (A259)in Brighton. The building used to used to be a Victorian penny arcade but was up until recently full of excercise equipment and called the Riptide Gym. Due to the neglect of the old building and it being deemed unsafe and structurally unfit the Gym was closed down and the space left empty. 99% of the time its doors are locked and you cannot gain access or see in but on this one occasion I happened to be passing and the large double doors were open and the workmen were on their lunchbreak. It was a rare opportunity to grab a shot of it abandoned and empty.

Tree & Mist :- I know this area well. In fact i know it like the gback of my hand as it's part of the village where i live. However on this occasion it did look rather foreboding and eerie and for a while I had second thoughts about taking the path that I usually take into Brighton. The silhouetted Horse chestnut tree stands in Hogcroft Field in the ancient and historic Village of Ovingdean. To the right (out of shot) there's Bullstrode Farm and to the left of the field (also out of shot) there's the 11th Century St Wulfran's Church. I did end up taking the path up over the downs and the golf course but it was a very lonely and strange experience as all sounds were dead and visibility was only a few hundred yards in any direction.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Push & Pull, Scotney House and Golden Lintel

Push & Pull :- Perpetual motion is something that has baffled and eluded scientists, inventors, boffins and various wealthy eccentrics for centuries. There's a wood engraving dated 1660 that depicts Robert Fludd's "water screw" (1618) and it's widely accepted that this was the first recorded attempt to depict a perpetual motion machine. These fantastical machines are of course hypothetical and impossible as they would contravene certain laws of thermodynamics. The basic and simple definition of perpetual motion is something that can work or run indefinitely without an energy source. So I found myself standing on the beach and looking out to sea. The sound of the waves set up a hypnotizing rythm that sounded like a lullaby by mother nature. A bank of dark clouds hung over the sea and the cold, gold light that was coming from beyond them gave the water's surface a silvery sheen. I pondered on the constant flow of water. Back and forth, back and forth. A never ending motion that surrounds the globe. if only we could harness the power of the oceans, we'd have a constant unending supply of power. Then it dawned on me that the tides were in actual fact proof of perpetual motion....then it dawned on me within an instant of the first thought that they weren't. The tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and therefore were not flowing indefinitely without an energy source. But the planets rotate and they orbit along with their moons and everything keeps on going. Aha .. perpetual motion once again rears it's head. But no ... gravity and dark energy drive the universe and the laws of thermodynamics stick their tongue out at us once again. This image was shot on the beach at Ovingdean Gap near Brighton on the South coast of England.

Scotney House :- This is the main entrance and doorway to the the National Trust owned Scotney Castle which is an English country house with formal gardens near Lamberhurst in the county of Kent, England. Situated above the doorway there's the coat of Arms and the Hussey family motto which reads "Vix ea nostra voco" (I scarcely call these things our own). The house was was designed by Anthony Salvin and built (using sandstone quarried from the land it stood on) between 1835 and 1843 for Edward Hussey. The large hole and indent in the land created by the quarried sandstone was turned into the Quarry Garden which also has a 100 million year old dinosaur's footprint in it.

Golden Lintel :- It was very eerie standing inside St Alban's Church (Coombe Road, Brighton) knowning that it was due to be knocked down and demolished within days of me being there. Pews had been ripped up, the large cross had been taken down off the West interior wall and uncermoniously lent face down against a wooden rail. In places the red brickwork was discoloured from years of things leaning against it or hanging over it. Everything had been stripped out with little or no reverence. The church was built between 1910 and 1914 and was was demolished during the summer of 2013. I was one of the very last people to stand inside.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Conduit, Concrete Chess Table and Hocus Pocus

Continuum :- A wooden bench named "Continuum" stands in Tilgate Park in Crawley, West Sussex. It's one of two works of art by Will Glanfield. The second work of art is a sculpture titled "Conduit" that stands 100 meters away from the bench. The idea is that you can sit on the bench (Continuum) and look through the sculpture (Conduit). Tilgate Park and the surrounding area is 400 acres of relaxing scenery and land that dates back as far as 1647.

Concrete Chess Table :- Hard, harsh angles in the midst of hard, harsh surroundings. Cold, grey and colourless. In all the time that the chess tables have been in place in brighton Marina I have never once seen anyone sitting at one let alone playing a game of chess. There's nothing aesthetically pleasing about the table and chairs at all but in the right light they do throw out some wonderful shadows.

