Sunday, 24 July 2016

Drawn to the water

I recently discovered an old tourist brochure dated 1898 encouraging the public to visit this stretch of coast. It stated that on a warm summer's day there is nothing that can be more refreshing, nothing more recuperative, nothing more calculated to fill one with contentment and satisfaction than to throw care and business to the wind and visit the sea!

This statement is still true 118 years later and can apply to any stretch of coastline, particularly this week when the temperatures here have soared and it feels as if summer has really arrived! So if  you haven't had a chance to visit the sea, hopefully these pictures will help refresh you too! Some of them were taken on a recent walk around West Bay on a photography course that I attended. It was run by an experienced local photographer. We received so many great tips and were encouraged to experiment by taking lots of pictures. I'm glad to say that these are only a few of the 200 that I took!

I'm sorry I have been so bad recently in visiting other blogs. It's that time of the year when there are so many distractions with my time. My computer has also decided to stop working. It could have be a disaster as I stupidly stopped backing up everything at the beginning of the year. We were fortunate to discover a very helpful person who was able to retrieve everything on our hard drive. I shall be making sure that I do a monthly back up in future! Have you ever had problems such as these?

Until next time.
Sarah x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Remembering the battle of the Somme

Last week was the 100th Anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. It was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. After bombarding the German trenches for seven days 100,000 soldiers were sent over the top of the trenches. As the British advanced they were mown down by machine gun and rifle fire. More soldiers were sent over to replace those who were lost.  At the end of the day 19,240 British soldiers had been killed. This is more than the whole population of the town where I live,

The battle of the Battle of the Somme carried on for a further four months during which the Allies gained  only 7.5 miles (12km) of ground. It resulted in a huge number of casualties - 420,00 British, 200,000 French and 500,000 Germans.

There have been various commemorative services to remember those who had lost their lives, particularly on this first day.  Did anyone attend any organised events or see any Walking ghosts?

An event in Exeter, which was held over the week demonstrated this huge loss of life in a very visual way. The artist Rob Heard had obtained a list of  the individual names of all those who died on 1st July 1916 and clad a figurine in a shroud to represent each individual person.

It was extremely moving to visit and you could really appreciate the huge scale of the loss of life. The names of the individual soldiers were read out by volunteers, and there was a huge marquee in which was listed the names of all the soldiers who had perished.

The voice on the video you may recognise as Jim Carter (the butler in Downton Abbey.)

Do you have any ancestors who died in the First World War? Both of my grandfathers were injured during the War. When I was researching my family history I did discover that one of my grandfather's cousins was killed at the age of  23 in Belgium, his name is included in the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres.. As the time goes by future generations may not be aware that there were unmarried men in their family who never came home and have been forgotten. I am glad that I found John Barker as he will now always be remembered in our family.
The link to  this site may help if you want to trace World War 1 Family History.

Until next time.
Sarah x

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Through the garden gate in June

This picture below shows the high and lows of the garden this June - roses and lots of rain!

 We have had so many days of rain that many of my images are drenched with rain drops. There is a certain beauty to the droplets of rain if you take a closer look!

This was a rare moment of early morning sunlight - our solar panels have shown that the sunshine hours and power generated in June is much less than April or May, despite this the flowers have still made a colourful appearance.

It looks as if I am doing a take over the vegetable garden. My cutting garden seems to be spreading into another bed (don't tell my other half!). We have enjoyed our first harvest of  rhubarb, strawberries and courgettes.

The scent of honeysuckle and roses have filled the air.....

 I have been so pleased with the lupins and borage that I have grown successfully from seed and inspired by Freda I produced a big vase of flowers from the garden, Flower arranging isn't my forte, so it does looks a bit wild! What has been your favourite flower or produce this month?

If anyone else is joining in Through the garden gate this month please let me know in the comments below.

Sarah x

Monday, 27 June 2016

Some calm moments

As the sun set on Thursday evening we headed to Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock for a late evening stroll, it was a such a beautiful evening......

The highlight for me was suddenly hearing this bird singing mixed with the sounds of the waves lapping the shore....

We were unable to see the bird but it's song was strong,clear and beautiful. Many poets have described it's mournful tones and joyous sound. I have always longed to hear the nightingale sing, last year we took a walk in a wood at dusk, there was no bird song and the woods were so dark and eerie even Tavi wasn't keen to walk there! It is always when you aren't looking for something that you find it!

I was saddened to see the results of the referendum on EU membership and the chaos that has ensued. It seems to have divided the country and it is so sad that we can't stand and work together for the common good.

The EU is a long way from being perfect but the environmental legislation that has been passed has given us cleaner beaches and drinking water,less air pollution and greater wildlife protection. It will be even a huge step backwards if these standards are not upheld in the future.

Sarah x


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