Friday, 31 July 2015

Golden Fleece, Mindless and Morning Garden

Golden Fleece :- A few weeks ago I found myself in the beguiling and thoroughly mind blowing historical City of York in Yorkshire, England. By day I explored its museums, cafés, ruins and ancient walls but as soon as darkness began to fall and night took a hold I explored its inns and ancient pubs. It's said that York has 365 pubs, one for each day of the year (don't known what you do on a leap year though). Some of them are modern, some of them are a few hundred years old but the City is more famous for its ancient public houses and it has several. The one I find the most fascinating and intriguing is The Golden Fleece ( ). It's reputedly the oldest Inn in the City and also York's most haunted pub! The pub is thought to have been named The Golden Fleece because gild members used to drink in the pub. They used to go to the Merchant Adventurers' Hall (just a short walk from the pub) and the Gild traded in wool and fleeces. It's hard to get your head around but the pub's been standing there since 1503. The building has no foundations and is thought to be built on stilts. When you enter the pub and go down the corridor (which used to be an alleyway) it leads to a large backroom bar which doesn't appear to have a straight angle or corner in it. The floor slopes down to the west, the walls lean and the cieling undulates and dips all over the place. At the end of the bar there sits a mlife size anatomical medical skeleton who's known as "Saul Goodfellow". The pub is famous for its ghosts and various supernatural experiences. Fifteen different ghosts have been reported to have been encountered here. The most famous and frequent ones are :-

 "Lady Alice Peckett" - Wife of former owner and Lord Mayor John Peckett.
"One Eyed Jack" - A man in a 16th / 17th century red coat, armed with a flintlock pistol.
"Geoff Monroe" - A Canadian airman who fell to his death from an upper window during the Second World War.

 A Victorian boy who was trampled to death by horses outside the pub has also been seen on a few occasions and Roman soldiers have appeared in the old cellars. The Golden Fleece has now been listed as a Grade II building by English Heritage.

Mindless :- Way back in July 2013 the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean awoke to find the famous "Beacon Mill" windmill had been desecrated by brain dead idiots armed with spray cans. Don't get me wrong. I am all for great graffiti and the artists that create it, it is indeed an artform and brighton has a lot great spray can art and murals adorning various walls throughout the city. However, simply "tagging" or writing your name on something is not art, there's nothing clever about it, there's very little skill involved and there's certainly no thought process involved either. I heard reports of the mill's defacing that morning so grabbed by camera and made the 20 minute walk to the site around lunchtime. It was quite a shock to see it standing like that. I tried to get my head around how someone could do that and what it was that they got out of it. Did they think they were clever? Did they think it was funny? I have no idea. The 1802 Smock Mill is a Grade II-listed windmill and it's so famous that the vandalism was not only reported by the local news but also on the mainstream BBC news. As far as I know the culprits were never caught. The grafitti was removed / painted over within days and the mill was thankfully restored back to its historical splendour.

Morning Garden :- I love this shot and image for so many reasons. It's green and lush. It's bright yet full of shadows. There's a lot going on within it even though it's calm. But the best reason of all is it's my back garden. It was a very lazy shot to take. I happened to glance out through the patio doors and saw this view with the light hitting the grass, grabbed my camera, slid the doors open and took the shot. Easy.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lawn & Ruin, Wall Steps and Murmur

Lawn & Ruin :- It wasn't until I started to process this image that I realised just how dramatic a shot it was that i'd taken! The day had been blustery and rather grey. The strong winds had sent clouds scudding oacross the scenery throughout the day with only the odd break of sunshine every now and again. With the threat of rain hanging over our heads we carried on regardless and explored the stunning house, gardens and ruins of Scotney Castle near Lamberhurst in Kent, England. I shot this from the gardens at the back of Old Scotney Castle which is a real medieval, moated manor house on an island on a small lake. The oldest part of the ruins dates from 1378 which was when the castle began to be built but the section see in this image dates from the mid to late 1500's.