Hocus Pocus :- It had been a rather dreary and bland day. I'd been kicking my heels about the place all afternoon and feeling rather restless. To try and remedy that i decided to grab the camera and take a walk down to the beach. Nothing special seemed to be going on or happening and when I got there the sky wasn't doing muc at all but at least the tide was out. So I tried to find the odd shot here and there and carefully picked my way out over the rocks. But then, out of nowhere Mother Nature performed her alchemy and within an instant I was surrounded by golden light and a smelting hot sky. Pure magic from out of the blue. The shot was taken on the beach at Ovingdean Gap just a few miles east of the City of Brighton on the South coast of England.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Daily Doodle : Singing Squid

There are times when you find yourself drawing things that you'd never dream of trying to draw. Today was one of those days as the given Daily Doodle theme was that of a "Singing Squid". Mild panic kicked in at first but then the more I thought about it the more I seemed to warm to the challenge and in the end an image formed in my head that I approved of so I went for it whilst avoiding the "Squid Creole" or "Squid Rock" approach...

Overgrown Signpost, Churchill & Fireplace and Phantasmagoria

Overgrown Signpost :- The signpost gives three direction options which are Wealdway, Vanguard Way and (curiously) Wealdway + Vanguard Way. The post is situated in the ancient and historical village of Chiddingly in the Wealden District of East Sussex. The village is listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as Cetelingei and it's here that the "Chiddingly Boar" (a silver hat badge of a supporter of Richard III, lost somewhere around the 1480's) was found in 1999. If you are feeling extremely fit and up for a very long walk the Vanguard Way is a 66 miles or 106.21 kilometres walk which stretches from Newhaven on the South Coast to East Croydon, outer London. The Wealdway is also a long route to attempt as that runs between Gravesend in Kent all the way down to Eastbourne, also on the South coast.

Churchill & Fireplace :- What an impressive looking stone fireplace! It stands in the Lounge Hall on the ground floor of Bletchley Park Mansion in Milton keynes, Buckinghamshire. The mansion house was built in in the late 1870's and was bought by Herbert Leon (a wealthy stockbroker) in 1883. Somewhere around 1906 he had extensive work done on the house and the exquisite interior was added. I have no idea if the fireplace was already in existence when he bought the mansion or if it was Herbert leon who had it put in. Either way it's stunning. The bust of Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955) is of course a direct reference to what Bletchley Park and the mansion ended up being used for. This was the home of the code breakers and a top secret site that helped shorten WWII by a few years. After a visit to Bletchley park in September 1941 Churchill said "Action this day make sure they have all they want on extreme priority and report to me that this has been done."

Phantasmagoria :- You take your chances when you venture out with a camera. You hope with all your heart that things will fall in place and that you'll get that 'Special' shot and image but 9 times out of 10 you don't. Someone once asked me how I get so many wonderful looking shots and images and I replied that the secret is to get out (in all weathers) as much as you can and point the camera at everything..then and only then will you get the chance of getting something worthwhile. The great shots are the tip of a rather large and underwhelming visual iceberg that's below the waterline. Intuition and instinct plays heavily on getting the shot too. On this day i was sitting at home, minding my own business when I happened to look out of the window which looks to the East. I couldn't see if there was a sunset (obviously) but I noticed very heavy cluds and also saw there was a faint glow about them. realising that the sun was about to do something rather fancy I grabbed the camera, jumped in the car and drove 5 minutes down to the beach at Ovingdean Gap where this scene was waiting for me. I didn't know it was low tide, I had no idea how dramatic it was going to be. But if I'd not looked out the window or decided to stay in then I'd not have seen it all all. Ovingdean Gap is (approx) 3 miles to the East of the City of Brighton.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Daily Doodle : Sheep In Glasses

I had a rough idea what i was going to do when I saw the given subject this morning but I hadn't really fleshed it out as such until I wernt for a walk in town today. It was sunny and a lot of people were wandering about in their sunlasses and as I got nearer the seafront more and more seemed to be holding ice creams. Then this image of the sheep popped into my head ...

Cliff Dip, Missing and Side Step

Cliff Dip :- Between Brighton Marina and Ovingdean Gap there's a section of cliff that dips down slightly (opposite Roedean village) enabling a view of the beach and sea from the coast road. When the weather conditions are right it's a very picturesque place to have a breather and take it all in. On this particular day the sea was clear and the white chalkbed underneath was shining up and creating a wonderful turquoise colour.

