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Brighton & Hove ‘birdcage’ Bandstand

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The magnificent structure known as the ‘birdcage’ Bandstand is a Grade II listed building of architectural and historical importance. It stands prominent on Brighton’s seafront and commands excellent views of the coast. It was designed by Phillip Lockwood and completed in 1884.
Brighton ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand – photo © Robert Bovington

 

Below is a painting by my brother William of Brighton & Hove seafront that includes the ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand.

 

Eve before the Storm’ by Lorus Maver (William Bovington)

 

more paintings by William Bovington: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorus_maver


other blogs by Robert Bovington: 

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”
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A walk in the South Downs National Park

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On Bank Holiday Monday (26 Aug 2013), I went for an enjoyable walk with my brother Mike.

We walked across part of the Sussex Downs

We started from the ‘Smugglers Rest’ pub/restaurant in Telscombe, Peacehaven, East Sussex. On my previous visits, some years ago, it was known as the ‘Badgers Watch’.

From there, we journeyed over part of the Sussex Downs, starting from Telscombe Tye, an area of common land between the coast and Telscombe Village.


Telscombe Village Church

We walked through green and pleasant countryside…

through farmland…

and arrived at the ‘Abergavenny Arms’ in Rodmell…

We had a couple of pints in the attractive beer garden before restarting our walk back to Telscombe.

NOTE:
About 500 yards down the lane at the side of the pub. is Monk’s House, the home of the author Virginia Woolf for twenty-one years until her death in 1941. When I lived in the UK, I was a member of the National Trust and visited the little cottage on two occasions.

more photos of our walk…

One of the signposts on the walk was marked “To the Pub”!

We ended our walk with a pint at the ‘Smugglers Rest’…


other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

St. George’s Day

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Today, April 23, is St. George’s Day in England. However, many other countries celebrate the feast of St. George including Iraq, Lebanon and Albania. As one would expect, Georgia also celebrates St. George’s Day but not in April – this former republic of the USSR celebrates twice a year on 6 May and 23 November.

St. George by Rafael

Saint George is also associated with several areas of Spain, especially in Catalonia. One of the most charming Spanish, or should I say Catalonian, traditions takes place on St George’s Day. On that day, men give women roses and the ladies give their man a book. The custom is to celebrate Catalonia’s patron saint and to commemorate ‘World Book Day’ – on 23 April 1616 both Shakespeare and Cervantes died. April 23 was also Shakespeare’s birthday so no wonder the day is important in literary circles!

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Colyton – a pretty town in East Devon

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Colyton is a charming little town that nestles in the Axe Valley in East Devonshire. The beautifully preserved stone and thatched buildings line the tiny streets that form a circular pattern surrounding the impressive St Andrew’s Church. 





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The church has an unusual octagonal tower which was installed in the 15th century when Colyton was a rich wool town. The ‘Lantern’ Tower was used as a beacon for ships on the once navigable River Axe, to the east. 

On the outskirts of the town is the babbling River Coly.


Also on the edge of the town is the Seaton to Colyton tramway station.


For more photographs of Colyton click this link.

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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England Sept 2012 – Another Day in East Sussex

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The South Downs National Park is England’s newest National Park. It covers an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) and is 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length. It may be new – it was officially opened in 2011 – but it has been an an area of natural outstanding beauty for centuries. It stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex and it skirts the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove where I grew up.

I have many happy memories of visiting some of the nearby parts of the South Downs – like the Devil’s Dyke.

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Devil’s Dyke nr Brighton photo: Wikipedia

One of my favourite bits of this vast area of outstanding beauty is the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel.


The Seven Sisters

This beautiful area is part of the Seven Sister’s Country Park, a popular place for outdoor activities that include walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Over the years, I have spent many enjoyable hours walking in this part of East Sussex and, when I was younger, I walked most of the South Downs Way with some of my brothers – albeit in separate stretches.
On my recent visit to the UK, I did a short walk in this area with my brother Mike. We started at Friston and walked in the Crowlink area of the park which is owned by the National Trust.

view towards Birling Gap

chewing the cud in the South Downs National Park

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towards the village of East Dean

East Dean



After a pleasant stroll across the Downland we reached the picturesque village of East Dean and made our way to the Tiger Inn. The day has started a tad cloudy but now the sun had come out and we sat in the warm sunshine drinking excellent local beer.

East Dean Village Green – view from the Tiger Inn
Later we took a different route through Crowlink…
Crowlink
...and arrived back at Friston.
Friston church
to see more of my photos of East Sussex click on link below…



Robert Bovington
October 2012

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

England Sept 2012 – Brighton

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Some of the photos that I took in Brighton on my September 2012 visit:

The Rockery near Preston Park is quite spectacular. Here are some of the photographs that I took.

Opposite is Preston Park…

and nearby is Preston Manor. I visited the Gardens…

I saw a squirrel…

on the wall near St Peter’s Church Preston Village, Brighton…

It started to rain so I got on a bus to the Old Steine. It had only been a short shower so I took a photo of the Royal Pavilion…


Then went for a walk along the seafront – the sea was a bit choppy…

Brighton Pier
view towards Brighton Marina

I encountered a new statue…

Steve Ovett was a former Olympian. The former middle distance runner was gold medalist in the 800 metres at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He set world records for 1500 metres and the mile. He still holds the UK record for 2 miles (3,219 m), which he set in 1978. Like me, he was born and bred in Brighton & Hove.

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

England Sept 2012 – 2 Devon

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After staying with my brother in Teignmouth, I travelled to Colyton Devon and stayed overnight with my sister-in-law Dorrie.  Another sister-in-law, Pat, had stayed a few days with her sister and I would be  driving her back to Brighton.

The three of us had an excellent lunch at the Harbour Inn, Axmouth – decent ale and the best steak and ale pie I’ve had.

Axmouth – The Harbour Inn

Colyton is a pleasant little town in East Devon. The Church of St. Andrew is known for its rare octagonal lantern tower

Colyton Church

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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