Wall Steps :- It's fascinating to think that the City of York in Yorkshire has been defended and surrounded by various walls since the time of the Romans. Massive sections of wall remain to this day and it's been said that York has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England. The Romans built their walls around Eboracum (the Roman name for York) somewhere around 71 AD. Then in 867 the Vikings came, they demolished most of the towers, rebuilt and restored the crumbling Roman walls. Then it was suddenly the middle ages. The walls and steps you see in this image as well as the rest of the walls that still surround the old medieval city date from date from the 12th – 14th century. This section of wall is located between Monk Bar and Bootham Bar. The 'Bars' are medieval gatehouses which served to restrict traffic into the city during medieval times, demand tolls and defend the City during wars and attack. York has four main 'Bars" named Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar and Micklegate Bar.

Murmur :- It was a cool February evening and the sun was setting on Brighton. The twisted remains of the West Pier were casted into silhouette, the tide was low and all was clam. And then they came. They swooped and dived in unison. They twisted and turned. The sped up and slowed down. They settled. We are lucky in Brighton as we get to see starlings flock. This is known as a "murmuration" and it's breath taking to witness. Like a large, black, silent, feathered cloud they move en masse. 100's of them, workjing together as a tightly knit unit. Apparently some murmurations can have up to 50,000 birds or more in them! Nobody knows why murmurations occur or how the birds move as one without bumping into each other. It's another of Mother Nature's beautiful mysteries.

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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' ( 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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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Defensive, Gates of Delirium and Shored Up

Defensive :- No, I hadn't fallen. I wasn't drunk either. In fact the camera was dead straight according to the spirit level on the tripod. This deep trench and area was once filled with water and was the moat that surrounded Bramber Castle which was founded by William de Braose circa 1075. If you had the energy to scramble up the steep bank on the right of this image you would discover at the top what is left of the castle itself. Of course nowadays the moat is dry and empty but it forms a great path with which to walk around the castle's perimeter. There's the odd view point where you can look up and see a section of the castle walls still towering over you from way above. It must have been a terrifying and awesome sight in its day. The ruins of Bramber Castle are located in the village of Bramber in West Sussex.

Gates of Delirium :- This dilapidated area was once full of the sounds of laughter and summer. From 1936 onwards it was the of an Art Deco Lido known as the Black Rock swimming pool. It was extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. It was eventually closed in 1978 and then much to everyone's dismay demolished completely in 1979. All that Art Deco styling with flowing curves and lines was simply bulldozed and flattened into obscurity and the annals of history. Ever since then the area has been an undeveloped area and wasteland full of graffiti and rubble. From time to time it's used for exhibitions or displays of some sort or another but pretty much it stands empty. This is the downtrodden and hidden side of Brighton that you'll not find in the tourist guides or hotel brochures. There have been rumopurs recently that the area is about to be a £540 million development that will eventually become a new 10,000-capacity conference centre, exhibition and live performance venue but whether that happens or not is anyone's guess at the moment.

Shored Up :- The quaint and picturesque coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford on the South Coast of England have been photographed thousands of times by so many people. There's a certain spot as you wander down the hill where you get a view of them with the famous Seven Sisters cliffs in the background. If you've seen the film "Atonement" then you'll have seen the cottages. It's a truly exhilerating and stunning scene but if you hit the beach below and shoot the other way it tells a completely different story. The little dwellings are perched dangerous close to the cliff edge and are not that very high above sea level. Certain bits of the beach surrounding them have been strengthened to help protect them from the constant battering of the sea during high tide. The cottages are still lived in and over the last few years we have seen some terrifying storms along the South coast, it must have been an absolute nightmare and ordeal staying in them during that period.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Bletchley Block C, Baby Seat and Thin Blue Line

Bletchley Block C :- For many decades the secrets and stories of Bletchley Park remained hidden. Those that had worked there and sworn to the official secrets act in the 30's and 40's had remained tight lipped, some had even carried their secrets to the grave. But then something happened and 'Bletchley Park' suddenly became synonymous with stories of Alan Turing and the code breakers. The secret was out. The dilapidated huts and buildings that had been hidden in plain site in Milton Keynes were lovingly restored, cypher machines and computers were rebuilt, a vast collection of real Enigma machines were put on display and Bletchley Park surprisingly then opened its doors to the public. It's an incredible place to look around and explore, I spent the entire day there walking the halls and corridors of the code breakers as I read up on their stories and discovered their genius. This shot is of the interior of "Block C" which is now the entrance and visitor centre to the entire site. This Grade II listed block was once housed the Hollerith section (Bletchley’s punch card intelligence index, machinery and staff) which was key to the success of Bletchley Park’s Second World War code-breaking work. It was here that the recordings of decryption information for the German Enigma codes were stored and filed thus creating a huge cross-referencing system. It's hard to beleive and get your head around the fact that this was all done by hand and that at its busiest two million cards per week were being used!