Missing :- It wasn't so long ago that this structure held holiday makers and daytrippers aloft over the waves. It wasn't so long ago that the theatre at the end was full of laughter and music as it provided entertainment year in, year out. Brighton's West Pier closed to the public in 1975 after providing 109 years of pleasure (it opened in 1866). Storm damage and a couple of dubious and highly suspicious fires killed it off for good and now all that remains is the skeletal structure of the old theatre and some of its iron supports on the beach. It makes you wonder if the future will be full of structures like this. Left to rot and decay. Most post apocalyptic movies show cities full of shell like buildings (apart from the new Mad Max film where there's hardly anything but sand) but it does make you question if it will indeed be like that. Nature prevails and it does often take back anything that is left unguarded. What will the furture look like?

Side Step :- Caught in the warm glow of morning sunlight a set of steps lead up to a wooden door set in the wall of Scotney Castle near Lamberhurst in Kent. I have no idea where the door leads to (possibly offices or private apartments) but if you look at the windows around it it appears to be curiously located between floors. The English country house was built between 1835 and 1843 and was designed by Anthony Salvin.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Daily Doodle :- Super Hippo

I didn't even have to think about this one. there was an obvious way to go with the "Super Hippo2 theme so I stuck with that and went for it. I think it turned out rather well...

Mariner's Quay, Lake View and Stuck In a Rut

Mariner's Quay :- An image chock full of light, shade, windows and reflections. This is the Western entrance to an area known as "Mariner's Quay" which is part of Brighton Marina on the South coast of England. The marina itself was built between 1971 and 1979 and was originally completely full of berths. In the 1980's some of the berths were removed and part of the inner (non tidal) harbour was filled in and a supermarket and marina village (comprising of townhouses and apartments) were built. There are also various shops, restaurants and bars in this area.

Lake View :- Here's a shot (taken near the "Turkish Tent" folly) looking down the length of the lake at Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. The 18th Century landscaped garden is a remarkable place to explore and surprisingly quiet (as you can see in this image ... try and spot someone). In this shot you can see the "Five Arch Bridge" and much further in the distance on the hill the "Gothic Temple". The park was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton.

Stuck In a Rut :- It sometimes pays to do silly things like take a walk out on the slippery rocks during low tide. From the undercliff walk I hadn't spotted this old rubber tyre logded in the rock. It was only after I'd wandered out some way that it became visible. After walking around it several times I eventually settled on this angle to shoot it from as it looked far more dramatic like this. This section of the Sussex coastline is at Peacehaven which is (approx) 6.5 miles or 10.46 kilometers to the East of Brighton.

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Daily Doodle : Elephant In A Swimming Costume

Here's another given theme / subject by Daily Doodle on Twitter (@Daily__Doodle) that immediately put an image in my head. I was going to sketch it last night but to be honest i was simply far too tired so decided to do it first thing today. As I woke the image that first popped into my head was still there so here it is ...

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Black Pool, Ivy Window and Mirrored Tree

Black Pool :- The ever changing face of the beach at Ovingdean Gap (to the East of Brighton) never ceases to amaze me. Most of the time the exposed rocks at low tide glisten with an iridescent white as the chalk bed reflects the sunlight. But on this occasion there was no chalk to be seen. In fact there were hardly any rocks to be seen at all as the entire stretch of beach was covered in a thick, black, slimy (and very slippery) seaweed. This was about as far as I dared venture as I did not care to lose my balance, slip or fall in. The weed was several inches deep too which added to the fun of trying to make it back tot he safety of the shoreline.

Ivy Window :- No, I have no idea at all. I have been fascinated by this small, old window in this flint wall for a very long time. I don't know the history of it but am guessing that it's very old. It's located at the side of Ovingdean Road as it winds through the old Domesday Book segment of the village of Ovingdean in Sussex. A few years back it had been boarded up but the board fell off leaving it open. I took a shot of it titled "Ranek" back then but thought it was worth another shot as it now looks very different. Ovingdean is situated a few miles to the East of the City of Brighton on the South coast of England.

Mirrored Tree :- I almost walked past this completely as it's at the sdide of a very shady and overgrown path that winds its way through Castle Hill Nature Reserve which is at the back of the village of Woodingdean on the outskirts of Brighton. When I finally noticed it I had a huge grin on my face as I realsied just how visual it was and in no time at all i'd set the camera up and grabbed the shot. Not quite a mirror image of itself but about as near as you can get. I also loved the mixture of dappled light, silhoutte and bright background. Castle Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Daily Doodle : Frog Sunbathing

Not quite sure how my mind works at times but as soon as I saw what today's Daily Doodle theme and subject was this is the idea / image that immediately popped into my head. I have no idea what made me think of the sun reflector as they are something that never really caughht on (as far as I know) here in the UK. Anyway I thought it was beffiting my frog so here you go...

