A few weeks ago, before we went on holiday, all around us in the Fens the air was thick with dust, they had the big combine harvesters in the fields. Now back from holiday, yesterday I noticed they are now harrowing, just glad the dust has settled until next year, when it all starts again.
A few weeks ago, late August 2017, we visited Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. I had a practise at taking some more evening photos. I was hoping to take some evening photos of Cannes on the French Riviera tonight, but the traffic was horrendous, so we gave up trying to get along the coast. This morning we had a wonderful day driving through the French Alps and saw some amazing rock formations, which I will post later, but my laptop is still not letting me down load any new photos. So while we are away, it will be old photos only 🙂 I must say their wifi in Grasse, where we are staying, is so fast, amazingly so. Anyway hopefully tomorrow I will get to photograph some more old churches to go with the few that I have visited so far.
I bought a lighthouse book the other day ‘Lighthouses of England -The South East’, and while reading through it, I recognised a lighthouse. At the end of October 2015 we went to visit our daughter and her family in Kent……looking back now, the weather was amazing for the end of October. Anyway we had gone to do Halloween with our youngest grandson and he wanted to go to the beach, like they all do at 6.5 years old. So we arrived at Margate, a seaside town and the place was packed, there was some kind of bike race on. I know nothing about this sport, but I took loads of photos because I liked the way the bikes moved on the sand. I’m glad I did, because I got the lighthouse in a few of them.
A little history……Margate’s first lighthouse was built in 1828 to mark the town’s newly built breakwater. The original lighthouse was a round Doric column. It had a square gallery and cylindrical lantern, but this tower became a victim of the Great Storm of 1953. Strong seas pushed the old tower over, leaving it leaning at a precarious angle for several hours, prior to it collapsing, along with a large section at the end of the pier. In 1955, the current octagonal concrete tower was built, topped by a copper lantern housing a fixed red LED light.
The lighthouse that I hadnoticed on our way to Strumble Lighthouse, in Wales, September 2017, was in Fishguard Harbour which opened in 1906. The new development included a stone breakwater, extending from Pen Cw at the north end of the quay into Fishguard Bay. This breakwater was later lengthened to about 850m and a octagonal brick lighthouse, lower part black and upper part white, was constructed on the eastern end. The light is operational and flashes green, every 4.5 seconds.