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.

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’.

23
Jun
11

174/2011 in memory

174/2011 in memory, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Dedicating public benches to passed away loved ones is something I only learned about in England. At home, in Finland, burial places and funerals are rooted in quite a uniform tradition, as most other rites of passage of life, too.

I find providing passers-by a welcome rest along the road, in a park, or a pub garden as this one here, a nice alternative way to be remembered.

This was a day down memory lane, on a pub crawl around town. So many old pubs have been closed down, and others modernised so much that it’s only the old walls that remind you of what used to be. Signs of the times (an me getting older!) seem to be extremely loud music, open spaces without the old nooks and crannies, and much more light than in the murky old-fashioned pubs. Changes are good, and unavoidable, but it was also nice to see that some pubs had tried to preserve the old atmosphere. Here is a set of some details that caught my eye in the different pub decors.

22
Jun
11

173/2011 tennis and cream tea

173/2011 tennis and cream tea, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

After watching Wimbledon tennis on TV, we appriopriately found this quirky “tennis match” teapot on the window cill of the country tea house we visited. It is an example of Sadler vintage pottery, an English company founded in 1882, and generally considered synonymous with quality and good taste. Their teapots have found their way around the world, and are also quite collectable. Possibly not so practical in everyday use, but certainly pretty to look at. Must say, today’s tennis fashions look quite different 🙂

We went to the countryside to have Sussex cream tea, which is a summer must for us. The portions consists of black tea (with milk of course) in beautiful china cups, and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Delicious!

21
Jun
11

172/2011 summer solstice

172/2011 summer solstice, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Longest day of the year, and then we’ll turn towards winter again! It’s really the glass half full / half empty situation again. My holiday has hardly begun, and the thought of winter already enters my mind!

These soft and delicately green weeds, obstinaely pushing through the pebbles on the beach, were swaying invitingly in the seaside wind as I walked past. The evening sun shed warm light on them, while casting dark shadows on the stones. The English longest day was considerably shorter than the Finnish one – it got dark before 10pm here. Compare that to my Finnish photo from last year.




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