Friday, 26 June 2015

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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