Baby Seat :- Shopping trolleys are the scourge of Britain. The never steer straight when you are trying to use them and they are forever being left by the wayside and abaondoned in the streets to seemingly breed in number. It's impossible to go out without seeing at least one or two lurking on a street corner or hiding up some alleyway. This one was uncerimonioulsy left in a car park at Brighton Marina. It caught my eye as it's not often that you see one discarded with a baby seat still attached to it. It also grabbed my attention because I thought it was the worst place you'd want to 'park' one and remove your baby due to the filfthy wall and unclean conditions. Photographically speaking it was a gift and a visual treat that I couldn't pass up on.

Thin Blue Line :- Keep it simple. Well, that's sometimes easier said than done. I have often set out with the camera with the intent to shoot space and a few minimal scenes and have often failed miserably as the opportunities either didn't arise or I over complicated things by trying to be far too clever for my own good. This was one of those few moments where it did actually all fall together for me. This was shot last Thursday (23rd July 2015) at around 8 pm. The beach was empty, the sky was blue as was the thin stretch of English Channel that was visible from my view point on the promenade between Duke's Mound and the Marina. Nobody walking dogs or sittiing on the beach to get in my shot. Just pebbles, sea and sky.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Brighton Kiosk, Vaulted and Amber

Brighton Kiosk :- This was shot way back on the 20th July 2012. At the time this small brick built unit was serving as a souvenir / gift shop and it remoned me of all the souvenir / gift shops that you come across in London. Everything has a Union Jack on it or a picture of "Big Ben" or it's a model of a red double becker bus or it's a policeman's helmet etc etc etc. Shortly after this was taken the business shut down and vanished for good. The unit however is still there and in 2013 it reopened as "Cutter & Grinder", a Chicago style barber shop that offers traditional wet shaves, razor sharp shaves and classic or contemporary haircuts (

Vaulted :- I was lucky to spot this at all as it's reasonably hidden away just inside the entrance to the botanical Museum Gardens that are set around the Yorkshire Museum in the City of York in Yorkshire. Throughout the gardens there are the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s which was a Benedictine Abbey founded in 1088 and is now a Grade I listed building. However, I am not at all sure if the structure in this image is part of St mary's or not as it's well away from the main ruins and set within the old Roman walls of what was once Eberacum (the Roman name for York). This area was gated off and locked from the public but there was a bench situated outside that I managed to stand on so I could see through the heavily barred stone window above. I carefully managed to get my camera between the bars and then balance it on the ancient stone sill to get the shot.

Amber :- Simple, plain and unlcuttered. Sand, sea and sky. Peace, quiet and calm. Breathe and relax. No more needs to said. Shot at Ovingdean Gap near Brighton on the south coast of England.

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dark Shambles, Progress and Fata Morgana

Dark Shambles :- This is my favourite street / road in the whole of England and it's within my favourite city too. This is The Shambles (once called the The Great Flesh Shambles) in the City of York in Yorkshire. The street is so old that it's actually mentioned in the Domesday Book which was compiled and written in 1086. It was once a street full of Butchers shops and some of the buildings / shops in the street still have meat hooks hanging outside and the wooden shelves where the meat would have originally been displayed. There's a cobbled channel that runs up the middle of the street between the raised pavements . This is where the butchers would have wash away their offal and blood twice a week and it's because of this that the word "Shambles" is still used in modern day language to mean an absolute mess. It's not often that you get to walk up a real Medieval street but this is one as many of the buildings flanking the street date back to the late fourteenth and fifteenth century (around 1350-1475).

