England

The English countryside

When I was in England recently, I went on a long walk

Along the banks of the river that snaked like a silver ribbon

Through the Sussex countryside.

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It was a hazy, warm day.

Bramber castle and adjoining Norman church

Lay nestled in an autumn tinged valley.

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One of the bushes next to the river

Was humming with bright yellowhammers.

(If you look in the centre of the shot, you’ll see their bright yellow wings.)

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And, of course, no trip to Sussex is complete

Without a picture of the sheep grazing on the Downs.

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Postcards from London

My hotel in London was right opposite the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Here’s Tower Bridge with elegant accents of blue.

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It was cloudy for almost all of my visit –

But I did manage one pink morning (snapped on my mobile phone).

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Parts of the old Roman wall of London

Are visible every now and then.

(I like the way the old stone is reflected in the modern glass on the left.)

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One late evening saw us in Chinatown

Under red flags and a popcorn-cloud sky.

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Shard reflections

The Shard is an iconic skyscraper in London:

95 stories high (306 metres tall), it’s made up of 11,000 glass panels,

And reflects the clouds. (It was very hot, and cloudy when I was there.)

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While I was in London, I came across the Shard in unusual places –

Here it is glimpsed from an alleyway on the other side of the river.

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On my last night, the sun finally burst through the cloud cover

Giving me a gorgeous view of the Thames and the Shard.

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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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Going back

By the time you read this, I’ll be visiting my mum in England (Sussex).

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Hopefully, the rain will have cleared

And the trees will be out in full bloom.

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We’re going on holiday

To Eastbourne, a town on the south coast,

So I hope to relax, spend quality time with my mum

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And – of course, get some good views of the sea!

(All photos from previous trips back ‘home’.)

I won’t be visiting any of you this week, but a big thank you for popping by.

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Postcards from England

I had a great visit with my mum in England.

The day of my arrival saw the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia,

Which created a lovely background for sheep silhouettes.

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The next day was warm and misty.

On our walk, we saw a strange, n-ewe species:

The two-headed sheep!

(Sorry about the baa-d pun.)

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Our destination was this old, Saxon church

Dating back to the late 11th century.

My father is buried in this beautiful (and slightly isolated) location.

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Golden moments

I’m away all week – off to England

To visit my mum.

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Time to enjoy family, old houses

And my mum’s garden —

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And, of course, my favourite walk

Up on the Sussex Downs.

(I wont’ be around to visit you this week.)

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Hallelujah chorus

A choir of glorious rays

Breaks over the English countryside.

It’s sunset

And you can almost hear the angels sing.

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De-light

(This is a continuation of photos from my last post.)

Oh, the soft golden light of sunset

And a hot haze over the hills of Sussex, England!

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And to top it all —

The glowing sun

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Turned tails and manes

To molten gold and bronze.

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Emerald and sapphire

I was in Sussex, England, over Easter —

And one of my favourite activities is walking on the Downs.

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There’s nothing like emerald fields

Glowing beneath a sky of sapphire,

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With animals enjoying

The background of big, rolling clouds.

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