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  • Day3

    Made it to England

    August 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Yesterday we spent a few hours at the beach 🏖.
    In the evening we decided to plan our next steps and encountered that the ferry from Hoek van Holland would take 6,5 hrs... (we are that spontaneous 😜). We thought that Torpedo wouldn’t be too happy to have his first boat trip stuck in a box for that long. So we drove down to Calais and took the ferry (2hrs) to Dover. Torpedo still didn’t like it, so I think we made the right decision. We ended up at a campground in a town called Lydd to spend the night... I can tell you... we noticed we were in England the second we got out of the car. It is freezing (and of course rainy). Tomorrow, we will try to leave my household at my new home so we have more space in the car. (In one the pictures you can see why that would be helpful).Read more

  • Day32

    Dungeness Dreaming

    May 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The surreal and post-apocalyptic landscape of Dungeness home of the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, Derek Jarman's house - Prospect Cottage - and a mixture of semi derelict old converted rail carriage cottages and sleek all black or ultra modern creations.

    I have always loved Dungeness and so along with my local Hastings relatives - Auntie Chris, Cousin Helga and Sister Claire - took a trip there by public transport. A bus runs from Hastings to Dymchurch (1hr45mins) from where you can catch the wonderful minature steam railway trains that run from Dymchurch to Dungeness (40 mins). The bus is a double decker so although a long journey it winds its way through some magnificent countryside and small villages on the E Sussex and Kent coasts, the views from the upper deck are great.

    Once there its like stepping out into another world; the shingle peninsula is very flat and on one side looms the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station and on the other the shingle falls off to the English Channel, the white cliffs of Dover visible across the water.

    A large part of the peninsula is a Nature Reserve and includes over 30% of all UK flora and lots of birds and other fauna, some very rare. The rest is that odd mixture of tumble down buildings, ultra modern arty creations - Holiday homes for the London rich - and abandoned fishing boats and sheds high and dry on the shingle far from the shore.

    The Dungeness Railway Station has a cafe called 'The End of the Line'... "more like The End of the World" said Peter, Helga's husband, when he came to pick us up later in the day. The drive back by car was much quicker and we were soon back in Hastings.

    All in all a wonderful day :-)
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    Debbie Wright

    Not been to Dungerness for years even though we live in Kent. Always had to have fish & chips at The Pilot when we visited although I don't know if they are still as good these days. Great photos Tim. xx

    Debbie Wright

    Please excuse typo should be Dungeness.

  • Day186

    Putting the Lydd on it

    December 8, 2021 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    To round off this trip, I take the 102 bus south as Tuesday's storm slowly abates. The attractive town of Hythe marks a point on the Royal Military Canal, last seen by me a month ago near Rye. The avenue of trees, bare for December, and raised walkway gives the waterway an almost French air. Ironic considering the canal was built to help fortify England against France two centuries ago.

    The bus rolls on to Lydd-on-sea, the gateway to Dungeness. This is a truly strange area, said to be the driest place in England and fancifully as the country's only desert. Not exactly the Atacama but it has a still desolation which I find irresistible. The odd shape of the promontory generates conflicting sea currents and unsettled water, and I well remember from long ago a sailing trip battling against a near-gale and finding relief hours later at Rye harbour.

    Dungeness is the terminus of the heritage Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway (inactive in winter) and features two lighthouses, a twin nuclear power station, and a windswept shingly beach. Scattered around the shore are the remains of fishing equipment cutting odd shapes against the skyline. It's great for creating semi-abstract images and I only wish some of the other monuments like the sound mirrors which appear on a recent TV programme, were accessible. As it is, the area lies on private land and I half-expect somebody demanding a photographer's permit but apart from a few characters looking seaward towards the French coast, it's quiet. Not exactly desert but almost deserted.
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    Speak, World

    Desert? I hardly think so. However, I really do like the rusted machinery in your last photo. WH Auden and I share a liking for deteriorating and rusting industrial remains. You as well?!


    Yes, desert but not as we know it! And I love industrial archaeology; traces of it can still be found on the Thames downstream, and further afield around the abandoned Cornish tine mines.


    Finger trouble---I meant tin mines!


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