Posts tagged “West Sussex

Say it with flowers

Small villages around England compete

In the ‘Best Flowers’ competition every summer.

And Bramber is no exception.

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The facades of pubs and inns

Are decked out in glorious technicoloured blooms.

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Watering the flowers is quite a challenge —

You start from the top and let the water run down.

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Even the windows of the building housing

The public toilets are decked out in petalled finery.

(And yes – Bramber has won the competition several times.)

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Magical horses

Up on the Downs in Sussex, England,

On a magical sunset evening —

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Layers of golden hills

Glow like jewels

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While horses graze

And rainbows sparkle.

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For more golden dust magic, please visit: Skywatch.


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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Rolling hill skies

I’m off to visit my parents in England.

They live in a small village

Nestled at the foot of the rolling hills of the Downs.

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For me, the golden fields

And wide open skies

Embody the beauty of the English countryside.

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And finding two horses nuzzling each other

Is just the cherry on top of the cake.

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(I’ll be back in a week, but the Our World link will be up and running as usual on Monday evening.)

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Leafy stars

One of my favourite houses in West Sussex, England,

Is St. Mary’s: a timbered house from around 1470.

House front

The house is still lived in today,

(And open to the public on certain afternoons)

And boasts many beautiful gardens.

Here is a peek at the back!

House from back

I love this summer reflection

In the leaded window of the house.

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Next door, is a secret garden

Where children play music

Child on flute

And leafy stars abound.

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For more star stories, please visit: Our World.


Fields of gold

I love the rolling hills

Of the Sussex countryside,

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With its endless blue

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And fields of gold

Rising to meet the welcoming sky.

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Wonky or leafy?

I’m off to England at the end of the week and this has inspired me to show you some of the adorable houses in West Sussex, where my sister lives.

What do you prefer?

Shakespearian with wonky beams…

Wonky

… Or a cottage

With a thatched roof;

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A leafy green window

Making art in the summer sun;

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Or perhaps a house with iron railings

And bejewelled cobwebs.

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The most popular house in England is probably the pub —

Now with gourmet food and a great sense of humour!

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For more stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Heritage chalk

One of the treats we experienced while back home in the UK was a lovely visit to the Amberley Working Museum.

It’s a large open air museum on the site of the chalk pits that were in use from about 1830 – 1963. Nowadays, it houses a lot of items from the early Victorian era.

There is a printing workshop and a resident blacksmith at the forge.

There is a wheelwright, a stained glass maker, a potter and a walking-stick maker.

I also came across a Victorian version of a shoe shop: it was fascinating to see shoes and boots in the making.

There are vintage buses and beautiful glossy fire engines, looking like works of art on wheels.

Other beautifully crafted vehicles included these carts, made of weathered wood.

It was a relaxing break to go back in time to a slower era, to a time when great technological changes were about to make a breakthrough.

Or as the Victorian writer, Charles Dickens wrote:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us….”

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