Progress :- Brighton Marina was built between 1971 and 1979. During the 80's other constructions took place and the inner non tidal harbour had a section transformed into the Marina Village along with a few shops, bars and restaurants. Then it all went very quiet and the Marina settled down. But then a year or so ago there was suddenly a hive of activity on the Western side within the outer tidal harbour. The sea water was somehow pushed out from an area and several central columns started to rise up which we later found out to be the lift shafts and central cores of several tower blocks. When finished they will literally tower over the boats and harbour and most probably block a lot of light. This shot was taken just a day or so ago on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

Fata Morgana :- As I stood on the beach taking this shot I found myself looking out to sea at the spectacle before me and thinking of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century poem the "Divine Comedy" and its first part "Inferno" which describes his journey through Hell. There are moments which are quite literally breath taking and it's hard to convey just what it was like to be there at the time. This was one of them. I will simply let the image speak for itself. It was shot on the beach at Ovingdean Gap on 20th December 2014 somewhere around 5:30 pm.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Daily Doodle : Fox In A Box

Sometimes I have to think long and hard about how to sketch the given subjects. I can sit and ponder for hours until i get an idea and yet there are other times when the minute I read what the day's doodle is I instantly have it in my head. Today was one of those days...

1940's Bar, Walled Garden Greenhouse and Green Shirt

1940's Bar :- Bit of a cheat actually as this is not a real 1940's bar at all but rather a very good mock up of one that was used as part of a film set. The film in question was "The Imitation Game" and a few scenes were shot in Bletchley Park, the real home of the code breakers. They transformed the ornate and very beautiful ball room within Bletchley Manor into the bar and it's in this room that those scenes were filmed. Bizarrely enough they were the only scenes actually shot at Bletchley Park as most of the other scenes set at Bletchley were shot on soundstages which seems an odd thing to do as (approx) a third of "The Imitation Game" takes place at Bletchley Park. They must have had their reasons.

Walled Garden Greenhouse :- Not too far from the car park at Scotney Castle there's a large Victorian walled garden. The Grade II listed garden was created sometime around 1840 and is (approximately) 50 metres by 50 metres with 3 metre (10 feet) high walls. Set against the side of the Northern wall there's a large greenhouse which apparently is now closed off to the public due to loose glass panels (thought of the 1992 film "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" spring to mind).

Green Shirt :- I hadn't even spotted the discarded green short on the rocks (right of image) when I was taking the shot. It was only when I finally returned to brighton and started to process the images that i realised it was there so the image ended up being titled after it! This is the double harbour of Mevagissey which is a small village and fishing port in Cornwall. The weather had been dark and threatening all day long with the odd drop off rain and downpour from time to time. I managed to find a break in the rain to grab a few shots across the harbour before retreating to the safety of a nearby Cornish pub ... but I would have done that anyway even if it had been sunny!

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Daily Doodle : Sleepy Tortoise

Here's a very quick sketch (15 minutes if that) of a Sleepy Tortoise for Daily Doodle. I didn't really think about this one at all as (ironically0 I am very tired and sleepy so jumped straight in and waited to waht happened...this did.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Daily Doodle : Clown

A nice simple subject for yesterday's (Wed 23rd July) Daily Doodle. Well I say nice but many of you out there get freaked out by this subject which is something that's always baffled me. I love 'em...seriously, i really do. i don't find them scary at all. never have done. kloved them a sa child and I still love them now. Here's my clown ...

Place of Thoughts, Bramber Steps and Resonance

Place of Thoughts :- Dusk on the beach below the cliffs by Saltdean Village on the Sussex coast. The tide was yet to return and for an albeit brief moment in time everything was quiet and still. I stood as motionless as was possible and breathed in the air that tasted of salt and seaweed. The only thing that wandered was my mind as it took advabntage of the peaceful surroundings and reflected on things.

Bramber Steps :- These are some of the remains of what was once Bramber Castle in West Sussex. The castle was founded by William de Braose in 1075 and it was held almost continually by the de Braose family up until 1450. In the early 13th Century another family member named William de Braose was suspected of being disloyal to King John. The King confiscated the castle and then (rather gruesomely) imprisoned Lady de Braose and her two sons in Windsor Castle and starved them all to death. The remains that you see in this image are to the east of the central Motte and were part of a 13th or 14th century domestic building. It's odd to stand and look at that small flight of steps and ponder on all those who have walked up and down them before. Maybe King John himself.

