Yarmouth Pier

Yarmouth Pier is a Victorian pleasure pier, located in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. It is the longest wooden pier in England, and frequently requires restoration due to the relatively short lifespan of the wooden piles. Following its latest restoration scheme, it reopened to the public in 2008. Wikipedia


The first recorded Pier in the UK

The first recorded pier in England was Ryde Pier, opened in 1814 on the Isle of Wight, as a landing stage to allow ferries to and from the mainland to berth. It is still used for this purpose today. Wikipedia

pier is a raised structure that rises above a body of water and usually juts out from its shore, typically supported by piles or pillars, and provides above-water access to offshore areas. Frequent pier uses include fishingboat docking and access for both passengers and cargo, and oceanside recreation. Bridges, buildings, and walkways may all be supported by architectural piers. Their open structure allows tides and currents to flow relatively unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely spaced piles of a wharf can act as a breakwater, and are consequently more liable to silting. Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden structure to major structures extended over 1,600 m (5,200 ft). In American English, a pier may be synonymous with a dock. Wikipedia

Beautiful South Wales

I recently had a trip with a photographic group to South Wales. South Wales has stunningly beautiful countryside and sweeping landscapes and calming streams and waterfalls.

Red Kite Feed Station – Red Kites Wales

Llanddeusant, Llangadog. Carmarthenshire. SA19 9YG

Newcastle Emlyn Castle – Visit Newcastle Emlyn

Castle St, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9AF

Newcastle Emlyn Castle is a ruined castle in the market town of Newcastle Emlyn in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is strategically located on a steep-sided promontory overlooking the River Teifi and was probably built by the Welsh lord Maredudd ap Rhys in about 1240. Wikipedia

Cenarth Falls – Cenarth

Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village is Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the river Teifi and a well-known salmon leap.

There has been a mill at Cenarth since the 13th century when Cenarth mill came into the possession of Edward I when he became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth.

Beulah, Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9JL

Maen Mawr – Llywel, Swansea SA9 1GT

Glasfynydd Forest – Glasfynydd Forest

Glasfynydd Forest is an extensive area of coniferous plantations in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. It straddles the border between the counties of Powys and Carmarthenshire. The forest is divided into three blocks: The northernmost encircles the Usk Reservoir near the head of the River Usk. Wikipedia

The place we stayed:

The Stables at Cynghordy – Cynghordy Estate

5 refurbished spacious self-catering cottages sleeping 2 to 32 guests

Indoor Jacuzzi hot tub normally available to each cottage in turn

Stone-built stables and farmhouse date back to the 15th century, graded 4 stars by Visit Wales.

Each cottage is self-contained and fully-equipped and can be booked separately or together.

With 23 beds in 16 bedrooms, ideal for a family or friends reunion.

Kite sleeps 11, Kestrel Farmhouse 8, Peregrine 6, Hobby 5 and Merlin 2 guests.

Unnamed Road, Llandovery SA20 0LN

Celebrating 2021 on the Isle of Wight

The most Instagrammable Isle.

It has been officially announced that the beautiful Isle of Wight has been announced the most instagrammable Isle. The Isle of Wight has so much to offer, from sandy beaches to cliffs, from fossils to a zoo.

Compton Bay
Luccombe Bay
Bembridge Windmill
Wildheart Animal Sanctuary
Compton Bay
Yaverland towards Sandown
Colwell Bay
Robin Hill
Colwell Bay
Bembridge RNLI Station from Duver
Millitary Road
Millitary Road
Compton Bay
Winkle Street
Compton Bay
Yarmouth Pier
Compton Bay

Dandylion Sculpures

At the Royal Chelsea Flower Show the Jardin Blanc had a series of dandylion sculptures positioned outside the temporary restrauant.

Links: Raymound Blanc

Link: RHS

Link: Wire Sculpture by Fantasywire

Chelsea Flower Show 2021

For the first time the world famous Chelsea flower shows has moved from it’s normal May setting to September.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. Held at Chelsea since 1912, it is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world. The show is attended by members of the British Royal Family and attracts visitors from all continents.

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The famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show Great Pavilion

The Flower show is set within the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement home and nursing home for some 300 veterans of the British Army. Founded as an almshouse, the ancient sense of the word “hospital”, it is a 66-acre (27 ha) site located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea. It is an independent charity and relies partly upon donations to cover day-to-day running costs to provide care and accommodation for veterans.

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You will often see the famous Chelsea Pensioner wondering around the Garden show, dressed in iconic red uniforms.

Chelsea Pensioner, or In-Pensioner, is a resident at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army located in Chelsea, London. The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to 300 retired British soldiers, male and female (the latter since 2009), and is located on Royal Hospital Road. Historically, the term “Chelsea Pensioner” applied more widely, referring to both In-Pensioners and Out-Pensioners who live elsewhere.

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The Chelsea Flower Show on TV, the show has been televised by the BBC for many years.

Selection of shots from varies gardens at the show, showing details of the garden. (Not all gardens shown, not in any order)

See more via the RHS website – Arcadia

Designed by Martha Krempel Built by The Landscaping Consultants

See more via the RHS website – Sky Sanctuary

Designed by Michael Coley Built by The Landscaping Consultants

See more via the RHS website – The Landform Balcony Garden

Designed by Nicola Hale Built by The Landscaping Consultants

See more via the RHS website – The M&G Garden

Designed by Harris Bugg Studio Built by Crocus

See more via the RHS website – The Florence Nightingale Garden: A Celebration of Modern-Day Nursing

Designed by Robert Myers Built by Bowles & Wyer

See more via the RHS website – Bodmin Jail: 60° East – A Garden Between Continents

Designed by Ekaterina Zasukhina with Carly Kershaw Built by Bowles & Cube 1994 Ltd

See more via the RHS website – Pop Street Garden

Designed by John McPherson Built by Big Fish Landscapes

Life in Detail

One of the many elements of my photographic journey I enjoy is looking at things in different amounts of detail, so in these examples I have zoomed in to fill the frame with the object. I love the colours and details in these shots. These were all taken at the Amberley Museum – Mini Steam Festival.

Surface and texture, a few shots concentrating on shape and texture.

General shots of the event.

RNLI Lifeboats

I have always enjoyed being by the sea, but fully understand the possible dangers. Especially along the The South Coast of the UK we have very strong and changeable currents.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, as well as on some inland waterways. It is one of several lifeboat services operating in the same area.

Source Wikipedia

Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton is a seaside resort and one of the two main areas of the city of Brighton and Hove. Located on the southern coast of England, in the county of East Sussex, it is 47 miles south of London. Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. Wikipedia

Amazing Brighton Photos


Open to Work

Hi I was recently made redundant and am #opentowork, within the Isle of Wight, Chichester area.

Reflecting on Brighton Pavilion

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