Two Mirrors, Shrouded and Brown Lines

Two Mirrors :- The village of Ovingdean now spreads from the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve all the way back to the Falmer Road where it borders with Rottingdean to the South and Woodingdean to the North. However it's beginnings were far more humble and the original section of the village where it all started is still there, though many don't realise it. The village is listed (two entries) in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the oldest section is at the back in a corner near the 11th Century Church. The village road is narrow and tight here as it winds around the bend and then up (or down depending which way you're going) to the newer parts built from the 1950's onwards. Some of the houses by that part of the road have concealed entrances so getting in and out of their driveways is not so easy when the road is winding, narrow and sometimes busy. A few houses have had mirrors placed opposite their driveways so that they can see what 's coming either way. The two mirrors in this image stand by a building that's part of Ovingdean Hall English Language School and are opposite The Ridings and Byre Cottages.

Shrouded :- An atmospheric and somewhat eerie shot and image of the West Pier ruins on brighton beach during a heavy sea mist. There were times when the old theatre section couldn't bee seen at all but then it would suddenly look out of the grey as the mist thineed out in places. It was like trying to watch or listen to something with a bad reception as it constantly faded in and out. The pier began life when it was designed by Eugenius Birch in 1866 but it eventually closed to the public in 1975.

Brown Lines :- Hot, sunny weather and open fields. Wonderful. The rolling section of farmland that you see in this image sits somewhere between the villages of Ovingdean and Roedean to the East of Brighton on the south coast of England. Crops have been cut and fields have been plowed leaving neat paths and lines. If it were possible for you to stand on tip toe or tilt the image so you could see over the hill in the background your eyes would land on the sprawling seaside City of Brighton.

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Boat House, Crosses to Bear and Beyond Grey

Boathouse :- Looking like something straight out of "Middle Earth" the immediate thing you ask yourself is "who lives there?" followed by "...and are they at home?". The answer is actually far more simple, nobody lives there because it's a boathouse. The other end of the 'house' backs onto and into a small lake that is also a moat that surrounds the 14th Century medieval, moated manor house that is old Scotney Castle. I know very little about the boathouse itself but have managed to find out that it was built in 1838 and is now grade II listed structure.

Crosses to Bear :- This is the Church of St Wulfran's and it sits in the village where I live on the outskirts of Brighton (approx three miles to the East of the City). The church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 (along with the village) and is therefore 11th Century and the oldest church in the entire Brighton area. It has been listed a Grade I structure because "of outstanding architectural or historic interest". The shot was taken from just inside the lychgate, the path then winds up and around to the southern side where the Church door is located. St Wulfran's is rare because it is built entirely of flint and is the is the only all-flint church in Sussex.

Beyond Grey :- A wall of storm clouds sits out on the horizon as the sun announces that it is retiring for the day. A few clouds that have broken away get picked out by the late afternoon light and gently glow as they scud along. the winter beach scene was shot in December 2014 on the beach at Ovingdean Gap near the City of Brighton.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Turkish Tent, Prom Wall and Torn Apart

Turkish Tent :- A strange thing to come across situated in an English country park. But then again Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey isn't your ordinary, run of the mill park. It was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Honourable Charles Hamilton (1704 - 1786) and it's full of oddities. The park and its follies have been lovingly restored by Painshill Park Trust and it's now considered to be one of the most important 18th century landscape parks in Europe. Nothing was left at all of the original "Turkish Tent" from the 1700's. They know that it stodd in the park from 1760 as it appeared on an engraving by William Woollett. During ther restoration of the park archaeologists discovered the remains of the floor with an oval trench surrounding it. Calculations were made to estimate the size and shape of the tent (as well as looking at the old engravings etc) and the new tent was constructed 50 yards to the south of the original (due to land ownership) using the same materials that they would have used in the 18th century.

Prom Wall :- I only shot this a week or so ago on the 11th June 2015. It was approaching 4pm and the sun was high in the sky and lobbing stubby shadows all over the place. I'd walked in over the cliff tops and just as i'd passed the Marina and ventured onto the seafront promenade in Kemp Town I spotted this block in the wall against the harsh afternoon light. I loved the shapes that it created and also loved the way that the repaired section had lighter stonework which added to the overall image, breaking up the central darkness.

