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St Peter’s Church, Hayling Island, Hampshire & A Russian Princess

On a visit to Hayling Island in June, 2017, we visited this ancient 12th century church, which had a lovely sign with the magical words…..Church Open…..that makes me so happy.  St Peter’s is the oldest church on the island and is situated in the north.  Built in 1140 and is a grade 1 listed building.

The font, like the church, dates back to the 12th century.

A little history for you……..The church was originally built in about 1140 by the monks of Jumièges Abbey not as a parish church but as a chapel of ease, Northwode Chapel, to serve the people of North Hayling for whom going to their parish church of All Saints in the south of the island was not convenient. The original building probably occupied most of what is now the nave, and was apparently built without foundations; the central pillars rested on large sarsen stones (boulders probably deposited by glaciers during the Ice Ages). Buttresses were added later to help support the walls. In the early 13th century the building was expanded to its present dimensions, with the porch being added later. It is believed that St Peter’s three bells are one of the oldest peals in England, on suspended wooden axles and half wheels. The tenor bell has been dated by the Whitechapel Foundry as from about 1350.

 

The church is partially surrounded by a ditch, and has a substantial graveyard. Among those buried there is Princess Yourievsky (1878-1959), a natural daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia who was legitimised by her parents’ marriage and who spent the last 27 years of her life on Hayling Island, dying in relative poverty.

 

 

Portland Bill Light House, Isle of Portland, Dorset

This is the last of the three lighthouses at Portland Bill.  Portland Bill Lighthouse is located on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.  It is now the only  functioning lighthouse at Portland Bill and the lighthouse and it’s boundary walls are Grade II Listed.  We were in luck the day we visited in August 2017, the sun was shining with beautiful blue skies…. at the moment here, in the Fens in the east of the UK, it’s a little windy, we are getting the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia, unfortunately other parts of the Uk are getting a nasty battering.

You can now climb the tower, but on the day we visited, many other people had the same idea, and there was a waiting list of over an hour, so we just had a walk around the base and took some photos. 

As Portland’s largest and most recent lighthouse, the Trinity House operated Portland Bill Lighthouse is distinctively white and red striped, standing at a height of 41 metres (135 ft). The tower is approximately 114 feet. The lighthouse was completed by 1906 and first shone out on 11 January 1906.  Portland Bill Lighthouse guides passing vessels through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel.

 

 

BT Tower, London

To me the BT Tower will always be the Post Office Tower, mainly because an uncle took myself, and my younger brother up in the lift to the top, in 1966 just after it opened in October 1965.  This really was quite scary, the lift went from the top to the bottom and then bounced back up two levels and then back down with a thud…….have never felt the same about lifts since.  But I have always thought it was an amazing building, and still is.   There is to me, something very space like about it, like a rocket about to take off. 

I took some photos in 2016 and forgot about them, but while sorting I have just come across them, and thought that I would look a little into the history.  The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, was opened to the public in 1966, despite construction having been completed in July 1964.

The British Telecom Communication Tower in London’s West End was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

Costing £2 million to construct, the 189m (620ft) cylindrical tall tower is made from 13,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and glass, and at the time of opening was the tallest building in London. It’s shape was designed to reduce wind resistance and gave it stability and style.

Dog Mobile

This lovely dog, who I shall name ‘Henry the Basset Hound’, loves his owners small tractor, especially for all the trips around the shows they visit.  Well he does only have little legs 🙂

Taken at one of the many country shows we visited in 2106

Two Americans in Norfolk

 

The two Americans….. are my niece and her husband, we attended their wedding in 2015 in the US, and some of you might remember, I posted photos of their wedding.  They came to stay overnight in April 2016, they were doing the rounds, visiting relations and friends in the UK.  My daughter and family came to visit at the same time, and we went on a family day out.  I am so late in posting this, but better late, than never……. I hope anyway 🙂  We headed to the North Norfolk Coast, it’s a bit difficult to show off where you live in one day, but at least the weather was good to us.  We stopped at Burnham Market first, and had a look around a Norfolk Village, before it got busy.  Then we made our way to Wells-next-the-Sea and had a fish and chip dinner, and a go on the slot machines.

An April Bike Ride

 

Around the outskirts of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, is great for bike riding.  Apart from the really good bike routes, the terrain is mostly flat.  We try and take the caravan to Ferry Meadows Caravan Park each April and have at least one twenty mile bike trip…..which in truth only happens once a year and this year it didn’t happen.  Although we did take the bikes all the way to Scotland this year, to ride on some of the Islands, but it rained so much, it just never happened, they didn’t come of the bike rack.  So while sorting through the endless amount of photos, I found last April’s bike ride, 2016 and as it was the only one we have managed to achieve in two years……I am going to post it, to remind myself how nice it is to ride a bike.  My husband pulls a cart on the back of his bike for the dogs, as little dogs tire after a few miles, and as we now have four dogs, its better for them to travel in style.  Hopefully the photos will show you a little of the lovely countryside around Peterborough.  We also stopped off at Ferry Meadows and Orton Mere stations to watch the steam train on the Nene Valley Railway.  Finally three little dogs, we had another dog just after our break, back to the van for a well earned drink.