Archive for June, 2011

30
Jun
11

181/2011 at the theatre



181/2011 at the theatre, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today I took my mother-in-law to see a matinee show of ‘Calendar girls’. We’d both seen the film, and were looking forward to comparing it to the stage adaptation. To my regret, I must say the film version far outshined this theatre one.

Anyway, the empty seats, before the rest of the audience had got back from their interval coffees and ice-creams, provided interesting undulating velvety lines for my photo.

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29
Jun
11

180/2011 another lost pier

180/2011 another lost pier, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A sad sight in Hastings. Walked down to the seafront, looking forward to seeing the familiar old pier from the late 19th century. But, instead, found the burnt remains, and the whole place locked and chained up. Much the same fate as the old Brighton Pier that I photographed in December.

Heard that this one caught fire last October, and although some young boys have been questioned about it, the real cause is still unknown. How tragic that the fire occurred just after a major decision on reconstruction to restore the iconic attraction. Local residents don’t believe they will have their pier back again. What a loss of Hastings, and English seaside history!

I’m just hoping now that my favourite pier of them all will be safe!

28
Jun
11

179/2011 eat local



179/2011 eat local, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

We Europeans are getting a little paranoid about the vegetables we eat. The EHEC infections are still rampant in Germany, and today I read that the first cases have been diagnosed in Sweden, too. This week, the warning here in Britain was not to eat bean sprouts, especially if they were from France.

I think it’s still not known where the bacteria originated. It’s a bit scary really, and easily leads to hysteria, and prejudices against produce from other countries. There has even been suspicions about an eco terrorist attack!

I’m sure these British flags are on the lettuce bags even in ordinary times but they really caught my eye today. Eating fresh local produce makes so much sense anyway even if, of course, you can catch something nasty from your domestic vegetables as well.

27
Jun
11

178/2011 transformation



178/2011 transformation, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This used to be a miserable, smelly pond, and look at it now! Lovely, clear water with beautiful water lilies blooming and ducks swimming. All cleaned up around as well. It’s a pleasant oasis in the middle of a concrete-covered residential area. Nice to see that people care to develop their environment.

26
Jun
11

177/2011 green dream

177/2011 green dreams, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

These huge old trees offered a welcome shade from the heatwave we’ve suddenly been hit with. I expected fairytale creatures to appear from between the foliage at any minute, walking through this wood. Even the tree trunks had turned green with the flourishing ivy climbing on them. Sunlight streaming through the leaves added to the dreamy feeling.

25
Jun
11

176/2011 daisies in the wind

176/2011 daisies in the wind, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The delicate daisy petals look quite frazzled as they flap about in the grip of almost stormy blusters of wind. They really stood out against the old grey stone wall. I’ve been struck by all the different wall designs I’ve seen during this stay in England. These natural stone ones attract my eyes the most. Imagine somebody collecting and choosing all the round stones and arranging them to build the wall!

The idea of walled-in homes and property is quite alien to me. Back at home it’s so much more open, with only the occasional hedge to give some privacy from the street. Crowded Britain versus scarcely populated Finland! Come to think of it, the Finnish walls seem to be more of the mental kind. To feel comfortable we need quite a large personal space around us, which over here is mostly impossible. Pretty as they are, after a while, the many walls make me feel quite claustophobic.

I’ve already collected a whole set of various wall pictures.

24
Jun
11

175/2011 through a green tunnel



175/2011 through a green tunnel, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Along the bus route between Eastbourne and Brighton. The best place to sit is on the front seat, upstairs on a double-decker bus. Going up and down the narrow, twisty roads almost gives the same feeling in your stomach as a rollercoaster. In tunnels like this, the branches scrape the roof and side windows of the bus, making quite a noise. The double-deckers also sway from side to side quite a bit, so taking unshaken photos is practically impossible!

It was actually here that our daughter, as a tiny tot, learned the meaning of the word ‘tunnel’.