Torn Apart :- Standing high on a glistening breakwater with the waves crashing about me several feet below I took a deep breath and gazed out over the water. The date was 24th December 2014 ... it was Christmas Eve. Yet another breathtaking display was put on by mother nature as the sun set on the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England. The clouds were dark and heavy but someone had left the lights on around their edges and water took on a bronzed glow.

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Daily Doodle : A Monster In Love

I had immense fun creating today's daily doodle. i didn't know wjere I was going with it and had no preconceived idea whatsoever. I simply pulled up a blank page and jumped on in to see where it would take me and it took me here...

Rock Pool, Elizabethan Style House and Fantastic Place

Rock Pool :- Low tide on Saltdean beach which lies a few miles to the East of the City of Brighton on the south coast of England. It was a cold January afternoon, very little colour had been left behind as the bleak weather had sucked the life out of everything replacing it all with a layer of clinging dampness. You could taste the salt in the air, it was thick on the lips. Faint rumblings could be heard out to sea as the storm announced its imminent arrival. The wind picked up and the light slowly faded. It was time to batten down the hatches!

Elizabethan Style House :- Impressive isn't it. Tghis is a view of the back of Scotney Castle which is an English country house with formal gardens near Lamberhurst in Kent. The house was designed by English architect Anthony Salvin (1799 - 1881) and it was built for Edward Hussey between 1835 and 1843. The house, gardens and castle ruins are owned, run and looked after by the National Trust.

Fantastic Place :- This small, narrow pathway through the trees is largely overlooked. Most people that take a walk on the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve that's between the villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean use the wide pathway that cuts right over the top and runs by the famous Windmill. But there are other various paths and routes that are hidden by the trees. This pathway runs off the path between Court Ord Rd and Longhill Rd and ends up leading you down into Rottingdean Recreation Ground.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Daily Doodle : Snail Mail

Ah ... I'm glad I talked myself out of the first idea I had. I was going to attempt to doodle a Knight covered in snails for protection instead of chain mail. get it! Fortunately I realised just hjow long that was going to take so thankfullywent for the straight forward snail carrying letter option and here it is...

Terminal Sunset, Mole Bank and Peace of India

Terminal Sunset :- The title sounds more grim than it actually is. This is a shot of the Volk's Railway Black Rock Terminal Station just as the sun was going down on Brighton beach. The neo-classical station and building is actually also a pumping station as a large storm drain was constructed underneath and a deep level drainage tunnel runs from here all the way along to Hove. It's a building that many locals loathe and despise as it's not in keeping at all with the far more elegant georgian and Regency buildings on the upper level. It's also controversially slightly off-centre to the terraces that lead up to Lewes Crescent behind it. It is rather ugly but in the right light and conditions it does sometimes make for an interesting image.

Mole Bank :- The large lake is part of Painshill Park in Cobham , Surrey. The lake is fed by the wonderfully named 'River Mole' which winds alongside the park and passes through a portion of the park itself. A large waterwheel built by Bramah & Sons in the 1830’s lifts water from the river and places it in the ornamental lake. The waterwheel that does this has a diameter of 35 feet or 10.66 metres and is one of the largest working wheels in the country.

Peace of India :- "The Chattri" is a monument and war memorial high up on the downs behind Patcham on the outskirts of Brighton and Hove in Sussex. You cannot drive there as it's only accessible by bridleway. It was built in 1921 to honour the Indian dead of the First World War. It is constructed of White marble from Sicily, grey stone and granite. It is 29 feet or 8.8 meters in height. It's a very peacefullocation, set away far from the hustle and bustle of the city and wasy away from the busy bypass. Here you can sit and reflect in peace with only the odd bird song or bleating sheep to break the silence.

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Daily Doodle : Fox In Disguise

I had a few ideas running around in my head last night for this doodle and subject but many of them were clich├ęd and I ended up giving up and sleeping on it. This morning I awoke and had an image in my head that made me chuckle so I finally had my idea...must have dreampt it up whilst I was sleeping, clever eh! So without much further ado here's my fox in disguise...

Daily Doodle : Spider With Umbrella

A few months back we did nursery ryhmes for Daily Doodle and one of the subjects was Incy Wincy Spider. I did a rather posh spider in a bowler hat with spats holding an umbrella. Anyway, yesterday's Daily Doodle subject was a very similar so i tried my best to do something completely different even though it was still a spider holduing an umbrella. I don't know why but I was thinking along the lines of an old fisherman spider or biker type so he ended up looking like this...