Another wander around Lewes

I took a wander around Lewes with a friend following a walking tour which involved a certain amount of pubs.  However there were some new finds for me.

Following the River Ouse as it flows seaward we came across a house which apparently featured on the Grand Designs TV program and a couple of unusual houseboats.

The church of St John sub Castro, Lewes, has been under renovation every time I’ve passed but this time with a map we found it’s interesting and beautiful churchyard.


People in the City

The club has invited members to submit images for the web site showcase pages and as I happened to be in the City (Westminster, central London) and lacked images to enter in the “people” or “urban” categories so I took my camera.


Low Tide

I enjoyed the previous low tide trip so tried another.  This time the low tide was even lower at 0.31m but was slightly later than the best of “golden hour” and rather cloudy.

Jogger towards the West Pier
Jogger on the sand heading towards the West Pier

I don’t know what the guy on the right had done but he is a little ashamed and his friends are enjoying themselves.

What did he do?
What did he do?

I was able to walk under the Palace Pier and look up at the golf cart, it is surprising how thin the wooden slats look from below.

Cart on the Pier from below
Yes that is how thin the wood is!

Church of the Good Shepherd

Above the town of Alfriston, Sussex, on the South Downs is the Church of the Good Shepherd.  I attempted an early morning visit, parked in a lay-by on the Lullington Road and hiked up the South Downs Way in a chill breeze.

Alfriston St Andrews
A view of Alfriston and St Andrews Church on my way up the South Downs Way.

The church stands on a small rise in a small churchyard with few graves.

Church of the Good Shepherd
Church of the Good Shepherd from the entrance to it’s grounds.

Leaving the grounds of the church I wandered up along the South Downs way again, the wind was keeping the clouds moving quite quickly and so the colour of the immature crops was changing constantly.

Green Crops
Green Crops and Racing Clouds

I had parked near one of the streams that forms the drainage system for the farmland in the flood plain.

Floodplain of the River Cuckmere near Alfriston



Rampion Wind Farm

Rampion Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm under construction off the Sussex coast and easily visible from Brighton.  The day being clear and sunny I tried my “long” (it’s only a 250) lense, to see if I could get any good images.  The featured image above shows completed turbines (well at least with blades), below are those still in progress.

Rampion Wind Farm - without blades
Rampion Wind Farm – without blades

Whilst I was taking these the clouds were passing quickly overhead and briefly in the Shoreham direction the beach seemed to go black.

Shoreham & a black beach
Shoreham & a black beach

It is very difficult to leave the beach, if you have your camera, without taking a picture of the i360.

Gratuitous i360 reflection shot
Gratuitous i360 reflection shot

Treasure Hunt

The Brighton and Hove Camera Club organised a “treasure hunt” through Brighton this weekend.  In teams of up to four photographers, answer six questions and take pictures based loosely on the answers.  The results is an eclectic mix of often “very Brighton” street photography.

Fred's Reflection
Fred’s Reflection
Festival & Flea Market

Near Sydney Street there were the most number of shoes thrown over overhead wires I’ve ever seen in one place.

Highwire Gridlock

Highwire Gridlock

The only one of my images which made it through to our final six, a line of Hen’s on a cycling party.

Cycling Hen Party
Cycling Hen Party

This last one probably a first for me, as I had to ask him if it was okay rather than steal the shot from a distance, the gentleman taking an “f for fag break”.

Fag Break
Fag Break


Easby Abbey

Two of our best friends live in Easby in North Yorkshire and practically in their back garden are the remains of Easby Abbey.

In the grounds of the abbey is a church, which is still in use and contains original wall decorations.

And a churchyard with some interestingly decorated tombs.

Pen Y Ghent

We spent Easter in North Yorkshire and on Saturday we walked up Pen Y Ghent, one of the peaks in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. I lugged my camera up to the top into low cloud, hail and drizzle.  Hence the picture is from the car park!


Rodmell, Monk’s House and Southease

More wonderful weather so we decided to visit Monk’s House the home of Virginia Woolf now preserved by the National Trust, then take a walk along the banks of the River Ouse and return via a church we had passed at Southease on a previous trek but not had time to visit properly.

St Peters Church from the Garden of Monks House
St Peters Church from the gardens of Monk’s House.

The church has an interesting stain-glass window in it’s porch “In Memory of John Webber EBBS Rector of this Parish 1928-1943”.

The interior of the house “appears as if they just stepped out for a walk” (according to the National Trust).

From Monk’s House you can walk down to the River Ouse, which is crossed by a bridge which, unusually for the area, feels just as rickety as this image suggests.

The tiny hamlet of Southease contains another church to St Peter, this time with a round tower.

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