I have been lucky enough to get permission to photograph the ongoing restoration work that is happening at The Walled Nursey in Hawkhurst. The young couple that have taken on this horticultural nursery have embarked on an exciting and commendable project to restore the 4 commercial sized Victorian greenhouses, the vinery, the orangery and the cold frames. My camera and I hope to be regular visitors, helping Emma and Monty and their team to document this
Warning – Post of many photos
Lots of tractor owners got together in Bodium today to rally through the countryside, raising money for the excellent local cause that is St Michael’s Hospice. There was a huge variety of modern, vintage, big and small tractors that made for an interesting, bright and colourful parade.
Probably not the right platform to dump all these photos but I want them in a public space for others to view. Does anyone have any recommendations for a suitable platform for placing large volumes of event photos?
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The week we came home:
Spent mostly in the middle of the Arabian sea on a little archipelago of islands which extend northwards from the Maldives and are an Indian territory known as the Lakshadweep Islands
(If it was week 42, there could only have been 10 weeks left of this year….? Noooo!!!!! And I’m posting this 3 weeks retrospectively so….. 7 weeks? Noo, noo, nooooooo!!! )
Anyway, the Lakshadweep Islands and then back to Fort Kochi:
Minus 2 because I lost 2 days in week 40.
I may have to change the title of the challenge I set myself this year which was to take a photo a day for 366 days. I cannot find two of the photos I should have taken for week 40 and until I do, I shall have to retitle this challenge 366-2days. Of course, I may never find them as it is quite possible that I never took them.. That week was quite a disorganised week with lots of travel plans to think about.
Those I do recall for week 40 were:
Oh, my goodness, I have some catching up to do to bring all this up to date. Everything got posted to FB and even Instagram whilst we were away. I didn’t post to WP as, during our travels, we weren’t stopping anywhere long enough to be able to compose a sentence – not that my sentences usually have much considered composition about them 🙂
Wk 39. the week before we flew off, looked like this:
I suppose one would have to know a little of the history of British seaside towns, and specifically St Leonards, to fully understand the bedlam of Bulverhythe.
The Victorians, with their increased wealth and free time, raised the profile of the seaside and, during that period of social revolution, Decimus Burton raised the profile of St Leonards on Sea.
The ‘trendy’ area was a couple of miles to the East but, the plebeians were getting free time too and needed somewhere to go.
This area continued to develop and in 1933 a wonderful Lido was constructed which was enjoyed right through until my childhood. Then, after a period of neglect and no investment, the venue was raised to the ground in 1989. The great wasteland that still remains today signalled the end of tourism for this part of the coast however, locals still like to keep their chalets here as it is a dog friendly beach and the parking is not as extortionate as elsewhere. Some of the colonnades of the lido building can still be seen along the cycle track.