Blue-tiful

During my trip to Sussex, I climbed up Beachy Head.

The walk is a steep one – but I was joined

By wildflowers and stunted trees waving their hair in the wind.

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The blue of the sea faded

Into the blue of the sky.

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I heard the skylarks – and also a more unusual sound –

Bagpipes being played by a lone piper (intent on not annoying his neighbours?)

He played well – and the music made the scenery even more majestic.

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72 responses

  1. …I guess!

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    May 21, 2018 at 15:45

  2. I haven’t been to Beachy Head in years, I had forgotten how pretty it was

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    May 21, 2018 at 16:26

  3. Oh, Fiona, I can’t imagine anything more wonderful than a (talented) lone piper appearing out of nowhere. All of my Gaelic roots would be a-quiver, if that isn’t a mixed metaphor or something (still on my first coffee of the day here) — thanks for sharing your walk to Beachy Head.

    I have had my Our World post ready for a while now and am fighting to keep away from it because I edit and re-edit things to death if they’re written more than a few hours ahead of time. Once a journeyman printer, always a proofreader, and a very persnickety one at that. Sigh.
    Kay

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    May 21, 2018 at 16:34

    • It really made my day!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 22, 2018 at 11:59

  4. blue sky and blue sea. my favorite combo

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    May 21, 2018 at 16:36

  5. Hello, lovely blue skies and scenes. I would like to hear the sound of the bagpipes. Have a happy day and new week!

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    May 21, 2018 at 16:52

  6. So cool to hear the bagpiper!!

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    May 21, 2018 at 17:42

  7. don

    Beautiful pictures and sensitive commen.

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    May 21, 2018 at 17:49

  8. The bagpipe playing at a distance would add a majestic sense of beauty to the sweeping scenery. In my world, a neighbor plays the guitar outdoors softly on some evenings and it is wonderful to hear.

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    May 21, 2018 at 18:05

  9. Marvelous skies!

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    May 21, 2018 at 19:08

  10. Rita McGregor

    The bagpiper’s consideration was a gift for you! 🙂

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:09

  11. A neat surprise to hear the bagpiper. Lovely photos.

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:16

  12. Lovely to see your photographs.
    I had to smile at the story of the bag-pipe player … similar happened to my husband Eddie a few years back.
    He was actually playing golf, and it was a misty late afternoon and he suddenly heard the sound of bagpipes being played …
    Well, they have to practise don’t they!

    All the best Jan

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:28

  13. Gorgeous blues and a great shot of the piper.

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:30

  14. Beautiful blue skies, and the piper, fabulous.

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:34

  15. What a beautiful view and day for a hike. From the look of the trees, the wind must really rip!

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    May 21, 2018 at 20:43

  16. The perfect soundtrack for that scenery! Beautiful!

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    May 21, 2018 at 21:07

  17. Beautiful! I just love those skies 🙂

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    May 21, 2018 at 21:22

  18. Wow.
    Though the piper would have made me weep. They always do.

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    May 21, 2018 at 21:25

  19. Bill Dodd

    Finding a piper out there seems almost surreal… Love the sky.

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    May 21, 2018 at 22:31

  20. Just gorgeous!

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    May 21, 2018 at 22:45

  21. The sky is like a blank canvas on which the clouds paint a picture. It is never boring to watch the sky!

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    May 21, 2018 at 23:33

  22. What a lovely visit to your old stomping grounds (I assume?…. is this where you spent your childhood?)…. whatever, it is beautiful and the music seems the perfect accompaniment.

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    May 21, 2018 at 23:46

    • I was brought up in many different countries. But this is my mum’s old stomping grounds with my dad.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 22, 2018 at 06:25

  23. Ron

    HA! Fiona, I love your post title for this post. VERY clever!!! 🙂

    That first photograph of the wildflowers and trees blowing in the wind is gorgeous. You can actually see the motion as if the image was a moving film.

    And that blue sky….WOW!

    “He played well – and the music made the scenery even more majestic.”

    Oh how wonderful! Almost like a soundtrack.

    Thanks so much for sharing the beauty, my friend!

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    May 21, 2018 at 23:53

  24. Stunning photos! And such a beautiful place!

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    May 22, 2018 at 00:49

  25. rhiebert

    Beautiful scenes.I am sure the bagpipe music added to the beauty.

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    May 22, 2018 at 01:19

  26. Al

    Wonderful – I especially love that one with the endless ocean.

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    May 22, 2018 at 04:11

  27. I love bagpipes at any time, but in such a locale? Romantic!!!!

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    May 22, 2018 at 05:30

  28. wow amazing skyview.

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    May 22, 2018 at 05:46

  29. Beautiful pictures!

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    May 22, 2018 at 06:20

  30. So blue and beautiful 🙂

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    May 22, 2018 at 07:50

  31. The music of the bagpipes is like the sound of children playing – very nice in the distance but not recommended in an enclosed space!

