Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Bridge & Temple, In It Together and Driftwood Bench

Bridge & Temple :- This is the majestic Painshill Park which is located in Cobham in Surrey, England. It was created bewteen 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton who was the 9th son (and 14th child) of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. The park has been lovingly restored over the last few decades and returned back to its 18th century grandeur. The "Five Arch Bridge" was created somewhere in the 1760s and survived up until the early twentieth century. The original was made out of wood but was cleverly rendered so that it would look like stone. Very little was left of it by the 1970's. In 2012 building work commenced on the reconstruction of the bridge which restored Charles Hamilton’s vision.



In It Together :- I absolutely love and adore the City of York in Yorkshire. It's so rich in history that it's impossible to ignore it. The Romans called it Eboracum, the Anglo-Saxons called it Eoforwic, the Vikings called it Jorvik and then finally during medieval times it was named York mand the entire county of Yorkshire (meaning 'the county of York') was named after it. I'd spent the entire morning wandering around its ancient streets in the rain before finally seeking shelter in 'Georgina's Café' (http://www.georginascafe.com/) where I was seated upstairs (in an old room with sloping floors and walls) by a window. The window was open and I found myself looking out upon 'Low Petergate' (the name of the street). It suddenly struck me just how varied the architecture of York's streets is. There were modern brick built buildings stading next to medieval buildings which were in turn next to georgian buildings and standing tall over them all in the background part of York Minster was just visible. Meanwhile tourists were still trudging about in the drizzle as I sipped my apple juice and tucked into a baked potato!



Driftwood Bench :- Old wood is put to practical use as it's turned into a seating area on Brighton's lower beach promenade. The funny thing is I have rarely seen anyone ever sitting on it but I do love the look of it. The lower promenade went through a major rejuvenation over a decade or so ago and it was turned into a more vibrant and pleasant place to be. Walkways were repaved, shops, stores and art galleries sprang up and the place was cleaned up coinsiderably.



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