Landscapes

Dusty Combine Harvesters

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.

Occupation Category – Combine Harvesters  

Lifeguards, Mablethrope, Lincolnshire

For our last day on the French Riviera, we drove along the coast and visited some of the smaller resorts.  The weather has been hot, but a bit windy, which is good for us northern types, can’t handle too much heat.  Tomorrow we head north to another town for two nights and hopefully a few more churches.  So as I still can’t upload photos, I found some lifeguards from when we visited Mablethrope in Lincolnshire last year 2016, as we have seen lots of French lifeguards on this trip.  Also a good set of photos for my ‘Occupation Category’ – Lifeguards

 

Re-Visit Twin Lighthouses, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

Today 12.09.17, in the South of France it was lovely and hot, we visited some beautiful churches, hill top towns and villages, also a picnic on the beach…….plus a few French Lighthouses.  Still cannot upload any photos, so I found some of a re-visit to the twin lighthouses at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, I wanted to see if  ‘The Sir Peter Scott Lighthouse’ was open, but I think we were too late.  Still I got some better photos of both lighthouses for my collection.  

Tomorrow we are visiting Monaco, should be interesting, as husband wants to drive around the roads, as if driving in the Grand Prix, well he has to have some reward for my churches 🙂 Then we might go into Italy and do a circuit up into the mountains, and then back to Grasse where we are staying.

West Lighthouse.

Sir Peter Scott Lighthouse, East Lighthouse.

In this view, you can just see the top of the West Lighthouse.

Evening Light At Wells-next-to-Sea, North Norfolk

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. 

 

A Postcard from Hayling Island, Hampshire, England

At the moment we are in France, but my laptop has decided it will not down load any new photos, so old photos will have to do.  The weather is an assortment of sunshine and rain……well we are use to that in the UK, but it is going to get hotter the further south we go…..hopefully.  We are in Epernay which is in Champagne region and of course we had to have a taster, which was very nice.  We have also visited ‘The Notre-Dame Church’ not that old, but still very beautiful with some wonderful gargoyles.  

Returning to the photos, we visited Hayling Island in July, 2017, the island is somewhere that my mother use to take my brother and I, for lots of seaside visits, and then my daughter when she was small.  We lived in Portsmouth, which is on another island, Portsea Island, although no one calls it that anymore.  The beach, Southsea on Portsea, is pebbles, but on Hayling Island, which is the next island along, there use to be sand dues and thats why my mother took us on the short boat trip to visit them.  The photo of the long road bridge is the only way onto the island by car and the view you see from the beach is another island, the Isle of Wight.  

There use to be a railway bridge onto the island, but as you can see from the photo this is all that is left of it now.  I have add an old railway map of Hayling and Portsea, so you can see how close they are, but Portsea is now connected, I think, by five bridges, although I can remember when it was only one.

Margate Lighthouse, Kent

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.