Resonance :- It is said that approximately 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water. That sounds like a lot but then you discover that only 2.5 percent of it is fresh water and that only 1 percent of that freshwater is easily accessible to us. Makes you wonder how anything on this planet survives when you actually stop to take that all in. But stats can sometimes mislead and confuse. Apparently the adult human body is approximately 57% water but I don't hear myself sloshing around when I walk or run! This shot and image was taken from Brighton beach on the Sussex south coast. The vast body of water you see is the English Channel.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Hassocks, Sense of Calm and West Dart River

Hassocks :- This is an interior shot (obviously) of the Church of St Mary the Virgin (known as St Mary's) in Kemp Town, Brighton. The Church was origianlly founded in 1826 and was dedicated on the 18th January 1827. However, in 1876 the chancel walls caved in and the roof fell inwards and the building collapsed completely. On 29th May 1877 a new foundation stone was laid and a new (and more substantial) structure was built in the Gothic style. It took two years to complete and the new church was dedicated on the 15th October 1878. The Church is now a Grade II* listed building but various signs placed on its walls warn you of the aged masonry and windows. This year the Heritage Lottery Fund backed the restoration of St Mary's historic exterior. The title of the image refers to the cushions (known as 'Hassocks') that the parishioners kneel on when praying.

Sense of Calm :- There's something incredibly serene about this image and shot. Processing it as a black and white image seemed to enhace the overall calmness of it all. It was shot on the tow path of the Grand Union Canal as it passes through an area known as Waterside in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. I managed to catch it without any narrowboats passing through so the water was incredibly still.

West Dart River :- Staggeringly beautiful, rugged and natural this is a shot of Dartmoor National Park and the West Dart River. The shot was taken somewhere between Wistman's Wood and Two Bridges in Princetown. The river is one of two two main tributaries of the River Dart in Devon with its source near Lower White Tor. Dartmoor National Park is 954 square kilometres and part of the National Trust.

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Daily Doodle : Shark Punch

A few days ago there was a stunning and quite frightening bit of film of Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning being attacked by a shark during the J-Bay Open 2015 (an event of the Association of Surfing Professionals). Luckily Mick Fanning managed to punch the shark in the back and escape unscathed. because of this today's Daily Doodle subject was "Shark Punch" so I did this ...

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hog Croft Field, Gatehouse Remains and Young Gull

Hog Croft Field :- Nothing special to look at. Just a reasonably large field that sometimes has horses in it and from time to time some cows. But this field has held a secret for centuries. The land undulates as it risies up towards the line of trees at the top. I thought the lumps and bumps were nothing more than ... well, lumps and bumps but they're not. The field is in Ovingdean, a village on the outskirts of Brighton that's mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Nexrt to the field there's St Wulran's Church which is also mentioned in the Domesday Book so we know it dates from the 11th Century. Over the last few years the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society have been exploring the field and looking beneath the grass at these undulations and have discovered (much to my surprise) a 13th century manorial complex with many postholes, stake holes and ditches. Pottery dating back to the mid to late Saxon period has also been found along with arrow heads, beads, loom weights and large numbers of pottery and bone.

Gatehouse Remains :- The village of Bramber is a former manor and located in the Horsham District of West Sussex which is just a few miles West of the Ciry of Brighton. It's a quiet and quaint little village with a rich and deep ancient history. High up on a nearby hill and overlooking the village you will find the ruins of Bramber Castle. The Castle (founded by William de Braose c. 1075) was the head of a large feudal barony which was held from the 11th to 14th centuries by the Braose family. The Castle is Norman but very little is now left standing, just a few bits of wall remain along with a large central hill that was once the Motte. The entire area is surrounded by a deep, empty trench which was the moat. The most impressive part of the remains is this tall section of part of what was once the keep-gatehouse.

Young Gull :- If you come to Brighton you'll find it's hard to avoid the gulls. They are pretty much everywhere you look, it's what you get if you live by the seaside. They often surprise people who are not used to them as they are far much bigger than you think. They are brave too and won't think twice about swooping down to take food out of your hand if you're not looking or caught off guard. I took this shot way back in february 2012 as I was wandering along the pier, the young gull was giving its legs and wings a rest whilst taking in the view.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Daily Doodle : Fish In A Barrel

There were loads of way I could have sketched today's Daily Doodle subject. For some unknown reason my mind settled on the most obscure as it made the connection with a clown fish and then jumped to the thought of rodeo clowns and the barrels they hide in to escape injury. Thus things were set in motion ...

