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#4 June, Bum to the wind & flowing mane.

I took in a small section of the South Downs this week, the wind was a touch brisk blowing WSW 23mph and gusting to 40mph, the air temperature was warmish at around 20 degrees Celsius making it not to bad apart from streaming eyes and no conversation possible due to the amount of whooshing noise going past my ears. I came upon a small group of ponies huddling together with their bums to the wind and their long manes blowing about like a 1970’s pop star.

Pop star look #1
Pop star look #2
Pop star look #3
Pop star look #4

#3 June, Arundel countryside walk

I went for walk in the southern English countryside today (Tuesday the 16th June) in the quaint town of Arundel, which is located in West Sussex. The small town boasts a splendid castle and a couple of churches. Unfortunately none of them were open due to the covid-19 restrictions put in place by the government.

The collection of images below are from a circular countryside walk. It starts off at the base of the castle and follows the River Arun from there onto the Black Rabbit public house (all boarded due to covid) and onto South Stoke hamlet where there are some excellent examples of English countryside properties. Continue through dense woodland and a quick left turn into Arundel Park, you go up hill and down dale (up and down / rolling landscape) until you come upon the Hiorne Tower, following the route back into town.

Arundel Castle from Mill Road
Property

Property

Property
Property
Property
St Leonard’s Church 11th century.

St Leonard’s Church 11th century.

Rolling farmland

Farmland

As you exit the woodland, climb up the hill you are rewarded with splendid views.

Hiorne Tower, 17th century.
Walking away from the tower.

En route there are some waymarks to help navigate.
The small white disc says – The Monarchs Way –

Left or right ?

As the walk ends you enter the back of town….Fancy a pint ?….Nope all shut up due to covid.
Arundel Cathedral in the background.

Inside St Nicholas Church 14th century.

St Nicholas Church 14th century.

Town centre.

Town centre. The Tea and Biscuit Club shop.

Town centre.

Town centre.

I hope you found it interesting. All images taken with the Fuji X-Pro 3 camera / 23mm / 50mm lenses.

#1 June, A jaunt on the South Downs

A very sweet cottage

Side elevation of the above property.

Verdant green woodland

I’m always a bit cautious around these large dopey animals.
I got a bit too close for my personal comfort level to get the shot.
Sometimes you could kick yourself for not taking a long lens with you.


For the photographically inclined all images taken with the Nikon Z6 & 24/70 f2.8 S.
Processed from RAW / NEF to taste using Adobe camera RAW.

#4, May South Downs

Went for a walk on the South Downs (the Eastbourne end) today (Saturday 16th) four photos.

Barn with a red roof.
Red post box and the Tiger Inn East Dean village.
The estate office. The blue plaque makes a reference to Sherlock Holmes.
St Mary the Virgin Church Friston. 13th / 15th century.

#2 May

Three images posted for interest sake.
Giving you a slightly different view of London and the river Thames.

On the left side of the image are the tall chimneys of the Stag Brewery. Soon to be demolished and replaced by housing estate, to the right (first white building) is the Ship public house (18th century) and some large river fronted Victorian houses.
I’m on the north bank of the Thames near Chiswick Bridge and looking towards the Mortlake side.
Distant shot of Chiswick Trust Pier. Still on the north side of the Thames.
If you carried on walking along the path you would come to Chiswick Mall and then Upper Mall finally reaching Hammersmith Bridge. Mall in this sense does not relate to shopping but a set of very desirable 17th/18th century residential properties that look at the river.
As above but a bit closer. Chiswick Trust Pier, residential house boats sitting on the mud at low tide.
Where the tall tree is on the right – is an island called Chiswick Eyot, it is a nature reserve.

I hope that was of some interest, it made a change from the usual Westminster river Thames shots.
All images taken on Friday 8th May.

#1 May

Five photos from this week all a bit different. Abstract, colour, couple of street and a gritty portrait.

Bright light through window.
A splash of vibrant colour.
Aunt Joan (89) getting her Ventolin inhaler ready. Not one of her good days, but she was still happy to oblige.
Boarded up cafe, slowly getting covered in posters and graffiti.
Faded red phone box against dark green.
Do people use them anymore ?
It would be a shame to see them disappear as they are iconic features of the UK landscape .