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Flowers in the landscape - with Gill Moon

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This session with Gill was to two locations - both coastal - one to Aldeburgh and the other to Shingle Street. These are two beaches which have a variety of flowers on the beach area and amongs the boats and other paraphernalia. Obviosly, most of the images feature boats, but the flowers are quite spectacular in unexpected places. Hers are a few of my offerings! These first three show the flowers in the landscape and amongs the general objrcts of the area  ..... generally boats .... .... but not always! These two images above show flowers in general patches around the beach. Other large clumps of flowers are around the sheds and posts etc All of the above images were taken at Aldeburgh, and those below are from Shingle Street. These lower ones focus on individual flowers. Bee Orchid. Not too common but a beautiful flower  Vipers Bugloss and the same below. Vipers Bugloss   It was very interesting focusing on the flowers on the beaches because it is not generally an area associated wi

Helmingham Hall Gardens - Birthday visit

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Helmingham Hall is a spectacular place to visit and I have visited several times. On my birthday, Rosey took me back to wander the beautiful gardens (and buy me lunch!) as a birthday treat - it was lovely. Many events are held here during the year, but just walking around the estate and gardens is well worth a visit. The moated hall, built in 1510 and still occupied by the the Tollomache family, the family that built it originally. A couple of the sculptured shrubs in the walled garden A mass of beautiful Allium A general view of one of the many pathways Close up of Allium head Love In A Mist Peony Not sure of the name of this flower Lovely white roses All in all a lovely walk around the gardens followed by lunch in the Cafe - thanks Rosey! Home

St Edmunds Church, Southwold

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Several of these next images were taken on a previous visit but I had forgotten to put them together, so here goes! Starting with a shot of the whole church. The parish church of Southwold is dedicated to St Edmund, and is considered to be one of Suffolk's finest. It lies under one continuous roof, and was built over about 60 years from the 1430s to the 1490s; it replaced a smaller 13th-century church that was destroyed by fire. The earlier church dated from the time when Southwold was a small fishing hamlet adjacent to the larger Reydon. By the 15th century Southwold was an important town in its own right, and the church was rebuilt to match its power and wealth. The church is renowned for its East Anglian flushwork, especially that of the tower. Knapped and unknapped flints are arranged in patterns, textures and designs and create the stone work. You live and learn! The rood screen is considered by many to be the finest in the county. It stretches all the way across the church, a

Southwold and Dunwich

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Southwold is a lovely coastal town I have visited before but never fully explored. So when a family holiday was proposed, I looked forward to finding out some details and obviouly some photos. Southwold was mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) as a fishing port. It received its town charter from Henry VII in 1489. The grant of the charter is still marked by the annual Trinity Fair, when it is read out by the Town Clerk. As a town its fortune was directly linked to the neighbouring town of Dunwich, which we also visited during our weeks stay in Southwold. Gun Hill Green - one of the many `greens` around Southwold. Nearby Dunwich had, by the thirteenth century, become one of the greatest east coast ports in England and one of the ten largest towns in the country. Its wealth was derived from trade, shipbuilding and the town’s large fishing fleet, due to the large harbour, the “Kings Fleet”, which was sheltered behind a shingle spit extending south from Southwold. However, the east coast was

Sizewell - Beauty and the Beast

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When I think of Sizewell on the Suffolk coast, my mind immediately jumps to Nuclear power stations, and conjours up all sorts of negative thoughts surroundng them. There is another side to Sizewell and these are a few images to illustrate the beauty all around. The beach is like a lot of the surrounding area - shingle. Not easy to walk a great distance on. There are a lot of boats on the beach and I picked just this one out with the two offshore platforms in the background.  The platforms (now defunct) were there to service the intake and discharge tunnels used to run sea water through the cooling system. The cold water inlet was the farthest platform and the hot water outlet was the nearest platform. Taken on a previous visit when the sea was not so calm. I named this image `layers` as it appears to be in layers of colours. One of the dominant colours was yellow - yellow gorse everywhere, and the perfume was gorgeous. I had to include  `the Beast` - Sizewll B. The new C reactor is und