Inconspicuous, Reeds & Elms and Radiate

Inconspicuous :- The ghostly image of the West Pier's skeletal remains emerges through the thick sea mist on Brighton seafront. No checkchairs, gulls or fish and chip eating tourists to be found here. The stifling fog deadens the sounds of the seaside, tames the waves and replaces all colours with a grey / blue tint. This pier was once a major seaside attraction and featured in many films and TV shows. Now it can only stand and wait for it's untimely demise as each year a bit more of it is taken by the elements. This wonderful Victorian pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened in 1866. It provided pleasure for many over the years until it finally closed in 1975. I remember fondly walking on it's boards and planking, playing in the arcades and marvelling at the old Theatre on the end. It's hard to believe that this sad looking structure was indeed the first pier to be Grade I listed in Britain.

Reeds and Elms :- A rather clever title even if I do say so myself. This is a shot looking North across the village pond in Rottingdean, Sussex. The reeds and foliage in the foreground are by the narrow pathway that runs between the pond and The Plough Inn and on the opposite side of the pond (in the centre of the image) there's a large house. The house is called 'The Elms' and it was once (from 1897 to 1902) the home of Rudyard Kipling.

Radiate :- I remember clearly taking this shot but just surprised myself by looking at the image data and discovering that I actually took it way back in August 2013. Time flies eh. It's the sort of thing that many weould walk past and not even notice. It's a very nondescript alleyway that runs bewteen George Street and Dorset Street in Brighton , Sussex. What caught my eye was the warm glow at the far end which was caused by the bright sunlight bouncing off paintwork at the far end.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Daily Doodle : The Addams Family (not all of 'em).

Whilst I was away and sampling the pleasures of Yorkshire's fine City of York Daily Doodle on Twitter was busy digging up dark characters to throw at us to sketch. On my return one of the first things I did was to take a look to see what I'd missed and found (much to my delight) that members of the Addams Family had been the week's subject matter. So over the last couple of days I have been playing catch up and thought I'd post them all here in one post for your enjoyement so here they are ...

Silhouettes & Shadows, St Nicholas Door and Always Believing

Silhouettes & Shadows :- Spotted and shot as I was walking out of the park towards where I'd left the car. The late afternoon sun was just in the right position to throw long shadows and the entire scene caught my eye. This is a (small) section of Tilgate Park in Crawley, West Sussex. The 400 acre park dates right back to 1647 and has received the prestigious Green Flag Award (the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom) many times over. Tilgate Park also contains 7 National Champion Trees (Champion trees are the tallest, fattest or oldest of their species in the U.K.) within its grounds.

St Nicholas Door :- There's some serious history going on within this image. This is the side door of the Church of St. Nicholas in the village of Bramber in West Sussex. The church was originally built by the Normans as the chapel to Bramber Castle. The castle now stands in ruins but remarkably the church somehow outlived the castle it was part of and survived. All these facts add up to St Nicholas being the oldest post-conquest Norman church in Sussex. The 11th Century south doorway you see here was the entrance from the village with access from the castle being via the much larger (and now blocked up) arch on the north side.

Always Believing :- A chilly late afternoon in November provided me with this atmoshperic image. I was walking aloong the line of the beach from Brighton Marina towards it's famous pier and Victorian seafront when the sun caught the cloud and lit it up. Winter skies are always seem to be much more spectacular than those of the other seasons.

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Evening Green, Between a Rock... and Time to Go

Evening Green :- A shot looking North East across Rottingdean village pond. Way back in time a small settlement of Saxons developed a small community around this very pond and the seeds of Rottingdean​ village (near the City of Brighton) were born. Between the pond and the buildings there's a narrow one way village road known as 'The Green' which winds down and around the pond and slowly edges you towards the seafront.

Between a Rock & a Wet Place :- This was shot somewhere (roughly half way) between Ovingdean and Brighton Marina. There are a couple of wide access ramps that slope down to the beach and pebbles and boulders have been piled up against them to help break up the rage of the sea and waves when it's high tide. The sun was bright, hot and high in the sky when I shot this back in July 2014. The beach was free from tourists here and there were very few people about in general.

Time to Go :- This magnificent diplay put on by mother nature caught me by surprise completely. The sky had been rather grey and drab and was on the verge of turning around and making my way back home when the sky suddenly exploded and burst into colour sending vibrant hues bouncing off the explosed chalk sea bed. It was shot at Ovingdean Gap (one of my favourite spots) well away from the noise and hubbub of Brighton just a few miles away to the West.

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