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    May 22, 2018 at 09:03

  32. Awesome scenes. I can see how bent the trees are so it must be very windy there on the coast line. What a treat to hear the bagpipes as you journeyed on.

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    May 22, 2018 at 10:29

  33. You certainly don’t expect to hear bagpipes on Beachy Head! But how lovely to hear them on a sunny day, and not just skirling through Northern mists….

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    May 22, 2018 at 10:48

  34. Gorgeous. And I love that you had the piper for background music. There’s something about a lone piper…

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    May 22, 2018 at 11:51

  35. The piper must had added to the atmosphere. My Mum used to saw, that when gorse is out of flower, kissing is out of fashion. So, its still fashionable I see!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    May 22, 2018 at 12:01

  36. Your lovely posts always take me on a trip with words and photos that give me a greater insight and vision of the spot we visit. I’d love to go to Beachy Head and listen to the music of the birds.

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    May 22, 2018 at 12:42

  37. Beachy Head is not all Scottish but I can understand what you mean there. Love the deep blue skies.

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    May 22, 2018 at 13:02

  38. Beautiful captures and you are blessed to have the live music too!

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    May 22, 2018 at 13:10

  39. nocolebolo

    ·.
    I can see your trip was fantastic and your photos very wonderful
    Sure, the man who played the bagpipe tried not to disturb his neighbors. I know one who does the same, he goes to lonely places near the sea.
    Hugs

    La Mirada Ausente · & · Cristal Rasgado
    ·

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    May 22, 2018 at 13:47

  40. Beautiful!

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    May 22, 2018 at 13:57

  41. Wonderful skies.
    Thank you for hosting.

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    May 22, 2018 at 14:38

    • You’re very welcome. Thank YOU for participating.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 23, 2018 at 05:39

  42. How beautiful, the colors and the trees.

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    May 22, 2018 at 14:40

  43. Your first photograph is breathtaking Fionna! A fantastic hike.

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    May 22, 2018 at 15:18

  44. Music or else it will be total silence

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    May 22, 2018 at 15:45

    • The birds were singing, so never completely silent.

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      May 22, 2018 at 15:48

  45. Nice colours!

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    May 22, 2018 at 16:42

  46. Beautiful shots!

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    May 22, 2018 at 16:57

  47. itsallaboutpurple

    gorgeous brushstrokes on the sky, the blues are beautiful!!!

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    May 22, 2018 at 17:18

  48. Gorgeous photography!

    Happy Day to You,
    C & Z

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    May 22, 2018 at 18:46

  49. I Love Blue!

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    May 22, 2018 at 20:36

  50. How lyrically perfect that sound must have been. Excellent imagery of the trees waving their hair in the wind hope they don’t have allergies.

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    May 23, 2018 at 01:06

  51. What a beautiful place–the views and the sound of the bagpipes must have been magical!

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    May 23, 2018 at 06:02

  52. How wonder-blue and the magic of the sound of the bagpipes! Gorgeousness all around!

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    May 23, 2018 at 08:33

  53. Oh I would love to see Beachy Head under a blue sky, I have only seen it surrounded by fog. Fabulous photos.

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    May 23, 2018 at 09:08

  54. You made me homesick ! Since 2008 I spent each year 10 days with my friends in Eastbourne and I have been so many times on Beachy Head, it’s so beautiful !

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    May 23, 2018 at 09:48

    • Eastbourne is lovely!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 23, 2018 at 19:12

  55. Beautiful images Fiona, the English countryside is hard to beat.. and what a bonus, I do love the bagpipes!

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    May 23, 2018 at 13:01

  56. blootiful and bootiful

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    May 23, 2018 at 14:26

  57. Extraordinary beauty.

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    May 23, 2018 at 15:09

  58. don

    Impressive series. Well done.

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    May 23, 2018 at 16:55

  59. Blues and music, you are lucky.

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    May 23, 2018 at 18:36

  60. I agree beautiful! I wonder why the guy was playing outside in what looks like to be the middle of no where?
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.de/2018/05/ulm.html

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    May 24, 2018 at 10:11

  61. Love Beachy Head – and I’ve even seen it looking almost as exotic as it does in your stunning photos. A piper in Sussex? – Mmm, you don’t see many of those…

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    May 24, 2018 at 12:46

  62. I love your change of palette from winter whites to springy blues. Plus, we have a newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex as of Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. I have been offline for some time because of a death in the immediate family.

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    May 24, 2018 at 13:49

    • So very very sorry to hear this.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 25, 2018 at 17:55

  63. Gorgeous! Love those windswept trees!

    -Soma

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    May 25, 2018 at 01:40

  64. How lovely! The sky is amazing. And what a treat to hear bagpipes out in nature — so unusual. I would love it!

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    May 25, 2018 at 18:55

  65. the perfect match, mountains+sea! i’m dying to visit the uk, maybe in a couple of years!

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    May 28, 2018 at 16:53

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